One position that often seems to be an afterthought to many fantasy football owners is the tight ends position. Most find that they don’t have a great deal of success in garnering a number of points, but you can find some real gems who can make a huge difference to your fantasy football team.
It’s true that Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce will probably have the biggest impact, but there are still a number of great options out there. Here are the top 10 NFL tight ends you want to be taking a closer look at.
Top-10 Fantasy Football Tight Ends for the 2018-19 Season
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – There are really two things to love about the New England Patriots tight end. He not only scores a lot of touchdowns but is a thousand yard receiver when healthy. Last season he gained 1084 yards, his third season going over a thousand in his last four. He also scored eight touchdowns.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs – For the second year in a row, Kelce surpassed 1000 yards receiving (1038) and added eight touchdowns, a single season-high. There’s a lot of reason to believe that this should be a regular performance for the Kansas City TE, and this season should be no exception. There are those who will think that because Kansas City is starting a rookie QB that his numbers will decline, but the best friend to a rookie quarterback is a sensational tight end. Expect Kelce to quite possibly have his best year yet.
Daniel Graham, Green Bay Packers – If you are looking for a real find this season then Graham is your choice. He left the Seattle offense where he put up solid numbers (520 yards, 10 touchdowns), but now has future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers as his QB. No offense to Russell Wilson, but Rodgers is one of the best of all time and he loves to utilize his tight end. Expect a thousand yard season with 15 touchdowns.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz has gained at least 800 yards receiving in each of the last three seasons and set a career-high with eight touchdowns last year. Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz is extremely comfortable with his tight end, almost assuring a comparable season to last year.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph had a bit of a drop-off in 2017, recording only 532 receiving yards after posting 840 the year before. However, there was a lot of flux at the quarterback position in Minnesota early on and Rudolph should benefit from the addition of Kirk Cousins. Look for him to approach a thousand yards and to replicate his eight touchdown season from last year.
Evan Engram, New York Giants – In his rookie season, Engram put up nice numbers, making 64 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns. That was in the season when Eli Manning had a down year. He should replicate those numbers if not add 150 yards and two scores.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans – Walker has been a consistent performer over the last four seasons, recording at least 800 yards receiving in each campaign. His touchdowns did drop off from seven in 2016 to just three last year, but an injury limited him to only 11 starts. A healthy Walker is an invaluable weapon.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts – No tight end may see a greater increase in his productivity than Doyle will this year. He did have 690 yards receiving and four touchdowns last season, but the return of his starting quarterback after a year off should help to increase his productivity immensely.
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders – Cook started all 16 games for Oakland last season, recording 688 yards receiving and two touchdowns. That was in a season where his starting quarterback missed the action and underperformed. Look for him to add at least 200 yards of offense this season and grab five touchdowns.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals – Eifert is a gamble, there is no doubt about that. After a stellar 2015 when he had 615 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns, Eifert struggled to stay on the field over the next two years, playing in just 10 games total. When healthy, he is a top-five tight end, but his health is a major issue. He shouldn’t be your top TE pick but would be a good second choice.