Tight ends have been a bigger part of the passing game over the last decade, and teams may use multiple tight ends. Philadelphia is one of those teams with Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz being a big part of the offense. Within the page here, you can see how teams rank within fantasy points and red zone fantasy points scored by tight ends. The team shown will also show how their offense rates within our unique Lineups formula for a team rating. It is not a guarantee that better offensive ratings will produce fantasy points via tight ends because they may not be used within the offense or don’t have a strong, tight end.
Getting into the fantasy points scored, receiving stats are going to be most, if not all, of the fantasy points scored. Rushing stats might occur throughout the year, but we are not banking on Travis Kelce getting a few rushing attempts a game. Diving into the receiving stats, targets are the biggest driving force behind the chance for fantasy points. The more volume a set of tight ends have, the more fantasy points they can get. Receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns are going to apply to tight ends. They don’t have the amount of potential as a running back, so receiving stats will be important.
Scoring formats are going to dictate rankings and fantasy points scored for tight ends. When you select standard scoring, the changes will occur to the teams that have more or fewer receptions. Standard scoring puts more of an emphasis on receiving yards and touchdowns. You can also use the weekly slider to see a piece of the schedule of your choice. If you are looking at the last five weeks, or want to see the first half of the season, you can narrow that down.
Which Stats Tie Into High Scoring Tight End Teams
Tight ends are limited to just a few stats to score fantasy points in. While we don’t get fantasy points for targets, we do see a correlation with targets and fantasy potential. When you sort through targets, they correlate with the teams on the higher end of fantasy points. Red zone production is also going to tie into fantasy points scored by tight ends. They are often used heavily in the red zone because they are a mismatch against linebackers and defensive backs. Their touchdown numbers are often going to be within the red zone. So targets and red zone numbers can tie right into those high scoring teams.
Tight ends can rack up fantasy points in a few ways, and we see tight ends thrive in receptions and yards, but struggle in tight ends. We also see tight ends thrive in touchdowns, but don’t rack up a ton of receptions and yards. This page is a good way to see how they are generating those fantasy points. However, yards, receptions, and touchdowns are all important. There is a lot of volatility at the position for fantasy scoring, and only about half the league has fantasy viable tight ends on their roster. It is not a strong position all the way through, and there are a few teams that have elite tight ends, and it shows.
PPR & Standard Formats Effect On Tight End Fantasy Scoring
The scoring formats are going to change the fantasy points and the overall rankings. Receptions are the biggest scoring difference between the scoring formats. A tight end in standard formats can be almost useless if they are not producing a ton of yards or finding the end zone. PPR scoring helps open the door for a few more tight ends, and not make it a position that scores just four or five fantasy points on a Sunday afternoon. You are going to see a big drop off in fantasy points across the board when you switch from PPR to standard. Receptions are a big part of tight end scoring in PPR, and those rankings and fantasy points will change because of this.
Standard formats are going to put a big focus on yards and touchdowns. Because touchdowns are such a volatile stat, it makes it tough to trust on a weekly basis. A team could have a good set of tight ends, but if the touchdowns are not there, then the ranking might not be where you expect a good group of tight ends on a team. A team, even with average tight ends but have found the end zone a few extra times are going to rank higher because of how the fantasy scoring is set up. It is a major reason why PPR has become much more popular among fantasy football sites. Half-PPR is a sweet spot in the middle where it balances out the receptions weight on scoring.
How Offensive Style & Scheduling Factors Into Team Tight End Scoring
Some offenses are not going to use tight ends in the offense, and that mostly comes with the talent they have on their roster. A team that doesn’t use their tight ends could be because they don’t have receiving based tight ends to rely on. Tight ends are generally used for blocking too, and some tight ends just specialize in it. Some specialize in receiving, and the ones who can do both are going to be out there a lot. Overall, offenses that use tight ends in the passing game are going to produce more fantasy points because of the volume. When we look at the Kansas City Chiefs, they use Travis Kelce as a major weapon within the offense. Arizona, on the other side, does not use their tight ends often, as they don’t have a major threat, and more of the volume goes to wide receivers.
Scheduling is not that big of a factor as some of the other positions, because volume will trump schedule still. While some teams do mark tight ends better than others, but for the most part, teams are going to use tight ends because they are a mismatch against most linebackers and defensive backs. It doesn’t correlate much with fantasy points scored, as it more correlates with fantasy points allowed. The one thing a schedule can dictate is teams playing from behind or more ahead. Teams that are playing from behind more often are going to have a high volume of passing attempts, which can leak a few more to tight ends. Teams that are playing ahead are going to have more running involved, which could take some targets away from tight ends.
Top Fantasy Tight End Teams
When we look at some of the top-scoring teams for tight ends, you often see that they have the top fantasy names. Philadelphia has Zach Ertz, while the San Francisco 49ers have George Kittle. You would have to be a fool to not throw those guys the ball. We will start with them, as they are two of the top teams in fantasy points scored at the tight end position. Ertz has been one of the top volume tight ends over the last few seasons. He doesn’t do it alone either, as Dallas Goedert also chips in with production, making this a two top tier tight end system where they lead the league in targets at the position. The 49ers is more of a one-man show where the 49ers use Kittle as a high end receiving option because he is. That is the same thing with the Chiefs and Travis Kelce.
This is a very top-heavy position, and we see it come and go with tight ends and fantasy scoring. The year to year fluctuation is always going to be there, even when teams draft big-time tight ends. It generally takes a year or two for them to settle into an offense, like Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. We saw this with the Baltimore Ravens, who have had a couple of strong tight ends on their roster over the last few years, but we finally saw the fantasy points come with them in 2019. Mark Andrews posted a big year, but a majority of their offense ran through tight ends in comparison to wide receivers. Some of this might be due to how the roster is built where they don’t have a ton of great tight ends.
Some of the near top teams are New Orleans and both Los Angeles teams. We saw Jared Cook join the Saints last season, and he is a major vertical threat. He doesn’t see the most volume, but he sees a big opportunity. The Rams have shifted between Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett, but overall the volume they have seen of late has turned into a lot of fantasy points. We had to wait for Antonio Gates to retire, and then Hunter Henry tore his ACL. After all of that, he has still been one of the brighter fantasy tight ends in the league.