The 2017 NFL draft has come and gone and now it’s time to see how the dust has settled.
Here is the tight end depth charts for all 32 teams. The tight ends labeled Starter are currently set to be the number one option. Backup is who is currently behind the starter on team’s depth chart.
For each TE, I’ve attached my current fantasy Value in standard leagues: TE1 (top 10), TE2 (11-25) and Don’t Bother (pretty self explanatory). I’ve also given my initial value for each backup tight end if either the starter is injured or sees their playtime reduced throughout the season. For backups I’ve added a Waiver value, which means worth a potential pickup.
TE depth charts
|ARI||Jermaine Gresham||Don't Bother||Troy Niklas||Don't Bother|
|ATL||Austin Hooper||TE2||Levine Toilolo||Waiver|
|BAL||Dennis Pitta||Don't Bother||Benjamin Watson||Don't Bother|
|BUF||Charles Clay||Don't Bother||Nick O'Leary||Don't Bother|
|CAR||Greg Olsen||TE1||Ed Dickson||TE2|
|CHI||Zach Miller||TE2||Dion Sims||Don't Bother|
|CIN||Tyler Eifert||TE1||Tyler Kroft||Waiver|
|CLE||David Njoku||TE2||Randall Telfer||Waiver|
|DAL||Jason Witten||TE2||Geoff Swaim||TE2|
|DEN||Virgil Green||Don't Bother||Jeff Heuerman||Don't Bother|
|DET||Eric Ebron||TE2||Darren Fells||Waiver|
|GB||Martellus Bennett||TE2||Richard Rodgers||TE2|
|HOU||C.J. Fiedorowicz||TE2||Ryan Griffin||TE2|
|IND||Jack Doyle||TE2||Erik Swoope||TE2|
|JAC||Marcedes Lewis||Don't Bother||Mychal Rivera||Don't Bother|
|KC||Travis Kelce||TE1||Demetrius Harris||TE2|
|LAC||Antonio Gates||TE2||Hunter Henry||TE1|
|LAR||Tyler Higbee||Don't Bother||Temarrick Hemingway||Don't Bother|
|MIA||Julius Thomas||TE2||Anthony Fasano||Don't Bother|
|MIN||Kyle Rudolph||TE1||David Morgan II||Don't Bother|
|NE||Rob Gronkowski||TE1||Dwayne Allen||TE1|
|NO||Coby Fleener||TE2||Josh Hill||TE2|
|NYG||Evan Engram||TE2||Will Tye||Don't Bother|
|NYJ||Jordan Leggett||Don't Bother||Braedon Bowman||Don't Bother|
|OAK||Jared Cook||TE2||Clive Walford||Waiver|
|PHI||Zach Ertz||TE1||Brent Celek||TE2|
|PIT||Ladarius Green||TE2||Jesse James||TE2|
|SF||Vance McDonald||Don't Bother||Garrett Celek||Don't Bother|
|SEA||Jimmy Graham||TE1||Luke Willson||Waiver|
|TB||Cameron Brate||TE2||O.J. Howard||TE1|
|TEN||Delanie Walker||TE1||Jace Amaro||TE2|
|WAS||Jordan Reed||TE1||Vernon Davis||TE1|
- Now let me start by quickly explaining something: while I stated above that my values for backup tight ends was if the tight end that is set to start gets injured or lose playing, then that would be my value. Well, that’s true for everyone except Hunter Henry. Even with Antonio Gates on the field and healthy, Henry is a top 10 tight end. I think Gates’ role in the Chargers’ offense is going to greatly decrease and Henry will quickly assume top tight end duties.
- Similar thought process applies to O.J. Howard. Technically, Cameron Brate is in front of him on the depth chart but that I feel like won’t last long. Howard joining the Buccaneers bumps Brate’s value down to TE2 because you know the Bucs are going to look to take full advantage of the matchup nightmare that is Howard.
- Could have put Njoku as a TE1 because it’s clear he will be THE tight end in Cleveland what with them releasing Gary Barnidge the day after the draft. But because it’s the Browns, kept my expectations low for him.
- I’m going to be very curious to see what Evan Engram can do in the Giants’ offense. The Giants clearly have a vision for him as they took him above Njoku, the conscious number two tight end. He joins a crowded receiving group however with some people who will get pissed if they aren’t seeing the ball. We’ll see.
Let me know your thoughts on my rankings in the comments!