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Pre-draft tight end rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency has shuffled the rankings around before we hit the NFL Draft. See where your favorite players have landed.

Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a catch against free safety Eric Rowe #21 of the Miami Dolphins in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is on the horizon while free agency has gone through its initial burst. That brings us to our next fantasy rankings update. We’ll take into account all of the signings, but will continue to steer clear of ranking rookies. These are based on .5 PPR scoring.

The tight end landscape changed quite a bit due to free agency, as the New England Patriots grabbed the two best free agents in Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. That will of course hurt both in fantasy, but other moves should boost a few tight ends in fantasy.

The Vikings Irv Smith Jr. will become the go-to guy in Minnesota after Kyle Rudolph signed with the Giants. Jared Cook will get an upgrade at quarterback as he moves from New Orleans to the Los Angeles Chargers. Adam Trautman should take over for Cook in New Orleans. Gerald Everett will get a chance to win the starting job in Seattle. Tyler Higbee should see a stronger target ceiling with Everett gone, while Anthony Firkser is the de facto No. 1 in Tennessee with Smith in New England.

Soon to be rookie Kyle Pitts will make an immediate impact, but we don’t know where yet. He’s good enough to be taken by just about any team that doesn’t have Travis Kelce, George Kittle or Darren Waller already.

2021 Tight End Rankings

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Travis Kelce KC
2 George Kittle SF
3 Darren Waller LV
4 Mark Andrews BAL
5 T.J. Hockenson DET
6 Dallas Goedert PHI
7 Noah Fant DEN
8 Kyle Pitts ATL
9 Tyler Higbee LAR
10 Irv Smith Jr. MIN
11 Logan Thomas WAS
12 Robert Tonyan GB
13 Mike Gesicki MIA
14 Hunter Henry NE
15 Evan Engram NYG
16 Jonnu Smith NE
17 Blake Jarwin DAL
18 Jared Cook LAC
19 Hayden Hurst ATL
20 Rob Gronkowski TB
21 Cole Kmet CHI
22 Dawson Knox BUF
23 Austin Hooper CLE
24 Gerald Everett SEA
25 Zach Ertz PHI
26 Eric Ebron PIT
27 Adam Trautman NO
28 Anthony Firkser TEN
29 Dan Arnold CAR
30 Mo Alie-Cox IND
31 Chris Herndon IV NYJ
32 O.J. Howard TB
33 Donald Parham Jr. LAC
34 Jordan Akins HOU
35 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN
36 Jack Doyle IND
37 Dalton Schultz DAL
38 Pat Freiermuth PIT
39 Harrison Bryant CLE
40 Hunter Long MIA
41 David Njoku CLE
42 Cameron Brate TB
43 Geoff Swaim TEN
44 Will Dissly SEA
45 Jimmy Graham CHI
46 Kyle Rudolph NYG
47 Brevin Jordan HOU
48 Drew Sample CIN
49 Foster Moreau LV
50 Ryan Griffin NYJ
51 C.J. Uzomah CIN
52 Jacob Hollister BUF
53 Kahale Warring HOU
54 Josh Oliver BAL
55 Ian Thomas CAR
56 Brycen Hopkins LAR
57 Jace Sternberger GB
58 Kylen Granson IND
59 Josiah Deguara GB
60 Trey Burton IND
61 Tyler Eifert JAC
62 Devin Asiasi NE
63 Darren Fells DET
64 Adam Shaheen MIA
65 Troy Fumagalli NE
66 Colby Parkinson SEA
67 Dalton Keene NE
68 Maxx Williams ARI
69 James O'Shaughnessy JAC
70 Tre' McKitty LAC