As anticipated, a number of stud tight ends delivered final week, whereas a number of extra got here out of nowhere to produce stable fantasy outings. Putting collectively tight end rankings is a tall activity, however we are able to look at matchups and final week’s outcomes (with out overreacting) to make educated guesses on who might assist your fantasy crew going ahead. Our Week 2 fantasy TE rankings will look eerily comparable to final week’s at the highest, with some guys moved round in the center and late components of the record. As all the time, use them as a information when deciding who to begin and who to sit.
It’s nonetheless too early to actually break down TE matchups. We’re not going to say the Browns are a nasty TE protection as a result of Travis Kelce roasted them, in any case. That mentioned, we’ve got a good suggestion of usually weak cross defenses, and that is most likely an important factor to go off this early in the season.
Dallas Goedert (vs. 49ers) and Rob Gronkowski (vs. Falcons) each look good after scoring in Week 1. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (@ Jets) noticed a fairly even cut up in Week 1 in opposition to a troublesome Miami protection, however each are in play in opposition to New York this week. Gerald Everett (vs. Titans) produced a 2-20-1 line in opposition to the Colts, however he ought to be full-go in opposition to an terrible Tennessee protection. His efficiency proved extra fruitful in commonplace leagues, and maybe he’ll be in line for red-zone targets with regularity. Jared Cook (vs. Cowboys) is one other man who had a stable Week 1 and has a extremely favorable matchup in Week 2. We additionally anticipate Robert Tonyan (vs. Lions) to bounce again after a tough Week 1, although Mike Gesicki (vs. Bills) may not be so fortunate.
In addition to Gesicki, TEs with robust roads forward this week embody Tyler Higbee (@ Colts), Darren Waller (@ Steelers), and Kyle Pitts (Buccaneers). Obviously, you will not be sitting Waller or Pitts, however Higbee is a candidate to get replaced by a streamer listed above (although most likely not).
Standard vs. PPR is not an enormous distinction at the tight end place, however we all the time need to goal the fellows with YAC capability or deep-threat acumen in commonplace. For instance, George Kittle (@ Eagles) had 4 catches for 78 yards in opposition to the Lions. At tight end, 7.8 commonplace factors is not that unhealthy. In PPR leagues, 11.4 factors is south of what you’d anticipate from Kittle. Of course, we solely have a one-week pattern dimension to look at, so we nonetheless do not know which codecs some guys will likely be higher in. For occasion, Noah Fant (@ Jaguars) has been extra engaging in commonplace leagues in the previous, however Teddy Bridgewater as his beginning QB might make him transition to extra of a PPR machine.
Per traditional with tight ends, use all of the out there information you have got, and pray for a landing if you do not have one of many top-notch studs. Touchdowns carry just a little extra weight in non-PPR leagues, so wanting at red-zone targets is all the time a great tool in deciding who to play. In PPR, we’re wanting extra at targets in basic, which is why somebody like Dalton Schultz (@ Chargers) may need extra attraction than Juwan Johnson (@ Panthers) in PPR (although each can work as potential streamers in each codecs).
We’ll be updating these TE rankings as wanted all through the week, so test again for the newest modifications and evaluation.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 2: Who to begin at tight end
Rankings based mostly on commonplace, non-PPR scoring
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ BUF|
|2||George Kittle, SF @ PHI|
|3||T.J. Hockenson, DET @ GB|
|4||Darren Waller, LV @ PIT|
|5||Mark Andrews, BAL vs. KC|
|6||Logan Thomas, WAS vs. NYG|
|7||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. ATL. The Gronk is again inside the highest 10 this week. He was all the time in the highest 5 throughout his time in New England, and he appeared like his former self in Week 1 vs. Dallas. This week, he faces Atlanta, who gave up six catches for 76 yards and a landing to the Eagles’ tight ends. That’s simply a stat line Gronk can hit this week.|
|8||Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SF. Goedert appeared good in Week 1, and T.J. Hockenson feasted in opposition to the 49ers to the tune of eight receptions for 97 yards and a rating. Goedert is not fairly pretty much as good as Hockenson, however a six-target recreation with a few red-zone targets feels fairly attainable.|
|9||Noah Fant, DEN @ JAX. Teddy Bridgewater targetted Fant eight occasions in Week 1 (@ Giants), and with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) sidelined, Fant could possibly be in line for at least equal work this week. Fant is engaging in each codecs, however his PPR prospects look higher with Bridgewater beneath middle. Jacksonville’s protection appeared even worse than anticipated, so it is full-go this week for all the Broncos cross catchers. It was robust to see Albert Okwuegbunam steal two red-zone targets and one landing, however Fant nonetheless sits because the lead tight end. Both at the moment are thought-about viable performs relying on how deep your league is.|
|10||Kyle Pitts, ATL @ TB. We warned that rookie tight ends usually take time to develop, however Pitts did run 23 routes from the slot and 14 routes out vast. The Falcons will proceed to strive to get him favorable matchups, but when Buccaneers have any weaknesses, it is at cornerback. Hopefully, Atlanta retains him away from Devin White and Lavonte David.|
|11||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ IND. Higbee secured five-of-six targets for 68 yards and has early chemistry with Matthew Stafford. The Colts gave up a red-zone landing to Seahawks TE Gerald Everett in Week 1, so possibly Higbee can get in the end zone, too, however it was solely a one-game pattern dimension, so we will not depend on that. We do see Higbee persevering with to be one in every of Stafford’s favourite weapons, as he solely trailed Cooper Kupp (10) for essentially the most targets on the crew.|
|12||Jared Cook, LAC vs. DAL. Cook caught 5 passes for 56 yards in Week 1 (@ Washington) and appears just like the de facto No. 3 receiving possibility behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. While Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer strive to emerge as legit threats in this offense, Cook will benefit from a pleasant goal share. We all noticed Dallas’ protection get shredded in the season opener at Tampa Bay, so it is wheels up for Chargers’ gamers this week, too.|
|13||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB vs. DET. Tonyan had simply 4 targets for 2 receptions and eight yards, however we’d as effectively scrap something that occurred in the Packers’ offense in opposition to New Orleans. We cannot anticipate that abysmal efficiency to carry over right into a matchup with Detroit, however we nonetheless aren’t rating Tonyan very excessive. As we mentioned in the preseason, his efficiency from final yr simply is not going to occur once more. Last season felt idiot’s gold together with his numbers inflated by TDs. Against the Lions’ you have got to hope for a landing, however we do not anticipate fewer than three fantasy factors once more.|
|14||Jonnu Smith, NE @ NYJ. The matchup is powerful (@ Jets), however we nonetheless haven’t got a transparent image of who the lead tight end will likely be in New England. Sure, Smith had 5 targets to Hunter Henry’s three, however that does not look like a big sufficient distinction to make a declaration. They each have the potential to have good showings, as they will not face a protection just like the Dolphins, who gave up the seventh-fewest fantasy factors to tight ends a season in the past. Keep your eye on the snap and goal share between these two.|
|15||Hunter Henry, NE @ NYJ. See Jonnu Smith|
|16||Gerald Everett, SEA vs. TEN. Because the tight end place is so weak in fantasy football, Everett’s 2-20-1 stat line positioned him contained in the top-12 tight ends (presently at TE9 earlier than Waller and Andrews play on MNF) in commonplace leagues in Week 1. Tennesee’s passing protection is as soon as once more horrible, so there’s potential for an additional massive week. The solely factor preserving Everett ranked as a TE2 is the opposite top-notch targets in Seattle’s offense.|
|17||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. BUF. Gesicki had as unhealthy a efficiency as potential with a goose egg in your fantasy crew, however we knew he had an uphill climb in opposition to the Patriots’ protection. In Week 2, he ought to have a greater probability to obtain greater than two targets, however he is nonetheless not somebody you ought to be beginning except you are in a deep league.|
|18||Juwan Johnson, NO @ CAR. Johnson was out-targeted by Adam Trautman (six to three), however he received an important seems — end-zone targets. The lengthy receiver tight end seems to be a weapon in that space of the sector this season, however we will not anticipate it each week simply but. For now, he is worthwhile purely due to his landing potential, particularly in commonplace leagues. Trautman would possibly. be the higher play in PPR.|
|19||Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SF|
|20||Evan Engram, NYG @ WAS|
|21||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ LAC. Given the one recreation of Cowboys’ goal share statistics we’ve got, Schultz seems to have edged out Blake Jarwin early in the season. It’s essential to be aware that Dak Prescott handed 58 occasions, so Schultz’s six targets solely made up a hair over a ten p.c goal share. That mentioned, it isn’t time to get over-excited about him but, however we do like him considerably in PPR leagues, particularly whereas Michael Gallup (calf) is coping with an harm that may sideline him three-to-five weeks.|
|22||Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN @ JAX. See Noah Fant.|
|23||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. CIN|
|24||Tyler Kroft, NYJ vs. NE|
|25||Blake Jarwin, DAL @ LAC|
|26||Anthony Firkser, TEN @ SEA. See Juwan Johnson.|
|27||Eric Ebron, PIT vs. LV|
|28||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs CIN|
|29||Tyler Conklin, MIN @ ARI|
|30||Pharoah Brown, HOU @ CLE|
|31||Adam Trautman, NO @ CAR|
|32||Dan Arnold, CAR vs. NO|
|33||C.J. Uzomah, CIN @ CHI|
|34||Jack Doyle, IND vs. LAR|
|35||James O’Shaugnessy, JAX vs. DEN|
|36||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. HOU|
|37||Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. LV|
|38||Will Dissly, SEA vs. TEN|
|39||Dawson Knox, BUF @ MIA|
|40||Hayden Hurst, ATL @ TB|
|41||Mo Alie-Cox, IND vs. LAR|