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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.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
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.

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