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Check out NFL Fantasy Football Expert Analyst Lance Goodman and special guests, as they chop it up and break down the 2019 Tight End Rankings.

Lance Goodman

September 2019



TIGHT END RANKINGSupdated 9/17/19

1. Mark Andrews, BAL
2. Travis Kelce, KC
3. Darren Waller, OAK
4. Zach Ertz, PHI
5. George Kittle, SF
6. Delanie Walker, TEN
7. T.J. Hockensen, DET
8. Greg Olsen, CAR
9. Vance McDonald, PIT
10. Austin Hooper, ATL
11. Will Dissly, SEA
12. David Njoku, CLE (IR)
13. Jimmy Graham, GB
14. Tyler Eifert, CIN
15. Eric Ebron, IND
16. Jason Witten, DAL
17. Vernon Davis, WAS
18. Jared Cook, NO 


Mark Andrews tops the Tight End list through the first 2 Weeks of the season and his spot is well earned. His 16 catches for 220 yards and 2 TDs has made him a precious late round steal and provided owners with big time PPR value. He's an obvious favorite of Quarterback Lamar Jackson and their chemistry will continue to get better as the season goes on. Just keep tabs on a foot injury that doesn't seem serious but could cause him to miss time, if it nags or lingers too long. Travis Kelce is handling business as usual, displaying his big play ability in both games this year. He only needed 3 catches to rack up 88 yards in Week 1 and should have had a touchdown, if it weren't for a bad over throw by Patrick Mahomes, with Kelce wide open in the end zone. In Week 2, they connected on a beautiful 49-yard TD pass. The Chiefs are loaded on offense but Kelce is right in the middle of all the action. Darren Waller is another great value pick thus far, settling in early as a trusted and highly used weapon for Quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders have been able to get good yardage on the ground but still pass enough to merit Waller a starting spot in your line up, on the heels of 13 catches for 133 yards in two games. Wide Receiver Tyrell Williams is currently first in the pecking order when it comes to targets but Waller is the clear cut second choice and that should have his fantasy owners playing him with confidence. Zach Ertz has yet to truly make his presence felt this year but with the Eagles expecting to be without their top 2 Wide Receivers in Week 3, Ertz could have the break out game that gets him going. After setting a new NFL record for receptions by a Tight End last year, defenses are giving him extra attention but it's only a matter of time before Ertz and Quarterback Carson Wentz find their groove. Delanie Walker has fully recovered after missing all of last season with ankle and knee injuries. He got off to a great start in Week 1 with 2 TD catches and had a nice game in Week 3 with 7 catches for 64 yards. Quarterback Marcus Mariota always looks to his security blanket on crucial 3rd down plays and most importantly in the red zone, where Walker can use his bulky frame to ward off defenders. T.J. Hockensen is the only Rookie to make the list and he quickly put his name on the map, setting an NFL record in Week 1, for the most receiving yards by a Tight End in their NFL debut. 6 catches for 131 yards and a TD, made him a hot Week 2 waiver wire pick up but it also got the attention of the Chargers defense, who held him to just one catch in Week 2. Nonetheless, Quarterback Matthew Stafford loves to use his Tight Ends and Hockensen might the best he's had, so you can count on him looking Hoceknsen's way a lot. Greg Olsen waited a week to have his coming back party, after struggling badly with foot and ankle injuries last year. After a quiet Week 1, Olsen grabbed 6 passes for 110 yards in Week 2. The crafty veteran is getting older, so expect to see him on the injury report as Questionable quite often but as long as he isn't experiencing any game day setbacks, he's worth a try in most match ups if Quarterback Cam Newton can remain healthy. Vance McDonald is another Tight End, who was quiet in Week 1 but balled out in Week 2, scoring 2 touchdowns. With starting Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gone for the season, inexperienced second year starter Mason Rudolph could look to his big 6'4'' target alot, especially in the red zone. The Falcons have some big weapons on the outside that get all the highlights and praise but Austin Hooper has turned into a nice option for Quarterback Matt Ryan to explore. Hooper doesn't make alot of plays downfield but he gets open alot and does a nice job of finding soft spots in the defense, where he is usually located. His production can be a bit spotty, especially since he doesn't score alot of TDs but his 77 catches from last season hold alot of weight in PPR formats. Will Dissly put his name on the map last week with two touchdown receptions on the road at Pittsburgh. The second year Tight End has good hands and speed, plus Quarterback Russell Wilson likes to explore the seams in the red zone and Dissly's big 6'4'' frame is ripe for the picking. Wide Receivers Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf will see the majority of targets but in the right match ups or when his number is called, Dissly seems ready to step up. Cleveland Tight End David Njoku, had alot of upside this year but will miss an extended period of time after suffering a wrist injury in Week 2. Veterans Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Eric Ebron and Tyler Eifert don't appear to be big yardage guys anymore but could be used as a nice bye week or injury fill in. None of these Tight Ends have had more than 40 receiving yards this season but all have enjoyed a trip to the end zone. Veteran Vernon Davis is a bit more reliable of a play, based on how much Washington has to pass but his value is week to week based on match up and the potential return of underachieving starter Jordan Reed. Jared Cook has seen his value nose dive through the first 2 weeks. After a big breakout year in 2018, Cook and future Hall of Fame Quarterback Drew Brees seemed like the perfect match, however Brees is out for the next 6-8 weeks and Cook is left with Teddy Bridgewater and or Taysum Hill as his Quarterback. Sometimes these situations work out for the better and Cook could see more targets but sometimes they don't and Cook could get lost in the shuffle. We'll find out soon enough. ​

WEEK 3 Top Waiver Pick Ups

Will Dissly, TE-SEA

Jason Witten, TE-DAL

Tyler Eifert, TE-CIN

Vernon Davis, TE-WAS

Josh Reed, TE-WAS

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