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

Thoughts:

  • All signs point towards George Kittle being ready to play on Sunday against the Giants. There’s no question that he’s among the best options in the league, when healthy, so as long as nothing changes he’s a must use TE1 in all formats.
  • Mike Gesicki is tied for the fifth most targets among tight ends (16) and draws a Jacksonville defense that’s allowed the third most points per week to opposing tight ends. That seems like a perfect opportunity, especially for a player who is coming off an 11 target day (which he turned into 8 catches, 130 yards and 1 TD). Not generally thought of as a must use option, this week he’s right there with the better choices.
  • Generally viewed as one of the better tight ends in the league, Zach Ertz is sharing the opportunities with Dallas Goedert thus far (Goedert actually has more targets, with 17 vs. 14). That’s going to limit both of them slightly, but there appear to be more than enough opportunities to go around.
  • Darren Waller draws a tough matchup with the Patriots, but Oakland uses him as more than just your prototypical tight end. Moving all around the formation, Waller has been the most targeted tight end in the league, including turning 16 targets into 12 catches, 103 yards and 1 TD in Week 2. While there is some risk, the potential upside is too great to ignore.
  • Logan Thomas hasn’t done great things with his opportunities thus far, though he has been targeted 17 times and draws a Cleveland defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends. While he may be tough to trust is most weeks, he’s a low end TE1 for Week 3.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



12 COMMENTS

  1. Helping a friend in a 1/5 PPR ( Have NO Clue why 1/5) Need 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE & 1 Flex. RB – Sanders, Hunt, Ma. Brown, Hines & Kelly. WR – Hill, Godwin, AJ Brown, D. Johnson, McLaurin, Gallup & Lamb. TE – Ertz & Fant. Jonnu Smith available on waivers, probably Henderson too . It’s only a 6 team league this year, so the wavier wire is deep. FYI had Barkley & Bell. I figure Sanders, Hunt, Hill & Godwin no brainers. Who for flex and TE. Philly a mess don’t no know how much I trust Ertz. Thanks.

  2. Lesson for the future…didn’t grab a top three TE in the draft, was going to wait until later in draft, couldn’t and panicked and grabbed Engram. Stick with him today, or go with the targets with Logan Thomas. I did read your comments above.

    Engram of Thomas?

  3. Ertz or hayden hurst this week with julio out? Also have davante adams. Should i pick up tre quan as a backup or roll with russell gage/ corey davis/ ty hilton and which one?

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