Koerner’s Week 7 Fantasy Football TE Tiers: Is Austin Hooper Now a TE1?

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports . Pictured: Austin Hooper

  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 7 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 7 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

Tier 1
Travis Kelce (vs. CIN)

Due to Gronk’s struggles, Kelce is going to have Tier 1 locked up to himself until further notice.

Tier 2
Zach Ertz (vs. CAR)
Rob Gronkowski (@ CHI)

Ertz continues to be a model of consistency at the most volatile skill position in fantasy. He is a tremendous fantasy asset because of that. He has now put up at least 70 yards and/or a touchdown in five of six games.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) catches a touchdown pass against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

Tier 3
Eric Ebron (vs. BUF)
George Kittle (vs. LAR)

Eric Ebron wound up on the Week 6 injury report with four body parts listed but managed to have another productive game with a 4/71/1 line. He will likely take a bit of a hit in targets when T.Y. Hilton and/or Jack Doyle return.

Tier 4
Jordan Reed (vs. DAL)
David Njoku (@ TB)
Austin Hooper (vs. NYG)

Austin Hooper has vaulted himself into every week TE1 consideration. He now has 10-plus targets in back-to-back games and converted them into nearly identical lines of 9/77/0 and 9/71/1.

Tier 5
Kyle Rudolph (@ NYJ)
Trey Burton (vs. NE)
Greg Olsen (@ PHI)
Ricky Seals-Jones (vs. DEN)
O.J. Howard (vs. CLE)

Greg Olsen looked healthy in his Week 6 return with a solid 4/48/0 on seven targets. He is always going to be one of Cam’s top targets and can be safely inserted into lineups now.

This week’s matchup against the Eagles could force Cam to throw more so we might see eight to 10 targets for Olsen.

Tier 6
C.J. Uzomah (@ KC)
Evan Engram (@ ATL)

I’m always cautious projecting players early in the week when they are expected to return from an extended absence. Evan Engram should be back in the lineup this week and he gets in a juicy matchup against a decimated Falcons defense.

His ranking could shoot up or down based on reports later in the week, so be sure to check my updated rankings on Sunday morning before making any final sit/start decisions.

Tier 7
Ben Watson (@ BAL)
Geoff Swaim (@ WAS)
James O’Shaughnessy (vs. HOU)
Cameron Brate (vs. CLE)
Charles Clay (@ IND)

In a week with Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook and Vance McDonald on a BYE, the TE Streamer Tier is even more important. I think James O’Shaughnessy is worth a gamble.

With Austin Seferian-Jenkins and now Niles Paul on the shelf, the Jaguars are going to have to lean on O’Shaughnessy. He has put up decent numbers in a heavy time share at tight end, so we can cautiously expect his role to increase with less competition.