Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There’s a little bit more dependability emerging from the tight end position…  Yea right!  While there may be players we are relatively comfortable with, there appear to be some bitter disappointments each and every week (Vernon Davis last week against the Giants, perhaps?!).  Who can we trust?  Who should we avoid?  Let’s try to figure it out:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New York Jets
  2. Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Seattle
  3. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  4. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  5. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Philadelphia
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Oakland
  7. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Cleveland
  8. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. New York Giants
  9. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  10. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  11. Julius Thomas – Miami Dolphins – vs. Denver
  12. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  13. Ricky Seals-Jones – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  14. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  15. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Baltimore
  16. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. Kansas City
  17. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  18. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Green Bay
  19. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Detroit

Thoughts:

  • For now we’re going to hold both Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen off the rankings, as their availability is in question.  Olsen appears to be the more likely of the two to play, but even if he does are you ready to trust him?  He couldn’t make it through Week 12 and is more of a high upside TE2.
  • Over the past three weeks Delanie Walker has 16 catches for 218 yards and 1 TD, despite a struggling Marcus Mariota under center.  With a favorable matchup and clearly being the safety option (and a consistent one at that), there’s little reason to think that he won’t post another big day.  At tight end, there’s something to be said for dependability.
  • Jimmy Graham has 4 TD over his past three games and has scored in six of his past seven (8 TD over the seven games).  Think Graham is back to being among the elite options in the league?  The matchup against the Eagles isn’t an easy one, and that’s going to keep him just outside the elite class, but don’t mistake that for being “down” on him.
  • There were high expectations for Hunter Henry entering the season, but overall he’s fallen flat.  That said he’s coming off a big day against the Cowboys (5 receptions for 76 yards and 1 TD) and has been targeted 5 times in each of the past two weeks.  With a favorable matchup against the Browns (third most points per week allowed to opposing tight ends), he’s an easy play unless you own one of the truly elite.
  • Julius Thomas has been targeted at least 5 times in each of the past four weeks, and now draws a favorable matchup against the Denver Broncos.  No matter who is under center for Miami it appears that Thomas is returning to viability, and while there’s still some obvious risk he is a TE1 for this week.
  • After one week we wanted to ignore Ricky Seals-Jones, but after two?  He suddenly belongs on our radars, as he’s turned 11 targets into 7 receptions, 126 yards and 3 TD.  He may not overtake starter Jermaine Gresham, but he’s going to continue to play a role and could fully emerge by year’s end.

Sources – ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL.com

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers
Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers

5 comments

  1. Jim says:

    For my flex position should I go with Travis Kelce, Samaje Perine or Jamaal Williams?

  2. Matt says:

    Hey cook or Rudolph
    And carr or winston
    PPR, Thankss!

  3. Manu says:

    Hello !

    Should I start Julius Thomas, Tyler Kroft or Ricky Seals-Jones these week ?

    Thanks.

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