The Highlights:

  • Sean Koerner has been the No. 1 in-season FantasyPros ranker for three straight seasons, and Matthew Freedman was No. 6 last year.
  • Below the rankings are blurbs for every player in our expert consensus top 200.
  • Koerner is high on O.J. Howard, Freedman likes Tyler Eifert, and Chris Raybon is bullish on George Kittle.

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Fantasy Football TE Rankings (Updated 7/11)

NOTE: Rankings are intended for PPR formats and are updated frequently.
SK = Sean Koerner; CR = Chris Raybon; MF = Matthew Freedman.


1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Has NFL-high 77 touchdowns since entering the league in 2010 despite missing 26 games. – Freedman

Top-two tight end in PPR points per game in a ridiculous six of the past seven seasons. – Raybon

2. Travis Kelce, Chiefs

Over the last two years has 14.73 PPR points per game to Gronk’s 14.75. – Freedman

Hard to knock him based on quarterback play when he’s finished as the PPR TE1 in back-to-back seasons with Alex Smith– Raybon

3. Zach Ertz, Eagles

Has averaged 16.64 PPR points per game over the last two years in 16 outings without former Eagles slot wide receiver Jordan Matthews. – Freedman

Reigning target-per-game leader (7.9) on a team with a quarterback who was playing at an MVP level before going down last season. – Raybon

4. Evan Engram, Giants

Has a high ceiling but might lack consistency with Odell Beckham Jr. back and Saquon Barkley added to the fold in what figures to be a more run-heavy attack. – Raybon

5. Greg Olsen, Panthers

A foot injury limited his playing time and production last year, but he came on strong with an 84-1,040-8 season-long pace over his last four games (including playoffs). – Raybon

6. Delanie Walker, Titans

Only Travis Kelce has scored more PPR points than Walker over the past three seasons; advancing age is offset by what could be a major upgrade at offensive coordinator with Sean McVay’s understudy Matt LaFleur replacing the Mike Mularkey-Terry Robiskie regime. – Raybon

7. Jimmy Graham, Packers

Likely to become Aaron Rodgers’ favorite red-zone target. – Koerner

8. Jordan Reed, Redskins

The No. 1 tight end in PPR points per game in 2015 and 2016 must ward off injuries and establish chemistry with Alex Smith, but his upside is well worth it when it costs no more than a seventh-round pick at a hollow position. – Raybon

9. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

The initial chemistry between Rudolph and his new quarterback Kirk Cousins (who loves throwing to tight ends) seems to be going well; Cousins describes throwing to Rudolph “like throwing into a mattress.” – Koerner

10. Jack Doyle, Colts

While the potential return of Andrew Luck may seem like a positive, Doyle was probably better off with a shellshocked Jacoby Brissett, who lacked the confidence to do much besides force-feed him checkdowns; Eric Ebron could also cut into his targets. – Raybon

No. 2 receiving option in offense with terrifyingly low 4.9-yard average depth of target last season. – Freedman

 


11. Trey Burton, Bears

Tight end starts to get ugly around the time he goes off the board. – Raybon

12. George Kittle, 49ers

Was the No. 10 tight end in PPR after Jimmy Garoppolo became the starting quarterback in Week 13. – Koerner

13. Charles Clay, Bills

A poor man’s Delanie Walker– Raybon

14. David Njoku, Browns

Led the team last year with four touchdowns receiving and primed to follow in the Hall-of-Fame footsteps of Tony GonzalezJason Witten and Rob Gronkowski as a 22-year-old second-year breakout. – Freedman

15. Jared Cook, Raiders

Seventh among tight ends in receiving yards per game (43.0) in his first season with Derek Carr– Raybon

16. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers

Per-game numbers decreased from 3.8-44-0.53 in 2016 to 3.0-37-0.38 in first year with O.J. Howard and DeSean Jackson in town; now has to contend with an emerging Chris Godwin and more missed time from Jameis Winston. – Raybon

Trails only Jimmy Graham and Kyle Rudolph at the position with 14 touchdowns receiving over the past two years. – Freedman

17. Tyler Eifert, Bengals

Has scored 18 touchdowns in 21 full games over the past three years. – Freedman

18 (tie). O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

Explosive second-year man has the misfortune of being a better blocker than Cameron Brate for a team that just guaranteed Brate $18 million. – Raybon

Lauded second-year player stuck in a timeshare. – Freedman

18 (tie). Vance McDonald, Steelers

Caught 10-of-16 passes for 112 yards in his most recent game as a Steeler and will reportedly be a featured part of new coordinator Randy Fichtner’s offense. – Raybon

20. Ben Watson, Ravens

The ageless wonder quietly finished as the TE11 in 2017 with Baltimore and now goes back to New Orleans, where he finished as the TE6 in 2015. – Raybon

21. Eric Ebron, Colts

Most underwhelming first-round tight end of this millennium (after Anthony Becht) but now on a team with an uncertain pass-catching cohort after T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle– Freedman

22. Austin Hooper, Falcons

Finished last season as the TE 17 overall and TE21 in points per game; ranks fifth of 53 qualified tight ends in yards per target (8.66) since entering the league. – Raybon

23. Hayden Hurst, Ravens

Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ben Watson essentially came back from the dead lead the Ravens in receptions in 2016 and 2017, so it wouldn’t be surprising if an NFL-ready 25-year-old first-round pick led them in receptions in 2018. – Raybon

Overdrafted rookie who will enter the season as a 25-year-old project with three college touchdowns. – Freedman

24. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jaguars

Talented pass-catcher but at best the third receiving option on an offense that generated just 21 aerial touchdowns last year. – Freedman

25. Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals

Jermaine Gresham’s Achilles injury opens the door for Seal-Jones to handle a full complement of snaps; early reports out of camp about his blocking are promising. – Raybon

26. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins

Has old-school Vernon Davis athleticism, second-round draft pedigree, and limited competition for mid-range targets as a rookie. – Freedman

27 (tie). Virgil Green, Chargers

Journeyman with just four touchdowns in seven years but athletic and slated to start for a quarterback who has historically relied on his tight end. – Freedman

27 (tie). Ed Dickson, Seahawks

It seems as if the Seahawks’ definition of recommitting to the run was downgrading at every pass-catching position. – Raybon

29. Vernon Davis, Redskins

Has averaged 4.9 targets and 9.1 PPR points per game over the last two years in 14 games without starter Jordan Reed– Freedman

Credit:

Winslow Townson – USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Rob Gronkowski

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