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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 15

Eric Ebron
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.

Every game that’s left is vital for a team to advance have success in the fantasy playoffs Here are my tight end rankings for Week 15 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)

Key:
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.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartTravis Kelcevs New Orleans SaintsTE1
Must StartDarren Wallervs Los Angles Chargers30 points
Must StartT.J. Hockenson*vs Tennessee TitansTE3
Must StartMark Andrewsvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE4
Starting TE1Hunter Henryvs Las Vegas Raiders17.5 points
Starting TE1Evan Engramvs Cleveland BrownsTE6
Starting TE1Eric Ebronvs Cincinnati BengalsTE7
Starting TE1Dallas Goedertvs Arizona CardinalsTE8
Starting TE1Rob Gronkowskivs Atlanta FalconsTE9
Starting TE1Logan Thomasvs Seattle SeahawksTE10
TD Dependent StarterRobert Tonyanvs Carolina PanthersTE11
TD Dependent StarterJared Cookvs Kansas City ChiefsTE12
TD Dependent StarterTyler Higbeevs New York JetsTE13
TD Dependent StarterDan Arnoldvs Philadelphia EaglesTE14
TD Dependent StarterIrv Smith Jr.vs Chicago BearsTE15
TD Dependent StarterJordan Reedvs Dallas CowboysTE16
TD Dependent StarterJimmy Grahamvs Minnesota VikingsTE17
TD Dependent StarterJonnu Smithvs Detroit LionsTE18
TD Dependent StarterCole Kmetvs Minnesota VikingsTE19
TD Dependent StarterTrey Burtonvs Houston TexansTE20
TD Dependent Starter Noah Fantvs Buffalo BillsTE21
Deep League StarterMike Gesicki*vs New England PatriotsTE22
Deep League StarterGerald Everettvs New York JetsTE23
Deep League StarterAustin Hooper*vs New York GiantsTE24
Deep League StarterZach Ertzvs Arizona CardinalsTE25
Deep League StarterDalton Schultzvs San Fransisco 49ersTE26
Deep League StarterHayden Hurstvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE27
Leave on the BenchJordan Akinsvs Indianapolis ColtsTE28
Leave on the Bench Kyle Rudolph*vs Chicago BearsTE29
Leave on the BenchHarrison Bryantvs New York GiantsTE30
Leave on the BenchAnthony Firkservs Tennessee TitansTE31
Leave on the BenchWill Disslyvs Washington Football TeamTE32
Leave on the BenchDawson Knoxvs Denver BroncosTE33
Leave on the BenchDavid Njokuvs New York GiantsTE34
Leave on the BenchTyler Eifertvs Baltimore RavensTE35
Leave on the BenchAdam Shaheenvs New England PatriotsTE36
Leave on the BenchDurham Smythevs New England PatriotsTE37
Leave on the BenchDrew Samplevs Pittsburgh SteelersTE38
Leave on the BenchCameron Bratevs Atlanta FalconsTE39

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE3 T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

This week T.J. Hockenson may be without his starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Last week Stafford suffered a rib injury. If Chase Daniels starts for the Lions, Hockenson becomes TE6 on the week between Evan Engram and Eric Ebron.

TE22 Mike Gesicki, New England Patriots

Late last week Mike Gesicki fell hard during a play that resulted in him being out for the rest of the game. The injury looked potentially season-ending. However Gesicki did return to practice Thursday, but was limited. If Gesicki misses this week Adam Shaheen becomes TE28 on the week between Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Bryant. While Durham Smythe moves up to TE31 between Harrison Bryant and Anthony Firkser.

TE24 Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns

Austin Hooper was been limited in practice due to a neck injury and could very well miss this week. If Hooper is out Harrison Bryant becomes TE26 between Dalton Schultz and Hayden Hurst. While David Njoku becomes TE30 between Kyle Rudolph and Anthony Firkser.

TE29 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Last week the Vikings were without Kyle Rudolph because of a foot issue. So far this week Rudolph has not practiced yet. It is very realistic for Rudolph to be out again for the second week in a row. If Rudolph is out Irv Smith Jr. would move up to TE12 between Robert Tonyan and Jared Cook.

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