Week 7 Rankings (2020): Top 20 Tight Ends

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We all know that tight end is among the most frustrating position for fantasy owners to fill, as there appears to be an under-the-radar option emerging on a weekly basis. Are those options to be trusted past that one or two week outburst? That’s not always an easy answer and makes owning one of the elite that much more important. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s rankings:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  2. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at New England
  3. Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  4. Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
  6. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  7. Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  8. Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
  10. Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Detroit
  11. Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  12. Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  13. Logan Thomas – Washington Footbal – vs. Dallas
  14. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Chicago
  15. Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears – at Los Angeles Rams
  16. Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers – at Houston
  17. Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Las Vegas
  18. Darren Fells – Houston Texans – vs. Green Bay
  19. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  20. Greg Olsen – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona

Thoughts:

  • T.J. Hockenson hasn’t been overly impressive this season, including a total of 4 catches for 26 yards over the past two weeks. Of course he’s also scored in each of those contests, and now has 3 TD on the season. In Week 7 he draws an Atlanta Falcons defense that’s allowed the second most points per week to opposing TE, including 438 yards and 7 TD. It’s hard to push him too high, but he is an option as a TE1 and could be this week’s breakout tight end.
  • Darren Waller draws a difficult matchup against Tampa Bay, but he’s proven to be the go to target for Derek Carr. Opportunity is half the battle, and with 47 targets through five games there’s no question that he’s going to remain a major part of the offense.
  • While Evan Engram was getting ample opportunities early, he’s gotten just 5 total targets over the past two weeks. Considering he has yet to find the end zone and has only one game of more than 35 yards, he’s nothing more than a risky TE2 until he proves otherwise.
  • While Robert Tonyan had scored 5 TD in three games, he has continued to not be targeted very often. With 4 targets in Week 6, he has been targeted just 18 times over 4 games. That means he needs to make the most of his chances and that’s a hard bet to make (plus he’s now an injury risk, so we’ll have to keep a close eye on the news in the coming days).
  • Austin Hooper has back-to-back 50+ yard games, has been targeted 6+ times in his past three and draws a Cincinnati defense that’s struggled against opposing TE (404 yards, 3 TD). That comes together for an ideal sleeper for those in need at the position.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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