Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

Things got weird at the TE position in Week 11. Travis Kelce returned from a bye, but he wasn’t the top tight end on the slate on some sites. Instead, Taysom Hill, who has TE eligibility in ESPN leagues, instantly became the top option at the position when he was named the Saints’ starting QB. Now, the only question for our Week 12 fantasy TE rankings is whether that gravy train keeps rolling.

Until we hear something about Jameis Winston starting (unlikely) or ESPN changing Hill’s eligibility, he will be the top option in our TE rankings. Simply put, he has such a high floor because he will touch the ball on virtually every offensive play for the Saints. His rushing floor alone puts him in the same class yardage-wise as most TEs, so if you have Hill and can play him at TE, fire him up for as long as you can.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Darren Waller (@ Falcons) and Kelce (@ Buccaneers) are the other contenders for the top spot this week. Waller will be playing the league’s worst defense against TEs in Atlanta, while Kelce gets a tougher matchup but is still as good as it gets for fantasy owners. They are the only players who could potentially challenge Hill’s output.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

In terms of streamers, it’s another solid week at the position. Logan Thomas (@ Cowboys), Jordan Reed (@ Rams), and Mike Gesicki (@ Jets) all have solid matchups in Week 12 or are getting consistent targets at the position. All three of those players should have high ceilings, so they can work their way into the top-10 conversation.

For Week 12, Jonnu Smith (@ Colts) is among the TEs to be careful with. Indianapolis has been the best defense in the league against TEs, and in his five games prior to Week 11, Smith had just eight catches. He has scored in three straight outings, but without the touchdowns, he’s done virtually nothing. With so many other worthwhile options available in a week with no byes, avoiding Smith seems like the right move. Mark Andrews (@ Steelers), Eric Ebron (vs. Ravens), and Jimmy Graham (@ Packers) are some of the other starting/borderline TEs with tough matchups this week.

Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.

Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 Taysom Hill, NO @ DEN
2 Darren Waller, LV @ ATL
3 Travis Kelce, KC @ TB
4 Austin Hooper, CLE @ JAX
5 Evan Engram, NYG @ CIN
6 Noah Fant, DEN vs. NO
7 Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. KC
8 Logan Thomas, WAS @ DAL
9 T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. HOU
10 Mike Gesicki, MIA @ NYJ
11 Mark Andrews, BAL @ PIT
12 Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SEA
13 Jordan Reed, SF @ LAR
14 Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. LV
15 Hunter Henry, LAC @ BUF
16 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. WAS
17 Eric Ebron, PIT vs. BAL
18 Trey Burton, IND vs. TEN
19 Jimmy Graham, CHI @ GB
20 Jonnu Smith, TEN @ IND
21 Robert Tonyan, GB vs. CHI
22 Jordan Akins, HOU @ DET
23 Mo Alie-Cox, IND vs. TEN
24 Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. SF
25 Richard Rodgers, PHI vs. SEA
26 Jared Cook, NO @ DEN
27 Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. CAR
28 Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. LAC
29 Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. CAR
30 Gerald Everett, LAR vs. SF
31 Greg Olsen, SEA @ PHI
32 Tyler Eifert, JAX vs. CLE
33 Darren Fells, HOU @ DET
34 Drew Sample, CIN vs. NYG
35 Ian Thomas, CAR @ MIN
36 Anthony Firkser, TEN @ IND
37 Dan Arnold, ARZ @ NE
38 Cameron Brate, TB vs. KC

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