Way-Too-Early 2021 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

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The start of the 2021 fantasy football season—and the kick-off of fantasy draft season—is still months away, but it's never too early to look ahead and get a jump on the rest of your league research-wise. Now that NFL free agency has slowed to a standstill and the 2021 NFL Draft is less than a month away, it's a great time to reassess the baseline value of fantasy players at every position for the upcoming campaign.

Below is my list of the top 30 tight ends, in order, for the 2021 fantasy season. Rookies are included even though the draft hasn't happened yet, so some projection is taking place and that is reflected in both the rankings of the rookie pass-catchers and the veterans who might lose some target share to them.

All of my rankings reflect the order in which I would draft a player right now in full-point PPR leagues with otherwise default scoring. If you have any specific questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@JaimeEisner) or Instagram (@JaimeEisnerTDN). I’d be happy to chat with you!

Other RankingsQB RB | WR

  1. Travis Kelce (TE - KC)
  2. George Kittle (TE - SF)
  3. Darren Waller (TE - LV)
  4. Mark Andrews (TE - BAL)
  5. Kyle Pitts (TE - TBD*)
  6. Noah Fant (TE - DEN)
  7. T.J. Hockenson (TE - DET)
  8. Logan Thomas (TE - WSH)
  9. Robert Tonyan (TE - GB)
  10. Mike Gesicki (TE - MIA)
  11. Hunter Henry (TE - NE)
  12. Dallas Goedert (TE - PHI)
  13. Jonnu Smith (TE - NE)
  14. Hayden Hurst (TE - ATL)
  15. Irv Smith Jr. (TE - MIN)
  16. Evan Engram (TE - NYG)
  17. Tyler Higbee (TE - LAR)
  18. Eric Ebron (TE - PIT)
  19. Gerald Everett (TE - SEA)
  20. Anthony Firkser (TE - TEN)
  21. Rob Gronkowski (TE - TB)
  22. Cole Kmet (TE - CHI)
  23. Austin Hooper (TE - CLE)
  24. Blake Jarwin (TE - DAL)
  25. Mo Alie-Cox (TE - IND)
  26. Zach Ertz (TE - PHI)
  27. Jared Cook (TE - LAC)
  28. Albert Okwuegbunam (TE - DEN)
  29. O.J. Howard (TE - TB)
  30. Brevin Jordan (TE - TBD*)

Written By:

Jaime Eisner

Managing Editor

Managing Editor of The Draft Network. He’s a former editor for Sports Illustrated, FanRag Sports and Arizona Sports. He’s the co-host of the TDN Fantasy Podcast and has an extensive background covering fantasy sports and sports betting.