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Fantasy Football Week 1 Tight End Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 1 Tight End rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season is about to begin which means that fantasy football is back! Usually in the first week of the season fantasy football players tend to play the players they originally drafted to be their starters. However, since every week is important it would be irresponsible to start a player with a rough matchup over a player with a more favorable one because he was drafted to be a starter. Here are fantasy football week 1 tight end rankings.

*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.
Must StartTravis Kelcevs Cleveland BrownsTE1
Must StartGeorge Kittlevs Detriot LionsTE2
 Must StartMark Andrewsvs Las Vegas RaidersTE3
Must StartDarren Wallervs Baltimore RavensTE4
Starting TE1Kyle Pittsvs Philadelphia EaglesTE5
Starting TE1T.J. Hockensonvs San Fransisco 49ersTE6
Starting TE1Logan Thomasvs Los Angeles ChargersTE7
TD Dependent StarterRobert Tonyanvs New Orleans SaintsTE8
TD Dependent StarterDallas Goedertvs Atlanta FalconsTE9
TD Dependent StarterNoah Fant*vs New York GiantsTE10
TD Dependent StarterMike Gesickivs New England PatriotsTE11
TD Dependent StarterJonnu Smithvs Miami DolphinsTE12
TD Dependent StarterTyler Higbeevs Chicago BearsTE13
TD Dependent StarterHunter Henry*vs Miami DolphinsTE14
TD Dependent StarterRob Gronkowskivs Dallas CowboysTE15
Deep League StarterAnthony Firkservs Arizona CardinalsTE16
Deep League StarterAustin Hoopervs Kansas City ChiefsTE17
Deep League StarterJared Cookvs Washington Football TeamTE18
Deep League StarterJack Doylevs Seattle SeahawksTE19
Deep League StarterZach Ertzvs Atlanta FalconsTE20
Deep League StarterAdam Trautman*vs Green Bay PackersTE21
Deep League StarterEvan Engram*vs Denver BroncosTE22
Deep League StarterCole Kmetvs Los Angeles RamsTE23
Leave on the BenchHayden Hurstvs Philadelphia EaglesTE24
Leave on the BenchEric Ebronvs Buffalo BillsTE25
Leave on the BenchGerald Everettvs Indianapolis ColtsTE26
Leave on the BenchKyle Rudolphvs Denver BroncosTE27
Leave on the BenchMo AIe-Coxvs Seattle SeahawksTE28
Leave on the BenchDan Arnoldvs New York JetsTE29
Leave on the BenchChristopher Herndonvs Cincinnati BengalsTE30
Leave on the BenchJimmy Grahamvs Los Angeles RamsTE31
Leave on the BenchJordan Akinsvs Jacksonville JaguarsTE32
Leave on the BenchPat Freiermuthvs Buffalo BillsTE33
Leave on the BenchWill Disslyvs Indianapolis ColtsTE34
Leave on the BenchBlake Jarwinvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE35
Leave on the BenchC.J. Uzomahvs Minnesota VikingsTE36
Leave on the BenchDawson Knoxvs Pittsburgh SteelersTE37
Leave on the BenchTyler Kroftvs Carolina PanthersTE38
Leave on the BenchO.J. Howardvs Dallas CowboysTE39
Leave on the BenchAlbert Okwuegbunamvs New York GiantsTE40
Leave on the BenchDalton Schultzvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE41
Leave on the BenchFoster Moreauvs Baltimore RavensTE42
Leave on the BenchDonald Parham Jr.vs Washington Football TeamTE43

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE10 Noah Fant & TE40 Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos

Both Broncos tight ends Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam were limited in practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. Fant is expected to be ready for the Broncos’ Week 1 matchup against the Giants. However, if he was to miss that game Okwuegbunam would be the TE16 on the week between Anthony Firkser and Austin Hooper. If Okwuegbunam misses this week’s game, there is no major fantasy impact for the rest of the Broncos’ tight ends.

TE14 Hunter Henry, New England Patriots

The New England Patriots signed two tight ends two major contracts this offseason in Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. It is unclear to this point which of the two will be the 1A of the team’s tight end group and receiving core as a whole. Smith may have a head start on Henry because he missed the whole preseason due to a shoulder injury. This also puts some doubt into whether Henry will be ready for Week 1 or not. At this point, Henry appears to be on track to play in the team’s opener against the Miami Dolphins. However, if Henry were to miss this week Smith would jump up to TE10 on the week between Dallas Goedert and Noah Fant.

TE21 Adam Trautman, New Orleans Saints

A popular sleeper to emerge out of the New Orleans Saints offense this upcoming season is 2020 third-round pick Adam Trautman. Now that Jared Cook is a member of the Los Angeles Chargers, Trautman appears to be the next in line to be the Saints starting tight end. Also seeing that the Saints receiving core is depleted of high-end talent he could very well emerge as the team’s second or third most targetted player in this offense. During the preseason Trautman avoided a major ankle injury that could have had him missing up to three weeks. Instead, he appears to be on track to play Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. If the Saints were to rest Trautman Juwan Johnson would start for New Orleans. There has been a lot of chatter about Johnson’s performance in camp. If given the opportunity he could steal the starting tight end job. So if Trautman were to miss this week Johnson would slot in at TE29 between Dan Arnold and Christopher Herndon.

TE22 Evan Engram, New York Giants

The New York Giants loaded up on weapons this offseason bringing in Kenny Golladay, Karadius Toney, and Kyle Rudolph to their offense. Rudolph signed a two-year $12 million deal with the Giants. This created the belief that he could be the 1B tight end instead of the TE2 in New York. It appears that the Giants are ready to move off of Engram and next season Rudolph make take his spot at the team’s number one tight end. But for right now the two will be sharing the field together. Engram did not practice both Wednesday or Thursday because of a calf issue. This likely means that he could miss the season opener against the Denver Broncos. If that is the case Rudolph becomes the TE21 between Zach Ertz and Adam Trautman.

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