Week 1 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends

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Tight end can generally be a frustrating position to try and fill. While there are a handful of obvious top choices, after you get past the elite there always seems like an under-the-radar option emerges on a week-to-week basis. Who could be the name to watch this week? Who’s worth utilizing? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
  2. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Tampa Bay
  3. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  4. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Dallas
  5. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Houston
  6. Hunter Harvey – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  7. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Francisco
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
  9. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New England
  10. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
  11. Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Los Angeles Chargers
  12. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
  13. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  14. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
  15. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  16. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  17. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
  18. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  19. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  20. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • Last season we saw what Evan Engram could do when Odell Beckham wasn’t on the field, with 22 receptions for 320 yards and 1 TD in December.  There should be ample opportunities, especially against a defense that struggled to stop opposing tight ends a year ago and for a Giants team that will be short on wide receiver talent without Golden Tate.  Engram has to be considered one of the best options in the game this week.
  • With Jordan Reed still in the concussion protocol there appears to be a good chance that he misses Week 1.  He has the upside to be a Top 10 tight end, but he continues to battle health issues and consistent missed time.  For now we’ll leave him off the rankings.
  • How often do we hear about a hyped player in the offseason only to see them fall flat once the season starts?  Mark Andrews has been a highly hyped player all offseason and while there are going to be questions, a matchup with the rebuilding Miami Dolphins could lead to a strong start to the season.  Don’t be surprised if Andrews is a go to safety valve for Lamar Jackson, posting strong numbers in Week 1.
  • Rookie tight ends are always risky investments, but T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant could prove to be exceptions to the rule.  That said we need to see what they do when the real games start, so we’d keep them more in the TE2 range for Week 1.
  • Obviously the loss of Andrew Luck will have a negative impact on any receiving option, but could Ebron be deployed more as a key safety valve for Jacoby Brissett?  There are questions and that makes him a low-end TE1 (or maybe a TE2) but one that should be on radars.
  • Trey Burton is battling a groin strain and it’s possible he’s forced to miss this week’s game.  Monitor the news, but don’t be surprised if he’s extremely limited if he even dresses in Week 1.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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