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Week 3 Rankings
Travis Kelce Note
Travis Kelce photo 1. Travis Kelce KC (at BAL)
Kelce's a set-it-and-forget-it option at the TE position. He has overall TE1 upside every single week.
4 days ago
Mark Andrews Note
Mark Andrews photo 2. Mark Andrews BAL (vs . KC)
Andrews disappointed fantasy managers in week two, but he simply wasn't needed in a game that the Ravens were winning by a lot. This week, the Ravens are going to need to rely on Andrews again, which makes him a smash auto-start. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Andrews and Kelce both finish as the TE1 and TE2 on the week.
4 days ago
Zach Ertz Note
Zach Ertz photo 3. Zach Ertz PHI (vs . CIN)
Ertz has been somewhat of a disappointment to fantasy managers through the first couple of weeks, but he's still seeing the targets that you hope for at the TE position. While this offense is still floundering and trying to figure out how to get back to being a high-powered unit, Wentz should continue to lean on his reliable target over the middle of the field. Ertz is still a weekly must-start option that could go off in this matchup.
4 days ago
Hunter Henry Note
Hunter Henry photo 4. Hunter Henry LAC (vs . CAR)
It didn't matter who the quarterback was for the Chargers when it came to Henry, who saw the exact same eight targets in each game. His 156 yards through two weeks ranks second among tight ends. Sadly, tight ends haven't produced against the new defensive scheme in Carolina, as they've allowed a miniscule 1.06 PPR points per target on the season. It's a very small sample size but allowing just 58 yards on 13 targets is good no matter which way you slice it. When you find out those tight ends were Darren Waller, Rob Gronkowski, and O.J. Howard, you should be even more impressed. The Bucs and Raiders totaled just 65 pass attempts in the two games against the Panthers, too, so it's not likely that this game brings a lot of volume. You're starting Henry every week with the targets he's getting, but based on what we've seen from this defense, you need to temper expectations to low-end TE1 territory.
4 days ago
Tyler Higbee Note
Tyler Higbee photo 5. Tyler Higbee LAR (at BUF)
We're now two weeks in and Higbee has played a rock-solid 87.3 percent of the snaps. Not that you were wondering if you should play him or not after that three-touchdown performance, but if you were here, I told you his vitals were good in Week 1 despite a weak stat line. The Bills defense has been a magnet for tight end targets, as they've seen 20 targets (third-most), which has led to them allowing 15 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown. Those are great numbers and keep in mind that the two tight ends they played against (Mike Gesicki, Chris Herndon) have not been particularly efficient throughout their careers. Of the production they've allowed to running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends, 24.1 percent of it has been the tight ends, which ranks as the ninth-highest percentage in the league. With the tough matchup for Robert Woods, we should see Higbee peppered with some targets in this matchup, making him a rock-solid TE1.
4 days ago
Darren Waller Note
Darren Waller photo 6. Darren Waller LV (at NE)
Remember when the Raiders drafted a bunch of wide receivers that would ruin Waller's fantasy prospects? That was fun. He has 24 targets through two games, while Ruggs and Edwards have combined for 11 targets. He's currently the TE2 in PPR formats, just 2.2 points behind Travis Kelce. The Saints had absolutely no solution for him, including Malcolm Jenkins, one of the best cover safeties out there. It's why you must wonder if the Patriots use Stephon Gilmore to cover him. The Patriots played a couple big-name tight ends last year and here were the results: Zach Ertz 9/94/0, Travis Kelce 7/66/0, and Mark Andrews 2/21/0. Not the worst results, but definitely could be better. The Patriots defense isn't the same, though, and have five new starters in the mix. Mike Gesicki was held to just 3/30/0 in Week 1 and then exploded in Week 2, so maybe it's the scheme that limits the production? You can't sit a tight end who's averaging 12 targets per game, but you can limit expectations considering he might be staring at Gilmore in coverage. He's a TE1 every week, but this is one where you want to stay away in cash games.
4 days ago
Jared Cook Note
Jared Cook photo 7. Jared Cook NO (vs . GB)
Cook didn't exactly see an insane amount of targets last week, but he saved his fantasy day by finding the end zone. Cook doesn't exactly always bring the most consistent floor in terms of target totals, but he can always find the end zone any given week. Cook is a touchdown-or-bust low-end TE1 this week in my rankings.
4 days ago
Dallas Goedert Note
Dallas Goedert photo 8. Dallas Goedert PHI (vs . CIN)
Goedert came out swinging in week one, but disappointed fantasy managers that rolled him into their starting lineup in week two. He's still getting the targets that make him an intriguing option in deep leagues, but he's not someone that can be trusted as a reliable start every single week. In this matchup, Goedert is a high-end TE2.
5 days ago
Mike Gesicki Note
Mike Gesicki photo 9. Mike Gesicki MIA (at JAC)
Gesicki showed up in a big way last week by turning 11 targets into 8 receptions for 129 yards and a score. He's always had the athleticism, but he now appears to be getting the targets necessary with Preston Williams struggling and no other option behind Devante Parker stepping up in this offense. Jonnu Smith just torched the Jaguars defense for multiple touchdowns and Gesicki's in a prime spot to be a top option at the TE position this week with this matchup. You can start him as a low-end TE1.
6 days ago
Jonnu Smith Note
Jonnu Smith photo 10. Jonnu Smith TEN (at MIN)
Smith is currently the TE1 in all of fantasy football and has now moved into weekly must-start territory. In a matchup that should see Tennessee put points up on the board, Smith should easily return TE1 value yet again.
5 days ago
Hayden Hurst Note
Hayden Hurst photo 11. Hayden Hurst ATL (vs . CHI)
For those that took a chance on Hurst's role in this offense during draft season, congrats. He racked up eight targets in his second game with the team and turned them into 5/72/1. He's seen 13 of the 14 targets that have gone to tight ends in this offense, which is another good sign about sustainability. The Bears have been pretty generous to tight ends over the first two weeks of 2020, allowing T.J. Hockenson to finish as the TE4 in Week 1, and then Evan Engram to bounce back and finish as a top-15 option in Week 2. It seems the Bears are willing to allow you to dink-and-dunk your way down the field with tight ends, as they allowed the fifth-most receptions to tight ends last year, but the 9.23 yards per reception they allowed was the second-lowest mark in football. Seeing Hurst get eight targets in a game Ryan threw the ball 36 times has to make you feel good about his floor, so continue trotting him out there this week as a mid-to-low-end TE1, though there are likely better tournament options.
4 days ago
Noah Fant Note
Noah Fant photo 12. Noah Fant DEN (vs . TB)
It was a quiet start to the game for Fant last week, but he made his mark on the Steelers once Jeff Driskel came in and ultimately finished with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. My concern with Fant this year was the lack of targets with so many good options, but now without Sutton and Lindsay, things have opened up a bit, allowing him to be the No. 4 tight end through two weeks. The Bucs knew their safety position was one they could've upgraded, and they did, snagging Antoine Winfield Jr. in the second round. He's looked good through two weeks, and the Bucs have allowed just 14.8 PPR points to tight ends through the first two games, which ranks as the seventh fewest in the league. That's somewhat easy to do when you play against Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz in Week 2, who combined for just one catch and eight yards. If you go back to Week 1, it was a different story with Jared Cook, who snagged 5-of-7 targets for 80 yards. Knowing the Bucs allowed nine top-12 tight ends last year in this scheme, the jury is still out, but Fant should be seeing five-plus targets in every game, making him a solid low-end TE1/high-end TE2.
4 days ago
Evan Engram Note
Evan Engram photo 13. Evan Engram NYG (vs . SF)
Engram bounced back from his week one performance, but he still didn't look exceptional on the football field. Jones threw an interception because of Engram coming out of his break slowly, slipping on the field, and giving little effort to make up for his mistake. With the other receiving options that are now going to miss some time in this offense, it's possible that Engram sees enough work to be relevant on sheer volume alone, but it's not going to feel great plugging him into your lineup. He's a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 this week against the 49ers.
6 days ago
T.J. Hockenson Note
T.J. Hockenson photo 14. T.J. Hockenson DET (at ARI)
Hockenson has been on fire to start the season and it's resulted in a top-10 TE ranking for fantasy through two weeks. However, he gets a slight downgrade with Golladay most likely returning to the lineup this week. Hockenson is a low-end TE1 in this matchup.
4 days ago
Jordan Reed Note
Jordan Reed photo 15. Jordan Reed SF (at NYG)
We don't know if Kittle will play just yet, but it certainly wasn't a good sign that he was ruled out days before the game against the Jets. It helps the 49ers to know that Reed can step in and play well, as he racked up seven catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns in his first full-time game since 2018. Stay tuned to the bottom of these notes as the week goes on for updates. The Giants have done a good job with tight ends over the first couple weeks, as Eric Ebron and Jimmy Graham both finished with exactly one catch for 18 yards. But that's the thing... they're Ebron and Graham, guys who haven't been fantasy producers for some time. They also saw a combined three targets, so we can't assume anything. It's a new defense under Joe Judge, so we must sit back and observe, but knowing how involved the tight ends are in this offense, it's hard to sit the starter. If Kittle is out again, Reed should be on the streaming radar as a low-end TE1. If Kittle plays, well, you're playing him. As of now, the 49ers are expecting to have Kittle back.
4 days ago
Logan Thomas Note
Logan Thomas photo 16. Logan Thomas WAS (at CLE)
All you can do is chase targets at the tight end position, and Thomas is clearly getting them in this offense called by Scott Turner. He's totaled 17 targets through two games, and though they've only netted 63 yards, we must follow the targets, especially when he's about to go against a defense that's allowed a league-high 18 receptions for 148 yards and three touchdowns to tight ends through two games. We watched Drew Sample and C.J. Uzomah rack up the fantasy points against them in Week 2, so it's not like Mark Andrews did all the damage. All in all, the Browns have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to skill-position players through two weeks. Thomas isn't a highly efficient player to this point, but against the Browns, he may not need to be. Consider him a solid high-end TE2 streamer.
4 days ago
Austin Hooper Note
Austin Hooper photo 17. Austin Hooper CLE (vs . WAS)
We thought Hooper would be much more involved in the gameplan with David Njoku going to IR, but four targets is not something to get excited about. The Browns decided to involve rookie Harrison Bryant and give him two targets, so this is bound to be a timeshare no matter what. Unless we see a game where the Browns are expected to throw the ball 35-plus times, it's going to be tough to trust Hooper as anything more than a touchdown dependent TE2. In this game against Washington, it's tough to see that being the case with the Browns favored by almost a full touchdown. The one positive for Hooper, however, is that of the production Washington has allowed to skill-position players, 28.5 percent of it has gone to tight ends, which ranks as the third-highest mark in the league. He's far from a guarantee with the limited targets, but Hooper may be better than expected this week as a high-end TE2.
4 days ago
Dalton Schultz Note
Dalton Schultz photo 18. Dalton Schultz DAL (at SEA)
With the injury to Blake Jarwin, Schultz was an intriguing name to monitor on the waiver wire heading into week two. While not many people played him, you would've been rewarded if you took the shot. Schultz saw 10 targets and reeled in 9 of them for 88 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. While the Cowboys aren't going to be throwing the ball 48 times every single week, Schultz should still remain a key part of this offense. He's a fine play in games where points are expected to be put up on the board and this is one of those matchups. Schultz is a mid-range TE2 with upside this week if he's able to find the end zone again.
4 days ago
Chris Herndon IV Note
Chris Herndon IV photo 19. Chris Herndon IV NYJ (at IND)
If you started Herndon last week because of what we talked about here, I'm sorry. I was right there with you. We were quickly reminded what it's like to play a Jets skill-position player and we instantly regret it. But when he caught 6-of-7 targets in Week 1, and then we found out that Jamison Crowder and Le'Veon Bell wouldn't play, the vital signs were good. Four targets, one catch, and five yards later, we're wondering what happened. Now on to play the Colts, who have allowed just 11 yards to tight ends this year... on seven targets. They weren't a matchup to target with tight ends last year, as they allowed just one tight end all year finish with more than 14.0 PPR points, and none of them finished with more than 73 yards. It's hard saying Herndon doesn't have any appeal considering the targets have to go somewhere, but as we found out last week, it's hardly a guarantee they go his way. It does help that the Colts just placed Malik Hooker on injured reserve, which hurts their safety combo. Herndon should remain in the TE2 conversation, but it's tough to trust anyone on this team right now.
4 days ago
Eric Ebron Note
Eric Ebron photo 20. Eric Ebron PIT (vs . HOU)
Drew Sample Note
Drew Sample photo 21. Drew Sample CIN (at PHI)
The Bengals have thrown the ball 97 times through two weeks, with the tight ends accumulating a massive 21 targets (21.6 percent target share). Now that C.J. Uzomah is out for the season, Sample will be relied upon as the go-to option. He caught 7-of-9 targets for 45 yards against the Browns last week, which may not seem like a huge deal from a yardage standpoint but seeing nine targets is huge. What's also huge is that Sample is tied for the league lead in red zone targets with four of them. You must consider him if streaming tight ends, and the matchup against the Eagles has been a tremendous one in 2020. First, it was Logan Thomas who caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Then it was Tyler Higbee tagging them for 54 yards and three touchdowns. Every passing touchdown the Eagles have allowed this year has gone to a tight end. It seems like moving on from Malcolm Jenkins might have hurt more than the Eagles thought. Sample is definitely on the streaming radar this week.
4 days ago
Tyler Eifert Note
Tyler Eifert photo 22. Tyler Eifert JAC (vs . MIA)
It was Eifert who walked away with the touchdown in Week 2, but it was James O'Shaughnessy who ate into his potential upside. Eifert did see a respectable six targets (what we look for in streamers), but O'Shaughnessy saw four of his own. We can't expect Minshew to throw the ball 45 times every week, especially in a game they're favored to win. The Dolphins haven't really been tested up the middle with tight ends to this point, as Ryan Izzo and Dawson Knox combined to see just five targets. Don't go assuming that Eifert is going to get targeted more than them, either, as he received just one target in Week 1. He's never going to be someone you'll stream confidently, as he's just a touchdown dependent option. The injuries have added up over the years, leading him to average just 6.86 yards per target over the last two years. This is not an obvious matchup you need to attack.
4 days ago
O.J. Howard Note
O.J. Howard photo 23. O.J. Howard TB (at DEN)
Howard is the receiving option in this Bucs TE room, but he's not necessarily someone that you can rely on week in and week out just yet. This situation is a mess for fantasy managers to try and figure out and it might be best to just leave Howard on your bench or even your waiver wire in 1TE formats.
4 days ago
Jordan Akins Note
Jordan Akins photo 24. Jordan Akins HOU (at PIT)
After a solid Week 1 performance where he found the end zone, Akins racked up seven targets in Week 2, which was the second-highest mark of his career. He caught all of them for 55 yards, further making us consider him a legitimate streaming option. Unfortunately, he's going to share the red zone work with the vulture, Fells. But there have been 15 targets to the two of them through two weeks, amounting to a respectable 22.1 percent target share. The Steelers have allowed just a 52.9 percent catch-rate to tight ends through two games, which is much different than the 69.9 percent completion rate they allowed in 2019. They actually allowed 1.93 PPR points per target to tight ends last year, which was the fifth-highest mark in the league, but they faced the fourth-fewest targets, so their overall numbers looked better. With how dominant they are against running backs and wide receivers, it's only natural to expect them to have some sort of weakness. If Will Fuller is held out, the target floor goes up for Akins, but even if he plays, Akins is on the high-end TE2 radar. I'll update later in the week based on the practice reports.
4 days ago
Greg Olsen Note
Greg Olsen photo 25. Greg Olsen SEA (vs . DAL)
Mo Alie-Cox Note
Mo Alie-Cox photo 26. Mo Alie-Cox IND (vs . NYJ)
Mo Alie-Cox broke out in a big way last week and put together a dominant performance. Alie-Cox went 5-111-0 on six targets against Minnesota and he showed that he can be a key part of the offense moving forward. While it's hard to trust a player who just put up a dominant performance like that after being a backup for so long, he's in the TE2 conversation this week against the Jets. He's worth holding onto if you have the space on your bench though in case this last performance wasn't a fluke.
5 days ago
Jimmy Graham Note
Jimmy Graham photo 27. Jimmy Graham CHI (at ATL)
Rob Gronkowski Note
Rob Gronkowski photo 28. Rob Gronkowski TB (at DEN)
Dan Arnold Note
Dan Arnold photo 29. Dan Arnold ARI (vs . DET)
Irv Smith Jr. Note
Irv Smith Jr. photo 30. Irv Smith Jr. MIN (vs . TEN)
Ian Thomas Note
Ian Thomas photo 31. Ian Thomas CAR (at LAC)
Kyle Rudolph Note
Kyle Rudolph photo 32. Kyle Rudolph MIN (vs . TEN)
Darren Fells Note
Darren Fells photo 33. Darren Fells HOU (at PIT)
Akins was solid last week, but there's simply too much volatility with the Houston TEs to rely on any for fantasy this week. Both Akins and Fells make intriguing DFS plays, but they shouldn't be on the redraft radar just yet.
5 days ago
Jack Doyle Note
Jack Doyle photo 34. Jack Doyle IND (vs . NYJ)
Robert Tonyan Note
Robert Tonyan photo 35. Robert Tonyan GB (at NO)
Gerald Everett Note
Gerald Everett photo 36. Gerald Everett LAR (at BUF)
Will Dissly Note
Will Dissly photo 37. Will Dissly SEA (vs . DAL)
Anthony Firkser Note
Anthony Firkser photo 38. Anthony Firkser TEN (at MIN)
Jace Sternberger Note
Jace Sternberger photo 39. Jace Sternberger GB (at NO)
Harrison Bryant Note
Harrison Bryant photo 40. Harrison Bryant CLE (vs . WAS)
Tyler Kroft Note
Tyler Kroft photo 41. Tyler Kroft BUF (vs . LAR)
Vance McDonald Note
Vance McDonald photo 42. Vance McDonald PIT (vs . HOU)
Ryan Izzo Note
Ryan Izzo photo 43. Ryan Izzo NE (vs . LV)
Nick Boyle Note
Nick Boyle photo 44. Nick Boyle BAL (vs . KC)
Jason Witten Note
Jason Witten photo 45. Jason Witten LV (at NE)
Ryan Griffin Note
Ryan Griffin photo 46. Ryan Griffin NYJ (at IND)
Kaden Smith Note
Kaden Smith photo 47. Kaden Smith NYG (vs . SF)
Ross Dwelley Note
Ross Dwelley photo 48. Ross Dwelley SF (at NYG)
James O'Shaughnessy Note
James O'Shaughnessy photo 49. James O'Shaughnessy JAC (vs . MIA)
Josh Hill Note
Josh Hill photo 50. Josh Hill NO (vs . GB)
Cameron Brate Note
Cameron Brate photo 51. Cameron Brate TB (at DEN)
Foster Moreau Note
Foster Moreau photo 52. Foster Moreau LV (at NE)
Blake Bell Note
Blake Bell photo 53. Blake Bell DAL (at SEA)
Adam Trautman Note
Adam Trautman photo 54. Adam Trautman NO (vs . GB)
Devin Asiasi Note
Devin Asiasi photo 55. Devin Asiasi NE (vs . LV)
Cole Kmet Note
Cole Kmet photo 56. Cole Kmet CHI (at ATL)
MyCole Pruitt Note
MyCole Pruitt photo 57. MyCole Pruitt TEN (at MIN)
Chris Manhertz Note
Chris Manhertz photo 58. Chris Manhertz CAR (at LAC)
Jacob Hollister Note
Jacob Hollister photo 59. Jacob Hollister SEA (vs . DAL)
Nick Vannett Note
Nick Vannett photo 60. Nick Vannett DEN (vs . TB)
Jesse James Note
Jesse James photo 61. Jesse James DET (at ARI)
Virgil Green Note
Virgil Green photo 62. Virgil Green LAC (vs . CAR)
Marcedes Lewis Note
Marcedes Lewis photo 63. Marcedes Lewis GB (at NO)
Adam Shaheen Note
Adam Shaheen photo 64. Adam Shaheen MIA (at JAC)
Stephen Anderson Note
Stephen Anderson photo 65. Stephen Anderson LAC (vs . CAR)
Charlie Woerner Note
Charlie Woerner photo 66. Charlie Woerner SF (at NYG)
Marcus Baugh Note
Marcus Baugh photo 67. Marcus Baugh WAS (at CLE)
Tyler Conklin Note
Tyler Conklin photo 68. Tyler Conklin MIN (vs . TEN)
Trevon Wesco Note
Trevon Wesco photo 69. Trevon Wesco NYJ (at IND)
Nick Keizer Note
Nick Keizer photo 70. Nick Keizer KC (at BAL)
Demetrius Harris Note
Demetrius Harris photo 71. Demetrius Harris CHI (at ATL)
Darrell Daniels Note
Darrell Daniels photo 72. Darrell Daniels ARI (vs . DET)
Noah Togiai Note
Noah Togiai photo 73. Noah Togiai IND (vs . NYJ)
Luke Stocker Note
Luke Stocker photo 74. Luke Stocker ATL (vs . CHI)
Cethan Carter Note
Cethan Carter photo 75. Cethan Carter CIN (at PHI)
Durham Smythe Note
Durham Smythe photo 76. Durham Smythe MIA (at JAC)
Levine Toilolo Note
Levine Toilolo photo 77. Levine Toilolo NYG (vs . SF)
Stephen Carlson Note
Stephen Carlson photo 78. Stephen Carlson CLE (vs . WAS)
Jaeden Graham Note
Jaeden Graham photo 79. Jaeden Graham ATL (vs . CHI)
Jordan Thomas Note
Jordan Thomas photo 80. Jordan Thomas ARI (vs . DET)
Mason Schreck Note
Mason Schreck photo 81. Mason Schreck CIN (at PHI)
Jake Butt Note
Jake Butt photo 82. Jake Butt DEN (vs . TB)
Daniel Brown Note
Daniel Brown photo 83. Daniel Brown NYJ (at IND)
Jeremy Sprinkle Note
Jeremy Sprinkle photo 84. Jeremy Sprinkle WAS (at CLE)
Luke Willson Note
Luke Willson photo 85. Luke Willson SEA (vs . DAL)
Sean McKeon Note
Sean McKeon photo 86. Sean McKeon DAL (at SEA)
Albert Okwuegbunam Note
Albert Okwuegbunam photo 87. Albert Okwuegbunam DEN (vs . TB)
Dalton Keene Note
Dalton Keene photo 88. Dalton Keene NE (vs . LV)
Lee Smith Note
Lee Smith photo 89. Lee Smith BUF (vs . LAR)
Ben Ellefson Note
Ben Ellefson photo 90. Ben Ellefson JAC (vs . MIA)
Johnny Mundt Note
Johnny Mundt photo 91. Johnny Mundt LAR (at BUF)
Brycen Hopkins Note
Brycen Hopkins photo 92. Brycen Hopkins LAR (at BUF)
Gabe Nabers Note
Gabe Nabers photo 93. Gabe Nabers LAC (vs . CAR)
Geoff Swaim Note
Geoff Swaim photo 94. Geoff Swaim TEN (at MIN)
Farrod Green Note
Farrod Green photo 95. Farrod Green IND (vs . NYJ)
Andrew Beck Note
Andrew Beck photo 96. Andrew Beck DEN (vs . TB)
J.P. Holtz Note
J.P. Holtz photo 97. J.P. Holtz CHI (at ATL)
Richard Rodgers Note
Richard Rodgers photo 98. Richard Rodgers PHI (vs . CIN)
Donald Parham Jr. Note
Donald Parham Jr. photo 99. Donald Parham Jr. LAC (vs . CAR)
Pharaoh Brown Note
Pharaoh Brown photo 100. Pharaoh Brown HOU (at PIT)
Derek Carrier Note
Derek Carrier photo 101. Derek Carrier LV (at NE)
Tanner Hudson Note
Tanner Hudson photo 102. Tanner Hudson TB (at DEN)