2019 Tight End Fantasy Football Rankings

Injuries have hurt the tight end position more than any other for fantasy. With passing production being down, this position has dried up into just a few elite options. Jordan Reed, Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, and Tyler Eifert are all top names who have been extremely injury prone in the past. If healthy, which we are already dealing with Eifert again, we can have some depth. There are a few names like Ricky Seals-Jones, George Kittle, Trey Burton, and David Njoku who are young athletic tight ends in possible roles for production. They are wild card draft picks, but sit within the top 20 tight ends to take based off of average draft position and projections. Evan Engram had a strong rookie year with over 700 receiving yards and six touchdowns. With Odell Beckham Jr back healthy and Saquon Barkley in the picture now, his production could see a bit of a drop for his ADP. Eric Ebron has been a major disappointment in his career, but gets a fresh start in Indy. This downgrades Jack Doyle’s volume share, but two tight end sets will be popular this year for the Colts. Ebron’s stock has dropped, but at a 217 rank he is worth a shot late in drafts again, especially if Andrew Luck is healthy.

ADP OV Rank POS Rank Player 2019 FPTS Team Depth Bye 2019 Projected Stats 2018 Stats 2018 FPTS 2018 OV Rank 2018 POS Rank
Tier 1
15.9 249 TE1 Travis Kelce
147.4 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 12 Rec: 953 YDS, 9 TD Rec: 1,336 YDS, 10 TD 191.6 43 TE43
28.4 326 TE3 Zach Ertz
134.5 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 10 Rec: 925 YDS, 7 TD Rec: 1,163 YDS, 8 TD 164.3 62 TE62
Tier 2
34.9 225 TE2 George Kittle
134.9 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 4 Rec: 1,044 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 1,377 YDS, 5 TD 170.7 56 TE56
58.1 471 TE8 Eric Ebron
103.4 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 6 Rec: 534 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 750 YDS, 13 TD 156.2 76 TE76
58.7 341 TE4 OJ Howard
115.7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 7 Rec: 697 YDS, 8 TD Rec: 565 YDS, 5 TD 86.5 315 TE315
66.5 4 TE5 Evan Engram
114.7 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 11 Rec: 827 YDS, 5 TD Rec: 577 YDS, 3 TD 81.3 351 TE351
67 327 TE7 Hunter Henry
103.5 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 12 Rec: 675 YDS, 6 TD
73.6 232 TE6 Jared Cook
104.3 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 9 Rec: 683 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 896 YDS, 6 TD 125.6 143 TE143
79.6 5 TE16 Vance McDonald
82 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 7 Rec: 600 YDS, 4 TD Rec: 610 YDS, 4 TD 83 339 TE339
Tier 3
87.7 472 TE10 David Njoku
98.3 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 7 Rec: 622 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 639 YDS, 4 TD 87.9 308 TE308
Tier 4
125.3 487 TE11 Delanie Walker
95.8 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 11 Rec: 638 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 52 YDS, 0.0 TD 5.2 1271 TE1271
131.1 486 TE23 T.J. Hockenson
72.1 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 5 Rec: 481 YDS, 4 TD
Tier 5
110.3 65 TE18 Trey Burton
81.2 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 6 Rec: 471 YDS, 6 TD Rec: 569 YDS, 6 TD 93.1 270 TE270
307 401 TE35 Tyler Higbee
41.1 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 9 Rec: 291 YDS, 2 TD Rec: 292 YDS, 2 TD 41.2 683 TE683
321 679 TE39 Garrett Celek
34.1 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 2 4 Rec: 161 YDS, 3 TD Rec: 90 YDS, 2 TD 21 951 TE951
359 313 TE69 Mike Gesicki
15.5 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 1 5 Rec: 155 YDS, 0.0 TD Rec: 202 YDS, 0.0 TD 18.2 981 TE981
369 728 TE98 Tyler Conklin
2.5 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 4 12 Rec: 25 YDS, 0.0 TD Rec: 77 YDS, 0.0 TD 7.7 1192 TE1192
383 622 TE54 Tyler Kroft
23.6 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 2 6 Rec: 216 YDS, 1 TD Rec: 36 YDS, 0.0 TD 3.6 1333 TE1333
394 216 TE93 Antony Auclair
3.8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 7 Rec: 38 YDS, 0.0 TD Rec: 48 YDS, 0.0 TD 4.8 1290 TE1290
406 544 TE101 Rico Gathers
2.2 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 6 7 Rec: 22 YDS, 0.0 TD Rec: 45 YDS, 0.0 TD 4.5 1297 TE1297
416 646 TE107 Ross Travis
1.1 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 4 6 Rec: 11 YDS, 0.0 TD
528 664 TE63 Virgil Green
18.1 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 2 12 Rec: 121 YDS, 1 TD Rec: 210 YDS, 1 TD 27 867 TE867
534 80 TE71 Blake Bell
14.6 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 2 12 Rec: 86 YDS, 1 TD Rec: 67 YDS, 0.0 TD 6.7 1227 TE1227
557 709 TE103 Richard Rodgers
1.9 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 Rec: 19 YDS, 0.0 TD Rec: 7 YDS, 0.0 TD 0.7 1494 TE1494
705 460 TE120 Isaac Nauta
0 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 4 5 Rec: 0.0 YDS, 0.0 TD

Rob Gronkowski remains at the head of the tight end position. After missing significant time in 2016, he returned to dominate as he often has, and he played in 14 games in the regular season. It was his third season of 14 games played or more in the last four, and one of his two missed contests was due to a suspension for the cheap shot he inflicted upon Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. In other words, he's not quite as injury plagued as the perception might be, and our projections call for him to top 1,000 yards receiving with eight touchdowns for the second straight year. Not far behind him are Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. Kelce has bested 80 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving in back-to-back years and set a new high with eight touchdown grabs in 2017. He's never fallen short of 850 yards receiving in his four healthy seasons, and his single-season lows of 67 receptions (2014) and four touchdown receptions (2016) set the bar high for his floor and make him a legitimate threat to bypass Gronk for top tight end honors this year. Although, he'll be catching passes from a new quarterback, sophomore Patrick Mahomes, and the offense also added receiver Sammy Watkins to the mix. Will he be Mahomes' preferred target in the passing game? That remains to be seen, but Kelce's excellence makes a quarterback change less concerning than it would be for a tight end whose value entirely came from his rapport with his quarterback. Ertz doesn't have a 1,000-plus yard season to his name, but he's gone over 800 yards in three straight years with no fewer than 74 grabs in any of those years. His sizable reception numbers add to his appeal in PPR formats. Veterans Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham should be among the top options at fantasy football's weakest position, but Olsen is coming back from a year derailed by injury in which Devin Funchess put it together. Our projections do not call for him to get back to his 1,000-plus yard receiving form from 2014-2016, but a 900-plus yard projection is nothing to sneeze at. Graham has turned into something of a touchdown-dependent top tight end, but he goes from one stud quarterback, Russell Wilson, to another, Aaron Rodgers, who will lead his team into scoring territory often. Evan Engram's solid debut season added another fantasy starter to the mix. Delanie Walker remains one of Marcus Mariota's favorite options in the passing attack, and he's a reliable option after the top-flight tight ends fly off the board. While Gronk's injury history is slightly overblown, Jordan Reed is simply a player who can't stay on the field. His excellent 14-game season in 2015 is enticing to dream on, but his projections are a reflection that he's unlikely to reach those heights. The Colts receiving corps is, in a word, bad. That's good news for Jack Doyle. The bad news is that Eric Ebron joined the fold siphon touches at the same position. There should be enough football to go around for each to flirt with starter status on a weekly basis. After shining in the games Ertz missed last year, Trey Burton is a popular upside pick at tight end in his first year in Chicago. Meanwhile in San Francisco, George Kittle makes for a popular upside pick, too, after a stellar rookie season and now a full year to work with Jimmy Garoppolo. Tight end lacks depth and is extremely top heavy, but there are some intriguing breakout candidates who could have gamers viewing the position in a more favorable light come next season.