The 2021-22 NFL season is just past its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means that tight ends like Cole Kmet and Evan Engram will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 10 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 Start||Travis Kelce||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE2|
|Must Start||Kyle Pitts||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE3|
|Must Start||T.J. Hockenson||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE4|
|Starting TE1||George Kittle||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Mike Gesicki||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews||vs Miami Dolphins||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Noah Fant||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Pat Freiermuth||vs Detriot Lions||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Dan Arnold||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE10|
|Starting TE1||Rob Gronkowski*||vs Washington Football Team||TE11|
|Starting TE1||Dawson Knox*||vs New York Jets||TE12|
|Starting TE1||Logan Thomas*||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE13|
|Starting TE1||Dalton Schultz||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE14|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Denver Broncos||TE15|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE17|
|TD Dependent Starter||Zach Ertz||vs Carolina Panthers||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Jared Cook||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Adam Trautman||vs Tennessee Titans||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Hunter Henry||vs Cleveland Browns||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Geoff Swaim||vs New Orleans Saints||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||David Njoku||vs New England Patriots||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Mo Alie-Cox||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Cleveland Browns||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Josiah Deguara||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Austin Hooper||vs New England Patriots||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Gerald Everett||vs Green Bay Packers||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Ryan Griffin||vs Buffalo Bills||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Donald Parham Jr.||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Mycole Pruitt||vs New Orleans Saints||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Jack Doyle||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Cameron Brate||vs Washington Football Team||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Hayden Hurst||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Ricky Seals-Jones||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||Tommy Tremble||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE36|
|Leave on the Bench||Stephen Anderson||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE37|
|Leave on the Bench||O.J. Howard||vs Washington Football Team||TE38|
TE11 Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rob Gronkowski has been dealing with a back issue that kept him out of practice the past two days. It is uncertain whether Gronkowski will play this week or not. If Gronkowski doesn’t play this week against Washington, Cameron Brate moves up to TE21 between Hunter Henry and Geoff Swaim. O.J. Howard would move to TE35 between Hayden Hurst and Ricky Seals-Jones.
TE12 Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Dawson Knox could potentially return from a broken hand this week. However if he doesn’t play against the New York Jets Tommy Sweeney would become the TE23 between David Njoku and Mo Alie-Cox.
TE13 Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team
Logan Thomas could potentially return from injured reserve this week. However if he doesn’t not return this week against Tampa Bay Ricky Seals-Jones would move up to TE14 between Dalton Schultz and Dallas Goedert.
TE25 Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots
Jonnu Smith left last week’s game against Carolina with a shoulder injury. That injury caused Smith to be limited in practice on Wednesday. This is something for managers who start Smith in deeper leagues to pay attention through during the week.