As expected, several stud tight ends delivered last week, while several more came out of nowhere to produce solid fantasy outings. Putting together tight end rankings is a tall task, but we can look at matchups and last week’s results (without overreacting) to make educated guesses on who could help your fantasy team going forward. Our Week 2 fantasy TE rankings will look eerily similar to last week’s at the top, with some guys moved around in the middle and late parts of the list. As always, use them as a guide when deciding who to start and who to sit.
It’s still too early to really break down TE matchups. We’re not going to say the Browns are a bad TE defense because Travis Kelce roasted them, after all. That said, we have a good idea of generally weak pass defenses, and that’s probably the most important thing to go off this early in the season.
Dallas Goedert (vs. 49ers) and Rob Gronkowski (vs. Falcons) both look good after scoring in Week 1. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (@ Jets) saw a pretty even split in Week 1 against a tough Miami defense, but both are in play against New York this week. Gerald Everett (vs. Titans) produced a 2-20-1 line against the Colts, but he should be full-go against an awful Tennessee defense. His performance proved more fruitful in standard leagues, and perhaps he’ll be in line for red-zone targets with regularity. Jared Cook (vs. Cowboys) is another guy who had a solid Week 1 and has a highly favorable matchup in Week 2. We also expect Robert Tonyan (vs. Lions) to bounce back after a rough Week 1, though Mike Gesicki (vs. Bills) might not be so lucky.
In addition to Gesicki, TEs with tough roads ahead this week include Tyler Higbee (@ Colts), Darren Waller (@ Steelers), and Kyle Pitts (Buccaneers). Obviously, you won’t be sitting Waller or Pitts, but Higbee is a candidate to be replaced by a streamer listed above (though probably not).
Standard vs. PPR isn’t a huge difference at the tight end position, but we always want to target the guys with YAC ability or deep-threat acumen in standard. For example, George Kittle (@ Eagles) had four catches for 78 yards against the Lions. At tight end, 7.8 standard points isn’t that bad. In PPR leagues, 11.4 points is south of what you’d expect from Kittle. Of course, we only have a one-week sample size to look at, so we still don’t know which formats some guys will be better in. For instance, Noah Fant (@ Jaguars) has been more attractive in standard leagues in the past, but Teddy Bridgewater as his starting QB may make him transition to more of a PPR machine.
Per usual with tight ends, use all the available information you have, and pray for a touchdown if you don’t have one of the top-notch studs. Touchdowns carry a little more weight in non-ppr leagues, so looking at red-zone targets is always a useful tool in deciding who to play. In PPR, we’re looking more at targets in general, which is why someone like Dalton Schultz (@ Chargers) might have more appeal than Juwan Johnson (@ Panthers) in PPR (though both can work as potential streamers in both formats).
We’ll be updating these TE rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 2: Who to start at tight end
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring