Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outside of Jordan Reed, who we’ve been without for much of the season anyway, it appears like we’ll be all hands on deck at the tight end position.  Considering the instability of many of the options that’s great news with fantasy titles hanging in the balance.  Who should we trust?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look at how the rankings shake out:

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

Thoughts:

  • Obviously there’s risk that Zach Ertz isn’t cleared from the concussion protocol, but after there was talk about him returning in Week 14 it would appear likely.  Taking on a Giants defense that has been abysmal against tight ends, as well as having a secondary QB option who could look for his safety valves more often, Ertz is clearly among the best options if he plays.
  • Travis Kelce has been a monster all year long…  Except for Week 3 against the Chargers, when he had 1 reception for 1 yard.  He’s too good to move too far down the rankings, but with a difficult matchup he’s the “bottom” of the elite level options.
  • The matchup for Hunter Henry gets more “difficult” in Week 15, but over the past three weeks he’s amassed 16 receptions for 207 yards and 2 TD.  At the same time the Chiefs have struggled against opposing quarterbacks overall and Henry has reemerged as one of the go to targets for Phillip Rivers.  Look for him to keep the good times rolling.
  • After back-to-back poor showings (5 catches for 20 yards and 1 TD), Jack Doyle should return to relevance with a favorable matchup against the Broncos.  He’s not a top end option, but we all know the upside he brings.
  • We all want to trust Greg Olsen, and considering the questions around the league it’s fair.  However we need to look at reality.  His Week 12 return was cut short due to a setback…  He was held out of Week 13 due to a precaution…  He was targeted just once in Week 14 (and that went incomplete)…  Sure there’s potential and if healthy his role should expand, but with your fantasy title hanging in the balance you aren’t going to want to trust him if you can avoid it.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 15 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

25 comments

  1. RJ says:

    Hello Prof.

    J. Graham or J. Doyle?

  2. Joel Macke says:

    ASJ, seal Jones, or pick up clay, or oh Howard of waivers. Just need someone to cover projected pts and not put up a goose egg.

  3. Nick says:

    FA pickups today….pickup Ebron? Have Rudolph and Olsen and am fairly worried……

  4. Jay says:

    Do you like Ertz’s replacement almost or as much if he doesn’t play?

  5. Krysta says:

    Olsen or Seals Jones…O.J. Howard and Julius Thomas available free agents?

  6. Fred says:

    TE has been a black hole for me the last 5 or so games. I have Olsen, Seals Jones, and Brate on my roster. FA options include Howard, Clay, ASJ.

    Who would you roll with?

  7. trevor says:

    brees or rodgers
    funches or marvin jones
    ppr flex ajayi, jordy nelson, lndry or fournette
    ppr flex drake, jamaal williams or lativus murray
    ppr tyrell hill or landry

    • brees or rodgers — Brees
      funches or marvin jones — Funchess
      ppr flex ajayi, jordy nelson, lndry or fournette – Fournette
      ppr flex drake, jamaal williams or lativus murray — Williams
      ppr tyrell hill or landry — Landry

  8. Jim says:

    Should I start Jamaal Williams over Travis Kelce this week for my flex?

  9. K says:

    My current starter TE (Rudolph) seems like he’ll be out this week and I was thinking of picking up Cook. Droppable options are: Rudolph, Josh Gordon, Cupp, Mixon, Robert Woods. Who ya got?

    Also, RB2: Ingram or Howard?

    Both scenarios are in a standard league.

    Thanks!

  10. Jay says:

    Standard. Have Brate & Trey Burton. Olson, Thomas & RSJ availble

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