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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 14

Dalton Schultz

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’s playoffs may start in fantasy leagues. Owners may have two tight ends on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing this week. For owners who have to stream a quarterback this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into your lineup.

For those who are not in playoffs yet, there is little time left during the fantasy football regular season. Every game that’s left is more important than the last to guarantee a spot in the 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 section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Key:
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. 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 Miami Dolphins TE1
Must Start Darren Waller vs Indianapolis Colts TE2
Starting TE1 *Mark Andrews vs Cleveland Browns TE3
Starting TE1 T.J. Hockenson vs Green Bay Packers TE4
Starting TE1 Hunter Henry vs Atlanta Falcons TE5
Starting TE1 Evan Engram vs Arizona Cardinals TE6
Starting TE1 Rob Gronkowski vs Minnesota Vikings TE7
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs New Orleans Saints TE8
TD Dependent Starter Mike Gesicki vs Kansas City Chiefs TE9
TD Dependent Starter Dalton Schultz vs Cincinnati Bengals TE10
TD Dependent Starter Eric Ebron vs Buffalo Bills TE11
TD Dependent Starter Hayden Hurst vs Los Angeles Chargers TE12
TD Dependent Starter *Jonnu Smith vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE13
TD Dependent Starter Zach Ertz vs New Orleans Saints TE14
TD Dependent Starter Jimmy Graham vs Houston Texans TE15
TD Dependent Starter Robert Tonyan vs Detroit Lions TE16
TD Dependent Starter Noah Fant vs Carolina Panthers TE17
TD Dependent Starter Logan Thomas vs San Fransisco 49ers TE18
Deep League Starter Jared Cook vs Philadelphia Eagles TE19
Deep League Starter Jordan Reed vs Washington Football Team TE20
Deep League Starter Austin Hooper vs Baltimore Ravens TE21
Leave on the Bench Trey Burton vs Las Vegas Raiders TE22
Leave on the Bench Will Dissly vs New York Jets TE23
Leave on the Bench Tyler Higbee vs New England Patriots TE24
Leave on the Bench Anthony Firksher vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE25
Leave on the Bench Kyle Rudolph vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE26
Leave on the Bench Drew Sample vs Dallas Cowboys TE27
Leave on the Bench Jacob Hollister vs New York Jets TE28
Leave on the Bench Tyler Eifert vs Tennessee Titans TE29
Leave on the Bench Cole Kmet vs Houston Texans TE30
Leave on the Bench Mo Alie-Cox vs Las Vegas Raiders TE31
Leave on the Bench *Irv Smith Jr. vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE32
Leave on the Bench Cameron Brate vs Minnesota Vikings TE33
Leave on the Bench Jordan Atkins vs Chicago Bears TE34
Leave on the Bench Gerald Everett vs New England Patriots TE35
Leave on the Bench Dan Arnold vs New York Giants TE36
Leave on the Bench Dawson Knox vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE37

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE3 Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Mark Andrew has missed the Ravens last two games after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He was activated on Wednesday. As long as Andrews plays he should be in lineups across all formats. The Browns are one of the worst teams in the league at defending against the tight end.

TE13 Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans have been without Jonnu Smith the past few weeks because of a knee issue. If he is active he is a solid starting option against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However if he doesn’t start, Anthony Firksher is an interesting option to get some targets in the Titans offense on Sunday. He would bump up to TE18 between Noah Fant and Logan Thomas.

TE32 Irv Smith Jr.

Irv Smith Jr. missed the past three weeks because of a groin issues 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 TE24 between Will Dissly and Tyler Higbee. There are plenty of better options this week than the Vikings tight ends.




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