Fantasy Football 2020: Week 5 Tight End Trade Values

By Alex Kurpeski

 

Locking up a tight end who can consistently score double digit points for your fantasy team is one of the most underrated advantages a manager can give themselves. Often the tight end spot in a lineup can become a sinkhole that separates the contenders from the pretenders. With that being said, here’s an article structured to land your team that No. 1 tight end it so desperately needs. 

 

Tight End Trade Values (PPR Redraft)

 

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Trade Value: RB1, RB2 + TE1, WR1 + TE2, WR2 + WR2

 

Kelce is a stud week in and week out. Believe it or not, there was a reason why he had a first round ADP this offseason. 

 

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Trade Value: RB1, RB2 + TE1, WR1 + TE2, WR2 + WR2

 

Kittle’s performance against the Eagles was living proof that he’s the best tight end in the game when healthy. He and Kelce are the 1A and 1B of tight ends. 

 

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Trade Value: RB2, WR2 + TE2, WR3 + RB3, TE1 + WR3

 

Ertz is once again the only real pass-catcher on this team, which puts him in a position to see double digit targets each week.

 

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Trade Value: RB2, WR2 + TE2, WR3 + RB3, TE1 + WR3

 

Like Ertz, Waller is a target hog by default thanks to his team’s lack of depth in the receiving core. 

 

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Trade Value: RB2, WR2 + TE2, WR3 + RB3, TE1 + WR3

 

Like Ertz and Waller, Andrews is the de facto No. 1 option for his team’s offense. 

 

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Trade Value: TE2 + RB3, WR2, QB1 + TE2

 

Smith is arguably the best athlete in the NFL at his position and he’s off to a scorching start to this season. He’s nearly in the same category as Waller, Andrews, and Ertz. 

 

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Trade Value: TE2 + RB3, WR2, QB1 + TE2

 

Higbee — like Smith — is an ascending star at the position who has been great to start this season. 

 

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Trade Value: TE2 + RB3, WR2, QB1 + TE2

 

Henry has yet to catch a touchdown this season, though he had 50+ receiving yards in each of the first three games. Henry is incredibly gifted and could be a tremendous asset down the stretch. 

 

Evan Engram, New York Giants

Trade Value: TE2 + RB3, WR2, QB1 + TE2

 

Engram is one of the best receivers in the league when he’s on. Though he’s off to a poor start this season, the former first round pick remains a top-ten value. 

 

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons

Trade Value: RB3, WR3 + TE2, QB1

 

Hurst is a great talent who plays in an offense that loves to throw the ball. He’s nearly in the Henry/Engram/Smith/Higbee tier. 

Tight End Trade Values (PPR Dynasty)

 

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Trade Value: Two rookie first round picks + TE1, RB1, WR1 + TE2

Kittle is an exceptional talent in an ideal situation to produce. He’s also turning 27 in a week. You can count on at least five more years of elite production from Kittle, making him a highly valuable dynasty league asset. 

 

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Trade Value: Rookie first round pick + TE1, RB2 + WR3, WR1

 

Andrews is only 24 years old and he’s arguably the third best tight end in the NFL. He also happens to play in the most tight end friendly offense in the league. 

 

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

 

Trade Value: Rookie first round pick + TE1, RB2 + WR3, WR1

 

If Kelce wasn’t already on the wrong side of 30 he would be in the George Kittle tier of tight end values. Even so, Kelce is a stud who can be relied upon for the next few seasons as an elite option. 

 

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Trade Value: Rookie first round pick, TE1 + WR3, RB2

 

Waller is an exceptional tight end in PPR and he’s under contract for the next few seasons. 

 

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2, RB3 + WR3

 

Smith is a young tight end who is in the midst of a career year. For now he’s an incredibly valuable dynasty league asset. 

 

Evan Engram, New York Giants

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2, RB3 + WR3

 

Like Smith, Engram is a young tight end who is extremely gifted. His true value lies in his upside. 

 

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2, RB3 + WR3

 

Fant is another elite athlete who is poised to become an elite tight end in this league soon enough. 

 

T.J Hockenson, Detroit Lions

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2, RB3 + WR3

 

A former top ten draft pick, Hockenson is incredibly well-rounded and has made some major strides in his development this season. 

 

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2 + RB4, RB3 + WR3

 

Unlike the other players in this tier, Ertz’s value is tied to his immediate value. 

 

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Trade Value: Rookie second round pick + TE2, RB3 + WR3

 

Henry has as much potential as any tight end in the league.

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