Delanie Walker (Titans) – Consistent year in and year out. Walker said he expects to play week 1 regardless of his toe injury. He has seen 86+ targets and 60+ receptions in each of 5 seasons with the Titans. Including one 1,000 yard season, 100+ targets in each of the last four seasons and an average of 5 touchdowns.
Dishing out Fantasy Football Tight Rankings and prepping for the Daily Fantasy Sports upcoming slate. Check out the Top 80 tight ends, sleepers, handcuffs and where they will end up come season’s end.
Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (Full PPR)
- Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) – Gronk is healthy, will play at least 13 games, double digit touchdown upside, contract incentives will help in achieving fantasy production and is Tom Brady’s favorite target. Looking for Gronk to get off to a hot start with Julian Eldeman suspended and rack up those 100 yard games.
- Travis Kelce (Chiefs) – Kelce is looking for his third straight season with 80+ receptions and 1,000 receiving yards. Kelce and Gronk are the best two options in all scoring formats.
- Zach Ertz (Eagles) – Target monster and has seen his fantasy football finishes improve year in year out. If healthy for all 16 games, Ertz will push for the top spot. Rookie Dallas Goedert makes this tandem the best in the NFL.
- Evan Engram (Giants) – His preseason concussion is worrisome considering he had one last year too. His talent, route running skills and the offensive system gives him upside for days.
- Trey Burton (Bears) –
Matt Nagy loves targeting the tight end position. Burton is a lock for 72+ receptions and will be the primary pass catcher in Chicago.
- Delanie Walker (Titans) – Consistency year in and year out. Walker said he expects to play week 1 regardless of his toe injury. A quality that Walker offers fantasy owners is his dependability to play through injuries. He has seen 86+ targets and 60+ receptions in each of his 5 seasons with the Titans. Including one 1,000 yard season, 100+ targets in each of the last four seasons and an average of 5 touchdowns.
- Jimmy Graham (Packers) – His production will come in the redzone as the Packers are notorious for passing versus running when it gets to the goaline. Bare with his inconsistency as some weeks he will not produce. Although I expect Graham to finish this high come season’s end. Im not drafting him at his current ADP.
- Greg Olsen (Panthers) – 1,000 yard season after 1,000 yard season ended with his 2017 injury. Olsen is still a target monster and will account for approximately 20% of his team’s target share in 2018.
- Jordan Reed (Redskins) – Lets say Reed plays in 12 games. A top ten finish will come. Im expecting his usage to be limited to start the season. His redzone usage and ability to pick up 1st downs on 3rd downs will see some great weeks in fantasy.
- Jack Doyle (Colts) – Andrew Luck’s safety blanket rounds out my top ten tight ends. Doyle will be used in spread formations, crucial situations, the redzone, 2 minute drill and should rack up targets.
- Kyle Rudolph (Vikings) – Touchdown dependent.
- David Njoku (Browns) –
Upside combined with inconsistent weeks has Njoku topping out at number 12. His ability to own the seam route will be advantageous in Todd Haley’s offense.
- O.J. Howard (Buccaneers) – Big play ability in year two.
- George Kittle (49ers) – Solid option in an offense that will pass the ball 550+ times in 2018.
- Charles Clay (Bills) – Will be the top receiving option along with Shady McCoy.
- Cameron Brate (Buccaneers) – Jameis Winston’s favorite redzone target.
- Ricky Seals Jones (Cardinals) – Athleticism and a good quarterback equal production. Expecting a semi breakout year for Jones.
- Jared Cook (Raiders) – Should produce 50+ receptions and have a few nice games.
- Mike Gesicki (Dolphins) – The number one tight end in Miami might finish as the best rookie tight end in 2018.
- Tyler Eifert (Bengals) – Limited snap count in a good offense. His production is undeniable when healthy.
- Austin Hooper (Falcons) – Will this be Hooper’s breakout season? Hooper remains a streaming option versus weekly starter.
- Dallas Goedert (Eagles) –
Goedert is a beast and he displayed why he is the best tight end from the 2018 draft class. Even with target hog Zach Ertz, Goedert offers value. He should produce touchdowns and a few good outings in 2018. The best handcuff in fantasy football for the tight end position. With Alshon Jeffery injured, Goedert offers early season value.
- Jesse James (Steelers) – There is no question that McDonald is a better route runner and was brought in to be the starter. However, McDonald’s health is always an issue. James should produce as a streaming option.
- Eric Ebron (Colts) – Ebron, Doyle and Hilton could easily be the top targeted receiving options in Indianapolis.
- Ben Watson (Saints) – A sneaky pick to net 50+ receptions in 2018.
- Vance McDonald (Steelers) – Unfortunately this talented tight end can’t stay healthy.
- Ryan Griffin (Texans) – Houston’s starter by default. Health is a concern here as well. Jordan Akins is a Sleeper!
- Austin Sefarian Jenkins (Jaguars) – It is difficult to trust anyone on Jacksonville other than Leonard Fournette. ASJ has redzone upside and is a streaming option.
- Jeff Heuerman (Broncos) – Appears to be the week one starter.
- Chris Herndon (Jets) – Good pass catching option for rookie Sam Darnold. Keep an eye on this guy.
- Nick Vannett (Seahawks) – Tight end on the Seahawks is not valuable. Ed Dickson will be back eventually.
- Antonio Gates (Chargers) – Touchdown upside but the reception/yardage total will not be there.
- Jonnu Smith (Titans) – Jonnu will see the field regardless of stud Delanie Walker. Talented and waiting in the wings.
- Hayden Hurst (Ravens) – Forced to drop him in my rankings due to his stress fracture injury. Jordan Reed delt with foot injuries and Hurst worries me now. Need to monitor him when he returns. Unfortunate because the Ravens target tight ends and now its looking like a full blown committee.
- Luke Wilson (Lions) – Underrated athlete and pass catcher. Kenny Golladay is the player to breakout in Detroit.
- Mark Andrews (Ravens) – Best pass catcher and former receiver in a crowded locker room. He should get a chance to shine with Hurst’s injury.
- Vernon Davis (Redskins) – Will play even with a healthy Reed. Vernon, Goedert, Jonnu, Hollister, Butt, Everett and this next tight end are my favorite backups.
- Tyler Kroft (Bengals) – Eifert on a limited snap count and health concerns keep Kroft fantasy relevant.
- Tyler Higbee (Rams) – Starting tight end in an explosive offense ranked 39th? Woods, Cooks, Kupp and Gurley hog the targets in L.A.
- Jacob Hollister (Patriots) – Handcuff to Gronk. Should see some burn in 2018.
- Geoff Swain (Cowboys)
- Nick Boyle (Ravens)
- Jake Butt (Broncos) – Sleeper.
- Eric Tomlinson (Jets)
- Adam Shaheen (Bears)
- Jordan Leggett (Jets)
- Garrett Celek (49ers)
- Gerald Everett (Rams) – Athletic with limited targets.
- Blake Jarwin (Cowboys) – Tight end to target if any in Dallas.
- Ed Dickson (Seahawks)
- Josh Hill (Saints)
- Marcedes Lewis (Packers)
- Jordan Akins (Texans)
- Demetrius Harris (Chiefs)
- Rhett Ellison (Giants)
- Maxx Williams (Ravens)
- Virgil Green (Chargers)
- Will Dissly (Seahawks)
- Neal Sterling (Jets)
- Seth Devalve (Browns)
- Jermaine Gresham (Cardinals)
- MarQueis Gray (Dolphins)
- Eric Saubert (Falcons)
- Sean Culkin (Chargers)
- Daniel Brown (Bears)
- David Morgan (Vikings)
- Antonio Gates (Free Agent)
- James O’Shaughnessy (Jaguars)
- Jeremy Sprinkle (Redskins) – Deep Sleeper.
- Levine Toilolo (Lions)
- Lance Kendricks (Packers)
- Michael Roberts (Lions)
- Niles Paul (Jaguars)
- C.J. Uzomah (Bengals)
- Erik Swoope (Colts)
- Tyler Conklin (Vikings) – Deep Sleeper.
- Dalton Schultz (Cowboys)
- Logan Thomas (Bills) – Deep Sleeper.
- Rico Gathers (Cowboys)
- Hakeem Valles (Detroit)
- Robert Tonyan (Packers)
(Teams Going Off + Thoughts Flexed In) = Combination Lineups
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