Fantasy Football: Tight End Rankings and Tiers

Today I’ll be concluding the 4 days of Fantasy Football preview articles for positional rankings. We’ve gone through QBs, RBs, and WRs, so now it’s time to get to the Tight Ends. The TE position has been evolving for years. There are multiple guys that can finish as a top 3 TE this year. Most people can guess #1, but with injuries, anyone of my top 6 has a chance to end the year as the #1 TE. With that in mind, these are my Tight End Rankings and tiers for the 2017 NFL season.

Remember, these rankings are in the order of my personal preference, so if they are within the same tier, I think all of them will be around the same range from a fantasy point projections perspective, so feel free to choose who you prefer.

Tier 1 – Elite

Rob Gronkowski
Travis Kelce
Greg Olsen
Jordan Reed
Jimmy Graham
Tyler Eifert

Gronkowski has led this group for a few years now, but injuries have brought him back to the pack. Still the biggest TD machine of any TE in the league, but doesn’t matter if he can’t stay on the field. Kelce is mini Gronk, and 1 of the more entertaining players in the league, if you ask me. Both him and Gronk are worth 2nd round picks. Most people have Reed 3rd, but I have Olsen #3. I love his consistency and even if he doesn’t score, he makes up for it with yards and catches. His 5th round ADP helps also.

Reed has been going in round 4, but he gets hurt too much for me to use a 4th round pick on him when others can put up similar numbers. Graham returned last year to show how great he still is. If he keeps rolling and stays healthy, he may return to top 3 status. Tyler Eifert is another guy in the form of Gronkowski. He’s a big, athletic, guy who can work on the outside and win battle one on one when in the red zone. It’s a big plus that you can get a player like him in the 6th or 7th round.

Tier 2 – Starters

Martellus Bennett
Kyle Rudolph
OJ Howard
Hunter Henry
Delanie Walker
Zach Ertz

Any TE that Aaron Rodger throws to would be worth a pick, but with someone of the talent of Bennett, and you get a big-time play. Rudolph showed flashes with Sam Bradford at QB last year and I expect that to continue as his athleticism for a man his size is unbelievable. Howard is a rookie, but he’s a big playmaker. He may start out splitting time with Cameron Brate, but he should end up getting most of the targets in Tampa Bay.

Henry started the transition of Antonio Gates to himself last year and this year, he should finally take the torch. He has a very high ceiling. Walker is Mr. Consistent, but with more weapons in Tennessee, he may be a little lower than normal. Ertz is a big part of the Philadelphia game plan and with the trade of Jordan Matthews, he may be their best weapon. He will be Carson Wentz’s safety blanket.

Tier 3 – Good Backups

Eric Ebron
David Njoku
Evan Engram
Coby Fleener
Jack Doyle
Jason Witten

Ebron has all the talent in the world, but so far, he’s yet to fulfill it. Njoku and Engram are rookies, who will eventually start and be solid parts of their offenses. Fleener will catch passes from Drew Brees, that’s always a good thing. Doyle will be the main underneath target for Andrew Luck. He had a good year splitting time, now he has the job to himself. Witten is 1 of the oldest starting TEs in the league, but he still has a little left and Dak Prescott is still young. He will continue to be leaned on.

Tier 4 – For 2 TE Leagues

Cameron Brate
Antonio Gates
Dwayne Allen
Julius Thomas
Jared Cook
Austin Hooper

Very hard to trust anyone in this group. Brate will lose targets to Howard as the season progresses. Same with Gates losing targets to Henry. Allen will be the #2 TE in NE, which typically is a good thing, but they have so many weapons right now. Thomas will try to rejuvenate his career in Miami. Jared Cook downgrades from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr, which isn’t horrible, but Cook is a career underachiever. Hooper should have an okay year with the Falcons, but nothing that will raise too many eyebrows.

Tier 5 – Ultimate Desperation

Adam Shaheen
Gerald Everett
CJ Fiedorowicz
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Jesse James
George Kittle

Shaheen and Everett actually have good potential, but they are both on horrible teams that don’t have QBs that I truly trust. The Texans haven’t used their TE correctly since they had Owen Daniels. That’s not a good sign for Fiedorowicz. Seferian-Jenkins is someone that has talent but has wasted it with bad decisions. Not sure if moving to NY helps his thought process. The Steelers always find places to use their TE. James should benefit from their offense, but he’s average at best, and the 4th option at best. Kittle could shock some people as a sleeper. Brian Hoyer has to throw to someone other than Pierre Garcon.

During the year I will be giving advice for weekly waiver pickups, as well as weekly starts and sits. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help you dominate your leagues. Fantasy Football has become so popular around the world. Approximately 40 million people play it a year and over one billion is spent. If you already play it, you know what I mean, if you haven’t, maybe it’s time for you to give it a try, and hopefully, I’ll be here to help. If you have any questions, I can be reached on twitter with the handle @Pacman453323, good luck to everyone.

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