TE Tiers and Rankings (Top 40)

TE Tiers and Rankings (Top 40)

These rankings are based on full-PPR scoring and will tend to prioritize ceiling over floor after the first few tiers. Reliable mediocrity may have value in deeper formats, but it won't do a whole lot for fantasy managers in typical redraft leagues

Jack Doyle, for example, would arguably be ranked as a top-20 TE if we were solely discussing mean projections, but between his age, lack of speed and career mark of 9.0 yards per catch, it's hard to imagine a ceiling significantly higher than the level of production one can receive from a weekly streaming approach at tight end. Doyle isn't someone I want to draft, even in the 15th round.

On the other hand, young guys like Chris Herndon and Irv Smith face more competition for playing time, but they at least have shown some of the skills that could lead to big-time production in the right circumstances. Keep the upside factor in mind when browsing through these TE ranks.

Links for other position tiers/rankings:

QB Ranks (Top 40) 

RB Ranks (Top 75)

WR Ranks (Top 75)

And now for the tight ends (rankings updated July 22)...

Tier 1

1. Travis Kelce

2. George Kittle

Kittle would be my pick if we were promised 16 games from both players, with his target share potentially creeping over 25 percent after the 49ers replaced Emmanuel Sanders with Brandon Aiyuk and then saw Deebo Samuel injure his foot. Unfortunately, Kittle's injury history makes me just a tiny bit

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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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