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Tight End Rankings: Fantasy Football 2018

I will say this, Tight End can truly truly be a frustrating position for fantasy gamers. Outside of the top 2 to 3 guys, it lacks consistency. So if you land a Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, or Zach Ertz, it can win you your league, however if they struggle or you suffer an injury, you have hurt yourself greatly by spending top 4 round pick on the position as whoever you will be replacing them with are going to score about the same as every other TE who is rostered in your league.

Gronk is saying ALL the right things this season. He is focused on his body and being healthy, and he currently has stated he is “100%!” Make no mistake about it, a 100% Gronk is a league winner. The problem with TE is outside of the Gronk’s Kelce’s, and Ertz’s, the value runs deep. You can grab start-able TEs all the way through the mid double digit rounds in fantasy drafts. And what’s worse is those guys you take later, will score fairly similar as the guys taken in rounds 5 and beyond at the position. Last years PPR TE4, Delanie Walker, scored only 50 more total points than Tyler Kroft, the 2017 PPR TE14. And that is fairly consistent if you keep going back through the past 5 years.

So lets recap, Gronk, a great value late round 2, grab him. I also like Ertz late round 3, as he is, at the moment, probably the best pass catcher available for the Eagles. Outside of those guys, I worry about Kelce’s volume with Watkins in town, because his targets are not coming out of Tyreek Hill’s. He should still be a top guy but I think he does not reach the 200 fantasy point threshold, so I don’t like him in the first 3 rounds this season. I’d rather grab an upside guy like Trey Burton or Jordan Reed in rounds 8 and 9.

 

RANK PLAYER TEAM BYE
1 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots 11
2 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles 9
3 Travis Kelce KC Chiefs 12
4 Jimmy Graham Green Bay Packers 7
5 Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans 8
6 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings 10
7 Trey Burton Chicgo Bears 5
8 David Njoku Cleveland Browns 11
9 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins 4
10 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers 4
11 Evan Engram NY Giants 7
12 Jack Doyle Indianapolis Colts 9
13 O.J. Howard Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5
14 George Kittle San Francisco 49ers 11
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jacksonville Jaguars 9
16 Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals 9
17 Cameron Brate Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5
18 Charles Clay Buffalo Bills 11
19 Ricky Seals-Jones Arizona Cardinals 9
20 Jared Cook Oakland Raiders 7
21 Austin Hooper Atlanta Falcons 8
22 Eric Ebron Indianapolis Colts 9
23 Hayden Hurst Baltimore Ravens 10
24 Ben Watson NO Saints 6
25 Luke Willson Detroit Lions 6
26 Mike Gisickei Miami Dolphins 11
27 Vance McDonald Pittsburgh Steelers 7
28 Jordan Akins Houston Texans 10
29 Tyler Kroft Cincinnati Bengals 9
30 Gerald Everett LA Rams 12
31 Dallas Goedert Philadelphia Eagles 9
32 Nick Vannett Seattle Seahawks 7
33 Rico Gathers Dallas Cowboys 8
34 Jake Butt Denver Broncos 10
35 Jonnu Smith Tennessee Titans 8
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