2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight End

My least favorite position in fantasy football has traditionally been tight end and I was routinely the last person to draft one. It became an endless game of darts on a weekly basis in years past, but with the increase in passing throughout the NFL, multiple guys have become fantasy assets and value can be found everywhere.

With this newfound love for airing it out, the position has become more fruitful and also much more difficult to predict. Ahead are the waaaaaay too early 2020 fantasy football rankings for the tight end position. If you missed the quarterback, running back and wide receiver rankings, go and check them out. It’s never too early for draft preparations.

RankKyleBrian
1George KittleTravis Kelce
2Travis KelceGeorge Kittle
3Zach ErtzZach Ertz
4Marc AndrewsDarren Waller
5Darren WallerEvan Engram
6Austin HooperMarc Andrews
7Evan EngramAustin Hooper
8Hunter HenryJared Cook
9Jared CookNoah Fant
10Tyler HigbeeHunter Henry
11Mike GesickiMike Gesicki
12Noah FantTJ Hockenson

Most difficult to rank: Austin Hooper (Free-Agent)

He was on the fantasy radar to begin his sophomore season in which he went on to record 49 receptions for 526 yards and 3 scores, then finish 2018 as TE6 only to repeat that finish last year while missing 3 games.

As of this article, Hooper will be testing the free agent market which leaves him as a huge question mark at this moment. To me he is more the product of a very tight end friendly system which has consistently been near the top of pass attempts and pass percentage in Atlanta.

Hooper is extremely talented but is no slam dunk to repeat the kind of success if he were to sign elsewhere. Because he isn’t on a team, Hooper is unquestionably the hardest TE for me to rank.

Crack Top 12: Blake Jarwin (Cowboys)

This might seem like a bit of a homer play, but Blake Jarwin is primed to breakout for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas transitioned to a lethal passing team in 2019 and finished top 5 in pretty much every passing statistic.

This helped the newly unretired Jason Witten finish as TE12 with 63 catches for 4 tds. Witten’s return limited Jarwin’s playing time but not his production as he put up a respectable 365 yards for 3 tds on only 31 receptions. He tied for 6th among TE with 8.9 yds/tar on the season and fits with the Cowboys new commitment to downfield passing.

The expected departure of Witten and with no clear competition, Jarwin should step into an almost every-down receiving role for Dallas and an additional 30-40 targets minimum is to be expected.

The Cowboys scheme and his own abilities make Blake an almost too good to be true value who could and should sneak into the top 12 by seasons end.

Dark Horse to Finish Top 3: Evan Engram (Giants)

His rookie season was supposed to be the prelude to the future for Engram. He finished as TE5 with over 700 yards receiving, 6 touchdowns, and 115 targets.

As the expectations grew, so did the disappointments. He’s missed at 5 and 8 games the last 2 years while being on pace to surpass his rookie season statistics in both those years. Even with news that the Giants might try and trade him, Evan is fully capable of contending for a top 3 finish. He was on pace for nearly 90 receptions, 1k yards, and 6 or more TDs which would have put him at or near the top 3 in all categories and an improvement on the previous season.

Just like we couldn’t quit Jordan Reed and his potential, I think its fair to give Engram at least one more chance and IF, a strong IF, he can stay healthy, a top 3 finish isn’t that farfetched.

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