1. Travis Kelce
Travis Kelce is the best TE in football, period. If he would have started his NFL career at the age of 21 instead of 24, there would be a strong argument to be made, that he’s the best TE in football, ever. He just had his 5th consecutive 1,000 yard plus season. He has caught a career 71.2% of the passes thrown to him, and he is in the prime of his career. In my opinion, there is only one TE worthy of a 1st round pick, and that’s Travis Kelce.
2. George Kittle
George Kittle is a beast, but he isn’t worthy of a 1st round pick, because he has only played one full season in his 4 year career. While improving his craft over the years, his hands have gotten better; the last 2 years he has caught an amazing 78.2% of the passes thrown to him. The 49ers will continue to keep Kittle heavily involved in their offense, whether it’s Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance at QB.
3. Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews is only 25 years old, but it seems like he’s been in the league for a lot longer, but he hasn’t. The Ravens plan to have Lamar Jackson take more snaps under center next year to implement a better play action offense. I expect a lot of those play action passes to be thrown Mark Andrews’ way.
4. Darren Waller
Darren Waller has become David Carr’s go to playmaker, the two have built some pretty solid chemistry over the last two seasons. As long as Waller continues to be “Mr. Reliable”, catching 75.2% of Carr’s passes in the last two seasons, he will continue to be a top 5 fantasy football TE.
5. TJ Hockenson
It’s too bad for TJ Hockenson that he is stuck in Detroit, but it is too good for fantasy football owners that he is the only legit receiving option that Jared Goff will have next year. I wouldn’t be shocked if Hockenson gets an average of 10 targets per game. The volume alone is enough for him to land in the top 5.
6. Mike Gesicki
Some of Mike Gesicki’s best games last year were with Tua Tagovailoa under center. With the Dolphins giving Tua the keys to the kingdom, expect Tua and Gesicki to connect on at least 10 TDs this season. It wouldn’t surprise me if Gesicki finished the season with more points than one or two of the TEs that I have ranked ahead of him.
7. Robert Tonyan
Anyone that thinks Aaron Rodgers won’t be playing in Green Bay next season probably also watches Days of our Lives. Because that’s exactly what the media has done this entire offseason, they have created a soap opera staring Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ front office. Most of it being completely made up and using a few sentences to speculate how Rodgers and the Packers feel about each other. With that being said, Robert Tonyan has gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers. He caught 88.1% of Rodgers’ passes and 11 TDs. The Packers didn’t bring anyone in this offseason, so why wouldn’t Tonyan dominate again?
8. Evan Engram
Evan Engram dropped a lot of passes last year. But, Daniel Jones threw it to him a lot, meaning the guy gets open. If Engram can, and he will, clean up the drops he will get a lot of fantasy points next year.
9. Noah Fant
If Noah Fant got more TDs per season, he would be ranked higher than 9. He only averages 3 TDs a season. I think Fant will get around 6-8 TDs next year and possibly more yards and catches than he did last season, as well.
10. Eric Ebron
Eric Ebron is in his 2nd season with the Steelers, and he is still only 28 years old. Big Ben loves throwing to his TE, so as long as Roethlisberger is under center, Ebron will get his fair share of targets.
11. Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper may quite possibly be the most underrated TE in the NFL. Just think, the Falcons didn’t have him for one season and it caused them to go out and draft TE Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick in this year’s draft. Hooper had his worst season last year as far as catch percentage goes (65.7%), but for his career he is 74.9%. I expect Hooper to rebound in his second season with Baker Mayfield and the Browns.
12. Tyler Higbee
Tyler Higbee had some pretty solid years receiving with Jared Goff as his QB, even though he had to share reps with Gerald Everett. Both Goff and Everett are now gone. His new QB is Matthew Stafford, whose favorite target in Detroit was TE TJ Hockenson. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects Higbee’s stats next year. Obviously, by ranking Higbee 12th I think he will benefit from the changes.
13. Jonnu Smith
Remember the days when the Patriots ran their legendary 2 TE set with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski? Looks like those days might be back. Jonnu Smith is younger, more athletic and more durable than Hunter Henry. So, I have him ranked one spot higher than Henry. Have you checked out the Patriots WRs? When you do, you’ll believe me when I say, Smith and Henry will lead the Patriots in yards and TDs next year.
14. Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry is a great TE, when healthy. Henry is yet to play a full 16 games in one season. I think he will play the full season next year, because he won’t have to carry the load at TE by himself and he’s due. I think he’ll get 600-700 yards and 6-8 TDs next year.
15. Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas is a QB that was converted into a TE. He looked pretty good last year, but he’s now 30 and he may have been a one hit wonder. Good news for him is that his new QB is a gun slinger, so if Thomas can get open, Fitzmagic will throw him the ball.
16. Kyle Pitts
Kyle Pitts was drafted 4th overall in this year’s draft, so the Falcons are pretty confident that Pitts will come in and make an immediate impact. I however, I am not. Sure, Pitts will have a decent year maybe 400 yards and 5 TDs, but I don’t think he’ll dominate like the Falcons expect him to.
17. Dalton Schultz
Cowboys fans and fantasy football “experts” are really high on Blake Jarwin, but Dalton Schultz was awesome last year. He caught 63 out of 89 passes (70.8%), had 4 TDs and 615 yards. I expect Schultz to be the starter next season and pick up where he left off.
18. OJ Howard
It was OJ Howard not Rob Gronkowski that was getting all of Tom Brady’s targets last year before be went down with a ruptured Achilles in week 4. Through 4 games Howard had 19 targets, 11 catches, 146 yards and 2 TDs. If you multiply those numbers by four, you’re looking at 76 targets, 44 catches, 584 yards, and 8 TDs for Howard. That’s pretty close to what Gronk did through 16 games, 77 targets, 45 catches, 623 yards and 7 TDs. Gronk finished 8th amount TEs in PPR scoring.
19. Gerald Everett
Gerald Everett had a good chance of having career numbers next year with the Seahawks. Believe it or not, but Russell Wilson actually likes throwing to his TEs. But the thing is, his TEs always seem to get injured. Last year between the three of them, Will Dissly, Greg Olsen, and Jacob Hollister, they had 73 catches, 699 yards, and 6 TDs. Dissly is still in town, but don’t count on him staying healthy, Olsen retired, and for now, Hollister is on the Bills.
20. Irv Smith Jr
It is now time for Irv Smith Jr to shine in Minneapolis. Kyle Rudolph is now in New York, so it’s now Smith’s position to keep. Smith looked good to finish out the season, and he ended 3rd on the team in yards and TDs. Last year, Rudolph had 28 catches, 334 yards and 1 TD. If you add those numbers to what Smith had (30 catches, 365 yards and 5 TDs) you’re looking at some pretty good numbers for a TE.
21. Jared Cook
Age is only a number, just ask Jared Cook. Cook is 34 years old and is still playing great football. He’s on his 6th team, but he picked another team where he will get a lot of opportunities. Hunter Henry is now in New England, so that makes Cook the number 1 TE for the LA Chargers. Plus, Justin Herbert threw to his TEs 113 times last year.
22. Dallas Goedert
Talk about a player that can’t stay on the field. It seems like Dallas Goedert is always hurt. Jalen Hurts may rely heavily on his TE this year, but will he stay healthy? Better yet, will Hurts stay healthy? Goedert has the potential to be a great player, but the Eagles are going to be very, very bad next year. First 0-17 team?
23. Rob Gronkowski
Gronk Spike! Rob Gronkowski will have his occasional boom games next year, but honestly, he is way more valuable to the Buccaneers’ offense as a blocker. Last year, Gronk was able to make bum Left Tackle Donovan Smith look like a pro bowler. Tom Brady, also has OJ Howard and Cameron Brate to throw the ball to at TE, not to mention, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown at WR.