Week 2 Rankings (2020): Top 20 Tight Ends

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

Thoughts:

  • Both George Kittle and Zach Ertz didn’t do much damage in Week 1, but does anyone believe that they can’t (or won’t) bounce back in Week 2?  The Jets defense did not look good against the Bills in Week 1 so it makes sense for Kittle to be the favored option, but both should remain in the Top 5.
  • Speaking of Ertz, it is interesting to see Dallas Goedert have a huge performance (8 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD).  Ertz was targeted 7 times, he just failed to convert them (3 catches, 18 yards, 1 TD).  There is going to be a lot of opportunities between the two, putting both on radars as potential TE1, but Goedert is still the second option for the Eagles and needs to be viewed as more of a borderline TE1 as opposed to the must use Ertz is.
  • Hunter Henry tied for the second most targets among TE in Week 1 (8) and he did produce, with 5 catches and 73 yards.  He didn’t find the end zone, but in a game where the Chargers will likely have to throw often in order to keep pace it it’s easy to envision another day with ample opportunity.  He has to be viewed as one of the better options for the coming week.
  • Tied with Henry was Waller, though the latter didn’t produce as much (6 receptions for 45 yards).  This week he draws a New Orleans defense that allowed 47 yards and 1 TD to Tampa Bay tight ends (the eighth most points) and that’s going to make him a strong option.
  • There were high hopes for Austin Hooper in Cleveland, but he was only targeted twice in Week 1.  Don’t let that deter you completely, as he has a favorable matchup and could be a much bigger part of the offense in Week 2.  He’s a TE2, but one worth considering depending on your alternative.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

8 COMMENTS

  1. Good morning Prof,
    Injuries seem to be the too story of week two with Mack out and all the speculation on Thomas being out several weeks. Would you try to swing a trade with someone who picked Thomas high and is now nervous about where their fantasy season might be heading? If so, what would you offer? Also, is Smith the pick up that you’d recommend or someone else? Thanks as always.

      • Thanks Prof! Do you think a mid-level WR who has WR2 possible WR1 potential would be “awfully low” at this point of uncertainty? I’m thinking third/fourth round receivers such as Thielen, Smith-Schuster, OBJ, etc…

        I’m guessing someone like Parris Campbell for Thomas might be a little low at this point…

  2. 1/4 PPR. Need a RB, WR & Flex. Starting Barkley, Tyree Hill & Ertz. Choices are Sanders, Scott, Malcolm Brown, Hines & Hunt. WR- Godwin( if cleared), AJ Brown, Slayton, Gallup, McLaurin & D. Johnson Also have Fant. Available on wavier Lamb & Goedert. Help me out who are my other 3. Thanks

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