Week 14 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends

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Is there a more frustrating position to try and fill this season (outside of maybe kicker, though we all know that already). Whether it’s injuries or difficult matchups or players who are impossible to trust, picking a tight end for many owners has become a week-to-week chore. Who should be the trusted option this week? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New England
  2. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  3. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Tampa Bay
  4. Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tennessee
  5. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Jacksonville
  6. Zack Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  7. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  8. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – at Buffalo
  9. Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  10. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  11. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  12. Ryan Griffin – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  13. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  14. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – at New York Jets
  15. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Indianapolis
  16. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Washington
  17. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  18. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Chicago
  19. Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Oakland
  20. Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants

Thoughts:

  • The Buccaneers have allowed the fourth most points per week to opposing tight ends this season, and now that Jack Doyle isn’t sharing the tight end opportunities it’s a matchup he should exploit.  He’s coming off an 11 target performance (6 catches, 73 yards, 1 TD) and has now scored in three of his past four games.  It’s a good bet that he can continue the good times and should be seen as a Top 5 option for the coming week.
  • It’s hard to call Mark Andrews a questionable option, but he draws a difficult matchup against the Bills (second fewest points to opposing tight ends) and he’ll have to battle for tight end targets.  He’s still usable, but he’s not quite the elite option we’ve become accustomed to.
  • Kyle Rudolph may not get quite as many targets as some other tight ends, but he’s certainly been making the most of them.  He’s now scored a TD in four straight games (5 TD over this stretch) and he has 117 yards over his past two games.  His ceiling isn’t as high, but he’s well worth utilizing as a TE1.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have been the worst defense against opposing tight ends by a wide margin (79 catches, 978 yards, 13 TD).  While Vance McDonald hasn’t been a big producer, the matchup puts him on the TE1 spectrum.
  • Tyler Higbee has been targeted 14 times over the past two games and is coming off a monster performance (7 catches, 107 yards, 1 TD).  He now gets to take on another poor defense against opposing tight ends, with the Seahawks allowing the second most points per week (behind only the Arizona Cardinals, who is who he torched a week ago).  That puts him on the radar for viability this week.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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