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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 32 Tight Ends

Heath ranks the safety blankets.

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“Heath ranks the safety blankets” is a familiar refrain here at Fake Teams. Though it’s true I’ve devoted most of my energy to baseball—especially in recent years—I’ve always chipped in during positional weeks with tight end coverage and ranked tight ends weekly.

So while being ranked 76th overall in FantasyPros’ multi-year draft accuracy is kind of a bummer, being ranked 14th overall (out of over 100 experts) with regard to tight ends specifically is encouraging. This is the position I’ve zeroed in on over the years, and it’s my best by far. For reference, I’m 77th for QBs, 79th in RBs, and 81st in WRs. Pretty consistently bottom awful, eh? Apparently it takes time to be good at this fake game, especially alongside a bunch of sharps.

All this tells me is that I need to devote more time to other positions entering 2021. But it also means I’m tackling tight ends before I jump into the other skill positions, since it’s my favorite...

What follows is my first pass. I’m going to like Bob Tonyan a bit better than the consensus I think. And I’m liking Jonnu Smith better than the group, too—I’m thankful for Hunter Henry’s presence in New England that will suppress Jonnu’s value.

Who are you targeting at tight end in your fake drafts if you miss out on the big three? Come haggle with me in the comments!

Top 32 Tight Ends for 2021

1 Travis Kelce KC
2 George Kittle SF
3 Darren Waller LV
4 Mark Andrews BAL
5 Robert Tonyan GB
6 Dallas Goedert PHI
7 T.J. Hockenson DET
8 Noah Fant DEN
9 Mike Gesicki MIA
10 Tyler Higbee LAR
11 Jonnu Smith NE
12 Kyle Pitts ATL
13 Logan Thomas WAS
14 Rob Gronkowski TB
15 Evan Engram NYG
16 Irv Smith Jr. MIN
17 Blake Jarwin DAL
18 Hunter Henry NE
19 Austin Hooper CLE
20 Anthony Firkser TEN
21 Hayden Hurst ATL
22 Cole Kmet CHI
23 Gerald Everett SEA
24 Eric Ebron PIT
25 Jared Cook LAC
26 Adam Trautman NO
27 Dawson Knox BUF
28 Jordan Akins HOU
29 Zach Ertz PHI
30 Will Dissly SEA
31 Chris Herndon IV NYJ
32 Ian Thomas CAR