Week 13 Rankings (2020): Top 20 Tight Ends

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Week in and week out tight ends continue to frustrate fantasy owners. You can count the truly trustworthy options on one hand, and with your fantasy season hanging in the balance who do you want to be using? Let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week and try to find those who you should have in your lineup and who you should avoid:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  2. Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – at New York Jets
  3. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  4. Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  5. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. New England
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Seattle
  7. Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – vs. Philadelphia
  8. Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  9. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  10. Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – at Baltimore
  11. Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  12. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
  13. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Jacksonville
  14. Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Washington
  15. Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Green Bay
  16. Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo
  17. Logan Thomas – Washington Football – at Pittsburgh
  18. Trey Burton – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  19. Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit

Thoughts:

  • The first time T.J. Hockenson and the Lions faced Chicago the tight end delivered 5 catches for 56 yards and 1 TD. That’s one of eight games where he posted at least 50 receiving yards, while he’s also totaled 5 TD. With a favorable matchup (the Bears have allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends) and consistent targets (his 68 rank fifth among TE), he’s got to be viewed as one of the better options.
  • Is there a more frustrating player than Evan Engram? At one moment he’s putting up gaudy stats, and the next he is missing an easy reception or fumbling at a key moment. He is tied for the third most targets among tight ends and could be an important safety valve should Daniel Jones miss the week, but he also has just 1 TD on the season. There’s value as a TE1, but we can’t get too excited about his outlook.
  • Zach Ertz has been activated from Injured Reserve, preparing him to return for the first time since Week 6. With his return the value of Dallas Goedert plummets, though the matchup alone helps to limit the upside appeal. While Goedert is still the preferred option, for now, we need to temper our expectations.
  • It’s easy to overlook Dalton Schultz, but he’s actually been targeted consistently (5+ in four straight games) and Baltimore hasn’t been great against opposing tight ends. Considering the state of the position and the questions that everyone is facing, he’s well worth using.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



8 COMMENTS

  1. Non ppr. Have Tonyan , Hooper and Andrews. Time to drop Andrews and pick up Lamb for playoffs. He has a couple of good match ups coming up. ESPN league they play the whole season.

  2. Hi, Prof. What do you think of Jordan Akins’ role in the Houston offence, since they don’t have Fuller and Cobb? I kinda’ like his chances. I’m in a 0.5 PPR league and Jonnu Smith is out this week. Thanks.

  3. Hi Professor,

    Robert Tonyan, Eric Ebron, or Kyle Rudolf for this week?

    Standard league. Would you drop Jonnu Smith for either of them at this stage?

    Thanks.

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