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Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends for Week 15

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Semifinal week! Let’s rank the big guys.

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
YAC-monster, George Kittle.
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In case you missed it, I already said Travis Kelce was the TE1 this week.

Kelce had a “meh” game by his standards, but at least it wasn’t a zero (sorry, Keenan Allen owners). Anyway, it seemed odd to make a set of weekend rankings and to omit Kelce as the overall TE1. So to punish myself for not getting ranks out before Thursday Night Football, I’m ranking a few extra guys this week. Instead of a Top 20, you get a Top 24! And no, it doesn’t include the aging carcass of Antonio Gates, because he was my TE27 this week. Despite his “moves” that were on display against the Chiefs, I am still uninterested in Gates in every conceivable format.

Week 15 Tight End Rankings

RANK PLAYER OPPONENT NOTES
RANK PLAYER OPPONENT NOTES
1 Travis Kelce vs. LAC Already played, but he was the top dog. You already knew that.
2 Zach Ertz @ LAR 21 red zone targets this year, second only to Kelce. Tied with Kelce for 131 targets this year, but Kelce already played. Elite, elite, elite.
3 Eric Ebron vs. DAL Also has 21 RZ targets this year (tied with Ertz). Has 23 targets over two games since Indy lost Jack Doyle.
4 George Kittle vs. SEA Ranks 10th IN THE NFL in receiving yardage (1,103). Among TEs, only Kelce is ahead. Ranks 4th IN THE NFL in YAC (578 yards).
5 Rob Gronkowski @ PIT How the mighty have fallen. Still a quality, quality TE play in a potential shootout.
6 Jared Cook @ CIN Has set career marks already in receptions, yards, and TDs. Has FOUR 100-yard games so far this year, including two in a row.
7 David Njoku @ DEN This is a good matchup, even if Njoku has been maddening to decipher this season. Welcome to the TE position.
8 Cameron Brate @ BAL He scores a lot (2X last week) and the Ravens have allowed a tight end score in four straight games. Very TD or bust, though.
9 Evan Engram vs. TEN The Titans haven't allowed a score to a tight end, but this position is a cesspool and Engram woke up a little last week (3-77). OBJ is still out.
10 Chris Herndon vs. HOU The Texans have shown cracks against enemy tight ends (7th most points allowed). Enunwa and Crowell are out.
11 Ian Thomas vs. NO This isn't a great matchup but I like the Panthers in an upset and Thomas has been sticky-fingered since Olsen got injured.
12 Jaylen Samuels vs. NE James Conner practiced on Friday and isn't yet ruled out. Temper your expectations, folks. But if Conner misses, Samuels becomes my TE7.
13 C.J. Uzomah vs. OAK You're playing the matchup game here. Oakland gives up the most fantasy points to enemy tight ends.
14 Vance McDonald vs. NE At least he is a quality streamer, at home, with a legitimate QB throwing him the ball. That can't be said of many who come after...
15 Trey Burton vs. GB With Allen Robinson healthy, Burton is a forgotten man. Upside, sure. Downside is scary, though.
16 Austin Hooper vs. ARI Patrick Peterson will be chasing Julio Jones around. Perhaps an extra target or two goes Hooper's way.
17 Kyle Rudolph vs. MIA I think Kirk Cousins hates him. #analysis
18 Vernon Davis @ JAC Jordan Reed is out of the picture, and VD has shown that he can step up when given the opportunity. You're praying for 5-7 targets.
19 Jimmy Graham @ CHI What a disappointing 46-549-2 season. The paltry two scores are the biggest disappointment.
20 Gerald Everett vs. PHI The Eagles let Blake Jarwin (7-56) get a little loose last week. Everett saw a season-high seven targets last week, too.
21 Dallas Goedert @ LAR Signs of life (and big play ability) last week. I'll take it again this week as the Eagles fight for their playoff lives (no Wentz hurts, though).
22 Anthony Firkser @ NYG Hard to go crazy for the 23-year-old backup to the backup. But here we are.
23 Blake Jarwin @ IND He caught all seven balls thrown to him last week. Dallas may have to open it up a little if Luck finds a way through the Dallas D/ST.
24 Jordan Thomas @ NYJ He's been efficient the last two weeks, catching all seven of the targets thrown his way. Problem is low volume.