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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 13

Tyler Higbee

This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. One of the better fantasy starters Rob Gronkowski is on a bye. It could be difficult to decide who is the best streamer to replace one of them in a 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 an owner a spot in the league’s fantasy football playoffs. Here are tight end rankings for Week 13 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
Deep League Starter- a player whose ceiling isn’t high but should put up enough production to be started in deep leagues. When a player like this is started it is because their production though it will likely be low will be better than a few options.
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.
Must StartTravis Kelcevs Denver BroncosTE1
Must StartDarren Wallervs New York JetsTE2
Starting TE1Mark Andrews*vs Dallas CowboysTE3
Starting TE1T.J. Hockensonvs Atlanta FalconsTE4
Starting TE1Hunter Henryvs New England PatriotsTE5
Starting TE1Zach Ertzvs Green Bay PackersTE6
Starting TE1Evan Engramvs Seattle SeahawksTE7
Starting TE1Mike Gesickivs  Cincinatti BengalsTE8
Starting TE1Dallas Goedertvs Green Bay PackersTE9
Starting TE1Hayden Hurstvs New Orleans SaintsTE10
TD Dependent StarterJimmy Grahamvs Detroit LionsTE11
TD Dependent StarterTyler Higbeevs Arizona CardinalsTE12
TD Dependent StarterAustin Hoopervs Tennessee TitansTE13
TD Dependent StarterJonnu Smithvs Cleveland BrownsTE14
TD Dependent StarterRobert Tonyanvs Philadelphia EaglesTE15
TD Dependent StarterNoah Fantvs Kanas City ChiefsTE16
Deep League StarterDarren Fellsvs Indianapolis ColtsTE17
Deep League StarterLogan Thomasvs Pittsburgh SteelersTE18
Deep League StarterTrey Burtonvs Houston TexansTE19
Deep League StarterKyle Rudolphvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE20
Deep League StarterEric Ebronvs Washington Football TeamTE21
Leave on the BenchJared Cookvs Atlanta FalconsTE22
Leave on the BenchGerald Everettvs Arizona CardinalsTE23
Leave on the BenchDalton Schultzvs Baltimore RavensTE24
Leave on the BenchCole Kmetvs Detroit LionsTE25
Leave on the BenchJordan Reedvs Buffalo BillsTE26
Leave on the Bench*Irv Smith Jr.vs Jacksonville JaguarsTE27
Leave on the BenchJordan Atkinsvs Indianapolis ColtsTE28
Leave on the BenchTyler Eifertvs Minnesota VikingsTE29
Leave on the BenchAnthony Firkshervs Cleveland BrownsTE30
Leave on the BenchDrew Samplevs Miami DolphinsTE31
Leave on the BenchChristopher Herndonvs Las Vegas RaidersTE32
Leave on the BenchDan Arnoldvs Los Angeles RamsTE33
Leave on the BenchDawson Knoxvs San Fransisco 49ersTE34
Leave on the BenchWill Disslyvs New York GiantsTE35

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE3 Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Mark Andrews tested positive for Covid-19 before the Ravens Week 12 game against the Ravens. At this point, it is uncertain whether he will be active for Week 13 or not. If he is not active, Luke Willson becomes an interesting streaming option and TE21 on the week making him likely the last possible starter this week. But there would be a lot better options than Willson this week.

TE27 Irv Smith Jr., Minnesota Vikings

Irv Smith Jr. missed the past two weeks because of a groin issue and has a solid 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 TE16 between Noah Fant and Darren Waller. This would make him a viable streaming option this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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