Free agency is tidying up after it crashed through the NFL window and rearranged the furniture, so it’s time to get you, our loyal reader, some updated fantasy rankings for the 2020 season.
The NFL Draft will move things around a bit, but tight ends shouldn’t see much change with the draft, as this isn’t a strong tight end draft and rookie tight ends, on average, don’t make a big fantasy splash. We will of course have a fresh set of rankings after the draft but for now, check out our post-free agency running back rankings below:
There’s a pretty strong delineation between the top tier tight ends and the not-quite top tier, but the tier 2 tight ends have the ability to take a step into the first tier. But until then, Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews and Zach Ertz will continue to have sky high floors.
Kelce’s target share in an offense that is extremely efficient with Patrick Mahomes in the lead, keeps him at the top of the list. George Kittle has the ability to pass Kelce, but in the offense Kyle Shanahan wants, Kittle isn’t going to be a 25-30 percent target share kind of player. The Eagles aren’t likely to have a receiver that will take over Zach Ertz’ spot as the lead target.
This tier has plenty of upside, with Mark Andrews and Evan Engram likely to be big parts of their offense. We know Andrews will be a top target in Baltimore, but it might be tough for him to repeat his touchdown numbers which made him an elite fantasy option last season while Engram’s trouble comes down to injuries. If he can stay healthy, he could move into the top slots.
Free Agency Fallout
Austin Hooper was the biggest name to move on, as he was signed by the Browns. It is difficult to get a good read on how much he will be used, but he’s going to be a steady player for a team that should have a strong post-hype season. He’s not going to be a Top-3 tight end with so many playmakers around him, but he’s going to be on an improved offense as the no-doubt No. 1 tight end on the team.
Eric Ebron moving to Pittsburgh is good for Ben Roethlisberger, but with Vance McDonald still with the Steelers, it’s hard to see either tight end seeing much fantasy consistency.
Tight end rankings for 2021 half-PPR fantasy football
|14||Irv Smith Jr.||MIN|
|25||Chris Herndon IV||NYJ|