NFL Fantasy: Top 20 TEs + Sleepers and Rookie watch

Okay, now it’s time for the final piece of our fantasy rosters, and that is the tight end position. The tight ends are one of the most critical positions and it’s important to make sure we have the right ones to fill our roster like we did with the rest of the three positions.

 

 

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But let’s be honest if you’re not planning on taking one of the top three tight ends, you’re better off waiting until the late rounds or even the teens to get a tight end.

As I’ve said before, this is all based off PPR and you want to draft those TEs who will get a lot of targets from their QBs. Many of you will likely go for one of the top three ones, but I’ll give you 17 more to try to draft along with sleepers and rookies.

Top 20 Fantasy Tight Ends:

  1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs
  2. Zach Ertz, Eagles
  3. George Kittle, 49ers
  4. Evan Engram, Giants
  5. O.J Howard, Buccaneers
  6. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  7. Jared Cook, Saints
  8. Delanie Walker, Titans
  9. Vance McDonald, Steelers
  10. Eric Ebron, Colts
  11. David Njoku, Browns
  12. Austin Hooper, Falcons
  13. Mark Andrews, Ravens
  14. Greg Olsen, Panthers
  15. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  16. Jimmy Graham, Packers
  17. Jack Doyle, Colts
  18. Jordan Reed, Redskins
  19. Trey Burton, Bears
  20. Tyler Eifert, Bengals

Let’s face it, the top TEs again will be Ertz, Kelce, and Kittle, but I don’t think we should take them so early with a lot of good talented RBs and WRs available. Fantasy is all about having the best team and if you want to handicap yourself in those positions then take these guys.

I think Kelce is the best option seeing the way that offense is built around him. Ertz is not only splitting targets with all the WRs on the Eagles but also back up TE, Dallas Goedert, so I think he might fall a little from last year. Kittle had more success when Garappolo went with an injury, so I’d like to see how constant the two are together.

Besides Barkley and maybe WRs Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, the Giants don’t really have any one to catch the ball. Engram will be that guy, and he had a decent season last year despite being banged. I like him as a late round option.

Howard will continue to be a big target for the Buccaneers, and the departure of Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson will be one of the reasons. Howard has also proven that he can be trusted as pass catcher, so look for him to have a good year.

Cook had a great season last year as a Raider, but this year will be even better as he joins the Saints because we know that Brees loves using his TEs.

Henry and Walker are coming back from injuries that kept them out last year. Henry’s was more than just the one season, but we expect him to come back better and stronger than before, especially in the Chargers offense.

Walker has missed games in each of the last two seasons, but when healthy he is a monster for fantasy owners. He is QB Marcus Mariota’s favorite target and he’ll be a good steal in the later rounds if he stays healthy.

McDonald will be looking for a role increase with all the changes that were made to the Steelers offense, and he could definitely end up as a top 10 TE. He saved many of our seasons with his emergence last year.

Ebron and Njoku also had break out seasons last year, but don’t expect them to have the same numbers that they did. Both of their teams have added more weapons to the offense and it’ll be tough to keep them as a primary option like they were last year, but I can see them both playing a role in the offense and possibly touchdown machines like they were last year, especially Ebron.

Hooper is another one of those TEs that broke out last year, and I honestly see him continuing to do well with the Falcons. The only thing the Falcons didn’t have in their offense was Freeman, but that didn’t effect them at all. Expect Hooper to be a huge part of our fantasy teams and you can get him in the later rounds of the draft, so how about Falcons fans? You want to pair the Falcons players together? Try getting Julio Jones 1st then Freeman in the second or third round to go with Matt Ryan in the 8th-10th and then grab Hooper at 11th-12th!

Andrews is one of those TEs who got things going late into the season. He has gotten the chemistry with his QB, Lamar Jackson, and we could see a good season from the both of them. As you read in the earlier posts about RBs and WRS, the Ravens have surrounded themselves with lots of weapons for the team to succeed on offense and Andrews will be a huge factor in their success.

Olsen has also been one of the top options for the Panthers on the offensive side, thus making him a top 20 TE. He has been bite by the injury bug in the past few seasons, but if healthy, he’ll continue to be a top option ad he’ll help take the load off of Newton and McCaffery during the length of the season. You could draft him as early ad the 11th round.

Rudolph and Graham both had rocky seasons last year and we saw both of their teams draft TEs in the draft, so they have a bit of pressure on them coming into this season.

For Rudolph, it’s about getting use to the new offense like it was for the Vikings WRs. I expect Rudolph to bounce back this season and prove they he belongs on our rosters.

Graham was a bit banged up last season, but I really think that he’ll come back into the fold with the Packers. It’s going to be interesting how the offense works here because of the new head coach, but Graham looks to come back and earn his spot on your team.

Doyle got overshadowed by Ebron and how great he was for the Colts, we found ourselves loving Ebron. I think that Doyle will be able to give us something more than he did last year and we could draft him in the last few rounds..

Burton joined a new team with a scheme and didn’t turn out to be what we all thought he would’ve been. This is a new season, and I think that he’ll rebound from the disappointment that he gave us all last year. So let’s see what the Bears offense has available for Burton.

Reed and Eifert have been impacted by injuries over the past few seasons too. And we may not want to draft them at all because of their history. But Reed and Eifert are great pieces to their teams when they are healthy and they can both easily get us 12-20 points on average in a PPR.

Top Five TE Sleepers:

  1. Darren Waller, Raiders
  2. Chris Herndon IV, Jets
  3. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  4. Ian Thomas, Panthers
  5. Jason Witten, Cowboys

But if you don’t like those chooses, you should think about Waller as a sleeper. Waller has been the most talked about TE during the preseason and we could see him surprise us all in a Raiders offense that added RB Josh Jacobs and WR Antonio Brown to a Jon Gruden offense.

Herndon had a nice break out season as a rookie last year and we could see more from him this year. That is, ofcourse, after he serves his suspension. I think Herndon will be a good back up for our rosters with a nice ability to be a bye week starter.

Gesicki still has a lot prove during a normal game before we can consider starting him. But the good thing is that Rosen and Fitzpatrick like to use their tight ends and this could be a good year for Gesicki. The Dolphins offense is still trying to find themselves and he’ll be a huge part of it, especially while Drake os nursing his injury.

Thomas os a handcuff to a sleeper in Greg Olsen. I think the Panthers will try to use a lot of two TE sets and that means Thomas should get a lot for targets. If Olsen manages to get hurt again, Thomas is an immediate add to our rosters, but let’s hope he can be productive all season long.

Witten is coming back to the Cowboys after being retired for one year, and he looks better even ever. If he leaves off where he was before he retired, he’ll be a nice sleeper for those who are looking for a tight end late in the draft. I think Witten will be better in this offense then the one during Prescott’s rookie year.

Rookie Watch:

  1. T.J. Hockenson, Lions
  2. Noah Fant, Broncos
  3. Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
  4. Josh Olivier, Jaguars
  5. Jace Sternberger, Packers

Now it’s on to the rookies, and how they will play. I’m not sure what kind of impact they will have right away, but it’s still good to know who the top ones are.

Hockenson was drafted high by the Lions, and hopefully they use him in the Patricia game plan because he has the ability to be great.

Fant looks like he’ll be a big part of the Broncos offense with Flacco likely being the starter. Flacco loves using TEs a lot and Fant was also a first rounded, so he’ll likely be used a lot as the starter.

Smith and Sternberger will also have a role in their teams, but they have to battle with the current players there. I can see them having a small role with the team and maybe grab a few touchdowns here and there, but before adding them, let’s keep them on the watch list.

Olivier is likely to be the starter for the Jaguars, but there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered first. The main question is how much will he be used with QB Nick Foles throwing the ball, he’ll be in your watch list as well.

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I hope you find some real good gems in this list of TEs. You can find the other lists in the links below.

For quarterbacks

For running backs

For wide receivers

And with that, I’d like to say good luck to all fantasy football players out there. Let 2019 be better than the last and may the best team win. I will also be giving you all a weekly waiver wire add for each position as the season goes on, so keep coming back for more.

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