Fantasy Football: TDN's TE Rankings

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Some quick background on how these rankings were determined. I put about 40 hours worth of research into these rankings. I started by coming up with my own custom stat projections for the season. That process began by taking projections from seven different outlets and weighing each one based on past accuracy. That gave me one set of projections as a baseline to work with. From there I adjusted the order based on upside, injury risk, situation, and any other relevant factors. Finally, I placed each TE into one of six tiers.

All of my rankings reflect the order in which I would take players if my draft was today in a standard 12-team half-point PPR league. The rankings would not significantly change in full-point PPR formats.

Please note that the tiers are only meant to be a helpful guide. Do not fall into the trap of undervaluing the top player in a tier and overvaluing the bottom player. Players near the top of tiers are better than those at the bottom.

These rankings will be updated weekly throughout the offseason so be sure to check back in with The Draft Network often to gain an edge on your leaguemates.

If you have any specific questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players, hit me up on Twitter (@JaimeEisner) or Instagram (@JEisnerFFB). I’d be happy to chat with you!

You can find rankings from Paige Dimakos and Jake Arians below Jaime Eisner's rankings.

Click here for specific positional rankings: QB | RB | WR | K | DST | Top 200


***Jaime Eisner's Rankings -- Updated August 27***


TIER 1


1. Travis Kelce

-- No change here. Kelce remains the only TE worthy of a second-round pick. Only injury can prevent him from a Top 3 finish at the position.


TIER 2


2. George Kittle

3. Zach Ertz

-- No change here either, but beware of overpaying. There's more risk here than with Kelce and many drafts have them all going within a few picks of each other.


TIER 3


4. Hunter Henry

5. Evan Engram

6. O.J. Howard

-- No movement here. Henry has Top 3 upside and chemistry with Rivers. Keenan Allen's ankle injury only helps his value. Engram will have a massive target share in New York, efficiency be damned. Howard would need to see a TD rate spike to finish among the elites, but he's in a great situation for that outcome to be within a reasonable realm of possibility.


TIER 4


7. Vance McDonald

8. Jared Cook

9. Austin Hooper

-- No changes so far in the top 9. Don't reach too much for anyone in this trio, but there is less risk here than the tier below.


TIER 5


10. Jack Doyle

11. David Njoku

12. Kyle Rudolph

13. Eric Ebron

14. Delanie Walker

15. Mark Andrews

16. Jimmy Graham

17. Trey Burton

18. Greg Olsen

19. Jordan Reed 📉

-- There are two notable changes here. Njoku and Ebron flop spots in the wake of the Andrew Luck news. Doyle finished as the No. 9 TE in FPPG when Jacoby Brissett was his QB in 2017, so I'm not worried about his production falling off too much with the QB change. Reed falls down to the bottom of this tier after suffering another concussion. He may play Week 1, but this is already a bad start for the injury-prone TE.


TIER 6


20. Dallas Goedert

21. Tyler Eifert

22. Noah Fant

23. T.J. Hockenson

24. Geoff Swaim

25. Will Dissly

-- No changes here. This is once again a reminder not to overpay for the rookie TEs. Let someone else pay the price for believing in the hype.

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***Paige Dimakos' Rankings -- Updated August 9***

1. Travis Kelce

2. George Kittle

3. Zach Ertz

4. O.J. Howard

5. Hunter Henry

6. Evan Engram

7. Jared Cook

8. Eric Ebron

9. David Njoku

10. Vance McDonald

11. Austin Hooper

12. Trey Burton

13. Delanie Walker

14. Mark Andrews

15. Jordan Reed

16. Jimmy Graham

17. Jack Doyle

18. Greg Olsen

19. Kyle Rudolph

20. T.J. Hockenson

21. Dallas Goedert

22. Noah Fant

23. Tyler Eifert

24. Gerald Everett

25. Jason Witten

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***Jake Arians' Rankings -- Updated August 9***

1. Travis Kelce

2. Zach Ertz

3. George Kittle

4. O.J. Howard

5. Evan Engram

6. Hunter Henry

7. Vance McDonald

8. Jared Cook

9. Eric Ebron

10. David Njoku

11. Jack Doyle

12. Austin Hooper

13. Kyle Rudolph

14. Trey Burton

15. Jordan Reed

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