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2019 TE Rankings: Pre-Draft

Were now living in a fantasy football world without Rob Gronkowski which made doing my 2019 TE Rankings a wild experience. Even if he had returned for another season, he would not have been sitting atop the ranks as in previous years. For me, Travis Kelce sits on the Iron Throne of TE and the rest of the position is battling to take the throne. I expect even more from Kelce this season who could see even more targets if Tyreek Hill were to miss time due to a potential suspension.

George Kittle and Eric Ebron made tremendous leaps last season from borderline draftable players to fantasy sensations. Both players earned a spot in the top 5 of my rankings and are much closer to Kelce and Zach Ertz than the rest of position. As for the rest of my rankings, check them out below!

RankPlayerTeam
1Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs
2Zach ErtzPhiladelphia Eagles
3George KittleSan Francisco 49ers
4Eric EbronIndianapolis Colts
5Evan EngramNew York Giants
6Jared CookNew Orleans Saints
7OJ HowardTampa Bay Buccaneers
8Hunter HenryLos Angeles Chargers
9Trey BurtonChicago Bears
10Vance McDonaldPittsburgh Steelers
11Ian ThomasCarolina Panthers
12Austin HooperAtlanta Falcons
13TJ HockensonFA
14David NjokuCleveland Browns
15Jimmy GrahamGreen Bay Packers
16Kyle RudolphMinnesota Vikings
17Noah FantFA
18Jordan ReedWashington Redskins
19Dallas GoeddertPhiladelphia Eagles
20Mike GiseckiMiami Dolphins
21Chris HerndonNew York Jets
22Delanie WalkerTennesse Titans
23Jack DoyleIndianapolis Colts
24Hayden HurstBaltimore Ravens
25Irv SmithFA

Rookie TE Options

Normally I am very anti rookie TEs as the position traditionally takes more time to adapt to at the NFL level and even with players like Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker, the breakout doesn’t happen for a few seasons and in a new situation. T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant and to a lesser degree Irv Smith Jr. have the ability to make a year one impression assuming they land in the right situation. With landing spots not known at this point it wasn’t super easy figure out where they go in the rankings, Especially if you factor in teams like Tennessee and Green Bay could target these players. So not only could they rise in the ranks but Walker and Jimmy Graham could fall.

With the 2019 NFL Draft right around the corner, we will have much more clarity on what the expectations should be for these players in 2019 and beyond.

Did your favorite sleeper not make the cut? Make the case in the comment section and see if they can squeeze into the rankings post draft.

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