Redraft TE tiers

Washington Redskins Jordan Reed

Tight end is always a position so full of hope at the start of pre-season but come the end of the year the position always disappoints. Can someone get close to Gronk? What do we do with Jordan Reed? What do I do if miss out on the top guys?  All of these questions and more are answered in the TE tiers below.

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PPR Tiers

Elite: Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce

Could be Elite: Jordan Reed

Near Elite: Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham

Yup I settled: Zach Ertz, Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, Coby Fleener,
Delanie Walker, Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten, C.J. Fiedorowicz

Health concerns: Eric Ebron, Tyler Eifert

QB’s best friends: Jack Doyle, Ben Watson, Cameron Brate, David Njoku

All about TDs: Julius Thomas, Martellus Bennett, Dwayne Allen

Potentially explosive: Evan Engram, O.J. Howard, Maxx Williams, Jesse James, Tyler Higbee,
Gerald Everett, Lance Kendricks

The old boys: Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Zach Miller, Jared Cook, Charles Clay

Standard Tiers

Elite: Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce

Could be Elite: Jordan Reed

Near Elite: Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham

Yup I settled: Martellus Bennett, Zach Ertz, Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, Julius Thomas, Coby Fleener, Delanie Walker, Kyle Rudolph, Jason Witten

Heath concerns: Eric Ebron, Tyler Eifert

Big upside: Jack Doyle, Dwayne Allen, Ben Watson, Jesse James, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Cameron Brate

Potentially explosive: Evan Engram, O.J. Howard, Maxx Williams, David Njoku,
Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Lance Kendricks

The old boys: Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Zach Miller, Jared Cook, Charles Clay

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Elite

Gronk is a no brain elite option but Travis Kelce is a really good alternative who could get close this season at a much better draft day price.

Could be elite

If Jordan Reed is healthy enough this year he is right there with Gronk and Kelce.

Near elite

Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham should see plenty of targets but their best days are behind them.

Yup I settled

In a one tight end league taking one of these guys is settling but given the price these guys can be got at it is nothing to be ashamed of if the value wasn’t there for those top guys. Zack Ertz should see plenty of targets in Philly. Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper are ready to step up to the number ones in their offences and I really think they could push for top five this year. Coby Fleener is the main tight end for Drew Brees which is always good. I love Delanie Walker but it appears so does everyone else so the value won’t be there for him this year I fear. Kyle Rudolph is a perfect target for Sam Bradford. Jason Witten is still a great tight end and should see plenty of targets even if he isn’t the elite guy he once was. C.J. Fiedorowicz is an intriguing guy in an offence that just lost its second-best receiver and needs someone other than Hopkins to catch balls.

Health concerns

I really like both Eric Ebron and Tyler Eifert but I just cannot trust they play enough or be sufficiently better than the tier above for it to be worth the gamble over those other guys.

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Jim Brown – USA TODAY Sports

QBs best friends

Whoever is QB in Indy will need Jack Doyle to help them. Ben Watson is the only QB show in Baltimore right now. Cameron Brate is going to be the underneath option for Jameis until O.J. Howard is ready. David Njoku is alreay the third best known guy in the Browns’ pass catchers.

All about TD’s

Julius Thomas needs double digit TD’s to be a top ten guy. Martellus Bennett is good but can he get enough redzone work from Aaron Rodgers to be regularly a fantasy option? Green Bay tight ends always seem to disappoint and in PPR I think Bennett struggle more than in standard. Dwayne Allen could be a really nice option when Gronk goes down (at this stage it is when not if) but until then his best games are all going to be about the TD’s.

Potentially explosive

Man all of these guys could be huge this year and if you really want to wait and gamble then these could be fun and frustrating week to week. Evan Engram is more of a wide receiver than tight end but he is the 3/4 option at best in that offence. O.J. Howard could be the safety net for Jameis if the two big guys on the outside are covered. Maxx Williams needs to show us what he is made of this year. Jesse James has the potential to be a fun option in Pittsburgh if he gets the trust of Big Ben. Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett will cannibalise each other a little but it looks like the Rams want to run plenty of two TE sets which could see one of these be fantasy useful. Lance Kendricks could be the beneficiary of the Martellus Bennett taking the attention in two tight end sets.

The old boys

Antonio Gates is on his way out. Vernon Davis needs that Jordan Reed injury. Zach Miller is in Chicago. Jared Cook is always going to breakout and never does. Charles Clay has slot receivers all over the place taking his space away.

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