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2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Paddi’s top 25 tight ends

The tight ends you need to win your league.

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Hot on the heels of my wide receiver rankings, I’ve moved onto the tight ends. In recent seasons, there has been a fairly steep dropoff in talent after the first six or seven guys. But this year I’d be comfortable drafting most of this list of players if I don’t decide to go QB early.

Based on current ADPs found at fantasyfootballcalculator.com, you will need to go as early as Round 2 if you want either of the two elite players at the position, with Travis Kelce currently going at 2.08 in 12-team leagues and George Kittle at 2.12. After that, we only see eight other tight ends going in the first 10 rounds—and only 20 off the board in a 15-round draft scenario. Meaning, there’s loads of scope for either going tight end very late, or even streaming the best option on a weekly basis.

Note: I’ve based these rankings on full PPR scoring.

2020 Redraft TE Rankings

Rank Name Team Bye Comments
Rank Name Team Bye Comments
1 George Kittle SF 11 Barely anything between Kittle and Kelce but Kittle has the opportunity for more targets this year
2 Travis Kelce KC 10 More weapons in the Chiefs' offense means less looks for Kelce than for Kittle
3 Zach Ertz PHI 9 Will still lead the Eagles in targets in 2020
4 Darren Waller LV 6 Like Ertz will lead the Raiders offense in targets and see positive touchdown regression after only 3 in 2019
5 Mark Andrews BAL 8 A total stud but if the ravens remain the dominant rushing team it limits his potential
6 Evan Engram NYG 11 All about his health but if he plays 16 games he can put up receiver numbers in the Giants offense
7 Hayden Hurst BAL 8 Projecting a big role for Hurst in the league's most pass-happy offense
8 Hunter Henry LAC 10 Finished as the TE9 in just 12 games last year. Stock takes a hit without Rivers but still a stud option
9 Jared Cook NO 6 Aging but reliable outlet for Drew Brees in the Saints offense
10 Mike Gesicki MIA 11 So few passing options in the Dolphins offense, Gesicki sees 100 targets and breaks the top 10 this year
11 T.J. Hockenson DET 5 Second year leap for Hockensen who takes on a bigger role in the Lions offense
12 Rob Gronkowski TB 13 Will be highly touchdown dependent but his quarterback knows him so well
13 Tyler Higbee LAR 9 Was the end of 2019 an aberration? With Cooks gone, Higbee could see the third most targets in LA this year
14 Noah Fant DEN 8 Every young quarterback needs a tight end outlet. Expect Fant's touched to increase in year 2
15 Blake Jarwin DAL 10 Witten's move to Vegas opens the door for 75 targets in the Cowboys' offense for Jarwin
16 Dallas Goedert PHI 9 A healthier receiver group means Goedert sees fewer looks in 2020
17 Jack Doyle IND 7 Rivers loves targeting his tight ends, but Doyle will compete with Trey Burton for snaps
18 Jonnu Smith TEN 7 Saw an increase in workload after Tannehill came in and expect that to grow in 2020
19 Austin Hooper CLE 9 Stefanski's offense favours mutliple tight ends and Hooper will see reduced targets than he saw in Atlanta
20 Irv Smith MIN 7 High potential upside if Smith can break the timeshare with Kyle Rudolph in Minnesota
21 Eric Ebron PIT 8 Huge red zone potential for Ebron playing with Big Ben in Pittsburgh
22 Chris Herndon NYJ 11 Health a big factor but a clear path to being a factor in the Jets' passing game
23 Ian Thomas CAR 13 Can Thomas step up with Olsen in Seattle and become fantasy relevant?
24 Greg Olsen SEA 6 Battling a host of other tight ends in Seattle but should be a good fit with Wilson in his 1 year cameo with the Seahawks
25 Dawson Knox BUF 11 A poor catch rate in 2019 but should see more targets and has TE2 potential