Fantasy TE Rankings Week 17: Who to start with, sit at the end of fantasy football
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Under normal circumstances, the fantastic owners of Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller wouldn’t have to pay attention to the fantastic TE Week 17 rankings, but with the usual COVID complications and injury concerns, it doesn’t. This is not the case in 2021. It’s a good idea to understand streamer / sleeper level players for the fantasy championship, because you never know when the reserve / COVID roster will snatch your fantasy stallions.
Obviously, you start off the guys mentioned above if they’re active, and none of the top tight ends have worrying matches, so don’t overthink it.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 17:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker
If the guy you are considering starting ends up being inactive by surprise, some of the best streaming options seem to be Tyler Conklin (@ Packers), Ricky Seals-Jones (vs Eagles), Gerald Everett (vs Lions), Cole Kmet (vs . Giants) and CJ Uzomah (vs. Chiefs). Seals-Jones has the best TE game possible, but he’s probably a better game in the PPR leagues, while Uzomah has the more standard league advantage. Conklin, Everett and Kmet have been productive enough to factor into neutral clashes. Ultimately, a tight flow is never particularly “safe”, but all the guys in that group have something going for them before week 17. You can add Foster Moreau (@ Colts) though Waller (knee) if Waller is absent again.
WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
You can also try Mo Alie-Cox (vs. Raiders) and Albert Okwuegbunam (@ Chargers), but they’re obviously a little harder to trust since they’re not consistent producers. The clashes are very strong, and a touchdown from any of them is all you need to “get out” in the standard leagues at this position.
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James O’Shaughnessy (@ Patriots), Evan Engram (@ Bears), Jared Cook (vs. Broncos), and David Njoku and Austin Hooper (@ Steelers) are on the other side of things with some tough clashes. We know that none of these guys are consistent producers, which means there are some scary showdowns that take them out of the starting consideration a lot. O’Shaughnessy could be even more embarrassed by the potential return of Dan Arnold (knee) making it impossible to know who to trust.
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However, we should note that there are ways that a streamer-level TE with a difficult match can become somewhat appealing. For example, with Mike Williams out in Week 17 due to being on the Reserve / COVID roster, Cook could move up the rankings if the Chargers lose another key receiver. Ultimately, he’s linked to Justin Herbert and is said to be one of his most trusted targets. The same could happen for any of the other TEs in this lineup if their team’s WRs are affected by the COVID list.
Ultimately, the NFL’s current COVID situation can turn things around in a number of ways, so be sure to check back often for our latest ranking updates. Since tight rankings are one of the most fluid based on injuries, games and other factors, those rankings could be quite different by the end of the week.
To note: We’ll be updating these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player moves and analytics.
Fantasy TE Week 17 Rankings: Who to start with on the tight end
Rankings based on standard, non PPR rating
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ CIN|
|2||George Kittle, SF vs. HOU|
|3||Rob Gronkowski, TB @ NYJ|
|4||Mark Andrews, BAL v LAR|
|5||Dawson Knox, BUF vs. ATL|
|6||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ WAS|
|seven||Hunter Henry, NE v JAX. We’ve known from the start that Henry is a standard touchdown or bust league option, but in this game against one of the league’s worst defenses, New England should have plenty of opportunities in the red zone. It wouldn’t be surprising to see another two-way TD game from Henry,|
|8||Mike Gesicki, MIA @ TEN. The Titans are statistically strong against the TEs, but Gesicki actually plays more like a WR (even more than Kyle Pitts), so those stats don’t carry much weight here. Gesicki has calmed down recently, but we expect Miami to pass around 40 times, so there will be plenty of targets to go around alongside Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker.|
|9||Kyle Pitts, ATL @ BUF. Pitts was better than most people think, but his one total touchdown kept him from being an elite tight end. He’s on his way to becoming a 1,000-yard receiver and is the TE5 in the PPR leagues this year. That said, his advantage is hard to bench, even in one of the toughest clashes for TEs. Atlanta is expected to pass 40+ in this one as Buffalo’s offense scores quickly.|
|ten||Noah Fant, DEN @ BAC. The Chargers entered Week 16, giving the TEs the second-most fantastic points before allowing Brevin Jordan to catch four passes for 56 yards, so Fant’s rise is high here. We also know his bottom is very low in one of the worst passing attacks in the league, so consider him a boom or bust option. At the end of the day, we don’t blame anyone who chooses to go with someone who’s on a higher floor, but again, their edge is higher than they’ve been all season thanks to the game.|
|11||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ BAL. The Raven awards fifth fantasy points to TEs, and Higbee has become more involved in the Rams’ passing offense, so this should be one of his best fantasy performances. This game could be a blowout, but the Ravens are strong against the run, so expect Los Angeles to take advantage with their high-level passing offense. Often times on the tight end it’s just smart to target a guy in a great offense with a juicy game. Higbee is very much dependent on pairing, so we like it here as a low-end TE1.|
|12||Zach Ertz, ARI @ DAL. Ertz has shot 24 targets over the past two weeks and appears to be the primary beneficiary of DeAndre Hopkins’ absence. Any tight end that can command more than 10 targets has a top-five advantage, but with Arizona struggling on offense as a whole, we’re not quite ready to rank it around this location. However, he has one of the safest floors in the PPR leagues and can finish as a TE1 in the standard leagues against the Cowboys defense, which is just a neutral matchup for the TEs.|
|13||Foster Moreau, LV @ IND. Moreau finally showed some life after two hiccups in weeks 13 and 14, so if Darren Waller (knee) remains out we love him as a solid streamer in a top-four clash for fantastic TEs. He could eventually fall flat since the Raiders’ offense has looked lifeless, but in the PPR leagues he should have secure ground and a decent rise.|
|14||Pat Freiermuth, PIT v CLE. Cleveland presents a top 10 clash for tight ends, and we know Freiermuth is still a good bet for a touchdown in the red zone. Sure, the Steelers’ offense looked excruciating, but they always played decently against the Browns, and Freiermuth hit a touchdown against them the last time they faced each other. He’s become a touchdown or bust option lately, but as the weather cools down expect a washed-up Big Ben to keep the ball in the shallows of the pitch. He’s leading all TEs in the red zone targets, so we’re not afraid of the touchdown or bust label.|
|15||Dalton Schultz, DAL v ARI. Arizona are the No.2 defense against fantastic TEs, but since Schultz has eight games with seven or more targets and six TDs per year, his potential remains higher than any guys ranked below him. There is something to be said about being in one of the best attacks in the NFL, so there’s no need to play it safe here. Shoot for the upside because he has an overall TE1 rise while players like Cole Kmet and Ricky Seals-Jones don’t.|
|16||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. NYG. If Justin Fields (ankle) is back in the lineup, Kmet should benefit as one of his favorite targets. He’s starting to become a safe guy in the PPR leagues, but his big week with a touchdown has to come at some point, right? Unfortunately, Jimmy Graham has assaulted some of his targets in the end zone, but in a neutral clash with New York, it might just be his breakout game.|
|17||Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS v PHI. Seales-Jones was frustrating after we called him in as the TE streamer, but the Eagles are the best matchup for tight ends, so we can roll the dice with him if options are limited. Realistically, no one will start players in this part of the leaderboard if COVID and injuries don’t take out a few key players, but clashes are all in that tight end range.|
|18||Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN v BAC. It’s hard to trust Okwuegbunam as he’s technically a “backup” TE, but in one of the best TE clashes he gets enough targets, especially in the red zone, to be considered in very strong leagues. deep.|
|19||Mo Alie-Cox, IND v LV|
|20||Tyler Conklin, MIN @ GB|
|21||CJ Uzomah, CIN v. KC|
|22||James O’Shaughnessy, JAX @ NE|
|23||Gerald Everett, SEA vs. DET|
|24||Evan Engram, NYG @ CHI|
|25||Jared Cook, BAC v DEN|
|26||David Njoku, CLE @ PIT|
|27||Austin Hooper, CLE @ PIT|
|28||Josiah Deguara, GB v MIN|
|29||Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. TB|
|30||Jonnu Smith, NE vs. JAX|
|31||Adam Trautman, NO against CAR|
|32||Dan Arnold, JAX @ NE|
|33||Tommy Tremble, CAR @ NO|
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