Updated Dynasty Ranks: TEs

Earlier in the off-season I dropped my first pass at dynasty rankings by position. Now that we’ve waded through a month of free agency, with the NFL Draft right around the corner, it’s time to see how players on the move have impacted the position. As before, these ranks do not include 2021 rookies, who will be added once the draft has passed.

Friday I started with QBs, Saturday it was RBs, yesterday it was WRs and now it’s TEs. Today I finish with my Top 25, which has changed a lot thanks to free agency.

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs. This didn’t change, Kelce is the top guy at the position.

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2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are likely to improve at quarterback which can only help Kittle. His only drawback has been missed time due to injury. When he’s on the field, he’s a beast.

3. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders. Waller has been great the past few seasons. The Raiders’ wide receiver group is still unsettled, so he remains their premier pass catcher.

4. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions. Hockenson had a huge 2020 and is emerging as the top TE prospect he looked like when drafted.

5. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens. Andrews is a solid option at tight end, but what separates him from the top group is the volume of his pass offense.

6. Noah Fant, Denver Broncos. I love Fant, and he could move up on this list based on talent, but his pass offense and competition for targets limits his ceiling.

7. Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins added Will Fuller V and likely will draft at least one receiver, that could limit Gesicki and the volume he can get in Miami’s offense.

8. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles. I like Goedert’s talent, and I still believe Zach Ertz moves on this off-season.

9. Irv Smith, Jr., Minnesota Vikings. Smith showed flashes the past two seasons but with Kyle Rudolph gone, I expect him to take a big step forward in 2021.

10. Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team. Thomas is a great fit in Washington, and with Ryan Fitzpatrick in town the passing game figures to take a step forward.

11. Robert Tonyan, Green Bay Packers. Tonyan had a great 2020 thanks in large part to incredible efficiency. Even with more volume, he’s likely to fall off a bit. But in the Packers’ offense with Aaron Rodgers, he’s still a fringe TE1.

12. Hunter Henry, New England Patriots. I like Henry and his talent, but the Patriots went all in on Henry and Jonnu Smith. I think it hurts the ceiling for both.

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13. Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots. What looked like a great landing spot dipped a bit when the Patriots signed Henry. Both will be good for the Patriots, but their upside is limited in fantasy.

14. Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Atlanta. Hurst is a good contributor, but he might not get the volume of others.

15. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles. I believe Ertz still has a few good years left and I still think he moves on this off-season. Where is the question.

16. Evan Engram, New York Giants. The Giants added Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph. Engram stayed healthy in 2020 and still couldn’t crack the Top 12. Adding competition won’t help that.

17. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams. Gerald Everett moved on but Higbee has been inconsistent in his production. Until that changes, he’s a mid-tier TE2.

18. Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns. Hooper is a good tight end but he has plenty of competition for targets in Cleveland, which is a run-first team.

19. Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronk has a good rapport with Tom Brady, but the Buccaneers have an embarrassment of riches.

20. Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears. Jimmy Graham is still there, but Kmet came on to end 2020. I think that continues in 2021.

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21. Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints. Taysom Hill is vying to be the starting quarterback and Jared Cook is gone, leaving Trautman atop the heap in New Orleans.

22. Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers. Ebron is a good passing weapon, but the Steelers have plenty of options. Consistent volume will be a challenge.

23. Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys. Injury cut Jarwin’s season short in 2020, and there are a lot of options in Dallas, but whoever plays tight end has appeal.

24. Chris Herndon, New York Jets. Will this be the year for Herndon? I’m not giving up quite yet.

25. Albert Okweugbunam, Denver Broncos. Fant is the top tight end, but Albert O. is a big target who has rapport with Drew Lock.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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