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 Start||Travis Kelce||vs Denver Broncos||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs New York Jets||TE2|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews*||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE3|
|Starting TE1||T.J. Hockenson||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Hunter Henry||vs New England Patriots||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Zach Ertz||vs Green Bay Packers||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Evan Engram||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Mike Gesicki||vs Cincinatti Bengals||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Green Bay Packers||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Hayden Hurst||vs New Orleans Saints||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jimmy Graham||vs Detroit Lions||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Higbee||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Austin Hooper||vs Tennessee Titans||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jonnu Smith||vs Cleveland Browns||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Robert Tonyan||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Noah Fant||vs Kanas City Chiefs||TE16|
|Deep League Starter||Darren Fells||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Logan Thomas||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Trey Burton||vs Houston Texans||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Kyle Rudolph||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Eric Ebron||vs Washington Football Team||TE21|
|Leave on the Bench||Jared Cook||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||Gerald Everett||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Dalton Schultz||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Cole Kmet||vs Detroit Lions||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Reed||vs Buffalo Bills||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||*Irv Smith Jr.||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Atkins||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Eifert||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Anthony Firkser||vs Cleveland Browns||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Drew Sample||vs Miami Dolphins||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Christopher Herndon||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Dan Arnold||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Dawson Knox||vs San Fransisco 49ers||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Will Dissly||vs New York Giants||TE35|
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.