After a week of chaos at TE in Week 11 when Taysom Hill was eligible to play the position in ESPN leagues, things have calmed down and are actually trending in an upward direction for tight ends. Though Rob Gronkowski is on bye, our Week 13 fantasy TE rankings are full of worthwhile starters and are bolstered by the potential return of a top player.
However, there is a bit of bad news with these rankings, as well. Mark Andrews has tested positive for COVID and will miss Week 13. Andrews had been re-emerging as a top option and was set to have a solid matchup against the Cowboys. Without him and with Nick Boyle on IR, the Ravens don’t have much talent left at the TE spot.
WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Fortunately, Zach Ertz (ankle) seems ready to get back on the field. Ertz should immediately return to his role as one of Philadelphia’s top targets, and both he and teammate Dallas Goedert should be viable starting options in all fantasy formats.
WEEK 13 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker
While Ertz is bolstering the depth of this week’s tight end rankings, some favorable streaming matchups are helping, as well. Jordan Reed (vs. Bills), Austin Hooper (@ Titans), Eric Ebron (vs. Washington), Kyle Rudolph (vs. Jaguars), and Jonnu Smith (vs. Browns) are all facing off against teams that rank in the top 11 in fantasy points per game (FPPG) allowed to the TE position. These players have all been inconsistent this year, but they all should have a chance to post solid stats.
One matchup that looks surprisingly good on paper is T.J. Hockenson against the Bears. Though Chicago has a good defense, they had allowed 8.9 FPPG to TEs enterting Week 12, then gave up a touchdown to Robert Tonyan. Hockenson has averaged 7.4 targets and 54.8 yards in his past five games, so his volume should make him a solid play in this contest.
Because of the multitude of streaming options available, trusting guys like Evan Engram (@ Seahawks), Logan Thomas (@ Steelers), and Dalton Schultz (@ Ravens) in tough road matchups isn’t too appealing. They’re all playing against great defenses, and though all three have high target floors, their ceilings aren’t quite as high in standard leagues. Engram would be the one to trust if any, but there are enough other streaming options and sleepers for fantasy owners to consider.
Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.
Week 13 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)
These rankings are for non-PPR leagues
|1||Darren Waller, LV @ NYJ|
|2||Travis Kelce, KC vs. DEN|
|3||Austin Hooper, CLE @ TEN. Hooper only saw two targets for the Browns against the Jaguars, but he made them count. He totaled 13 yards and a TD in a good matchup. In Week 13, Hooper gets another favorable matchup against a Titans team that has allowed 9.4 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to TEs, tied for the eighth-most in the NFL.|
|4||Noah Fant, DEN @ KC|
|5||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN. Gesicki has at least four targets and 35 yards in four consecutive games and caught his first TD since Week 3 against the Jets last week. Ryan Fitzpatrick should continue to look his way against the Bengals, as they have allowed 718 receiving yards to the TE position, more than any other team in the NFL, so Gesicki could rack up some yardage in this one.|
|6||Eric Ebron, PIT vs. WAS|
|7||T.J. Hockenson, DET @ CHI|
|8||Jordan Reed, SF vs. BUF. Reed caught just two passes for 18 yards against the Rams, but he finished second on the team in targets (6) and should do better in an easier matchup. The Bills have allowed 709 receiving yards to TEs this year which ranks second-most in the NFL, and if they focus on slowing down Deebo Samuel, Reed could slip through the cracks and catch some long passes.|
|9||Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. NO|
|10||Hunter Henry, LAC vs. NE|
|11||Evan Engram, NYG @ SEA. Engram had a season-high six catches and 129 yards against the Bengals in Week 12 and will look to continue his success against the Seahawks. Though the Seahawks have struggled against receivers this year, they have performed well against TEs, allowing just 6.4 FPPG to the position. You still can’t sit Engram because of his target floor, but his floor will be lower than usual in a tougher matchup especially with backup Colt McCoy likely to be at the helm for the Giants.|
|12||Zach Ertz, PHI @ GB. The Eagles didn’t activate Ertz (ankle) from IR before their game against the Seahawks, but he should have a chance to return in Week 13 against the Packers. Ertz averaged under 30 yards per game when healthy earlier in the season, but he still saw at least five targets every week and averaged 7.5 per game. The Packers have been solid against TEs this year, but they have given up 50+ yard games to the likes of T.J. Hockenson, Hayden Hurst, and Rob Gronkowski, so Ertz should have a chance to produce.|
|13||Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. JAX. In two games that Irv Smith Jr. has missed this season with injuries, Rudolph has been targeted 13 times and has caught 11 passes for 131 yards and a TD. If Smith continues to miss time with the groin injury, Rudolph will have a chance to take advantage of a Jaguars team that has allowed 10.1 FPPG to TEs and has allowed nine TDs, which is tied for the league lead with two other teams.|
|14||Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. CLE. Smith is one of the weirder TEs in fantasy right now. He has virtually become TD-dependent, as he is averaging 1.7 catches for 16.7 yards in his last seven games, and his targets have been sporadic. In Weeks 10 and 11, he saw six targets in each game. However, in Week 12, no passes were thrown his way. Maybe Smith will break back out again and establish himself as a solid weapon against a Browns defense that allows 10 FPPG to TEs, but even in a great matchup, trusting Smith comes with a lot of risk, as Ryan Tannehill could just avoid him entirely again.|
|15||Trey Burton, IND @ HOU. Burton scored for the second time in as many games last week and had one of his best receiving outings of the year, catching three of six targets for 42 yards and the score. Burton should continue to get attention from Philip Rivers and considering that he ranks third on the team in red-zone targets (7), Burton can be used as a streamer against a Texans defense that has allowed 646 receiving yards to TEs, fourth-most in the NFL.|
|16||Jared Cook, NO @ ATL. In his last three games, Cook has just one catch for six yards. That’s obviously not inspiring, but it’s important to note that at least against the Broncos, the Saints barely had to pass because they got ahead at the Broncos were starting an undrafted rookie receiver at quarterback. Cook could get going against the Falcons as Atlanta has allowed 10.2 FPPG to TEs this year, good for the most in the NFL. Cook comes with some risk because of his lacking production, but the matchup makes him a potential start if you need help at the position.|
|17||Logan Thomas, WAS @ PIT. So far this season, Thomas has yet to see fewer than four targets in a game. He has posted some poor outings but his target floor will make him a decent streamer at the least every week. Thomas won’t climb above that threshold this week, as he is taking on a Steelers defense that has allowed the second-fewest FPPG to TEs this year (4.5) and just one TD on the season. Thomas still may have a chance to catch a TD if Washington gets near the red-zone, as he has a team-high 12 red-zone targets, but there are too many questions to recommend him as anything other than a middling streamer this week.|
|18||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ GB. The return of Ertz will limit Goedert’s potential a bit, but it’s worth noting that Goedert saw 17 targets in his first two games when both he and Ertz were healthy. So, the opportunity will be there for Goedert to produce. It’s just a matter of whether he or Ertz will be Wentz’s preferred target at the TE spot.|
|19||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. DET. Graham lost some snaps to Cole Kmet against the Packers, but he still saw four targets and caught three passes for 32 yards. The Lions have been very good against TEs this year and have allowed the second-fewest yards to the position (344), so Graham’s upside in this matchup is almost entirely TD-dependent. It’s hard to trust the Bears offense to get enough red-zone looks to make Graham a worthwhile start.|
|20||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ BAL. Schultz is averaging better than six targets per game, but he may have trouble getting going against a middle-of-the-pack Ravens defense against TEs. Considering that Schultz is the fourth target on a bad offensive team, it’s probably best to avoid him against a solid defense, unless the Ravens’ COVID issues continue and players are held out for this game.|
|21||Robert Tonyan, GB vs. PHI|
|22||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ ARI|
|23||Jordan Akins, HOU vs. IND|
|24||Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. NYG|
|25||Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. CLE|
|26||Will Dissly, SEA vs. NYG|
|27||Tyler Eifert, JAX @ MIN|
|28||Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ HOU|
|29||Gerald Everett, LAR @ ARI|
|30||Dawson Knox, BUF @ SF|
|31||Drew Sample, CIN @ MIA|
|32||Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND|
|33||Dan Arnold, ARI vs. LAR|