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)
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.
|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.