2018 TE Rankings

Rankings assume a scoring of, rushing/receiving TD = 6 points, 10 yards rushing/receiving = 1 point, each reception = 1 point (PPR).

Tier 1a – Elite

  1. Rob Gronkowski
  2. Travis Kelce

Although I still have Gronk as my TE1, he’s no longer considered to be the no-brainer top TE pick among experts in the fantasy community with the emergence of Travis Kelce who has led the position in scoring over the past two seasons in PPR scoring. However, where Gronk will still have the GOAT passing him the ball (now minus Cooks and Edelman for 4 games), Kelce will need to build chemistry with new QB Patrick Mahomes and will likely be less of a target hog with the addition of Sammy Watkins (one of my WR breakout candidates).

Tier 1b – Near-Elite

  1. Zach Ertz

The drop-off between Ertz and the Gronk/Kelce tier is negligible, but you can likely get Ertz a round or two after they get drafted. Although Trey Burton is no longer in the picture, the Eagles reloaded at the position by drafting promising rookie Dallas Goedert in the second round of this past year’s NFL Draft. With the recent news that Alshon Jeffery could end up on the PUP list  (and miss the first six weeks of the season), I may likely consolidate the 1a and 1b tiers in the near future given Jeffery’s 120 targets from 2017 will be up for grabs.

Tier 3 – Very Good

  1. Greg Olsen
  2. Delanie Walker
  3. Kyle Rudolph
  4. Jimmy Graham
  5. Evan Engram

I renamed Tier 2 to Tier 3 to highlight the dramatic drop-off from Ertz to my 4th ranked TE in Greg Olsen. Where Gronk, Kelce and Ertz should all go by the end of the third round in most drafts, you will begin to see the next tier guys go around in round six. There’s a lot of hype with Jimmy Graham now joining ARod and the Packers, but people are quick to forget that he has also come from offenses with elite QBs in Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. He will likely continue to be extremely TD dependent to be fantasy relevant given he did not exceed 72 yards receiving in any game last season. Although I’m a big fan of Evan Engram talent-wise, he’s due for some serious regression in his 2017 stats with the return of OBJ and the addition of rookie sensation Saquon Barkley.

Tier 4 – Good

  1. Trey Burton
  2. David Njoku
  3. George Kittle
  4. Jordan Reed
  5. O.J. Howard
  6. Jack Doyle

Tier 5 – Solid Reserves

  1. Charles Clay
  2. Eric Ebron
  3. Tyler Eifert
  4. Cameron Brate
  5. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  6. Benjamin Watson
  7. Ricky Seals-Jones
  8. Jared Cook

Tier 6 – Late-Round Fliers

  1. Mike Gesicki
  2. Hayden Hurst
  3. Dallas Goedert
  4. Blake Jarwin
  5. Tyler Higbee
  6. Jake Butt
  7. Gerald Everett
  8. Nick Vannett

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