Week 15 Rankings (2020): Top 20 Tight Ends

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With the fantasy playoffs in full swing, there are only a few tight ends that we’d feel comfortable having in our lineup every week. That’s a scary thought, because it’s easy to envision almost anyone you put in your lineup being a complete bust. Who are the names you want to trust? Who is too risky to start? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at New Orleans
  2. Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Jacksonville
  4. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Tennessee
  5. Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  6. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Cleveland
  7. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Las Vegas
  8. Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
  9. Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
  10. Logan Thomas – Washington Football – vs. Seattle
  11. Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  12. Irv Smith – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Chicago
  13. Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
  14. Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – vs. San Francisco
  15. Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears – at Minnesota
  16. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
  17. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Buffalo
  18. Jordan Reed – San Francisco 49ers – at Dallas
  19. Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  20. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona

Thoughts:

  • Over the past four weeks Mike Gesicki has scored 4 TD (all coming in his past three games) while also being targeted 27 times. While that’s positive, he draws an incredibly tough matchup and there’s a good chance he misses Week 15 after dislocating his shoulder. That’s not a guarantee so monitor the news closely, but for now we’re keeping him on the rankings.
  • Mark Andrews seamlessly returned to the Ravens offense, turning 6 targets into 5 catches and 78 yards in Week 14. With questions in the receiving corps he should continue to be featured, especially against a Jacksonville defense that’s allowed the second most TD to opposing tight ends (10). Consider him a must use.
  • We all know Evan Engram has consistently frustrated both Giants’ fans and fantasy owners, but against a Cleveland defense that’s allowed the second most points per week to opposing tight ends (767 yards and 9 TD) he’s going to be a good “gamble” as a TE1.
  • Irv Smith has not been targeted more than 5 times in any game this season, which alone makes him an extremely risky option. That said he’s coming off a 63 yard and 1 TD game, has 3 TD in his past three games and faces a Chicago defense that’s allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends. As a streaming option, there’s value.
  • Cole Kmet has been targeted 7 times in each of the past two games, delivering 9 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD. Against a Minnesota defense that’s been middle of the pack against opposing TE, the sudden usage and upside puts him on fantasy maps as a potential streaming option.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

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