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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 11

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This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. This week fantasy starters like Evan Engram and Jimmy Graham have byes. It could be difficult to decide who is the best streamer to replace one of them in your lineup. That decision could be the difference between winning and losing this week.

With so little time left during the fantasy football regular season every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee yourself a spot in your league’s fantasy football playoffs. Here are my tight end rankings for Week 11 of the 2020 NFL Season.


*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting TE1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a solid floor.
TD Dependent Starter- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not because of depth at the position. Their production is based on whether they can get in the end zone or not. It can be the difference between a top 10 performance or top 25 performance
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Travis Kelce vs Las Vegas Raiders TE1
Must Start Darren Waller vs Kansas City Chiefs TE2
Must Start Mark Andrews vs Tennessee Titans TE3
Starting TE1 T.J. Hockenson vs Carolina Panthers TE4
Starting TE1 Hunter Henry vs New York Jets TE5
Starting TE1 Jared Cook vs Atlanta Falcons TE6
Starting TE1 Rob Gronkowski vs Los Angeles Rams TE7
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs Cleveland Browns TE8
Starting TE1 Hayden Hurst vs New Orleans Saints TE9
Starting TE1 Noah Fant vs Miami Dolphins TE10
TD Dependent Starter Eric Ebron vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE11
TD Dependent Starter Logan Thomas vs Cincinatti Bengals TE12
TD Dependent Starter Jonnu Smith vs Baltimore Ravens TE13
TD Dependent Starter Mike Gesicki vs Denver Broncos TE14
TD Dependent Starter Robert Tonyan vs Indianapolis Colts TE15
TD Dependent Starter Austin Hooper vs Philadelphia Eagles TE16
Deep League Starter Greg Olsen vs Arizona Cardinals TE17
Deep League Starter Taysom Hill vs Atlanta Falcons TE18
Deep League Starter Tyler Higbee vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE19
Deep League Starter Dalton Schultz vs Minnesota Vikings TE20
Deep League Starter *Irv Smith Jr. vs Dallas Cowboys TE21
Leave on the Bench Darren Fells vs Cleveland Browns TE22
Leave on the Bench Trey Burton vs Green Bay Packers TE23
Leave on the Bench Dan Arnold vs Seattle Seahawks TE24
Leave on the Bench Kyle Rudolph vs Dallas Cowboys TE25
Leave on the Bench Christopher Herndon vs Los Angeles Chargers TE26
Leave on the Bench Gerald Everett vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE27
Leave on the Bench Ian Thomas vs Detroit Lions TE28
Leave on the Bench *Mo Alie-Cox vs Green Bay Packers TE29
Leave on the Bench Drew Sample vs Washington Football Team TE30
Leave on the Bench Cameron Brate vs Los Angeles Rams TE31
Leave on the Bench Tyler Eifert vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE32
Leave on the Bench Harrison Bryant vs Philadelphia Eagles TE33

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE21 Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings

Irv Smith Jr. missed last week against the Chicago Bears because of a groin issue and has a good chance to return this week. But if he was not Kyle Rudolph would likely absorb all of his targets. This would push Rudolph up to TE13 between Mike Gesicki and Robert Tonyan. This would make him a viable streaming option this week against the Dallas Cowboys.

TE29 Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts

Mo Alie-Cox hasn’t been a great tight end in fantasy over recent weeks, but still has a decent role in the Colts offense. He has been dealing with a lingering knee injury and has been limited to start the week. There is a chance that he does miss this week’s game. For the very few that rely on Alie-Cox at some capacity, this is something to keep an eye on.

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