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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends for Week 11

Heath ranks the safety blankets.

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It looks like a tricky week at fantasy football’s thinnest position...but what else is new?

Hunter Henry (2-25) and Kyle Pitts (3-29) turned in duds on Thursday night, and that’s a week after Mike Gesicki was shut out on TNF—a good reminder to be leery of those silly games in general moving forward.

Rob Gronkowski’s probable return this week is significant, but hopefully you can back him up with OJ Howard or Cameron Brate in the event that Gronk doesn’t play. If not, relying on Gronk in the Monday night game seems really tricky.

Other news and notes are below, but from my point of view you’ll need to make decisions about TJ Hockenson and Zach Ertz, as they’ll be receiving passes from Tim Boyle and Colt McCoy, respectively. I’ve dented each in my rankings as a result, but odds are you’re rolling with them in most leagues given the dearth of talent at the position.

What sticks out to you, gamers? Chime in with your last minute takes and questions below, or find us on Twitter @faketeams and let us help you win or lose by less!

TE Rankings for Week 11

Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce KC vs DAL A projected total of 56 points between these two offenses is salivating.
2 George Kittle SF @ JAC He's scored in back-to-back games since returning from IR. Kittle is back, with his only downside being the low-yield passing attack of SF.
3 Darren Waller LV vs CIN He's been a letdown overall, but 11 targets a week ago gives you an idea of the upside.
4 Mark Andrews BAL @ CHI Not a great matchup numbers-wise, but Andrews has a great floor.
5 Dalton Schultz DAL @ KC Blake Jarwin and Amari Cooper are out, and a shootout is on tap. Yes please!
6 Mike Gesicki MIA @ NYJ He posted a bagel last week, but Tua's return should be a boost, as should the absences of Fuller and Parker.
7 Dallas Goedert PHI vs NO He's cleared concussion protocol and will start.
8 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ LAC Big Ben's return should help, believe it or not.
9 TJ Hockenson DET @ CLE Tim Boyle is under center for Detroit, so you have to temper expectations.
10 Dan Arnold JAC vs SF 10, 7, and 8 are his target counts over the last three weeks. Lock him in.
11 Dawson Knox BUF vs IND He only had one target last week but the Bills routed the Jets and didn't need to throw much.
12 Tyler Conklin MIN vs GB Typically he doesn't score but can offer a 5-50 sort of line.
13 Zach Ertz ARI @ SEA Colt McCoy is likely to play today, so you've got to dent Ertz.
14 Cole Kmet CHI vs BAL This is a prime matchup despite Gesicki getting shut out last week. Kmet is still searching for his first score, but his targets are rising (6, 6, 8 over his last three games).
15 Evan Engram NYG @ TB He has a score in back-to-back weeks.
16 Adam Trautman NO @ PHI He's got target counts of 6, 7, 6 over the last three weeks and appears to be emerging with Siemian under center. Quality mid-range TE2 in PPR formats.
17 Rob Gronkowski TB vs NYG He practiced in full on Thursday of this week, but his attempted return in Week 8 only lasted six snaps, so you have to be wary.
18 Gerald Everett SEA vs ARI He missed some practice with a groin injury but avoided having an injury designation--he caught all eight passes thrown his way last week.
19 CJ Uzomah CIN @ LV He's a boom or bust type given his low to moderate volume.
20 Austin Hooper CLE vs DET The Lions are actually #good at defending tight ends.
21 David Njoku CLE vs DET See above, and he more volatile than Hooper--but more upside if he can make a splash play or two.
22 Jared Cook LAC vs PIT 5, 4, and 3 targets over his last three weeks and Donald Parham Jr. keeps siphoning away production. Hard pass.
23 John Bates WAS @ CAR The fourth round rookie will get some looks, as Logan Thomas and RSJ are still shelved.
24 Anthony Firkser TEN vs HOU He hasn't been a factor this year, but fellow TE Geoff Swaim is out so there's some dart throw appeal here.
25 Donald Parham Jr. LAC vs PIT Like with David Njoku, you're hoping for a long gain or two if you take him.
26 Jack Doyle IND @ BUF He sees a tad more volume than Alie-Cox but typically won't score.
27 OJ Howard TB vs NYG Only if Gronk is ruled out.
28 Ryan Griffin NYJ vs MIA We got all excited after seven targets (4-28-1) in Week 9, but Griffin reverted back to a measly two looks in Week 10.
29 Mo Alie-Cox IND @ BUF He's never seen volume and now he's not scoring touchdowns. Hard pass.
30 Cameron Brate TB vs NYG Only if Gronk is ruled out.