Top 32 Tight End Fantasy Rankings 2019: Travis Kelce Holding Down Top Spot

Tight-ends are an elusive position that are often not given full credit for the work they do for a fantasy football team. We’ve compiled a list to help you sort through which TEs are going to be the most productive fantasy players this year to save you the anguish of picking a TE who excels in areas that don’t give you those highly-coveted points.

travis kelce

1. Travis KelceKC

An obvious choice for number one, Kelce will have another monster year in 2019. He finished last season with 103 receptions on 150 targets for 1,336 yards. He finished with 10 TDs, tied for 6th in the NFL. Anyone catching passes Pat Mahomes is throwing is in for a good season.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
193.6 1 16 103 62.1 9.4 1,336 12.97 5 10 15.2

george kittle

2. George KittleSF

Kittle had 5 TDs last year with 1,377 yards. He racked up 88 total receptions on 136 targets. He should be a bit more productive this year as Jimmy Garappolo comes off his injury. Kittle averaged 15.6 yards per reception last season, higher than Kelce’s 13.6.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
168.7 1 16 88 58 8.4 1,377 15.65 4 5 13.4

zach ertz

3. Zach ErtzPHI

Ertz finished last season with 8 TDs and 1,163 yards. He was second in the NFL with 116 receptions. Anyone getting that many touches is a must-add. Even though he had less TDs last year than Kelce, Ertz will be valuable because of how integral he is to the Eagles’ offense.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
164.3 1 16 116 62.5 9.8 1,163 10.03 5 8 13.9

evan engram

4. Evan EngramNYG

Engram’s season was cut short last year, playing only 11 games. Despite that, he put up 577 yards on 45 reception for an average of 12.8 yards per catch. He was averaging bigger plays than in 2017, but expect to see him continue to develop into a huge part of the Giants’ offense.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
79.3 2 11 45 43.2 5.8 577 12.82 0 3 9.44

 
jared cook
5. Jared CookNO

Cook isn’t a TE that got the most touches when he was on the Raiders. He had just 68 receptions on 101 targets last season. I expect him to get the ball more in what will be a new Saints offense for him. He finished last season with 6 TDs, tied for 22nd in the NFL.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
125.6 2 16 68 48.1 6.3 896 13.18 4 6 10

oj howard

6. O.J. Howard – TB

Despite being on 5-11 Bucs last season, Howard still put up 5 TDs in just 10 games played. In his shortened year, he had 34 receptions on 48 targets, putting up 565 yards. That made for an average of 16.6 yards per catch. As the Bucs have made some big improvements in the offseason, expect to see Howard get more touches/production this year.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
86.5 2 10 34 43.6 4.8 565 16.62 0 5 10.3

eric ebron

7. Eric EbronIND

Ebron is going to get a lot of TD production. He was tied for second in the NFL last season with 13 TDs (mind you this stat is including WRs). He averaged 11.4 yards per reception which is a little on the lower side, but the Colts like to go to him in the redone, plain and simple.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
158.2 2 16 66 39.6 6.9 750 11.36 1 13 11.8

hunter henry

8. Hunter HenryLAC

Henry is an average TD that will put up a solid number of points each week. He had just 4 TDs last year, but he had 45 receptions on just 63 targets for a completion rate of 71.4%. He didn’t fumble the ball at all last year, which is a reassuring thing from any fantasy player.

 

david njoku

9. David NjokuCLE

Njoku got solid touches last year. He finished with 56 receptions on 88 targets for 639 yards for an average of 11.4 yards per catch. With Odell Beckham Junior joining the Browns in the offseason, expect to see Njoku be less involved in the offense. He’ll still be a solid take, though.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
87.9 2 16 56 54.4 5.6 639 11.41 0 4 7.7

jimmy graham

10. Jimmy GrahamGB

This is the point in the list where the TEs start to get a little less flashy. Graham is solid, yes, but he’s not going to make a huge impact on your team. He finished last year with 2 TDs and 636 yards on 55 receptions. It was his first year with the Packers, though, so he could potentially be more productive as he gets more ingrained in the offense.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
75.6 4 16 55 49.7 5.7 636 11.56 1 2 6.4

kyle rudolph

11. Kyle RudolphMIN

I expect Rudolph to be a bit of a sleeper this year. You’ll likely be able to grab him further down the board, but with the Vikings’ offense in a make-or-break state, we should see Rudolph be in the mix in a big way. I see him putting up at least 6 or 7 TDs this year.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
87.4 2 16 64 57.8 5.1 634 9.91 1 4 7.46

vance mcdonald

12. Vance McDonald – PIT

McDonald posted 50 receptions on 72 targets last year for a completion percentage of 69.4%. Anyone in the Steelers offense is bound to be productive, and expect to see McDonald get more shine this year with Antonio Brown gone.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
85 4 15 50 37.6 4.9 610 12.2 1 4 7.2

greg olsen

13. Greg Olsen – CAR

Olsen’s 2018 was cut short. He played just 9 games, and only 7 in 2017. Injury risks aside, he’s a productive TE. He averaged 10.8 yards per reception last year and had 4 TDs. If he stays healthy, he’s a great pick. In my opinion Olsen’s payoff is worth the risk.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
53.1 3 9 27 47.7 4.2 291 10.78 0 4 7.4

austin hooper

14. Austin HooperATL

Hooper is a solid take. He had a cool 71 receptions last year on just 88 targets for a completion percentage of 80.7%. His receptions have gone up year by year thus far, 19 in 2016, 49 in 2017, and then 71 in 2018. I expect to see him keep this trend going into the 2019 season.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
90 3 16 71 50.6 5.5 660 9.3 0 4 8

Detroit Lions

15. T.J. HockensonDET

Hockenson was taken eighth overall in the 2019 draft by the Lions. By all accounts, he’ll fit into their offense nicely. Any TE taken so high up must is going to be involved right from the get-go. Expect to see Hockenson be a major contender in Detroit’s offense this year.

Denver Broncos

16. Noah FantDEN

Fant was another TE taken in the first round of the 2019 draft. I see him being an integral part of the Broncos’ offense, but I don’t expect Denver to have a very productive offense this year. Adding Flacco doesn’t feel like it’ll make much of a difference. If you’re going to gamble on a first year TE, I’d suggest Hockenson.

delanie walker

17. Delanie WalkerTEN

Walker only played one game last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He’s expected to be back this year, though. In 2017, he had 74 receptions on 111 targets. He was sorely missed by Tennessee’s offense last year — expect to see him play a big role in it this season.

 

chris herndon

18.Chris Herndon – NYJ

2018 was Herndon’s rookie year. He played all 16 games and finished the year with 39 receptions and 4 TDs. He’ll likely play a larger role in the Jets’ offense this year as he continues to accumulate experience. This could be a breakout year for the young TE.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
74.2 3 14 39 39.1 4 502 12.87 0 4 6.69

jordan reed

19. Jordan ReedWAS

Reed has yet to play a full 16 games in his 6 year career. This year could be a first, but I don’t see it being worth the risk. In 13 games last year, he put up 558 yards on 54 receptions for an average of 10.3 yards per reception. Therefore, the injury risk outweighs his potential benefits.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
67.8 3 13 54 39.3 6.5 558 10.33 0 2 7.14

mark andrews

20. Mark AndrewsBAL

The 23-year-old Baltimore TE enters his second season in 2019l. He finished last year playing all 16 games with 34 receptions on 50 targets for a completion percentage of 68%. He averaged 16.2 yards per reception which is amongst the best in the league for the position. Expect to see him to get targeted more this year.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
73.2 3 16 34 25.9 3.1 552 16.24 0 3 5.64

trey burton

21. Trey BurtonCHI

Burton isn’t exactly an under the radar name, but I see him having a breakout year this season. In his first year with the Bears, he put up 54 receptions on 76 targets for 569 total yards. He also posted an impressive TDs. As the young Chicago offense continues to develop, expect to see Burton play a bigger role.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
93.1 2 16 54 53.8 4.8 569 10.54 1 6 7.51

dallas goedert

22. Dallas GoedertPHI

In Goedert’s first year with the Eagles (and in the NFL) he played all 16 games and put up 33 receptions for 334 yards. He had 4 TDs. Ertz is obviously TE1, but Goedert still got some quality touches along with a handful of touchdowns, which makes him a valuable player.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
57.4 4 16 33 32.8 2.6 334 10.12 0 4 5.28

jack doyle

23. Jack DoyleIND

Jack Doyle, the Colts’ TE2, is a solid pick if you have a large league. He only played 6 games last year due to an injury, but in those games he had 26 receptions for 245 yards. He also had 2 TDs in that span. He was on pace to have 653.33 yards and 5.33 TDs last year.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
36.5 3 6 26 55.3 5.5 245 9.42 0 2 7.92

new england patriots

24. Ben Watson – NE

Watson played for the Saints last year, then retired, then announced that he would be coming back to play for the Patriots. However, with that decision, he will also be suspended for four games to start the season for violating the NFL’s PED policy. He’ll be a solid piece for the Patriots this year, but that four game suspension is hard to look past.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
52 5 16 35 31.6 2.9 400 11.43 0 2 5.35

Oakland Raiders

25. Darren Waller – OAK

Waller only played 4 games for the Raiders last year due to injury/suspensions, but he has the opportunity to shine this year. He’s a very athletic, fast TE and has the potential to get a lot of touches in the up-and-coming Raiders’ offense. Without much of a history, Waller could be a great gamble.

tyler eifert

26. Tyler Eifert – CIN

Eifert hasn’t played a full 16 games in his entire 6 year career. Last year he went down with an ankle injury playing only 4 games on the year. In those games, he had 15 receptions on 19 targets for 179 yards and a completion percentage of 78.9%. If he can stay healthy, he’s a great pick. He’s not necessarily worth the risk, though.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
23.9 4 4 15 33.3 4.8 179 11.93 0 1 7.85

mike gesicki

27. Mike GesickiMIA

In his rookie year with the Dolphins, Gesicki had 22 reception on 32 attempts. He put up 202 yards, but had no touchdowns. He could very well play a larger role in the Dolphins offense this year, but based on last year, I don’t see it being a big enough role to warrant drafting him.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
20.2 4 16 22 25 2 202 9.18 0 0 2.09

jason witten

28. Jason Witten – DAL

Witten announced that he would be coming out of retirement to join the Cowboys this year. In 2017, he had 63 receptions for 530 yards and 5 TDs. He’s an all-around solid pick, and if he’s available and you still need a TE, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab him before his value goes up throughout the year.

 

ricky seals-jones

29. Ricky Seals-JonesARI

This will be Seals-Jones’ third season in the NFL. He still hasn’t made it a full 16 games, but last year it was 15. He had 34 receptions for 343 yards and 1 TD last year. Not staggering numbers, but he’s a solid pick nonetheless if you’re scrambling to find a TE late.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
40.3 5 15 34 35.7 4.7 343 10.09 0 1 3.82

adam shaheen

30. Adam ShaheenCHI

Shaheen is Chicago’s TE2. He only played 6 games last year, but in those games he had 5 receptions for 48 yards. He’s not going to get the ball a ton, so I wouldn’t necessarily condone grabbing him. He’s had a high completion rate in his two first years, though — 85.7% in 2017 and 83.3% in 2018.

 

Houston Texans

31. Kahale WarringHOU

Warring was taken by the Texans in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. I don’t expect him to be super involved this year, but based on his performance at San Diego State, he will perform when he does get the chance.

nick vannett

32. Nick VannettSEA

Vannett had a solid year for a TE2 in 2018. He finished the year with 29 receptions and 269 yards boasting 3 TDs. He’s not going to get a ton of touches throughout the year, but the Seahawks obviously trust him in the red-zone, which gives him value.

FPTS 2018 Tier GP REC SNP/G TGT/G YDS YDS/REC 100+ YDS TD Yahoo PTS/G
44.9 6 15 29 35.3 2.9 269 9.28 0 3 3.96
  
After suffering a career ending injury as a high school freshman B-team quarterback, Emmett has completely devoted himself to sports fandom. A Chicago (suburb) native, he is loyal to all his teams. He is currently a junior at Chapman University in Southern California and thoroughly enjoys Microsoft Excel.

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