Week 1 Rankings (2020): Top 20 Tight Ends: Who’s The Under-The-Radar Option To Target?

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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. George Kittle – San Fracisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  3. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  5. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – at Carolina
  7. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Dallas
  8. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Cincinnati
  9. Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Seattle
  10. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
  11. Eric Engram – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
  13. Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – at Baltimore
  14. Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  15. Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  16. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  17. Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers – vs. Las Vegas
  18. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  19. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  20. Greg Olsen – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta      

Notes:

  • Maybe Austin Hooper has a big year with Cleveland, coming off back-to-back seasons with at least 71 receptions (in 2019 he set career highs with 75 catches, 787 yards and 6 TD).  However is anyone buying a good start to the season?  The Baltimore Ravens allowed the second fewest points per game to opposing tight ends in 2019, including tying for the second fewest TD (3 TD allowed).  He’s a good play this season, but he’s not a very good option in Week 1.
  • Jared Cook showed an ability to consistently find the end zone during his first season in New Orleans, with 9 TD (to go along with 43 receptions and 705 yards).  In fact he found the end zone both times he faced the Buccaneers last season and would it surprise anyone if this game devolved into a bit of a shootout?  That makes him a good play for Week 1.
  • The problem for Eric Engram has been his health as opposed to his production, as he’s played in 19 games over the past two seasons.  That said, he proved to be an important safety valve for Daniel Jones in 2019, as he averaged 5.5 receptions and 58.4 yards per game.  That’s a role that he’ll once again fill, and while the offense is going to run through Saquan Barkley don’t underestimate the upside of Engram.
  • Over the final four weeks Higbee had at least 11 targets per game, and he had at least 7 receptions in each of the last five games (including four games of at least 100 yards).  It’s hard to expect that type of usage in Week 1, though it also isn’t impossible against a Dallas defense that allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing tight ends in 2019.  There’s some risk, but he’s a must use thanks to his upside.
  • After not playing in 2019 what can we expect from Rob Gronkowski?  Will he be rejuvenated, showing an instant rapport with Tom Brady?  Or will he struggle initially and be eased into the mix?  Time will tell, but we’d have some reservations and take a cautious approach this week.
  • Maybe Chris Herndon is going to be a viable fantasy sleeper this season, but are we willing to bet it comes against the Bills in Week 1?  Buffalo allowed the fewest points per week to opposing tight ends last season, so think of him more as a desperation TE2.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

15 COMMENTS

  1. PPR Flex:Melvin Gordon, James Conner or Antonio Gibson

    PPR Flex:LeVeon Bell or Kerryon Johnson

    PPR Flex: Antonio Gibson, Phillip Lindsay

    PPR Flex:Melvin Gordon, Mark Ingram or Antonio Gibson

    PPR Flex:Raheem Mostert or Tyler Boyd

    • PPR Flex:Melvin Gordon, James Conner or Antonio Gibson — Conner

      PPR Flex:LeVeon Bell or Kerryon Johnson — Bell

      PPR Flex: Antonio Gibson, Phillip Lindsay — I’ll roll dice on Gibson

      PPR Flex:Melvin Gordon, Mark Ingram or Antonio Gibson — Ingram

      PPR Flex:Raheem Mostert or Tyler Boyd — Mostert

  2. Every analyst has cook as a bust? You have him ranked 5th. I have Smith cause I’m hoping for a break out year. Should I drop him for cook?

    • These are rankings for just Week 1 remember. Not going to say I think he’s going to be a bust, but I def. like him for this week

  3. I’m wondering if I’m just having post-draft anxiety or if I’ve legitimately put myself into a pickle. I’m in a 12 team, non ppr league and neither the Kamara nor the Cook owners seemed to prioritize getting L. Murray and A. Mattison. I ended up snagging both as my RB5 and RB6. Was it a smart move, or did I sacrifice way too much flexibility? Roster to follow:

    J. Allen
    C. Edwards-Helaire, N. Chubb, M. Gordon, D. Swift, L. Murray, A. Mattison
    K. Golladay, A. Robinson, D. Johnson, C. Kirk, J. Reagor
    M. Andrews
    LA Chargers DST
    D. Bailey

  4. PPR flex Diontae Johnson, Preston Williams or LeVeon Bell

    PPR flex Antonio Gibson, DJ Chark, Marvin Jones or Jamieson Crowder

    PPR flex Mark Ingram, Cooper Kupp, DK Metcalf or Michael Gallup

    PPR flex James Conner, Tyler Lockett, Tyler Boyd, Marvin Jones or Diontae Johnson

    • PPR flex Diontae Johnson, Preston Williams or LeVeon Bell — Bell

      PPR flex Antonio Gibson, DJ Chark, Marvin Jones or Jamieson Crowder — Gibson has more upside, but I’m going Chark until we see it play out

      PPR flex Mark Ingram, Cooper Kupp, DK Metcalf or Michael Gallup — Ingram

      PPR flex James Conner, Tyler Lockett, Tyler Boyd, Marvin Jones or Diontae Johnson — Conner

  5. How do you feel about Hurst for ROS in 12man PPR?
    Herndon, Jarwin, Eifert, I. Thomas, & D. Arnold all are available.

    Worth it to drop N. Harry or P. Williams for one of them?

    • That’s plenty of talent available off waivers that I’d be willing to gamble on Hurst and then grab someone only if needed. Harry/Williams have much more upside

  6. Week 1 If Mike Evans is a game time decision and if he can’t play who would you replace him with in my lineup between DeSean Jackson or Diontae Johnson PPR

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