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Fantasy TE Tiers: Rankings & A Strategy For Every Round

There are winning strategies for drafting tight ends in every round this year.

You could go early-TE with Travis Kelce or George Kittle in Round 2. Or you could target running backs and wide receivers over the first two rounds then still pick up Mark Andrews in Round 3. There’s also top-five potential in middle rounds with Tyler Higbee and Hayden Hurst. And finally, there are league-winning fliers available in later rounds.

The “choose your adventure” nature of the position means I can let the draft dictate how and when I target TEs. There is no reason to reach for any player above their average draft position (ADP), because you will likely have at least one TE fall too far in your draft.

While I discourage reaching for a TE, I also do not advocate relying on streaming TEs via the waiver wire. It’s usually a very top-heavy position that only offers “TD or bust”-type fliers on the waiver wire most weeks. However, given how much more prevalent the position is becoming in the passing game, there should be reliable options available to you whenever you find yourself in a pinch.

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed an injection of potentially elite TEs into the league. Realistically, we could see yet another young tight end break out this season, much like George Kittle in 2018 or Mark Andrews in 2019. I’ve identified Tier 7 as the group that is most likely to include that breakout player (or two).

Below, I will map out the position by highlighting which TEs I’m targeting in each phase of the draft.


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Fantasy TE Rankings

Rankings are based on half-PPR scoring. Click on a tier to skip to the analysis.

Tier 1Travis Kelce
George Kittle
Tier 2Mark Andrews
Tier 3Zach Ertz
Tier 4Darren Waller
Tier 5Evan Engram
Tyler Higbee
Tier 6Hunter Henry
Jared Cook
Hayden Hurst
Rob Gronkowski
Dallas Goedert
Tier 7Mike Gesicki
Austin Hooper
T.J. Hockenson
Jonnu Smith
Noah Fant
Tier 8Blake Jarwin
Eric Ebron
Jack Doyle
Tier 9Ian Thomas
Irv Smith Jr.
Chris Herndon
Greg Olsen
Kyle Rudolph
Tier 10Jace Sternberger
Dawson Knox
O.J. Howard
Jimmy Graham

Tier 1

Travis Kelce, KC
George Kittle, SF

Having an elite TE gives you a considerable edge over the rest of your league.

Recent seasons have proven that you can find elite fantasy production deep in the draft, but it may be a higher-risk proposition whereas Kelce and Kittle have established themselves as proven commodities. I’m projecting each of them to average approximately 6.5 more points per game than a replacement-level player (TE12). That would give you about a 59% win probability over a team with a replacement-level TE.

Of course, drafting Kelce or Kittle likely requires you to pass on a stud RB or WR in Round 2, but I would not fault you for doing precisely that.

That said, with the steady increase in the position’s involvement in the passing game, TE is more loaded now than ever before. Because of this, we have seen an increasing trend of league-winning TEs available much later in the draft — think of George Kittle in 2018, or Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews, Tyler Higbee, and Darren Waller in 2019.

This season, there are a handful of TEs who fit that same profile as potential breakout candidates. It’s why waiting at TE is a viable alternative strategy.

Tier 2

Mark Andrews, BAL

Andrews is due to regress in terms of his efficiency metrics (13.3 yards per catch, 15.6% touchdown rate). However, his playing time will increase significantly this year with Hayden Hurst off to Atlanta.

Andrews commanded a 44% snap share in 2019. I expect that to approach 75% this season. His projected increase in total opportunities should compensate for his coming regression in per-catch efficiency.

As a result, Andrews should provide more consistent production from week to week, and he has a ceiling that could push him into Tier 1 during the season.

Tier 3

Zach Ertz, PHI

You can always play it safe and take Zach Ertz in Round 4. However, “safe” may not be the right way to describe his 2020 outlook.

He relies on massive target volume to maintain his status as a top-five fantasy TE, and there’s a chance he’ll begin to see a decline in targets this season. Last year, Ertz maintained a healthy target share in part due to the Eagles’ litany of injuries at WR. But a healthy DeSean Jackson and the addition of first-round pick Jalen Reagor each pose a significant threat to Ertz’s offensive usage.

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Backup TE Dallas Goedert may also challenge Ertz’s preeminence. Goedert is entering his prime at 26 years old, while Ertz will be turning 30 this season.

I still expect Ertz to be a solid TE1 this year, but his weekly floor may be less consistent than we’ve come to expect over the last several years.

Tier 4

Darren Waller, LV

Waller benefited from the Raiders’ talent disparity at WR after Antonio Brown left the team before Week 1.

This offseason, Las Vegas bolstered its weak WR corps by drafting Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, both of whom are expected to have prominent roles as rookies. The Raiders also added veterans Nelson Agholor and Jason Witten via free agency.

Those significant personnel additions should decrease Waller’s target share in 2020. I also expect him to see some positive regression in TD scoring, which will help offset any dip in targets.

Waller scored only three TDs last season, but I’m projecting him to score closer to five this season. Given his 6-foot-6, 238-pound frame, there’s reason to believe that Waller can become a more consistent red-zone weapon for Derek Carr.

Tier 5

Evan Engram, NYG
Tyler Higbee, LAR

Engram has top-five fantasy potential if he can stay healthy, though with his three-year injury history, he’s yet to prove he can.

Higbee has similar top-five potential if he can maintain the offensive role he achieved by the end of 2019. The Rams utilized more two-TE sets during the second half of the season, featuring Higbee as the main pass-catching option.

The question for 2020 is how much Gerald Everett will eat into that role. Everett dealt with lingering injuries during the latter part of 2019, which casts some doubt on Higbee’s status in the Rams’ TE hierarchy. Did Los Angeles favor Higbee down the stretch due to his skillset, or by necessity?

He has the biggest range of outcomes of all fantasy TE1s, and I’m viewing him as more likely to hit his ceiling than his floor.

Tier 6

Hunter Henry, LAC
Jared Cook, NO
Hayden Hurst, ATL
Rob Gronkowski, TB
Dallas Goedert, PHI

Austin Hooper was my highest-owned TE of 2019 thanks to his role in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s scheme, which has consistently produced TE1s. Now I’m bullish on Hurst for the same reason — he should step right into Hooper’s role this season.

Cook finished with 10 or more points in 64% of his games last season, tied for second-best at the position. But he was also more likely to put up a dud with five or fewer points in 29% of his games. That’s why he gets a significant boost in best ball formats, but I wouldn’t rely on him week-to-week in redraft leagues.

Goedert offers the type of upside I typically target in RBs: If Ertz were to miss time, Goedert would have instant top-five value. And even when Ertz is healthy, Goedert should be able to post low-end TE1 numbers.

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As always, I like to build a roster of players who should be able to return value at their current ADP, but would have league-winning upside if a specific teammate were to miss time. Goedert is the only TE who fits that profile — and he can be had much later in drafts.

Tier 7

Mike Gesicki, MIA
Austin Hooper, CLE
T.J. Hockenson, DET
Jonnu Smith, TEN
Noah Fant, DEN

This is the tier of TEs who profile similar to league winners of the past two seasons: Kittle in 2018 and Andrews, Hooper and Waller in 2019.

Gesicki, Hockenson and Fant, specifically, are three of the best TE prospects the league has ever seen. It usually takes TEs two to four seasons to break out, so it’s only a matter of time before they do so.

As for Smith, he flashed whenever given the chance to start in Delanie Walker’s place. Now with Walker gone, Smith has sneaky upside.

What makes him truly unique is his rushing usage: He carried the ball four times for 78 yards last season. These weren’t gimmicky plays, either — the Titans actually lined him up as a RB in the backfield. You almost had to squint to make sure Smith wasn’t Derrick Henry.

If the Titans decide to use Smith more in that way, it would give him an additional path to TE1 value.

Tier 8

Blake Jarwin, DAL
Eric Ebron, PIT
Jack Doyle, IND

You won’t need to roster any of these TEs in anything other than deeper leagues or best ball formats. They will make for compelling streaming options in-season when you need a bye-week fill-in, though.

Of this trio, Ebron has the clearest path to TE1 value if he can become Ben Roethlisberger’s preferred red-zone target.

Doyle, meanwhile, should benefit from Ebron’s departure from Indianapolis. And with the addition of Philip Rivers, Doyle should have a high weekly floor considering his new quarterback has a long history of heavily targeting his TEs.

Tier 9

Ian Thomas, CAR
Irv Smith Jr., MIN
Chris Herndon, NYJ
Greg Olsen, SEA
Kyle Rudolph, MIN

Irv Smith Jr. has the most upside of this tier.

The departure of Stefon Diggs to Buffalo creates a target windfall in Minnesota’s offense. It’s a wide open competition to determine who will claim a role as the Vikings’ No. 2 receiving target. And it very well could be Smith.

He would likely need Kyle Rudolph to miss time in order to be trusted as a starting fantasy TE. Still, Smith is someone we need to keep an eye on throughout the season.

Tier 10

Jace Sternberger, GB
Dawson Knox, BUF
O.J. Howard, TB
Jimmy Graham, CHI

Sternberger has the potential to fill the void left by Jimmy Graham (released by team) and Devin Funchess (opted out due to COVID-19). I’m not betting on it, but there is a chance that the Packers will deploy Sternberger in the slot when they run 11 personnel.

To be clear, I have zero shares of Sternberger. But we need to monitor any reports on how Green Bay intends to use him, because he does have some upside in deeper leagues

Knox has massive potential if he remediates his glaring drop issue. Among 42 TEs who received at least 30 targets in 2019, Knox ranked dead-last with an 18% drop rate. He would need one of Buffalo’s three starting WRs to miss time in order to warrant starting consideration in deeper leagues.

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Fantasy Football TE Tiers 2021: Tight end rankings, draft strategy

The tight end position is essentially the polar opposite of wide receiver. This is undoubtedly the most top-heavy position in fantasy football, with a significant gap between the first and second tiers. For example, the No. 3 TE in FantasyPros' 2021 standard average draft position (ADP) is Darren Waller (28.8). The next closest tight end is Kyle Pitts at an ADP of 51.1. That shows why it's important to have more than just a set of rankings or a few names highlighted on your cheat sheet heading into a draft. A sound draft strategy -- with ways to adapt -- can help you maximize value while searching for the best TE option.

In many cases, some of the middle-of-the-road starting tight ends will be drafted after running back handcuffs. Some people only roster one tight end, waiting until the late rounds in hopes of finding of a sleeper; others like to go with back-to-back sleeper picks, figuring at least one will work out. Still others just grab Travis Kelce right away and get it over with. Any method can work, but some tend to work better than others.

2021 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

There's really not that big of a difference in tight end production after the first couple tiers, so looking for value is the way to go about the position if you don't land a Tier 1 or 2 guy. If you know which TEs are more likely to "make the leap" into a higher tier, then all the better. Either way, in-season streaming at this position is common for all but a few owners, so don't worry too much if you're one of the last owners to get your starter.

2021 PPR FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200

2021 Fantasy TE Tiers: Who are the best fantasy football tight ends?

Rankings and tiers based on standard, non-PPR leagues. PPR leagues could have different tiers, which is highlighted throughout text below.

DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2021 Cheat Sheet

Tier 1:

1 Travis Kelce, Chiefs
2 George Kittle, 49ers
3 Darren Waller, Raiders

Tier 1 -- the creme of the crop; the bona fide fantasy studs. You can press the draft button on these guys and expect production right up there with some of the premier wide receivers. It feels good to have one of them, and provides an excellent edge at the position. 

As much as we all love Kelce, opting for a tight end at his first-round ADP isn't always fun. Tyreek Hill, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones are usually available at the point Kelce is being selected (9.0). Kittle and Waller currently reside in the early to middle third round in ADP, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see both go before that in actual drafts. If you're set on a first-tier tight end, those are your guys. Depending on your draft position, you may be able to land them after two studs at other positions.

2021 FANTASY TIERS & DRAFT STRATEGY:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST

Tier 2:

4 Mark Andrews, Ravens
5 Kyle Pitts, Falcons
6 T.J. Hockenson, Lions

Tier 2 usually sees a significant decrease from Tier 1 in fantasy production. That's not to say a Tier-2 TE can't break through to finish the season in the top tier, but it's tough to predict. To paint the picture of the ultimate differences between Tiers 1 and 2, note that last year Waller finished as TE2 but had 47 total fantasy points more than TE3, Robert Tonyan. Nos. 3-19 were closer together in total points than TE2 to TE3. Obviously, you don't want to rush to smash the draft button on a Tier-2 tight end immediately after you see Waller or Kittle come off the board. 

Kyle Pitts' ADP of 51.1 is just too high right now. He's tough to comfortably acquire in the range where players like Robert Woods are going. Mark Andrews comes in with an ADP of 56.3, and T.J. Hockenson checks in at 64.0. Hockenson feels like the brainiac move in this tier. As the main target hog in Detroit, he has the best chance to to join Tier 1, especially in PPR leagues.

2021 FANTASY SLEEPERS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Each team

2021 Fantasy Draft Strategy: When should you draft a TE?

Tier 3:

7 Noah Fant, Broncos
8 Tyler Higbee, Rams
9 Dallas Goedert, Eagles
10 Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
11 Logan Thomas, Washington
12 Robert Tonyan Jr., Packers

With the fluidity of the tight end position, it's likely that a least one of these guys finishes in the top six, while another one or two will fall down into the fringe top-20 category. That's just the nature of the position.

Just half of these players finished in the top 12 in standard formats last season: Tonyan (3), Gesicki (6), and Thomas (7). Those three will likely see a return to the middle of the pack after breakout seasons, but touchdown luck will have a lot to do with that.

Miami brought in Hunter Long in the third round (relatively early draft capital) in the 2021 NFL Draft. While Gesicki will maintain the starting tight end role, it feels like the Dolphins are planning to incorporate Long into the offense, grooming him to be the starter with Gesecki's contract expiring. Tonyan's TE3 finish will likely be looked back on like an outlier. He caught an absurd 52-of-59 targets in his breakout campaign and was highly touchdown dependent. Still, he remains ranked in the top-12 tight ends with Aaron Rodgers set to return as the signal-caller in Green Bay. Thomas had a fantastic breakout season, one that seems a little too good to be true. While he saw a QB upgrade in the offseason, Washington improved their wide receiving corps. Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and Dyami Brown are all upgrades from what WFT trotted onto the field last year and will likely Thomas below his 6.6 targets/game from 2020.

Coming off the board as the No. 7 tight end (27 spots after Hockenson), Goedert feels risky at this point in the preseason. His ADP has been rising, along with the hype around him. However, most fantasy owners assumed Zach Ertz would be traded, as we've been led to believe for much of the offseason. It's now looking like Ertz will remain in Philadelphia for at least 2021. Don't get it twisted, Goedert will step into the primary starting tight end role, but his upside is now limited with a three-time Pro-Bowler competing with him for snaps.

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Fant is going off the board just before Tonyan and Thomas. Talent alone, Fant is a far superior tight end than those two. He hasn't quite seen his breakout season, but he's a volcano ready to blow up at any point. Take Fant in that same range of players.

Higbee (ADP 135.3) feels like the best value of the entire bunch. Yes, he burned fantasy owners last year after a huge wave of hype, but fellow TE Gerald Everett is gone and rocket-armed QB Matthew Stafford is in. Higbee has shown the ability to be explosive, with a three-TD game in Week 2 of 2020. All signs point upward for Higbee, and at value, he's a low-risk/high-reward player as your TE1.

Targeting one of these TEs in the early-middle/middle rounds is what most owners will do. There's nothing wrong with that, as it allows you to acquire elite talent and build your depth at other positions while still getting a solid tight end who could be better than almost everyone else's. The main thing to remember if you're going with this strategy (whether intentionally or unintentionally) is not to reach.

Sure, there will be a point where you have your starting RBs and WRs and Fant is staring at you on the draft board, but if he's not the best overall player available (and he likely won't be), then you don't need to draft him. Continuing to get high-upside depth at RB or WR and still being able to draft someone like Thomas or Gesicki a round or two later (or someone like Jonnu Smith several rounds later) probably makes more sense. Unless Fant or Goedert (or whoever) is "your guy," let the TEs in this tier come to you. There truly isn't a big difference between any of their outlooks.

2021 FANTASY AUCTION VALUES (Standard & PPR):
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Overall

Fantasy TE Rankings Tiers: Sleepers, breakouts, and bounce-backs

Tier 4:

13 Jonnu Smith, Patriots
14 Hunter Henry, Patriots
15 Jared Cook, Chargers
16 Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
17 Blake Jarwin, Cowboys

Every player in Tier 4 has a wide range of outcomes. A top-10 finish or an outright bust season is in play.

Jonnu and Henry are likely to cap each other's ceilings, but each of them could be elite options at the position. With a significant chunk of the Patriot's payroll headed into these guys' pockets, it's safe to assume they're going to be heavily used, but it's tough to say which will be the primary tight end in passing situations. That being said, both can have top-12 value, especially with Smith likely picking up some cheap points as a runner from time-to-time.

Cook (166 ADP) and Gronkowski (123.8) are 34 and 32, respectively. However, Cook has enjoyed his best seasons in the late part of his career. Justin Herbert presents more upside for his pass-catchers than a washed Drew Brees did. If Cook can establish himself in the good graces of Herbert, he once again has top-10 potential at the position.

As "past his prime" as Gronkowski looked at times last year, he still finished top eight at the position in 2020. However, with O.J. Howard stepping back into the Buccaneers lineup, we'll likely see a regression from Gronk. He's still going to be on the field, but he's an unselfish and willing blocker. At his ADP, it's tough to pass on a number of WRs with decent value. However, if you do draft him, just keep your hopes to a reasonable level. Tampa has too many other weapons for Gronk to really go off.

2021 FANTASY CONSISTENCY RATINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

Engram has failed to live up to the hype in just about every season as a pro. Why would this year be any different? He's had the chance to be a target hog with the lack of weapons around him, but that won't be the case this year with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and a healthy Saquon Barkely stepping onto the field (plus Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard still around). There's a huge case to be made against Engram, but again, it's the tight end position, and anything can happen with his elite profile. (Update: Engram has dropped a tier due to a calf issue that is likely to keep him out the first few games. Everything written here still applies to him when he's healthy.)

Jarwin has the potential to be the biggest steal out of the entire lot of tight ends. His 219.0 ADP puts him undrafted in a large portion of leagues. That's right, you can land him with your last pick in the draft. Do it. He's going to be a part of one of the most pass-happy, explosive offenses in the entire NFL. All you can search for that late in the draft is opportunity and upside. Dallas has a realistic chance to lead the league in passing attempts, and Jarwin looks to slide into the No. 1 tight end role. After a season-ending knee injury for Jarwin in Week 1, Dalton Schultz stepped in and produced a TE17 season with Andy Dalton. It's tough to project Jarwin doing any worse than that if he's the primary TE. If you're someone who likes to play the waiver wire steamer game at tight end, wait until the end of your draft, select Jarwin, and enjoy the explosive weeks. He's so cheap that if he does bust, it won't cost you anything, and you can drop him and play waivers like you intended in the first place.

Getting one of these TEs as your starter doesn't feel great on draft day, but given the potential value they all provide in the latter portion of your draft, they're not bad targets. Many will target two with back-to-back picks, with the logic being at least one will work out. That doesn't always come to fruition, but if you're getting a starter from this tier, it is good to give yourself at least one other option. 

MORE 2021 FANTASY RANKINGS:
Superflex Top 200 | Superflex Top 200 PPR | IDP | Rookies | O-lines

2021 Fantasy Tiers: TE deep sleepers and streamers

Tier 5:

18 Anthony Firkser, Titans
19 Gerald Everett, seahawks
20 Cole Kmet, Bears
21 Zach Ertz, Eagles
22 Evan Engram, Giants
23 Chris Herndon, Vikings
24 O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
25 Eric Ebron, Steelers
26 Austin Hooper, Browns
27 Adam Trautman, Saints
28 Tyler Conklin, Vikings
29 Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
30 Hayden Hurst, Falcons
31 Dawson Knox, Bills

These options aren't pretty (at least until Smith Jr. is healthy), but they're at very least worth streamer consideration. At least one will have a good year and be a reliable starter, but which one is very much up for debate.

Before the Julio Jones to Tennessee trade, Firkser would've likely moved into Tier 4. However, he still is an attractive option at the top of Tier 5. Tennessee has proven to feed their tight ends, and Firkser is a crisp route runner who has commanded targets when he's on the field.

Kmet and Howard look to break out and supplant the future Hall-of-Fame tight ends that share a position room with them. They both have the tools to do it, but we can't be 100-percent certain until we see them getting regular snaps and targets. Like Kmet and Howard, Ertz might be a 1B tight end in his offense. However, Philadelphia doesn't have much outside of Goedert and DeVonta Smith, so it's definitely possible for two tight ends to eat in that offense, especially with the lack of deep accuracy from Jalen Hurts.

Ebron and Hooper have both netted fantastic fantasy seasons in the past, but those now seem like mere outliers. Ebron is heavily touchdown dependent, and Hooper's passing offense isn't prolific. Plus, he has Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Kareem Hunt to compete with, who all operate in the middle part of the field.

One of Herndon or Conklin figures to have a good season with Irv Smith Jr. (knee) likely out for the year. Herndon has disappointed in the past, so he's tough to trust, but Conklin is completely unproven and has dealt with a hamstring injury in the preseason. Watch both early on and be ready to pick up whoever is getting more snaps/targets.

Trautman is the Tier-5 version of Jarwin. He has the potential to be no worse than the No. 3 option at pass-catcher in New Orleans. Sure, Alvin Kamara will eat 100 targets, but with Michael Thomas out indefinitely after ankle surgery, Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith are the only receivers that remain with real potential. Those guys are largely unproven. It will be an all-out war for targets, and who's to say Trautman can't win it? At an ADP of 196.3, he's certainly worth a flier.

Everett, Hurst, and Knox just won't have heavy volume. Hurst is obviously hindered by Kyle Pitts, but could still see usage with Pitts lining up at a variety of positions in Atlanta. Seattle hasn't proven to allocate enough targets to tight ends for great fantasy relevancy. Everett hasn't exactly been a target magnet, so it's tough to see why that would change. Knox has the most upside of these three, but he only has 94 targets in his two NFL seasons. In college, he charted a mere 39 receptions. He's not someone you want to rely on week-to-week, as he's more of a high-upside TD-or-bust option.

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Tier 6:

32 Jimmy Graham, Bears
33 Tyler Kroft, Jets
34 Dan Arnold, Panthers
35 Kyle Rudolph, Giants
36 Jack Doyle, Colts
37 Juwan Johnson, Saints
38 Pat Freiermuth, Steelers
39 Jordan Akins, Texans
40 Will Dissly, Seahawks
41 C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
42 Mo Alie-Cox, Colts
43 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos

Unless you're playing in the deepest of the deepest leagues, these guys will be sitting in waivers at the start of Seek 1. They all may have some DFS relevance at their cheap prices, but they're only worth keeping an eye on in redraft leagues.

Graham's and Rudolph's prime came and went. We enjoyed their ups and dreaded their downs. In 2021, sure we should monitor them, but you don't want to get stuck relying on them.

Arnold is in a position battle with Ian Thomas, so it's tough to evaluate his prospects. Either way, he's probably the fifth option in the Panthers passing attack if he wins the job. Johnson is in a similar battle with Adam Trautman in New Orleans, but given his background as a wide receiver, he has major upside if he wins the job. Kroft has the chance to be Zach Wilson's security blanket, but that's purely hypothetical. 

Doyle and Freiermuth are likely to serve as time-share tight ends this season. Alie-Cox is gaining momentum to take more targets for Indianapolis, and Ebron still resides in Pittsburgh. Freiermuth is attractive in dynasty, but he's probably going to be a makeshift offensive lineman in his rookie season.

Akins will look better if Deshaun Watson is his quarterback, but he hasn't been spectacular with Watson in the first place. Monitor his position battle with rookie Brevin Jordan before considering him on waivers. Dissly and Okwuegbunam are both injury-watch players, specifically Okwuegbunam. If something were to happen to Fant, Okwuegbunam has the profile to be at least a top-15 tight end.

Again, don't spend your draft picks on any of these guys, but keep your eyes peeled for any chance of an uptick in opportunity and production.

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Tight end tiers are an important weapon in your fantasy football arsenal. Instead of the rigid approach of fantasy football rankings, tiers allow you more flexibility on draft day, which is key to dominating your opponents. With a tier-based approach, you can see how each player stacks up at his respective position. 

Tight end is still thin this season. As you’ll see in the tiers below, you don’t want to wait too long on draft day because the position dries up fast. But don’t worry, these tiers will help you attack the tight end at the exact right time in your 2021 fantasy football drafts. Let’s take a look at the 2021 fantasy football tight end tiers. Of course, don’t forget that you can check out all of our fantasy football rankings and fantasy football projections.

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Fantasy Football Tiers - Tight End Rankings

A look at my TE rankings broken down by tiers for the 2021 fantasy football season.

Tier 1 – Big 3

Travis Kelce
Darren Waller
George Kittle

You probably don’t need any explanation here, so I’m not going to bore you with stats you already know. These two are awesome. But the bigger question is whether they’re worth drafting at their current ADP. You’re going to have to spend a first-round pick on Kelce and likely a second-round pick for both Waller and Kittle this year. While having one of these guys will certainly provide a weekly advantage at the position, is that advantage enough to warrant a premium pick? I tend to lean no there, as there is value to be had in the TE wheelhouse below. That said, I wouldn’t talk you out of picking Kelce, Waller or Kittle.

Tier 2 – High-end TE1s

Kyle Pitts
T.J. Hockenson
Mark Andrews

These three come in about two rounds after the elite tier in ADP in a bit of a no-man’s land. Rookie tight ends don’t tend to be very good fantasy options, but Pitts is a good bet to buck that trend, especially with Julio Jones no longer in Atlanta. There’s so much value at wide receiver in this range of the draft that it’s very difficult to go tight end. That said, Hockenson is coming off a breakout year and figures to be the No. 1 target in Detroit. While Andrews came back to the pack slightly last season, be still proved to be a rock-solid TE1 and comes with a very high ceiling.

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Tier 3 – The TE1 wheelhouse

Logan Thomas
Noah Fant
Tyler Higbee

If you miss on tight end earlier in your drafts, this is the group to target for upside starting in the seventh round. As for Thomas, he showed that he isn’t a converted quarterback. This dude is a legit tight end and now has the added benefit of having a competent quarterback passing him the football. Fant is dripping with upside, though it should be noted that there are a lot of mouths to feed in the Denver passing game and the Broncos have a very iffy quarterback situation. Higbee was a 2020 breakout candidate who didn’t hit, but he’s in a great position to produce with Gerald Everett out of the mix and Matthew Stafford now under center.

Tier 4a – High-ceiling options

Dallas Goedert
Robert Tonyan
Jonnu Smith
Mike Gesicki
Gerald Everett

The talent pool thins out very quickly this year, so you might as well shoot for upside if you’re waiting at the position. Initially, the Patriots tight ends looked like a tossup, but I’m more willing to take a shot on Smith’s high ceiling with Hunter Henry banged up in camp. Smith also stands to benefit from more stability in the passing game with Mac Jones know cemented as the starter.

Goedert may still have Zach Ertz around in Philly, but there’s no denying his physical ability and upside. Tonyan will likely regress in the touchdown department, but he’ll still benefit from having Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball. Gesicki has flashed a massive weekly ceiling, though he only figures to be the third target at best in the Dolphins passing game with Will Fuller and DeVante Parker inked in ahead of him. Everett may be splitting the workload with Will Dissly in Seattle, but his athletic upside is appealing, especially with Russell Wilson throwing him the ball.

Tier 4b – Low-ceiling options 

Rob Gronkowski
Cole Kmet

These players are going in the same range of drafts as the upside options, but they’re much less appealing given their lower fantasy ceilings. Gronkowski is an all-time great and comes with a reasonable fantasy floor, but he’s also much more limited than he was earlier in his career and is also pretty far down the target pecking order in Tampa. Kmet surged down the stretch last season, but we question whether there will be enough targets for him to be anything more a TE2 streamer option. 

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Tier 5a – Late-round darts

Evan Engram
Hunter Henry

If you’re going to take a stab at a late-round option, it should probably be one of these two players. Both of them offer upside, so you get some bang for your buck. Of course, they also come with a lot of uncertainty. Engram is already hurt and has a lengthy injury history. With that said, the injury isn’t believed to be major. Likewise, Henry is also banged up. He’s has been impressive at points during his career, but he’s always seemingly one play away from an extended absence. 

Tier 5b – Late-round avoids

Adam Trautman
Zach Ertz
Jared Cook
Blake Jarwin
Austin Hooper
Anthony Firkser
Eric Ebron
Dawson Knox

You know these names well if you’ve been around the fantasy football block, but that doesn’t mean you should draft them. There’s almost no ceiling with these four, so leave them on the board.

Tier 6 – Watch list streamers

Juwan Johnson
Christopher Herndon
Dan Arnold
C.J. Uzomah
O.J. Howard
Mo Alie-Cox
Tyler Conklin
Donald Parham
Tyler Kroft

This group isn’t draftable in regular-sized drafts, but you should keep your eye on them early in the season. All nine are positioned to potentially emerge at some point.

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Fantasy Football Tiers: Tight End Rankings 2020

I shared my fantasy football quarterback tiers for 2020 last week, and now it's time to do the same for the tight end position. For this same exercise last year, I discussed how Rob Gronkowski's retirement ended the annual speculation about whether or not he was worth a high pick. Guess that was short-lived, eh?

At least this year, it's pretty universally agreed that Gronk is not worth an early pick. No argument here. Meanwhile, I would not fault anyone however for using a late first- or second-round pick on his heir apparent, George Kittle. He is an absolute stud. Nonetheless, do keep in mind that despite Kittle's monster season last year at a thin position, he still only produced as much as a WR2. If you are in a league that does not require a tight end, no tight end is worth an early pick.

However, most leagues require a tight end, so with that in mind, here are the 2020 tight end tiers.

— Tiers by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.

Tier 1

George Kittle

, San Francisco 49ers

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens


Andrews barely makes the cut here, but he's a top tier TE. He "only" had 852 yards last season, but I think that's his floor this year, with his ceiling closer to 1,200 yards. If he can manage double-digit touchdowns again, he will absolutely be a top tier tight end at this time next year. And I know I don't need to make the case for Kelce, who is once again and will be one of the top tight ends in fantasy football. But I do think Kittle surpasses him this year. And you know the 49ers are banking on it, given the huge contract extension they have offered him.

Likewise, Kelce also is close to signing a new deal.

Tier 2

Darren Waller

, Las Vegas Raiders

Evan Engram

, New York Giants

Hunter Henry

, Los Angeles Chargers

Zach Ertz

, Philadelphia Eagles


If you miss out on the top tier tight ends, don't fret. There's a drop, but you should still feel good about securing any of the tier 2 options.

To be honest, I'm a little nervous about Ertz. Still, 22 touchdowns and 2,903 receiving yards over the last three years speaks for itself. Until I know he won't produce as he has, there's no reason not to take a chance on him hitting those highs again. But his floor, simply due to the presence of Dallas Goedert, is far lower than the other three options in this tier. I'm not going to reach for any of these options, but if they fall even a round later than I think they should, I will gladly grab them.

Tier 3

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Sigh...

(Photo by Tori Richman/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, courtesy of buccaneers.com)

Tier 4

Hayden Hurst

, Atlanta Falcons

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions


I know, that last tier was a little light on analysis. But if you don't know the entire debate on Gronk by now, come back when you do. However, to make up for that, I will be very specific and tell you that I like each of the tight ends in Tier 4 to score four touchdowns this year. Every one of them has a higher ceiling than that, but each one's floor, barring injury, is four TDs. Hurst is definitely my favorite in this tier, however. Despite having to share TE targets with not only Mark Andrews but Nick Boyle, Hurst still managed to haul in 30 passes for nearly 350 yards. Now in Atlanta, Hurst will step right in and fill the slot Hooper vacated. Matt Ryan has already begun praising him, and remember, Ryan played with Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez.

(Hayden Hurst photo courtesy of @EnterSportsMgmt)

Tier 5

Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys

Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks

Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers


I call this tier the "not on my teams" tier. It's not that I dislike any of them. I just know that if I don't get anyone in the first four tiers of TEs, I'm likely to wait until near the end of my draft to grab a tight end. If these players fall four or five rounds beyond market value, I might consider them. Each one has the possibility of outproducing any of the tight ends in the tier above. Is that a probability? No, but it is a very real possibility.

Tier 6

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills


These four tight ends also have the upside to be a TE1 this season. But unlike those in the previous tier, they might not crack the top 40 TEs either. I think each one takes a step forward this year, but I like each of these far more for 2021 than for this season. Keeper and dynasty league owners absolutely need to have these four tight ends on their radar because their long-term upside is sky-high.

Tier 7

Jace Sternberger, Green Bay Packers

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

Tyler Eifert, Jacksonville Jaguars

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


This is what I would call the "store brand clementines" tier. My two youngest children, who are both fruit lovers, love Cuties brand clementines. During the cooler months, that's their number one fruit request, and quite the insistent one. However, that brand is not always in stock, or for whatever reason, I end up buying the store brand clementines. It's not really what they want, and they might last a few more days than a bag of Cuties, but they still are happy to finish the whole bag of clementines within the week.

That's what this tier is all about. None of these TE are really going to get you excited, but they will satisfy your need at the position.

(Jace Sternberger photo by Corey Wilson, courtesy of packers.com)

Tier 8

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

Jordan Akins, Houston Texans

Darren Fells, Houston Texans

Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears

Ryan Griffin, New York Jets

Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks

Nick Boyle, Baltimore Ravens

Jason Witten, Las Vegas Raiders


And this tier of TEs is like going to your grocery store the night before they get their shipments. You are just hoping and praying they have something in stock that you can use. These tight ends are going to be serviceable at best. Okay, Kmet has some upside, but tight ends typically do very little in their rookie year. We can hope possibly that can be worthy TE2s. That's about the ceiling for these options. You can probably get 'em cheap, and there's a reason for that. But if you need a bye week replacement for your stud TE, these will do.

(Cole Kmet photo courtesy of chicagobears.com)

Tier 9

Devin Asiasi, New England Patriots

Josh Oliver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Jeremy Sprinkle, Washington Football Team

Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders

Thaddeus Moss, Washington Football Team


Or if you want to go for the "Hail Mary"/"No Guts, No Glory"/"Go Hard or Go Home" late-round options, here are five of my favorites. The ceiling on this quintet is very high. Each one has the potential to be a top-10 tight end this season. They also have the potential to finish outside of the top 50 tight ends too. The likelihood, at least for 2020, is that they finish closer to the latter. Therefore, these players are likely better left as free agency options in most redraft leagues, but for my beloved dynasty and 14-team leaguers (and deeper) looking for a second or third TE, give these options a long look.

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Fantasy Football Today: Dave Richard's TE tiers and strategies for 2021, plus Dynasty tiers for beyond

Among the "Famous last words …" for a Fantasy analyst, "This is the year tight end is good!" has to be pretty high up there. It feels like we're collectively trying to make the case every year, and it never works out. And, personally, I'm done with it.

It's why I'm so high on Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller. If this really is the year we have more than just a few useful tight ends, it doesn't necessarily make much sense to target the elite guys in the first or second round. Sure, those guys can produce like WR1, but if there were, say, 10 tight ends who you could count on for consistent 12-14 point per game production in PPR, the edge you get from the Big Three starts to dissipate.

And hey, maybe this will be the year! Kyle Pitts is a once-in-a-generation-(or-two) talent. T.J. Hockenson is poised to be the clear No. 1 option in the Lions passing game. Mark Andrews could take a step forward if the Ravens passing game does as well. Dallas Goedert, Noah Fant … well, you can always talk yourself into someone. 

But why should this year be any different? This time last year, Jonnu Smith, Hayden Hurst, Mike Gesicki, Blake Jarwin, Hockenson, Fant, et al., were all poised to make a leap. And what actually happened is Kelce and Waller outscored every other at the position by more than 100 PPR points, with No. 3 Robert Tonyan scoring just enough to outscore the No. 37 WR. 

We talked about the tight end position and rankings on Thursday's episode of the Fantasy Football Today podcast, with Dave Richard and Heath Cummings breaking down their tiers for the position, and Heath published his Dynasty tight end tiers, focusing on Irv Smith and Cole Kmet, two players who could be well positioned to make a leap this season -- or who could join the long list of also-rans and never-weres at the position. 

Below, you'll find Dave's full tiered rankings along with his strategy for how to approach the position in drafts this season. You've heard my thoughts, but maybe Dave is a little more optimistic. It wouldn't take much!

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Dave Richard's TE Tiers and Strategy

Last year, 10 tight ends averaged 10 PPR points per game. That's not good. And last year, only four averaged more than 11 PPR points per game. That's really not good. 

This is a fresh-off-the-deli-slicer-thin position. It's tough to be happy about a tight end you'll draft in Round 11 ... or Round 9 ... or Round 7. Does it mean you have to take a tight end in Round 2? Or even before Round 2?! That's something you're going to have to answer before you draft, because it will make an impact on your roster. 

You already know that running backs are in good supply, at least early on. Receivers and quarterbacks are definitely plentiful. However, if you pass on an early-round tight end, you'll have to get lucky stumbling into a difference-maker. Also, there is no question that you'll have an edge by setting a lineup with a tight end who produces like a high-level wide receiver versus some jabroni. 

It's worth the thought exercise of taking Kelce with a late first-/early second-round pick, or Darren Waller or George Kittle with a late second-/early third-round pick. You'd still have other early-round picks to use on running backs or whatever other positions you want. Consider committing to drafting one of these three on Draft Day. 

The extreme alternative is to wait and draft one or two tight ends who carry some good potential and have favorable matchups to begin the season. Young and hungry types like Irv Smith, Adam Trautman, Jonnu Smith and Cole Kmet match the profile. If the one you draft hits, you're on easy street. If the one you draft whiffs, then keep chasing tight ends from the waiver wire, where gems like Logan Thomas and Tonyan were dug up in 2020. Waiting on tight ends lets you pick up stars at other positions, but it also sets a low bar for expectations and typically involves a lot of upkeep during the season. 

There is a middle ground: Go after one of the tight ends in the Weekly Starters tier. Mark Andrews has been mostly reliable for the past two seasons, T.J. Hockenson is shaping up as the Lions' No. 1 target in the passing game, Kyle Pitts has more upside than anyone named in this paragraph, and Dallas Goedert figures to be the top tight end for the Eagles. They'll come at relative bargains compared to the first three tight ends and have a chance to acceptably produce. 

DAVE'S FAVORITE STRATEGY: Aim for a top three tight end depending on your draft position, but be open to drafting any of the top seven tight ends at a fair value. Trying to steal one won't happen; they're in too much demand. If you're worried about missing out on great wide receivers or quarterbacks, be confident knowing you will be able to find one later.  

KELCE!

ROUND 1
Travis Kelce

WALLER! KITTLE!

20th-30th OVERALL
Darren Waller
George Kittle

WEEKLY STARTERS

ROUNDS 5-7
T.J. Hockenson
Mark Andrews
Kyle Pitts
Dallas Goedert

UPSIDE STARTERS

ROUNDS 9, 10
Irv Smith
Noah Fant
Jonnu Smith
Robert Tonyan

STREAMERS & SLEEPERS

ROUND 11+
Adam Trautman
Logan Thomas
Mike Gesicki
Zach Ertz
Cole Kmet
Rob Gronkowski
Eric Ebron
Jared Cook
Evan Engram
Gerald Everett
Tyler Higbee
Hunter Henry 

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2020 Fantasy Football TE Tiers

Fantasy Football Tiers (2021): Tight End Rankings Explained

UPDATED: September 3, 2021

We are inching closer to the start of the 2021 NFL season, and with that, we're seeing an obvious increase in the number of fantasy drafts. That makes it more important than ever to put your players into positional “tiers.” Unlike my regular player rankings, which you can also find on Sports Illustrated, tiers group players of similar value together. So, if you miss out on a particular player, you can see others on his tier.

In the final part of this four-part series, let’s take a look at the tight ends.

Fantasy Football Tiers
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  • Darren Waller, Raiders
  • George Kittle, 49ers

Kelce, Waller, and Kittle are likely to be the first three tight ends off the board in most 2021 fantasy drafts. That will keep them off the radar for managers like me, who wait on the position until the middle rounds. Kelce has been the top fantasy tight end in each of the last five years, including a 2020 season that saw him produce the second-greatest year of all time at the position. Waller recorded a career-high 17.4 fantasy points per game, while Kittle averaged almost 16 points in his eight games and remains elite.

Tier 2 – High-End TE1s

  • Mark Andrews, Ravens
  • Kyle Pitts, Falcons
  • T.J. Hockenson, Lions

Andrews has averaged 12-plus fantasy points in each of the last two seasons, during which time he’s scored 17 touchdowns. He'll remain the top option in the passing game for Lamar Jackson. Pitts is a fantasy unicorn, as most rookie tight ends don't make a real fantasy impact. However, he's more of a wide receiver, and the trade that sent Julio Jones to the Titans opens up a ton of targets in Atlanta's pass attack. He'll be worthy of this level if he meets expectations, but there's a huge downside with Pitts too. Hockenson should dominate targets in Detroit and remains a locked-and-loaded TE1.

Tier 3 – Mid TE1s

  • Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  • Noah Fant, Broncos
  • Logan Thomas, Football Team

Goedert's stock appears to be slipping in drafts as the Eagles still have Zach Ertz on their roster, but I'll take the discount. The offense will likely run a lot of 12 personnel, and their wide receivers all have question marks, including rookie DeVonta Smith. Fant was a top-10 tight end a season ago, but the Broncos have many mouths to feed in the offense. That limits his ceiling. Fant has also been dealing with an injured leg, but he is expected to be fine for Week 1. Thomas broke out a season ago, but can he duplicate that same level of success? For now, he’s in the middle of the pack in terms of TE1s.

Tier 4 – Low TE1s

  • Tyler Higbee, Rams
  • Robert Tonyan, Packers

Higbee’s stock is on the rise after the Rams lost Gerald Everett as a free agent. With veteran Matthew Stafford under center, Higbee has TE1 value in most drafts. Tonyan busted out to a top-five fantasy finish among tight ends last season, but can he score at the same pace as last season (11 touchdowns on 52 receptions and 59 targets). I do expect some level of touchdown regression, even with Aaron Rodgers back at the helm.

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Tier 5 – Low TE1s/High TE2s

  • Jonnu Smith, Titans
  • Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  • Gerald Everett, Seahawks

Smith's stock is on the rise with Hunter Henry injured and Mac Jones now the starter in New England. Gesicki has been a top-10 tight end in the past, but he's playing in crowded a pass attack. Everett is considered the favorite to earn the most targets among the Seahawks' tight ends this season. This trio should all still be on the board in the later rounds.

Tier 6 – Mid TE2s

  • Jared Cook, Chargers
  • Hunter Henry, Patriots
  • Cole Kmet, Bears
  • Evan Engram, Giants

Cook is on the older side of this tier, but Justin Herbert likes throwing the ball to his tight ends so the veteran could end up being a decent asset in fantasy leagues. Henry's stock has fallen as he missed much the preseason. Kmet could sneak into the fifth tier, but Jimmy Graham remains in the mix in Chicago and could hurt his touchdown potential in the Bears offense. Engram (calf) might be out to start the regular season.

Tier 7 – Low TE2s

  • Anthony Firkser, Titans
  • Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  • Blake Jarwin, Cowboys
  • Zach Ertz, Eagles
  • Eric Ebron, Steelers
  • Austin Hooper, Browns

None of the six tight ends in this tier have a huge ceiling as things stand. Jarwin will be the starter in Dallas, but there are a lot of weapons in the passing attack. Gronkowski was the TE8 last season, but can he duplicate that with Antonio Brown and O.J. Howard in the mix, in addition to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin? Firkser has some deep sleeper appeal as the top tight end in Tennessee. Ertz, Ebron, and Hooper have likely had their best statistical seasons and don't offer much potential for managers in 2021.

Tier 8 – Deep Fliers

  • Tyler Conklin, Vikings
  • Adam Trautman, Saints
  • Hayden Hurst, Falcons
  • Dawson Knox, Bills
  • O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
  • Jordan Akins, Texans
  • Dan Arnold, Panthers

Conklin's stock has risen to low TE2/high TE3 status with Irv Smith Jr. out for the season. I had Trautman ranked much higher on this list before the start of the preseason. But he's been used as a blocker often and suffered a leg injury against the Jaguars. Hurst was a top-10 tight end last season, but Pitts will eat up a lot of targets. The rest of the group doesn't bring much excitement in fantasy land, though Arnold is gaining a bit of steam as a sleeper. In all, none of these players is worth more than a TE3 spot.


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2020 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Tight End Ranking Tiers 5.0

While loaded with high-upside talent, more so than in past years, the tight end position remains  top-heavy with four big-time studs. You know which two should get taken between 10th and 30th overall, and you're probably aware of the next two to go between 35th and 50th overall. 

A year ago, there was perceived value in the tight ends that were in the tier of tight ends after 50th overall, but one disappointed due to injuries (Evan Engram) and one due to bafflingly poor play (O.J. Howard). This year, that third tier is larger and seems safer because most of the guys in it have proven themselves over some period of time (be it five games or several years). 

And the fourth tier after that provides some start-worthy players who might end up crashing the top 10 by the end of the year. Nothing wrong with that, nor is it bad to stream with a tight end from the fifth tier.

More tiers and strategies:

PPR: Might be elite

Rounds 6-7

PPR:Start-worthy

Rounds 9-10

PPR: Stream-worthy

Round 10+

Non-PPR: Near elite

Round 4

Non-PPR: Might be elite

Rounds 6-8

Non-PPR:Start-worthy

Rounds 9-10

Non-PPR: Stream-worthy

Round 11+

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