Koerner’s Week 4 Fantasy Football Tiers: TE

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USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Travis Kelce and George Kittle

  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 4 tight end tiers.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my tight end tiers for Week 4 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Koerner’s Tight End Tiers

Based on standard scoring; +/- indicates how many Tiers up/down each player would move in a PPR format.

Tier 1
Rob Gronkowski (vs. MIA)
Travis Kelce (@ DEN)

Gronk, like Antonio Brown, typically inhabits the top tier all to himself, but he has to share it with Kelce this week.

Tier 2
Zach Ertz (@ TEN)

Dallas Goedert broke out with a huge Week 3, which is quite concerning to Ertz owners. Another concern is that Ertz has yet to score a touchdown in 2018.

If anything, I see this as a good time to float a trade offer to an Ertz owner who may overreact to any of the above.

Tier 3
Jared Cook (vs. CLE)
Eric Ebron (vs. HOU)
Jimmy Graham (vs. BUF)

Ebron disappointed in Week 3 with a 5/33/0 line on 11 targets in Jack Doyle’s absence. With Doyle set to miss another week due to injury, I expect Ebron to have a bounce-back game (eight to 10 targets).

Tier 4
George Kittle (@ LAC)
Kyle Rudolph (@ LA)
Trey Burton (vs. TB)
O.J. Howard (@ CHI)
Tyler Eifert (@ ATL)

The 49ers’ entire offense was dealt a massive blow with Jimmy G’s torn ACL in Week 3. Kittle may not see as big of a drop-off as other pass catchers in the offense. He was C.J. Beathard’s teammate/roommate at Iowa. There’s reason to believe Kittle could receive the most targets going forward.

Eifert quietly put up a 6/74/0 line in Week 3. He appears to be 100%, and it’s only a matter of time until he starts adding TDs to his box score as well.

Tier 5
David Njoku (@ OAK)
Ben Watson (@ NYG)
Austin Hooper (vs. CIN)
Vance McDonald (vs. BAL)

Njoku is another player who should benefit from Baker Mayfield taking over as the Browns’ starting QB.

Hooper could be a sneaky BYE week replacement for Jordan Reed owners.

Tier 6
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs. NYJ)
Ricky Seals-Jones (vs. SEA)

Hopefully you don’t need to resort to either of these hyphenated players. Both are TD-or-bust plays, but that’s sometimes the life of a TE streamer.