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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 1

Heath ranks the safety blankets.

San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Time is running out, so it’s time to get these rankings up ahead of tonight’s big game.

FOOTBALL IS BACK, BABY!

The most actionable news of the week is probably Evan Engram’s calf injury. Engram did not practice on Thursday, and if he doesn’t go you can fire up Kyle Rudolph as a scoring-dependent streaming option.

Be sure to meet me in the comments below to argue about why your favorite tight end is ranked too high or too low...

Top 25 TEs for Week 1

Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
Rank Player Name Team Opponent Notes
1 Travis Kelce KC vs CLE Duh. The Browns were swiss cheese against TEs in 2020.
2 George Kittle SF @ DET The Lions hemorrhaged scores (9) to TEs a year ago despite allowing the 2nd fewest receptions.
3 Darren Waller LV vs BAL A volume play who had some scoring luck last year.
4 Mark Andrews BAL @ LV Kind of Waller's opposite--more of a threat to score than anything else.
5 Kyle Pitts ATL vs PHI We saw the upside on the one preseason catch.
6 Logan Thomas WAS vs LAC The former VA Tech quarterback has solidified himself as receiving threat, leading the league in 2020 in TE pass routes. He's also got an upgrade at QB.
7 TJ Hockenson DET vs SF Probably a solid PPR bet most weeks, but I don't love this matchup.
8 Noah Fant DEN @ NYG He's on track to play, but was listed as limited on this week's injury report.
9 Robert Tonyan GB @ NO If you're chasing scores and quality of targets, there aren't many better plays than Tonyan.
10 Tyler Higbee LAR vs CHI Gerald Everett is gone and Matthew Stafford is his new QB. Amen.
11 Dallas Goedert PHI @ ATL Ertz's presence limits his upside.
12 Jonnu Smith NE vs MIA He's the athletic sort of TE that Wild Bill loves.
13 Rob Gronkowski TB vs DAL Could do worse than Brady to Gronk on TNF...
14 Mike Gesicki MIA @ NE Not a great matchup by last year's numbers...
15 Zach Ertz PHI @ ATL He's splitting time, but that's a consistent trend among TEs after the elite group.
16 Hunter Henry NE vs MIA A threat to score, even if Jonnu reads like the more well-rounded TE in this pairing.
17 Gerald Everett SEA @ IND The Colts were a stingy matchup for TEs last year, but being wed to Russ Wilson is nice.
18 Jared Cook LAC @ WAS WAS didn't allow volume to TEs last year, but did allow 7 scores.
19 Dawson Knox BUF vs PIT He's got size, athleticism, and opportunity...
20 Jordan Akins HOU vs JAC Someone has to catch the ball in Houston.
21 Austin Hooper CLE @ KC You can't tab him for a huge role in a run-first CLE offense, one loaded with quality wideouts.
22 Eric Ebron PIT @ BUF A stacked receiving corps and the rookie Freiermuth will push him, eventually. For now, he's scoring-dependent TE2.
23 Blake Jarwin DAL @ TB He may battle Dalton Schultz for snaps.
24 Chris Herndon IV MIN @ CIN With Irv Smith Jr. on injured reserve, he gets new life in Minnesota to attempt to reestablish his value.
25 Anthony Firkser TEN vs ARI It's a run-first squad with AJ Brown and Julio Jones in the receiving corps...Firkser getting heavy targets would be a surprise.