Week 13 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends

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It’s among the most frustrating positions to fill this season, isn’t it? Even with some difficult matchups this week, if you are lucky enough to own one of the elite you are in fine shape. What if you don’t have one of those 6 or 7 options on your roster? You are playing the weekly guessing game and hoping to strike gold. Who is the bet worth taking in Week 13? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  2. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
  3. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  4. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore
  6. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
  7. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
  8. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  9. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  10. Ryan Griffin – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
  11. Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
  12. Dallas Goeddert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Miami
  13. Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – at Arizona
  14. Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  15. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Philadelphia
  16. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
  17. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. David Njoku – Cleveland Browns – at Pittsburgh
  19. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  20. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • While injuries have limited the Eagles offensively, it’s been Zach Ertz who has stepped up and produced.  He’s had at least 11 targets in three straight games, putting up at least 90 yards in each game and scoring 2 TD.  There are a few things that could work against Ertz this week, like the potential return of Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Aghoor as well as the potential for the Eagles to build a big lead and take their foot off the gas (and his own hamstring injury that has limited him at practice).  That said Ertz should get an opportunity to thrive early (if healthy), and that should be enough to make him one of the better options.
  • After missing a few weeks due to injury George Kittle returned with a bang, catching 6 passes for 129 yards and 1 TD.  The question is, is Kittle matchup proof?  He’s only had one game of fewer than 50 yards, but the Ravens have been among the toughest defenses against tight ends this season.  It’s not enough to keep him out of the elite options, but the risk does drop him down a little bit.
  • Mark Andrews has been great this season, but will he be able to produce against the top rated defense against opposing tight ends?  The best you may be able to hope for is what the Seattle Seahawks’ tight ends did against them in Week 10 (8 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD), but let’s not forget that Baltimore has various options who could get the opportunities.  Andrews has been too good to ignore, especially considering the questions at the position, but there also is significant risk this week.
  • It would be easy to anoint the Jets’ Ryan Griffin a must start option, especially after he scored another TD in Week 12.  Of course he was also targeted just 3 times (he has 9 total targets in the past three weeks) and has 13 yards or fewer in two of the past three weeks.  He’s a viable TE1, but he’s not among the elite.
  • The last time Jared Cook faced the Atlanta Falcons he turned 10 targets into 6 catches and 74 yards.  With a rematch coming, as well as 8+ targets in two of his past three games (and TD in back-to-back games), he’s a solid TE1 in all formats.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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