Travis Kelce, Chiefs. Not a lot must be mentioned right here. Kelce completed because the TE1 in 4 of the previous 5 seasons (and No. 2 in 2017). It will actually be a shock if it did not occur once more this yr.
George Kittle, 49ers. Kittle is most well-liked over Waller in commonplace leagues. His elite yards after contact (YAC) expertise separate the 2. YAC is particularly necessary in non-PPR.
Darren Waller, Raiders. Whereas Kelce and Kittle are ranked simply above Waller, he has one factor going for him that these two don’t: He is the clear-cut, No. 1 choice for Las Vegas. He has no Tyreek Hill, Brandon Aiyuk, or Deebo Samuel to compete with. His 146 targets led all tight ends in 2020.
Mark Andrews, Ravens. Andrews ranked above the large three tight ends in aDot (common depth of goal) at 10.19. That is his power in commonplace codecs. He is a big-play tight finish in an offense that has beforehand lacked big-bodied deep threats. The addition of Rashod Bateman could eat into his deep targets, however it’ll make his life simpler in different areas of the sector. He must also proceed to flourish within the pink zone.
Kyle Pitts, Falcons. Some within the fantasy group are banging the desk for Pitts to be a top-three or 4 TE. Nevertheless, the wrestle of rookie tight ends has been properly documented. The very best rookie fantasy season by a decent finish was Rob Gronkowski in 2010 when he had 114.6 fantasy factors in commonplace codecs. Nevertheless, greater than 50 p.c of Gronk’s fantasy manufacturing got here from his 10 receiving touchdowns. Except Pitts reaches that sort of landing determine, he’ll possible fall inside TE4-10. Put otherwise, he’ll have to copy the best rookie tight finish season ever to complete among the many elite of the elite. Being ranked at No. 5 is sort of a feat for a rookie — and he will be good this yr — however do not count on him to be within the first tier. Positive, he is fairly actually anticipated to be a future All-Professional stud on the place, however do not get overzealous on him in yr one.
T.J. Hockenson, Lions. Hockenson confirmed flashes of an unimaginable future in his sophomore season. The Professional Bowler was a goal magnet in a Matthew Stafford-led offense. He completed on the No. 5 spot amongst tight ends regardless of rating Tenth in goal share (18 p.c). This yr, he is the one respectable piece amongst Lions’ pass-catchers. Detroit misplaced all of its high wideouts, most noticeably Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. They misplaced a mixed 2,063 offensive snaps from huge receivers from 2020 and are in full rebuild mode. Hockenson ought to be a goal phenom as soon as once more. Breshad Perriman, Quintez Cephus, and Tyrell Williams should not intimidate anybody with regards to goal share. With all of the lack of targets in Detroit, Hockenson’s 101 targets might hover someplace nearer to 150. The draw back is Jared Goff is not precisely the image of consistency.
Noah Fant, Broncos. The thrill is excessive round Fant in 2021. He may need probably the most spectacular bodily profile of any tight finish within the league, together with his top (6-4), weight (250 kilos), and pace (4.5 40-yard sprint) carefully resembling Derrick Henry’s. He trailed solely Kelce and Waller in whole YAC (381) regardless of not being close to them in targets. If Denver sees higher quarterback play, Fant is ready for a year-three breakout.
Tyler Higbee, Rams. It is formally Higbee time in 2021. Matthew Stafford rolls into LA whereas Gerald Everett leaves it, setting the stage for extra consistency from Higbee. He was listed as a fantasy sleeper earlier than the 2020 season started after an explosive finish to 2019. In Week 3 of final season, Higbee charted a three-TD sport for 23.4 fantasy factors in Week 2. After that, he failed to attain greater than six factors in 11 of the following 13 outings. The hope is Higbee will command excess of final yr’s 11.3-percent goal share with Everett headed to Seattle.
Dallas Goedert, Eagles. The writing has been on the wall for Zach Ertz in Philadelphia, and Goedert is lastly set to utterly take over the beginning tight finish spot. Whether or not Ertz is traded or not, it is Goedert’s job. Jalen Hurts’ accuracy points have been properly documented, however what a greater solution to get simple completions than counting on a safety blanket at tight finish. As a ‘co-starter’ tight finish in 2020, Goedert commanded a 16.7-percent goal share (seventh amongst tight ends). Even with the addition of DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia does not have some other pass-catchers that ought to preserve Goedert’s goal share beneath 20 p.c in a extra vital position. Because the No. 2 choice, he ought to get pleasure from his finest season but.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins. Gesicki got here in on the No. 6 spot in 2020 amongst tight ends. A regression is probably going in 2021 with Miami’s upgraded offensive arsenal and the addition of rookie tight finish Hunter Lengthy. Gesicki commanded a 16.3-percent goal share with a weak group round him. It is to be anticipated he’ll drop down from that determine. Moreover, he loved his two largest performances with Ryan Fitzpatrick on the helm. Nonetheless, Gesicki’s versatility (second amongst tight ends in slot snaps) and 25-percent pink zone goal share will preserve him a fantasy-relevant choice.
Logan Thomas, Washington. In 2020, Thomas was a traditional case of a decent finish rising from nowhere to rank inside the highest 10. Extremely, the QB-turned-TE ranked third amongst tight ends in targets with 110. He did so with a putrid Washington passing assault. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB1, count on Thomas to see one other flurry of targets and enhance on his aDot of 7.02.
Robert Tonyan Jr., Packers. Tonyan ranked twenty fourth in targets amongst tight ends final season. Nevertheless, he caught 88 p.c of these lookks. Realistically talking, there’s subsequent to no likelihood that sort of tempo repeats itself. He’ll go from a top-three tight finish to extra of a middle-of-the-pack sort of participant. Nonetheless, if Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback in Inexperienced Bay, Tonyan will proceed to be one in all his trusted targets within the pink zone. Tonyan caught 10-of-11 red-zone targets for seven touchdowns. The hope is that the development continues. If it is Jordan Love on the helm, count on Tonyan to freefall within the rankings.
Jonnu Smith, Patriots. Smith got here into 2020 with numerous hype. Though he completed high 10 on the place in commonplace leagues, he was very landing dependent (48 p.c of his fantasy factors from touchdowns). It is unclear whether or not Smith or Hunter Henry would be the main tight finish within the Patriots offense or if they are going to see a considerably equal piece of the pie. What does bode properly for Smith is the dearth of expertise at WR in New England. It would not be stunning to see the tight finish tandem develop into the top-two choices. We count on Mac Jones to take over in some unspecified time in the future, and tight ends typically function a safety blanket for younger QBs.
Irv Smith Jr., Vikings. Kyle Rudolph is out after an extended profession with the Vikings. Smith confirmed promise final season with 30 catches on 43 targets, 336 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Vikings had been clearly comfy sufficient with Smith to let Rudolph depart city. Exterior of Justin Jefferson and Adam Theilen, there’s numerous targets up for grabs in 2021. Smith performs extra like a giant huge reciever than a standard tight finish and may very well be utilized in many various positions within the offense.
Hunter Henry, Patriots. It is no coincidence Henry and Jonnu Smith discover themselves ranked eerily comparable. As beforehand talked about, they each have numerous alternative to be premier weapons on this offense. New England made every of them tied for the third-highest paid tight finish within the NFL ($12.5M yearly), so you possibly can count on every of them to see loads of motion.
Blake Jarwin, Cowboys. Jarwin has potential to destroy his TE16 rating in a high-powered Cowboys offense. It might sound contradictory with all of the mouths to feed in Dallas, however there shall be loads of targets and scoring alternatives to go round in a high-volume passing assault, proven by Jarwin’s backup Dalton Schultz rating ninth amongst TEs in targets final yr (89) whereas filling in.
Jared Cook dinner, Chargers. Cook dinner is previous dependable on the tight finish place. He is not fairly what he as soon as was, however he is set to play with an younger quarterback. In 2020, he completed fourth amongst tight ends in common goal distance (11.1), regardless of enjoying with an ailing Drew Brees and Taysom Hill in New Orleans
Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers. Gronkowski’s vary of outcomes are wherever between fantasy irrelevance and top-five tight finish. With one other yr of rust knocked off him, it isn’t unattainable for him to return to prime Gronk kind. The chances are stacked in opposition to that, however he did begin heating up within the later a part of the season final yr, together with scoring twice within the Tremendous Bowl. Whether or not he will get numerous quantity or not, his red-zone acumen will produce stable fantasy weeks this season (T-Tenth in red-zone targets final yr with 21). Finally, his worth might come all the way down to how a lot O.J. Howard performs after lacking 12 video games due to a torn Achilles’. If the Bucs nonetheless view Howard because the TE of the long run, he might simply be extra helpful.
Evan Engram, Giants. After a top-five fantasy tight finish season as a rookie, Engram has been nothing wanting a disappointment. He is did not rank inside the highest 10 since, ending at TE19 the earlier two seasons. With Saquon Barkely again, and Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Kyle Rudolph added to the offense, Engram’s alternatives determine to lower. The one hope is his elite expertise on the place lastly materializing into elite play.
Anthony Firkser, Titans. The Titans possess a star-studded offense in 2021, however do not forget to regulate Firkser. Firkser has completed nothing however produce when given the chance, and he is simply now getting an opportunity to take over the beginning tight finish position in Tennessee. In keeping with PlayerProfiler.com, Firkser ranked No. 2 on the place in “hog charge” at 18.3 p.c — one spot forward of Travis Kelce. Hog charge represents targets per snap. In different phrases, Firkser noticed a goal on 18.3 p.c of his offensive snaps, exhibiting Ryan Tannehill trusted him when he was out on the sector.
Cole Kmet, Bears. Kmet is poised to take over the keys from Jimmy Graham at TE1 within the Bears offense. Whereas Kmet did not see a ton of quantity final yr (44 targets), he ranked fourth on the place in true catch charge at 94 p.c. True catch charge is the overall variety of receptions divided by whole variety of catchable targets. With Andy Dalton or Justin Fields on the sector, passing quantity and catchable targets are prone to level upward.
Zach Ertz, Eagles. Ertz is a wild card, as he is been rumored to be traded earlier than the beginning of the season. Touchdown spot shall be every part if that occurs. Nevertheless, his monitor file means that he may be at the least a fantasy-relevant tight finish. From 2017-’19 Ertz was a premier tight finish listed among the many elites on the place. He completed high 5 in these three consecutive seasons, and a commerce to a decent finish needy staff might show fruitful for him.
O.J. Howard, Buccaneers. See Rob Gronkowski.
Eric Ebron, Steelers. Ebron disillusioned final yr regardless of constantly stable targets, and with the Steelers loaded at WR and including RB Najee Davenport and TE Pat Freiermuth within the draft, issues do not determine to get any higher for him. The targets nonetheless give him some upside in PPR leagues, although.
Austin Hooper, Browns. Hooper was a bust amongst tight ends in 2020. He dropped to TE22 from TE7 the earlier season with Atlanta. It is not essentially shocking, although. In ’20, the Browns tried 501 passes, fifth fewest. Examine that to the ’19 Atlanta passing assault that tried probably the most passes (684), and it is clear to see the passing quantity merely is not the identical. Except the Browns determine to randomly develop into move pleased, Hooper will not see a big workload as soon as once more.
Adam Trautman, Saints. Trautman got here into the league with a formidable prospect profile crammed with manufacturing. Throughout his faculty profession at Dayton, he compiled 3,000 yards and 31 receiving touchdowns. With targets up for grabs within the New Orleans offense, Trautman has all the chance on the planet to take benefit, making him an intriguing deep sleeper.
Gerald Everett, Seahawks. Taking part in with Russell Wilson is taken into account a very good factor for pass-catchers. At tight finish, there hasn’t been a lot manufacturing in Seattle. Everett is probably the most athletic tight finish Wilson has performed with, however there is no assure of quantity coming his manner till we have seen it.
Hayden Hurst, Falcons. For apparent causes (Kyle Pitts), Hurst’s ceiling could be very low. Nevertheless, Atlanta will possible be a high-volume passing assault with numerous detrimental sport scripts. If Pitts is utilized as a WR in numerous the Falcons formations like anticipated, Hurst might nonetheless have a task within the offense.