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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends

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On to the Tight End position in our five-part installment of 2020 Fantasy Football rankings.  Does Travis Kelce keep the throne at the #1 spot?  Where will Rob Gronkowski land in our rankings after sitting out a year?  What rookie tight ends make an impact in year one?  Who are sleeper picks?   Where you can get some late-round value at the tight end spot.  Who is my must-have tight end in 2020?  Let’s take a look!

RANKINGS 

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs 
  2.  George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers 
  3.  Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles 
  4.  Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders 
  5.  Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens
  6.  Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers 
  7.  Evan Engram – New York Giants 
  8.  Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  9.  Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns 
  10.  Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams 
  11.  Noah Fant – Denver Broncos 
  12.  Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons 
  13.  Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints 
  14.  Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts 
  15.  Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles 
  16.  Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins 
  17.  Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers 
  18.  T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions
  19.  Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans  
  20.  Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams 
  21.  Chris Herndon Jr. – New York Jets 
  22.  Irv Smith Jr. – Minnesota Vikings 
  23.  Blake Jarwin – Dallas Cowboys 
  24.  Greg Olsen – Seattle Seahawks 
  25.  Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills 
  26.  Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers
  27.  Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings 
  28.  Jace Sternberger – Green Bay Packers 
  29.  Tyler Eifert – Jacksonville Jaguars 
  30.  O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  31.  David Njoku – Cleveland Browns 
  32.  Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears 
  33.  Darren Fells – Houston Texans 
  34.  C.J. Uzomah – Cincinnati Bengals 
  35.  Devin Asiasi – New England Patriots

TOP TEN STUDS 

5. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens ADP ( #42 ) 

Andrews took the fantasy football world by storm last season, finishing as TE2.  Leading the Ravens in yards, catches, and Touchdowns while only playing 50% of the snaps for Baltimore.  Hayden Hurst is off to Atlanta so expect Andrews to get more snaps on Sundays.  Baltimore Is obviously a ground and pound offense with MVP Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, but Andrews is the focal point of the passing game.  Andrews’s touchdown numbers are all sure to come back down to reality, but with him in a position to get more snaps, he should finish in the top five of tight ends once again.  The fourth round range is where Andrews should come off the board.

8. Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers ADP ( #81 ) 

He’s back ladies and gentleman everyone’s favorite fantasy Rob Gronkowski is back after a year away from football to recharge his body now he is fresh and ready to go joining his former Quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa Bay.  Brady & Gronk had an incredible connection while in New England connecting for ninety touchdowns in the nine seasons they were together.  The connection built by Gronk & TB12 should come in handy without the normal offseason for teams.  Gronk will obviously have to share targets with Chris Godwin & Mike Evans, but TB12 loves to spread the wealth around.  Gronk may have lost a step or two but is still a threat especially in the red zone, he should finish in the top 8 for tight ends.

IMPACT ROOKIES 

The 2020 NFL Draft tight end class wasn’t the strongest position group this year, there won’t be as many impact rookies in this group compared to others.

35. Devin Asiasi – New England Patriots ADP ( #214  ) 

Last season the Patriots didn’t get much from the tight end group after the departure of Rob Gronkowski.  The Patriots tight-ends combined for just :

  •  37 Catches
  •  419 Receiving Yards
  •  2 Touchdowns

Obviously not up to the lofty expectations set in New England,  Bill Belichick needed to address the position in the draft and he did just that.  Belichick traded up for the 91st pick and he selected UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi, who has a great opportunity to compete for snaps and get on the field early in his career in New England.  His run after the catch ability is something that for sure intrigued the Patriots brain trust.  Asiasi is a TE2 to start the season with upside in dynasty leagues.

SLEEPER PICKS 

17. Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers ADP ( #150 ) 

Ebron comes to the steel city after two years in Indianapolis struggling with injuries during his time in the AFC South,  he looks to revitalize his career in Pittsburgh.  Ebron steps into a role immediately with the Steelers though he will have to split time with Vance McDonald, Ebron is the tight end to own in Pittsburgh.  Ben Roethlisberger has been waiting for a tight end with Ebron’s skill set expect him to make a big impact in the red zone.

19.  Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans ADP ( #157 )

Smith should probably be higher on this list due to his performance late in the season.  Smith was a big beneficiary of Ryan Tannehill taking over the starting spot, posting  29 receptions for 342 yards and three touchdowns with Tannehill under center.  This is the first Full season for Smith as TE1 in Nashville with the departure of Delanie Walker.  The one thing from that may hold Smith back from reaching the top ten status is the Titans are a ground and pound team with Derrick Henry.  Smith for sure will outperform is draft slot make sure you are on the right side!

LATE ROUND VALUE

25. Ian Thomas – Carolina Panthers ADP ( #189 )

Ian Thomas has been a fill-in tight end for the last few seasons during his time in Carolina, with Greg Olsen off to Seattle he takes the reigns as TE1.  Matt Ruhle is the next head coach for the Panthers he brings in LSU offensive coordinator Joe Brady whose offensive wizardry led the Tigers to a national championship.  Thomas filled in nicely in games Olsen missed racking up 35 receptions for 348 yards and three touchdowns in those games.  Look for Thomas to be a TE2 with upside as a bye week/injury fill-in.

MUST HAVE 

2. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers ADP ( #18 )

Kittle is in a great spot to eclipse Travis Kelce as TE1 this season, Kittle missed time last season with a broken leg even playing through the injury it was good enough for TE3 in 2019. Kittle is a perfect fit in Kyle Shanahan’s highly creative offense that features Kittle as the main pass catcher. Deadly with the ball in his Kittle YAC ability makes him tough to bring down in the open field. Kittle is in the prime of his career with the upcoming season being a contract year for him expect him to improve on his 2019 numbers. Kittle is a slam dunk pick if you can get him in the middle of the second round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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