August 28, 2018

NFL FANTASY PREVIEW: The Top 25 tight ends

by Dan Bilicki In: Fantasy, Football

After the top tier of tight ends, the drop off to the lower end of TE1s is a bit big, but at least there’s a lot of depth in the position to fill that spot on your roster.

1. Rob Gronkowski, NE

1084 receiving yards, 8 TDs, 158.4 points.

Gronk remains the top of the TE class and would’ve ranked as the sixth-best WR last year, but again couldn’t play an entire season.

2. Travis Kelce, KC

1038 receiving yards, 8 TDs, 151.5 points.

Has a change of QB this season, but should remain one of the top-targeted TEs and has the most receptions by a TE over the past three seasons.

3. Zach Ertz, PHI

824 receiving yards, 8 TDS, 128.4 points.

Has at least 74 receptions and 800 yards in each of the past three seasons and is coming off a career high in TDs.

4. Evan Engram, NYG

722 receiving yards, 6 TDs, 109.6 points.

A tight end in name only, Engram essentially plays the slot for the Giants, though his targets could see a decline with WR corps healthy.

5. Greg Olsen, CAR

191 receiving yards, 1 TD, 25.1 points.

A broken foot derailed his season, but if he returns to form, he’ll be a surefire top five fantasy TE.

6. Kyle Rudolph, MIN

532 receiving yards, 8 TDs, 101.2 points.

Has the third-most red zone targets in the league and trails only Gronk in TE TD receptions over the past three seasons.

7. Trey Burton, CHI

248 receiving yards, 5 TDs, 56.8 points.

Most famous for throwing the Philly Special in the Super Bowl, he should get plenty of opportunity playing in the slot with the Bears.

8. Jimmy Graham, GB

520 receiving yards, 10 TDs, 114 points.

His 10 TDs hide the fact that he had his lowest reception per game and yard per game totals since his rookie season. Will Rodgers help him out?

9. Delanie Walker, TEN

807 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 100.5 points.

Is the only TE to get at least 100 targets in each of the past four seasons while also leading the Titans in receptions over that period.

10. Jordan Reed, WAS

211 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 33.1 points.

His points per game over the past three years trails only Gronk among TEs, but the problem is that he’s constantly injured.

11. George Kittle, SF

515 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 63.5 points.

Could be a steal after putting up some nice numbers late in the season, ranking as the third-best TE in weeks 15-17.

12. Jack Doyle, IND

690 receiving yards, 4 TDs, 89 points.

One of six tight ends with 100+ targets last season and was second in TE receptions.

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is a breakout candidate. (AP PHOTO)

13. David Njoku, CLE

386 receiving yards, 4 TDs, 62.7 points.

Sophomore could be in line for a breakout season with a decent QB and better surrounding receivers.

14. Tyler Eifert, CIN

46 receiving yards, 4.6 points.

He’s an absolute monster in the red zone, but can’t stay healthy. Played just two games last year, but had 18 TDs in 21 games the previous two.

15. O.J. Howard, TB

432 receiving yards, 6 TDs, 75.2 points.

A first-round pick last year, Howard came on late in the season and should continue that trend in 2018.

16. Charles Clay, BUF

558 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 67.8 points.

Led the Bills in receiving yards last season despite missing three games and had a 27% target share when healthy.

17. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAX

357 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 51.7 points.

Now on his third team in three years, ASJ finally broke through and played more than seven games for the first time in his career.

18. Cameron Brate, TB

591 receiving yards, 6 TDs, 95.1 points.

Lost his starting role to Howard late in the season and should split targets with him at best.

19. Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI

201 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 38.1 points.

Per ESPN, he was targeted on a huge 42.1% of routes he ran and averaged 7.6 points per game in which he had a catch.

20. Austin Hooper, ATL

526 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 70.6 points.

Should see plenty of action in a good offence and had the third-most targets on the Falcons last year.

21. Benjamin Watson, NO

522 receiving yards, 4 TDs, 76.2 points.

Veteran TE is in great shape and returns to the New Orleans, where he had a monster season in 2015.

22. Jared Cook, OAK

688 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 78.8 points.

Has just six TDs in his past 58 games and drops have been a problem in the past three seasons.

23. Eric Ebron, IND

574 receiving yards, 4 TDs, 79.4 points.

Former first-rounder heads to Indy, where we should see a lot of two-TE sets with Doyle the primary.

24. Mike Gesicki, MIA

2018 rookie

Second-rounder should be Miami’s starter, but the Dolphins offence has looked like a mess.

25. Vernon Davis, WAS

648 receiving yards, 3 TDs, 78.8 points.

He’s a handy handcuff to have on your bench if you grab Reed earlier and has a strong rapport with new QB Alex Smith.

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