The 2021-22 NFL season has only four weeks left. Bye weeks are over which means the fantasy playoffs have begun in most standard leagues. This time of year COVID-19 is running rampant which makes it important to have backup options on your fantasy roster. On top of that injuries are continuing to mount up. 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 15 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||George Kittle*||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE1|
|Must Start||Mark Andrews||vs Green Bay Packers||TE2|
|Must Start||Travis Kelce||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE3|
|Must Start||Rob Gronkowski||vs New Orleans Saints||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Mike Gesicki||vs New York Jets||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Dawson Knox||vs Carolina Panthers||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Zach Ertz||vs Detroit Lions||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Kyle Pitts||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Washington Football Team||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Hunter Henry||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Pat Freiermuth||vs Tennessee Titans||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jared Cook||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Noah Fant||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||David Njoku*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Ricky Seals-Jones||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dalton Schultz||vs New York Giants||TE17|
|TD Dependent Starter||Gerald Everett||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE18|
|TD Dependent Starter||Foster Moreau||vs Cleveland Browns||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Austin Hooper*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Chicago Bears||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Brevin Jordan*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE22|
|Deep League Starter||C.J. Uzomah||vs Denver Broncos||TE23|
|Deep League Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Nick Vannett||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Evan Engram||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||James O’Shaughnessy||vs Houston Texans||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Marcedes Lewis||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Jack Doyle*||vs New England Patriots||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Ryan Griffin||vs Miami Dolphins||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||John Bates||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Geoff Swaim||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Brock Wright||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||Mo Alie-Cox||vs New England Patriots||TE36|
Changes that already occurred
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson missed last week with a hand injury. On Thursday Hockenson had thumb surgery that ended his 2021-22 season. Brock Wright will now step up as the Lions starting tight end the rest of the year. It would be advised to void Wright in standard fantasy formats.
Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Darren Waller has been considered week-to-week with a knee injury. He missed the past two games and will miss this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. So Foster Moreau becomes a fringe TE2 play with upside this week.
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE1 George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle was held out of practice Wednesday with knee soreness. It is unclear when or if he will return to practice this week. If Kittle is out this week against the Atlanta Falcons that means Ross Dwelley would join the list at TE26 between Nick Vannett and Evan Engram.
Cleveland Browns Tight Ends: TE16 David Njoku & TE20 Austin Hooper
David Njoku was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week. Austin Hooper was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week. It is unclear if Njoku can return before this week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. While it is unlikely that Hooper can return before the game. If only one of them is active this week then they will slot at TE13 between Hunter Henry and Pat Freiermuth. If neither is active and Harrison Bryant is the starter then he will slot in at TE18 between Ricky Seals-Jones and Dalton Schultz. If none of the three are active then Miller Forristall is an interesting DFS play.
TE22 Brevin Jordan, Houston Texans
Brevin Jordan was limited in practice Wednesday with a hand injury. If he is inactive against Jacksonville this week then Pharaoh Brown will slot in at TE30 between Marcedes Lewis and Jack Doyle.
TE30 Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Doyle was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury. If Doyle was not to play then Mo Alie-Cox would fill into Doyle’s TE31 slot against the New England Patriots.