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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 17

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This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes and Covid-19 concerns. With starters Travis Kelce and Dallas Goedert sitting out this week championship teams fantasy teams could be largely affected and could force teams to start emergency options.
This week is the second week of championship week in a majority of leagues. Owners who 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.
Here are my tight end rankings for Week 17 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.
CategoryNameOpponentRanking
Must StartDarren Wallervs Denver BroncosTE1
Must StartMark Andrewsvs Cincinnati BengalsTE2
Must StartT.J. Hockensonvs Minnesota VikingsTE3
Must StartGeorge Kittlevs Seattle SeahawksTE4
Starting TE1Noah Fantvs Las Vegas RaidersTE5
Starting TE1Logan Thomasvs Philadelphia EaglesTE6
Starting TE1Hunter Henryvs Kansas City ChiefsTE7
Starting TE1Robert Tonyanvs Chicago BearsTE8
Starting TE1Irv Smith Jr.vs Detroit LionsTE9
Starting TE1Evan Engramvs Dallas CowboysTE10
TD Dependent StarterRob Gronkowskivs Atlanta FalconsTE11
TD Dependent StarterDalton Schultzvs New York GiantsTE12
TD Dependent StarterJimmy Grahamvs Green Bay PackersTE13
TD Dependent StarterJonnu Smithvs Houston TexansTE14
TD Dependent StarterMike Gesickivs Buffalo BillsTE15
TD Dependent StarterJared Cookvs Carolina PanthersTE16
TD Dependent StarterZach Ertzvs Washington Football TeamTE17
Deep League StarterCole Kmetvs Green Bay PackersTE18
Deep League StarterJordan Akinsvs Tennessee TitansTE19
Deep League StarterHayden Hurstvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE20
Deep League StarterVance McDonaldvs Cleveland BrownsTE21
Deep League StarterDan Arnoldvs Los Angeles RamsTE22
Deep League StarterDawson Knoxvs Miami DolphinsTE23
Deep League StarterAustin Hoopervs Pittsburgh SteelersTE24
Deep League StarterTrey Burtonvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE25
Leave on the BenchTyler Higbeevs Arizona CardinalsTE26
Leave on the BenchJack Doylevs Jacksonville JaguarsTE27
Leave on the BenchRichard Rodgersvs Washington Football TeamTE28
Leave on the Bench Jacob Hollistervs San Fransisco 49ersTE29
Leave on the BenchTyler Conklinvs Detroit LionsTE30
Leave on the BenchJordan Reedvs Seattle SeahawksTE31
Leave on the BenchTyler Eifertvs Indianapolis ColtsTE32
Leave on the BenchDrew Samplevs Baltimore RavensTE33
Leave on the BenchNick Keizervs Los Angeles ChargersTE34
Leave on the BenchCameron Bratevs Atlanta FalconsTE35
Leave on the BenchGerald Everettvs Arizona CardinalsTE36

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE18 Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears

This week in practice Cole Kmet suffered a shoulder injury. If he is unable to play Jimmy Graham will become a more interesting option this week for teams who do not have a definite starter at the position. His value doesn’t change much if Kmet is out.

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