As expected, several tight ends were delivered over the past week, while several more came out of nowhere to produce some fantastic solid outings. Establishing tight rankings is a daunting task, but we can look at last week’s games and results (without overreacting) to make educated guesses about who might help your fantastic team move forward. Our fantastic Week 2 TE rankings will be eerily like last week’s at the top, with some guys moved to the middle and end of the list. As always, use them as a guide in deciding who to start and who to sit down.
It’s still too early to really break down the TE clashes. We’re not going to say the Browns are a bad TE defense because Travis Kelce burned them out, after all. That said, we have a good idea of the generally weak pass defenses, and that’s probably the most important thing to do this early in the season.
PPR WEEK 2 RANKS:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Dallas Goedert (vs 49ers) and Rob Gronkowski (vs Falcons) both look good after scoring in Week 1. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (@ Jets) had a pretty even split in Week 1 against a tough defense from Miami, but both are on the line against New York this week. Gerald Everett (against the Titans) produced a 2-20-1 line against the Colts, but he should be fully up against a terrible Tennessee defense. His performance has proven to be more successful in the standard leagues, and maybe he’ll be in line for the red zone targets with regularity. Jared Cook (vs. Cowboys) is another guy who had a solid week 1 and has a very favorable game in week 2. We also expect Robert Tonyan (vs. Lions) to bounce back from a tough week. 1, although Mike Gesicki (vs. Bills) might not be so lucky.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 2:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker
In addition to Gesicki, TEs with tough roads ahead this week include Tyler Higbee (@ Colts), Darren Waller (@ Steelers) and Kyle Pitts (Buccaneers). Obviously, you won’t be sitting Waller or Pitts, but Higbee is a candidate to be replaced by a streamer listed above (but probably not).
Standard vs PPR isn’t a huge difference in the tight end position, but we still want to target guys with YAC abilities or a strong sense of deep threat as standard. For example, George Kittle (@ Eagles) had four catches for 78 yards against the Lions. At the tight end, the standard 7.8 stitches isn’t that bad. In PPR leagues, 11.4 points are south of what you would expect from Kittle. Of course, we only have a sample size of a week to look at, so we still don’t know what formats some guys will be better in. For example, Noah Fant (@ Jaguars) has been more attractive in standard leagues in the past, but Teddy Bridgewater as a starting QB could push him more to a PPR machine.
As usual with tight ends, use whatever information you have and pray for a touchdown if you don’t have one of the top notch studs. Touchdowns carry a bit more weight in non-PPR leagues, so looking at red zone targets is always a useful tool in deciding who to play. In PPR we look more at targets in general, which is why someone like Dalton Schultz (@ Chargers) might have more appeal than Juwan Johnson (@ Panthers) in PPR (although both can function as streamers. potential in both formats).
We’ll update these TE rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.
Fantasy TE Week 2 leaderboards: who to start with at the end
Classifications based on the standard, no PPR rating
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ BUF|
|2||George Kittle, SF @ PHI|
|3||TJ Hockenson, DET @ GB|
|4||Darren Waller, LV @ PIT|
|5||Mark Andrews, BAL v KC|
|6||Logan Thomas, WAS vs. NYG|
|7||Rob Gronkowski, VG v ATL. The Gronk are back in the top ten this week. He was always in the top five during his time in New England and he looked like himself in Week 1 against Dallas. This week, he faces Atlanta, which allowed six catches for 76 yards and a tight end touchdown for the Eagles. That’s easily a stat line that Gronk can hit this week.|
|8||Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SF. Goedert looked good in Week 1 and TJ Hockenson feasted on the 49ers to the tune of eight receptions for 97 yards and one scoring. Goedert isn’t as good as Hockenson, but a six-target match with a few red zone targets seems pretty achievable.|
|9||Noah Fant, DEN @ JAX. Teddy Bridgewater targeted Fant eight times in Week 1 (@ Giants), and with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) sidelined, Fant could have at least an even job this week. Fant is attractive in both formats, but his PPR outlook looks better with Bridgewater under center. Jacksonville’s defense looked even worse than expected, so it’s on full blast this week for all Broncos wide receivers. It was difficult to see Albert Okwuegbunam steal two red zone targets and a touchdown, but Fant is still the first tight end. Both are now considered viable games depending on the depth of your league.|
|ten||Kyle Pitts, ATL @ TB. We cautioned that rookie tight ends often take a while to develop, but Pitts has covered 23 routes from the slot and 14 routes offshore. The Falcons will continue to try to get him a favorable clash, but if the Buccaneers have any weaknesses, it’s at the cornerback position. Hopefully Atlanta gets him away from Devin White and Lavonte David.|
|11||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ IND. Higbee got five of six targets for 68 yards and has an early chemistry with Matthew Stafford. The Colts gave away a touchdown in the red zone to Seahawks TE, Gerald Everett in Week 1, so maybe Higbee can get into the end zone too – but it was only a sample size of ‘a game, so we can’t count on that. We see Higbee continue to be one of Stafford’s favorite weapons, as he only trailed Cooper Kupp (10) for the most targets on the team.|
|12||Jared Cook, LAC v DAL. Cook caught five passes for 56 yards in Week 1 (@ Washington), and looks de facto like receiving option No.3 behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. As Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer try to emerge as legitimate threats in this offense, Cook will benefit from a nice share of target. We’ve all seen the Dallas defense get ripped apart in Game 1 of the season at Tampa Bay, so it’s the Chargers’ turn this week as well.|
|13||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB v DET. Tonyan only had four targets for two receptions and eight yards, but we might as well give up everything that happened in the Packers’ offense against New Orleans. We can’t expect this appalling performance to continue in a clash with Detroit, but we still don’t rank Tonyan very high. As we said in the pre-season, his performance from last year simply won’t happen again. 2020 felt crazy gold with its numbers inflated by TDs. Against the Lions, we have to hope for a touchdown, but we do not expect less than three fantastic points again.|
|14||Jonnu Smith, NE @ NYJ. The showdown is strong (@Jets), but we still don’t have a clear idea of who the tight end will be in New England. Sure, Smith had five targets versus three for Hunter Henry, but that doesn’t seem like a significant enough difference to make a statement. They both have the potential to perform well, as they won’t face a defense like the Dolphins, who gave up the fantastic seventh-fewest points on tight ends a season ago. Keep an eye on the snap and the target share between these two.|
|15||Hunter Henry, NE @ NYJ. See Hunter Henry.|
|16||Gerald Everett, MER v TEN. Because the tight end position is so weak in fantasy football, Everett’s 2-20-1 stat line has placed him in the top 12 in tight ends (currently at TE9 before Waller and Andrews hit it off). play on MNF) in the Week 1 Standard Leagues. Tennese’s pass defense is once again terrible, so there is potential for another big week. The only thing that keeps Everett ranked TE2 are the other top notch targets in the Seattle offense.|
|17||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. BUF. Gesicki had as bad a performance as he could get with a Goose Egg for your fantastic team, but we knew he had a tough climb against the Patriots defense. In week 2 he should have a better chance of receiving more than two targets, but he’s still not someone you should start with unless you’re in a deep league.|
|18||Juwan Johnson, NO @ CAR. Johnson was passed by Adam Trautman (six to three), but he got the most important looks – the end zone targets. The close end of the long receiver seems like a weapon in that area of the pitch this season, but we can’t expect it every week just yet. For now, he’s valuable only because of his touchdown potential, especially in standard leagues. Trautman could. to be the best game in PPR.|
|19||Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SF|
|20||Evan Engram, NYG @ WAS|
|21||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ BAC. Considering the only game of the Cowboys’ target share stats we have, Schultz appears to have edged out Blake Jarwin at the start of the season. It’s important to note that Dak Prescott was successful 58 times, so Schultz’s six targets were just a hair out of a ten percent target share. That said, it’s not time to get excited about him just yet, but we kinda like him in the PPR leagues, especially as Michael Gallup (calf) grapples with an injury that will put him on the sidelines. three to five weeks.|
|22||Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN @ JAX. See Noah Fant.|
|23||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. CIN|
|24||Tyler Kroft, NYJ vs. NE|
|25||Blake Jarwin, DAL @ BAC|
|26||Anthony Firkser, TEN @ SEA. See Juwan Johnson.|
|27||Eric Ebron, PIT vs. LV|
|28||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. CIN|
|29||Tyler Conklin, MIN @ ARI|
|30||Pharoah Brown, HOU @ CLE|
|31||Adam Trautman, NON @ CAR|
|32||Dan Arnold, CAR vs NO|
|33||CJ Uzomah, CIN @ CHI|
|34||Jack Doyle, IND v LAR|
|35||James O’Shaugnessy, JAX v DEN|
|36||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. HOU|
|37||Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. LV|
|38||Will Dissly, SEA vs. TEN|
|39||Dawson Knox, BUF @ MIA|
|40||Hayden Hurst, ATL @ TB|
|41||Mo Alie-Cox, IND v LAR|