The Eagles‘ decision to trade Zach Ertz last week might have exposed two starting-caliber tight ends to the Fantasy pool, because neither he nor Dallas Goedert were really must-start players playing alongside each other. However, Goedert now moves way up the rankings to No. 5 for me, while Ertz is in the top 12 — though Goedert does still need to be cleared from the COVID list, while I have questions about how Ertz will find targets in such a crowded Cardinals passing game.
I think the list of players I feel good about starting at tight end probably goes eight deep right now, and the next four look like pretty solid options right now, too. The position isn’t deep, but it might actually be the deepest it has been this season.
Here are my tight end rankings for Week 7. To see the rankings of Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, and Heath Cummings, make sure you head here. We’ll be updating this throughout the week with new notes and rankings as we get news and the rankings get tweaked, so make sure you bookmark the page.
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Week 7 TE Rankings
- Travis Kelce @ TEN
- Darren Waller vs. PHI — Waller’s off to a pretty disappointing start, with no more than 65 yards in any game since Week 1. He’s averaging a career-low 7.1 yards per target and has just two touchdowns on 52 targets after scoring nine on 145 last season. I’ll just remind you that at this time last year, he had nearly identical numbers through Week 6 — he had 90.5 PPR points in six games vs. 82.8 right now. He’ll be just fine.
- Mark Andrews vs. CIN — That being said, I’m not sure Waller is that much better than Andrews at this point, which says a lot about how good Andrews has been this season. Andrews’ snap share is up from 65.8% through six weeks in 2020 to 71.5% right now, and his route share is up from 77.8% to 82%. He’s still not getting quite the Kelce/Waller usage as a receiver, but he and Lamar Jackson are so efficient that you’re getting comparable production. He probably won’t sustain a 77% catch rate, but Andrews has clearly separated himself from the pack.
- Kyle Pitts @ MIA — And Pitts might be next to do so. He had the breakout game we’ve been telling you was coming in Week 5, and he’s got another great matchup against the Dolphins this week. Calvin Ridley’s return after missing Week 5 makes it less likely Pitts has a repeat performance, but there should still be plenty of room for both of them to be elite players moving forward.
- Dallas Goedert @ LV — Goedert hasn’t been great this season, but with Ertz sent to Arizona, he sure has the opportunity now. The Eagles have thrown 24% of their passes to tight ends this season, and while I don’t think Goedert is going to get that kind of usage, but I do think he’s likely to be No. 2 on the receiving hierarchy behind Devonta Smith and should be a top-eight tight end moving forward. He’s averaged 11.9 PPR points per game in five without Ertz in his career.
- T.J. Hockenson @ LAR — Hockenson rewarded your patience in Week 6, reminding us that you still need to keep him in your lineup every week, even if he isn’t quite an elite Fantasy option.
- Mike Gesicki vs. ATL — As long as Miami remains thin at wide receiver, Gesicki is going to be a must-start Fantasy option. Since being held without a catch in Week 1, he’s averaging 14.0 points per game in PPR scoring.
- Noah Fant @ CLE — Fant finally had the breakout game we’ve been waiting for in Week 6. and it coincided with his highest average depth of target mark of the season. Let’s hope that role more or less continues.
- Hunter Henry vs. NYJ — I think many would disagree with me, but I think this is more or less where the “hope for a touchdown” tier at the position starts. Henry has more than 42 yards in just one of his games so far, so there just hasn’t been much there until his recent three-game scoring streak.
- Ricky Seals-Jones @ GB — With 15 targets over the past two games without Logan Thomas, it’s possible Seals-Jones emerges as something more than a TD or bust guy, but I need to see more.
- Tyler Higbee vs. DET
- Zach Ertz vs. HOU — I’m not sure the move to Arizona is much of an upgrade for Ertz’s Fantasy value, honestly. The Cardinals run more four-WR sets than any team in the NFL, and they already spread their targets around a ton. Is there really room for a guy who, frankly, looks kind of done? I think he’s probably going to remain on the high end of the TD or bust tier.
- Evan Engram vs. CAR
- Cole Kmet @ TB — If you’re looking for a possible breakout candidate at tight end, Kmet is the guy you should be targeting. He’s playing a significant role for the Bears and has upside beyond what he’s shown so far. At least, I think he does — he’s averaging just 5.5 yards per target on 68 targets in his career, so he has to show more playmaking chops soon.
- Jonnu Smith vs. NYJ
- David Njoku vs. DEN — I want for Njoku to be consistently Fantasy relevant, because I do love his skill set and the flashes he’s shown. But he followed up his 149-yard effort with one catch for 6 yards in Week 6. You simply can’t trust him.
- Austin Hooper vs. DEN
- Kyle Rudolph vs. CAR
- Mo Alie-Cox @ SF
- Cameron Brate vs. CHI
- Jack Doyle @ SF
- C.J. Uzomah @ BAL
- Anthony Firkser vs. KC
- Robert Tonyan vs. WAS