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Updated Tight End Draft Rankings - Standard Scoring (Non-PPR)

The NFL season will be here quicker than Travis Kelce runs a slant route.

RotoBaller’s tight end rankings for standard fantasy football leagues have not changed drastically during the offseason, but there have been some risers and fallers to make note of. Most of the fantasy value changes have to do with the supporting casts around the tight ends in question changing either due to COVID opt-outs or other roster-related moves. If you want to be successful in fantasy football, you have to keep your eyes and ears open during the offseason. Yesterday’s sixth-ranked tight end might become tomorrow’s fifth-ranked in the blink of an eye.

Here is my analysis of RotoBaller’s current 2020 tight end rankings for standard leagues:

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Tight End Standard Rankings and Tiers

Position Rank Position Tier Player Name Overall Rank Overall Tier
1 1 Travis Kelce 17 2
2 1 George Kittle 20 3
3 2 Mark Andrews 35 3
4 2 Zach Ertz 52 5
5 2 Darren Waller 56 5
6 3 Hunter Henry 69 5
7 3 Tyler Higbee 70 5
8 4 Rob Gronkowski 84 6
9 4 Jared Cook 88 6
10 4 Evan Engram 90 7
11 4 Hayden Hurst 97 7
12 4 Austin Hooper 101 7
13 4 Noah Fant 109 7
14 5 Mike Gesicki 124 8
15 5 Jack Doyle 135 9
16 5 Dallas Goedert 136 9
17 5 T.J. Hockenson 137 9
18 5 Jonnu Smith 138 9
19 5 Eric Ebron 140 9
20 5 Blake Jarwin 145 9
21 6 Chris Herndon IV 166 10
22 6 Irv Smith Jr. 173 11
23 6 Greg Olsen 191 11
24 6 Ian Thomas 193 11
25 7 Jace Sternberger 206 12
26 7 Dawson Knox 226 13
27 7 Dan Arnold 227 13
28 7 O.J. Howard 230 13
29 7 Kyle Rudolph 234 13
30 7 Will Dissly 236 13
31 7 Jimmy Graham 238 13
32 7 Jordan Thomas 244 13
33 7 Darren Fells 249 14
34 8 Gerald Everett 260 14
35 8 C.J. Uzomah 262 14
36 8 Nick Boyle 268 14
37 8 Durham Smythe 270 15
38 8 Levine Toilolo 272 15
39 8 David Njoku 283 15
40 8 Tyler Eifert 285 15
41 8 Marcedes Lewis 286 15
42 8 Chris Manhertz 288 15
43 8 Jacob Hollister 291 15
44 8 Devin Asiasi 295 15
45 9 Cameron Brate 300 15
46 9 Robert Tonyan 301 15
47 9 Vance McDonald 302 15
48 9 Daniel Brown 306 15
49 9 Trevon Wesco 309 15
50 9 Blake Bell 310 15
51 9 Jordan Akins 312 15
52 9 MyCole Pruitt 319 16
53 9 James O'Shaughnessy 321 16
54 9 Tyler Conklin 322 16
55 9 Charlie Woerner 325 16
56 9 Jeremy Sprinkle 326 16
57 9 Seth DeValve 331 16
58 10 Johnny Mundt 341 16
59 10 Adam Trautman 342 16
60 10 Foster Moreau 344 16
61 10 Jason Witten 346 17
62 10 Anthony Firkser 348 17
63 10 Trey Burton 349 17
64 10 Ryan Griffin 352 17
65 10 Deon Yelder 353 17
66 10 Josh Oliver 356 17
67 10 Derek Carrier 357 17
68 10 Joshua Perkins 362 17
69 10 Delanie Walker 368 17
70 10 Richard Rodgers 369 17
71 10 Cethan Carter 376 17
72 10 Cole Kmet 379 17
73 10 Drew Sample 383 17
74 10 Demetrius Harris 384 18
75 10 Harrison Bryant 393 18
76 10 Kaden Smith 403 18
77 10 Jaeden Graham 408 18
78 10 Albert Okwuegbunam 413 18
79 10 Jesse James 415 18
80 10 Maxx Williams 418 18
81 10 Mo Alie-Cox 421 18
82 10 Kahale Warring 423 18
83 10 Ricky Seals-Jones 424 18
84 10 Dalton Keene 444 19
85 10 Dalton Schultz 455 19
86 10 Josh Hill 467 19
87 10 Nick Vannett 484 20
88 10 Matt LaCosse 487 20
89 10 Tyler Kroft 496 20
90 10 Logan Thomas 498 20
91 10 Ross Dwelley 502 20

 

Tier 1

Kelce and Kittle deserve the most money out of all tight ends and have both been paid handsomely this offseason, with both of them signing multimillion-dollar extensions this month. Kelce has four straight seasons of 80 receptions and 1,000 yards to his credit and has only missed one game over the past six years. Kittle is coming off back-to-back campaigns of at least 85 catches and 1,000 yards despite being stuck in a run-first offense. There is no debate that they are the top two tight ends in fantasy football

 

Tier 2

Andrews had fantasy players worried that his Type 1 diabetes would cause him to opt out of the upcoming season, but it appears that he give it a go, which is great news considering he topped all tight ends with 10 touchdowns last season. Philadelphia drafted TCU standout Jalen Reagor in the first round of April’s draft, but Ertz will continue to be the focal point of the Eagles passing attack, even with tight end teammate Dallas Goedert taking some targets. Waller racks up receptions and yards with the best of them at the position, but the fact that he only scored three touchdowns last year and that the Raiders upgraded their receiving corps keep him out of the top tier.

 

Tier 3

Henry has as much upside and talent as any tight end in the NFL, but he has two things going against him that keep him in this third tier. One is his lack of durability (23 missed games in first four seasons). The other is that Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert will be throwing to him and not Philip Rivers. Higbee was the breakout star and arguably the most valuable waiver addition in fantasy leagues in 2019. The questions are was his fantastic five-game stretch at the end of last year (43 receptions for 522 yards) a fluke and will Gerald Everett cause the Rams tight-end twosome to lose value if the pair splits time and targets.

 

Tier 4

While fantasy players should be titillated by the fact that Gronkowski has come out of retirement to join old quarterback buddy Tom Brady in Tampa Bay, the fact is that the injury-prone Gronk has two other above-average tight ends (O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate) and arguably the top tandem of receivers in the NFL (Mike Evans and Chris Godwin) to fight with for targets. He cannot in good conscience be rated much higher than this. Cook is more durable than Engram, has a better track record than Hurst or Fant, and has a much better QB passing to him than Hooper, hence the higher spot in the rankings.

Hurst has been a prime mover in the tight end rankings, though. He has moved up 10 spots and two tiers since my May column about tight ends in standard leagues came out.

 

Tier 5

Gesicki’s target total should go up this year now that Miami wideouts Allen Hurns and Albert Wilson have both opted out of the 2020 season. Doyle should be buoyed by the quarterback upgrade of Indianapolis replacing Jacoby Brissett with the aforementioned Philip Rivers, not to mention no longer having to share the tight end targets with Eric Ebron.

Hockenson battled ankle, shoulder and concussion problems during his rookie year and had a stint on the COVID-19 list a few weeks ago, but if he can just stay on the field he should have a super sophomore season.

 

Tier 6

Now that longtime top tight end Greg Olsen has taken his talents to Seattle, Thomas has the golden opportunity to prove he can be a No. 1 tight end. Granted, he will have Teddy Bridgewater as his quarterback, who did not do any fantasy favors for Jared Cook in New Orleans last season. Cook only had 13 receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the five games Bridgewater subbed in for the injured Drew Brees.

 

Tier 7 and Lower

Knox was lining up to have a super sophomore season after showing glimpses of being a future fantasy force during his rookie campaign. Buffalo trading for Stefon Diggs to team with incumbent top target John Brown and slot receiver Cole Beasley might limit the targets Knox sees in 2020, though.

Will DeAndre Hopkins having his talents traded to Arizona help or hurt Fells’ fantasy value? That is the question for players who are not sure if Fells is a TE1 or TE2 coming into 2020 after his career year (seven TD) last season. Fells might get more looks, but will he get more opportunities for touchdowns if Hopkins is not around to help Houston get in the red zone? Fells has dropped in the rankings over the past couple months, so we expect him to struggle.

Howard had everything go against him in 2019, especially a head coach who never used him consistently and wavered in how involved he wanted Howard in the offense. Now that Gronkowski is in Tampa, it is hard to fathom Howard getting much more than 50 receptions and 550 yards with everyone that needs to be fed in that hungry Buccaneers passing attack.



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