Pre-Draft Fantasy Rankings: TE 1.0

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Tiers

Tiers (Tiers correlate to all positions rather than each individual position)

Super Elite

Elite

Stud

Above Average

Average

Below Average

Dynasty Stash

Not worth rostering in any format

TE Rankings (standard)

Tier Two

  1. Travis Kelce KC
  2. George Kittle SF
  3. Zach Ertz PHI

Tier Three

  1. Eric Ebron IND
  2. O.J Howard TB

Tier Four

  1. Hunter Henry LAC
  2. Trey Burton CHI
  3. Evan Engram NYG

Tier Five

  1. Jared Cook NO
  2. David Njoku CLE
  3. Jordan Reed WAS
  4. Kyle Rudolph MIN
  5. Jack Doyle IND
  6. Tyler Eifert CIN
  7. Austin Hooper ATL
  8. Chris Herndon NYJ
  9. Jimmy Graham GB
  10. Mark Andrews BAL
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins NE
  12. Delanie Walker TEN
  13. Greg Olsen CAR
  14. Vance McDonald PIT

Tier Six

  1. Cameron Brate TB
  2. C.J Uzomah CIN
  3. Jason Witten DAL
  4. Jesse James DET
  5. Tyler Kroft BUF
  6. Gerald Everett LAR
  7. Mike Gesicki MIA
  8. Charles Clay ARI

Tier Seven

  1. Dallas Goedert PHI
  2. Adam Shaheen CHI
  3. Geoff Swaim JAX
  4. Josh Hill NO
  5. Vernon Davis WAS
  6. Ryan Griffin HOU
  7. Tyler Higbee LAR
  8. Jeff Heuerman DEN
  9. Ian Thomas CAR
  10. Dan Arnold NO
  11. Jake Butt DEN
  12. Ricky Seals-Jones ARI
  13. Will Dissly SEA
  14. Demetrius Harris CLE
  15. Dwayne Allen MIA
  16. Jason Croom BUF
  17. Nick Vannett SEA
  18. Blake Jarwin DAL
  19. Hayden Hurst BAL
  20. Jonnu Smith TEN

Tier Eight

  1. Niles Paul JAX
  2. James O’Shaughnessy JAX
  3. Virgil Green LAC
  4. Garrett Celek SF
  5. Lee Smith OAK
  6. Mo Alie-Cox IND
  7. David Morgan MIN
  8. Jordan Akins HOU
  9. Rhett Ellison NYG
  10. Nick Boyle BAL
  11. Jacob Hollister NE
  12. Xavier Grimble PIT
  13. Seth Devalve CLE

Tier Two Analysis

Who else would you expect to round out the top 3 here? Kittle, Kelce, and Ertz are so close in terms of fantasy value that any of them could foreseeably finish at TE1 (if anyone outside of these three is TE1 I would be shocked). Grabbing one of these guys locks down your Tight End spot for the whole season (save for Bye Weeks or injuries).

Tier Three Analysis

Howard and Ebron are much more touchdown reliant than Kittle, Kelce, and Ertz but they possess a ton of upside in high volume passing offenses where they are the 2nd or 3rd read. Likewise, these two get held back by the presence of former fantasy star tight ends (Cameron Brate and Jack Doyle) on their respective rosters (for now).

Tier Four Analysis

I like the upside of these three, as they should all benefit (target wise) from notable subtractions on their respective offenses. Engram in particular could return to his 2017 form with the trade of Odell Beckham, and in this case he may very well find himself in Tier Two.

Tier Five Analysis

This vast group consists of your weekly starter candidates, who will each come with the usual combination of low-floor and high touchdown upside that we have come to expect from the Tight End position. Some notable names include Austin Seferian-Jenkins (taking the place of future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski, Mark Andrews (a dynamic receiver in an offense lacking pass-catchers), and Tyler Eifert (we’ll see if he can return to form following his ankle injury).

Tier Six Analysis

In this Tier you will find your desperation starts at the position, for the weeks with stockpiled injuries at the position/stacked bye weeks. These guys probably aren’t even worth keeping on your bench outside of dynasty formats.

Tier Seven Analysis

There’s a lot of long-term upside in this grouping, but not much immediate value/opportunity. Keep these guys on your radar though.

Tier Eight Analysis

Keep scrolling bub..

TE Rankings (ppr)

Tier Two

  1. Zach Ertz PHI
  2. George Kittle SF
  3. Travis Kelce KC

Tier Three

  1. Eric Ebron IND
  2. O.J Howard TB

Tier Four

  1. Hunter Henry LAC
  2. Evan Engram NYG
  3. Trey Burton CHI

Tier Five

  1. Jordan Reed WAS
  2. Jared Cook NO
  3. Chris Herndon NYJ
  4. Austin Hooper ATL
  5. Kyle Rudolph MIN
  6. Delanie Walker TEN
  7. Greg Olsen CAR
  8. David Njoku CLE
  9. Jack Doyle IND
  10. Mark Andrews BAL
  11. Austin Seferian-Jenkins NE
  12. Jason Witten DAL
  13. Vance McDonald PIT
  14. Cameron Brate TB
  15. Jimmy Graham GB
  16. Tyler Eifert CIN
  17. Jesse James DET

Tier Six

  1. Tyler Kroft BUF
  2. Charles Clay ARI
  3. Tyler Higbee LAR
  4. C.J Uzomah CIN
  5. Mike Gesicki MIA
  6. Ryan Griffin HOU
  7. Gerald Everett LAR

Tier Seven

  1. Geoff Swaim JAX
  2. Will Dissly SEA
  3. Vernon Davis WAS
  4. Demetrius Harris CLE
  5. Josh Hill NO
  6. Dallas Goedert PHI
  7. Jeff Heuerman DEN
  8. Adam Shaheen CHI
  9. Jason Croom BUF
  10. Jonnu Smith TEN
  11. Ricky Seals-Jones ARI
  12. Niles Paul JAX
  13. Nick Vannett SEA
  14. Dan Arnold NO
  15. Blake Jarwin DAL
  16. Hayden Hurst BAL
  17. Ian Thomas CAR

Tier Eight

  1. James O’Shaughnessey JAX
  2. Lee Smith OAK
  3. Rhett Ellison NYG
  4. Jake Butt DEN
  5. Garrett Celek SF
  6. Dwayne Allen MIA
  7. David Morgan MIN
  8. Jordan Akins HOU
  9. Virgil Green LAC
  10. Nick Boyle BAL
  11. Mo Alie-Cox IND
  12. Jacob Hollister NE
  13. Xavier Grimble PIT
  14. Seth Devalve CLE

Tier Two Analysis

It’s only fair to give Ertz the top spot here after he broke the record for receptions by a tight end last season. You really can’t go wrong with any of the three though.

Tier Three Analysis

Same story as before, not much more to add.

Tier Four Analysis

As I said before, I like the reception upside of Engram a lot this year. Henry could also take on more of a semi-slot receiver/H-Back role in the Chargers offense this year, which could lead to a high volume of receptions in a contract year.

Tier Five Analysis

Tier Five grows larger, as the checkdown potential of certain Tier Six players from our standard rankings lets them slide into Tier Five for PPR.

Tier Six Analysis

These are guys that I do not love right now, but they could possibly finish as top-20 options at the position in theory.

Tier Seven Analysis

Keep an eye on them but don’t keep them in any short roster format yet.

Tier Eight Analysis

Take a picture, it’ll last longer.

Names to Watch

Noah Fant

T.J Hockenson

Irv Smith Jr

Antonio Gates

Dion Sims

Jace Sternberger

Caleb Wilson

Kaden Smith

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