Should you personal Travis Kelce (vs. Chargers) or Darren Waller (vs. Dolphins), you are most likely not even studying Week 3 fantasy TE rankings, so we’re right here to interrupt down the fellows that fall in line after him. At tight finish, we at all times wish to contemplate a protection’s fantasy factors allowed towards the place and red-zone touchdowns allowed, however because it’s solely Week 3, we are able to solely achieve this a lot of that. We are going to nonetheless contemplate it some, however now we have to have a look at matchups and quarterback play to find out who to start out and who to sit down, particularly in a 12 months with nearly no breakouts or sleepers (but).
Any of the defenses who performed towards T.J. Hockenson or a reputation listed above him within the rankings have given up loads of fantasy factors to tight ends. That does not imply we are able to mission Cole Kmet to be a TE1 towards Cleveland just because Travis Kelce had a area day towards the Browns prior to now, however we are able to have a look at equally ranked tight ends and the way they fared on this early a part of the common season. As at all times, commonplace leagues name for tight ends who do so much with their receptions and are sometimes end-zone targets.
Noah Fant (vs. Jets) and Jared Cook dinner (@ Chiefs) are within the TE1 vary this week, however for various causes. Fant continues to be one in all Teddy Bridgewater’s favourite targets and we at all times look to play guys vs. the Jets. Cook dinner needs to be in line for lots of targets because the Chiefs drive groups to go to maintain up and have a tendency to concentrate on taking away large receivers. Tyrann Mathieu is there for Kansas Metropolis, however we are able to count on he’ll be in control of conserving the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in examine extra so than Cook dinner.
At tight finish, a high-pass quantity sport is typically all we are able to ask for. Gerald Everett (vs. Vikings) and Evan Engram (if he performs vs. Atlanta) have some attraction, too, however they most likely nonetheless sit on the bench except you are in deep leagues. It is price mentioning that though George Kittle (vs. Packers) has solely amounted eight catches for 95 yards by the primary two weeks, it isn’t time to stop on him simply but. That mentioned, you are still beginning him, however he will not be the elite tight finish we have seen prior to now this season. Keep tuned.
Amongst tight ends who transfer down this week, Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry show to be ineffective to date within the early weeks of the common season It seems like neither will fully separate themselves from each other, so whereas the offense is best with them in it, they cap one another’s ceilings. Should you needed to begin one, Smith most likely takes a slight edge, however both manner, given the dearth of expertise at this place, they’re nonetheless no less than within the dialog for beginning spots. Mike Gesicki (@ Raiders) is in an analogous boat regardless of doing subsequent to nothing to date.
Once more, with no apparent breakouts and never sufficient important info to make big matchup-based shake-ups, our rankings are fairly boring. After we get one other week or two of knowledge, it is going to be a lot simpler to mission streamers as we transfer previous the bonafide studs, however potential sleepers like Juwan Johnson (@ Patriots), Jack Doyle (@ Titans), Maxx Williams (@ Jaguars) are robust to belief for quite a lot of causes, regardless of how dangerous your drafted starter (or backup) has been.
We’ll be updating these TE rankings as wanted all through the week, so examine again for the most recent modifications and evaluation.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 3: Who to start out at tight finish
Rankings primarily based on commonplace, non-PPR scoring
|Travis Kelce, KC vs. LAC
|Darren Waller, LV vs. MIA
|T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. BAL
|Rob Gronkowski, TB @ LAR. The Gronk is again. Sufficient mentioned.
|George Kittle, SF vs. GB. Kittle at No. 5 feels flawed, nevertheless it is not. He is at present the TE12 in PPR leagues (8.8 FPPG) and in commonplace (5.2 FPPG). Till he places on a classic Kittle efficiency, he cannot transfer above Hockenson or Waller.
|Mark Andrews, BAL @ DET. Andrews has been a downright bust by two weeks, however a matchup with Detroit might imply large efficiency. It is robust to maneuver him decrease than No. 6 at such a scarce place, however we would should if he busts in Week 3.
|Kyle Pitts, ATL @ NYG. Pitts caught five-of-six targets for 73 yards in Week 2, a decent efficiency out of a decent finish. Nonetheless, it is wanting obvious that he will not be a part of the elite group on the prime, as we needed within the preseason. The Giants’ protection is cold and warm, so we’ll see what occurs right here.
|Noah Fant, DEN vs. NYJ. Fant is the de facto No. 2 WR behind Courland Sutton in Jerry Jeudy’s absence due to an ankle harm. He drew six targets in Week 2, catching 4 passes for 33 yards and a landing. Once more, that looks like a median stat line, nevertheless it’s a top-10 sport on the tight finish place. He faces the Jets’ protection in Week 3, so we love as many Broncos as you will get in your lineups.
|Logan Thomas, WAS @ BUF. In his first full sport with Taylor Heinicke, Thomas drew seven targets for 5 catches and 45 yards. This was a promising begin, however Buffalo’s protection isn’t any straightforward match. He is a greater choice in PPR leagues, however he does have the potential for touchdowns, which is after all higher for normal leagues,
|Dallas Goedert, PHI @ DAL. Your complete Eagles’ offense took a step again in Week 2, however they need to rebound in a bout with Dallas in prime time. Elevate expectations for him this week, as he needs to be the No. 2 choice for Jalen Hurts behind DeVonta Smith. Zach Ertz nonetheless carries some attraction in PPR leagues, although our hope is working skinny with him.
|Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. TB. Higbee was a bust in Week 2, as properly, catching only one go for eight yards on one goal. Whereas he is gained a whole lot of hype heading into this season, these sorts are video games are inevitable. This goes for any tight finish after the elite of the elite. In a matchup with Devin White and Lavonte David, he nonetheless ranks as a TE1. It is simply robust to justify shifting him beneath anybody he is at present ranked forward of.
|Jared Cook dinner, LAC @ KC. Cook dinner solely had three catches of 5 targets, however he had two touchdowns known as again resulting from penalty. Justin Herbert seems his manner typically, so he is enticing for that purpose if nothing else. The Chargers needs to be pass-heavy on this sport, so he is a stable choice throughout any format.
|Robert Tonyan Jr., GB @ SF.
|Mike Gesicki, MIA @ LV. Gesicki caught three passes for 41 yards final week, so whereas he wasn’t the full bust he was in Week 1, he is nonetheless not the sexiest play at tight finish. The excellent news is Jacoby Brissett appears extra prepared to focus on him, so if he is beginning, Gesicki ought to see extra work. Final 12 months, he did most of his harm when Ryan Fitzpatrick was on the helm, so possibly it is simply Tua who’s holding him again.
|Jonnu Smith, NE @ NO. We nonetheless don’t have any clear winner of this place battle, and we would by no means ever see the conclusion. It is a low-volume passing assault, so neither Smith nor Hunter Henry could be anticipated to return up large in any week. Certainly one of them will flash sooner or later, however there’s virtually no method to inform when that can be, particularly this early within the 12 months.
|Hunter Henry, NE @ NO. See Jonnu Smith.
|Gerald Everett, SEA @ MIN. Everett was one in all our sleepers picks final week, however he had only one catch for 3 yards in what seemed like an amazing matchup towards Tennessee. He now simply has three catches on the season on 4 targets, so it is time to decrease expectations. At this spot within the rankings, we simply hope for touchdowns. With Russell Wilson as his quarterback, the potential is clearly there.
|Evan Engram, NYG vs. ATL. Engram is but to play in a sport this season due to a calf harm, however he must be thought of in a sport towards the terrible Falcons protection who has surrendered three touchdowns to tight ends to date. Plus Daniel Jones is not enjoying all that dangerous.
|Jack Doyle, IND @ TEN. We’ll see if Carson Wentz performs, however we all know Tennessee’s protection is dangerous. Mo Alie-Cox had some momentum heading into this season, however Doyle appears to have stored his grip as the first tight finish within the Colts’ passing assault.
|Zach Ertz, PHI @ DAL. See Dallas Goedert.
|Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. PHI
|Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN vs. NYJ
|Cole Kmet, CHI @ CLE
|Maxx Williams, ARI @ JAX
|Eric Ebron, PIT vs. CIN
|Austin Hooper, CLE vs. CHI
|Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. CIN
|Tyler Kroft, NYJ @ DEN
|Juwan Johnson, NO @ NE
|Dawson Knox, BUF vs. WAS
|Blake Jarwin, DAL vs. PHI
|Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. IND
|Tyler Conklin, MIN vs. SEA
|Jimmy Graham, CHI @ CLE
|Pharaoh Brown, HOU vs. CAR
|Adam Trautman, NO @ NE
|Dan Arnold, CAR @ HOU
|C.J. Uzomah, CIN @ PIT
|David Njoku, CLE vs. CHI
|Will Dissly, SEA @ MIN
|Hayden Hurst, ATL @ NYG
|Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ TEN