The 2024 NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday this week and you’re probably shifting gears from regular-season fantasy football to Playoff Best Ball. DraftKings has contests up for Best Ball for the entirety of the 2024 playoffs. It gives managers a chance to find some glory if their fantasy football season hasn’t gone well up to this point.
If you’re here, you’re looking for help drafting tight ends. The landscape around the position is vastly different going into this postseason than in the past. A lot of the times, it’s Travis Kelce and the rest of the pack. Things have changed a bit with the Kansas City Chiefs not the same offense and a few other tight ends emerging as decent draft options. Let’s dive into the rankings.
2024 NFL Playoff Best Ball
Tight end rankings
We’ll start out the analysis by going over Detroit Lions TE Sam LaPorta’s injury and how it impacts the strategy here. LaPorta likely isn’t playing in the Wild Card game vs. the Rams. Detroit is in danger of being upset in this matchup, so that alone would make LaPorta a risky play in Best Ball anyway. But given what he’s capable of, if LaPorta can get back for the second round, the Lions would be in a good spot to advance. The best way to go about LaPorta is to take him if he falls as a second TE option taking up a bench slot. You don’t want to rely on LaPorta this postseason, but if he can get back on the field for the Divisional Round, the pick could pay off. Just don’t put too much stock into it.
Likely vs. Andrews could get interesting. The Ravens have a bye in the first round and won’t play a game until at least Jan. 20. That could mean Andrews is ready to return by the Divisional Round. If that’s the case, he’s the better value, so I tried to line those up as close as possible, though it’s tough. You could take Likely and handcuff him with Andrews with a later pick. Waiting on TE and taking Andrews makes a lot of sense as well. But be sure to have a backup plan if he isn’t ready for the Divisional Round.
Some of my favorite plays at TE are Jake Ferguson, David Njoku and Dalton Kincaid. That feels like the sweet spot for the position. Travis Kelce and George Kittle are the top-2 almost by default based on past performance and their teams. The 49ers are favored to win the Super Bowl and thus the Kittle ranking. The Chiefs could bow out in the Wild Card, but my expectation is they at least get to the second round. Kelce being the only weapon on offense for Patrick Mahomes in the passing game means he should get heavy volume.
If you’re looking for sleepers, Tyler Higbee isn’t a bad option for the Rams, who I think could make a run in the NFC. Same with Dalton Schultz and/or Durham Smythe if Miami and Houston can survive Wild Card weekend.
- George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
- Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
- Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
- Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys
- Davis Njoku, Cleveland Browns
- Dalton Kincaid, Buffalo Bills
- Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
- Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
- Sam LaPorta, Detroit Lions
- Dalton Schultz, Houston Texans
- Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
- Durham Smythe, Miami Dolphins
- Noah Gray, Kansas City Chiefs
- James Mitchell, Detroit Lions
- Brock Wright, Detroit Lions
- Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
- Cade Otton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tucker Kraft, Green Bay Packers
- Luke Musgrave, Green Bay Packers
- Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers