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Fantasy Football Week 17 Tight End Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 17 Tight End Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has only two weeks left. Bye weeks are over and a majority of leagues are in their fantasy championship. 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 17 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.


Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Mark Andrews vs Los Angeles Rams TE1
Must Start Travis Kelce vs Cincinnati Bengals TE2
 Must Start George Kittle vs Houston Texans TE3
Must Start Rob Gronkowski vs New York Jets TE4
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs Washington Football Team TE5
Starting TE1 Kyle Pitts vs Buffalo Bills TE6
Starting TE1 Tyler Higbee vs Baltimore Ravens TE7
Starting TE1 Dawson Knox vs Indianapolis Colts TE8
Starting TE1 Zach Ertz vs Dallas Cowboys TE9
Starting TE1 Mike Gesicki vs Tennessee Titans TE10
Starting TE1 Dalton Schultz vs Arizona Cardinals TE11
TD Dependent Starter Gerald Everett vs Detroit Lions TE12
TD Dependent Starter Foster Moreau vs Indianapolis Colts TE13
TD Dependent Starter Tyler Conklin* vs Green Bay Packers TE14
TD Dependent Starter Pat Freiermuth* vs Cleveland Browns TE15
TD Dependent Starter Noah Fant vs Los Angeles Chargers TE16
TD Dependent Starter C.J. Uzomah vs Kansas City Chiefs TE17
TD Dependent Starter Hunter Henry vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE18
TD Dependent Starter Jared Cook vs Denver Broncos TE19
TD Dependent Starter Cole Kmet vs New York Giants TE20
TD Dependent Starter Ricky Seals-Jones vs Philadelphia Eagles TE21
TD Dependent Starter Brevin Jordan vs San Francisco 49ers TE22
Deep League Starter Austin Hooper vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE23
Deep League Starter Cameron Brate vs New York Jets TE24
Deep League Starter John Bates vs Phialdelphia Eagles TE25
Leave on the Bench David Njoku vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE26
Leave on the Bench Albert Okwuegbunam vs Los Angeles Chargers TE27
Leave on the Bench Jack Doyle* vs Las Vegas Raiders TE28
Leave on the Bench Evan Engram vs Chicago Bears TE29
Leave on the Bench James O’Shaughnessy* vs New England Patriots TE30
Leave on the Bench Adam Trautman vs Carolina Panthers TE31
Leave on the Bench Tyler Kroft* vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE32
Leave on the Bench Mo Alie-Cox vs Las Vegas Raiders TE33
Leave on the Bench Geoff Swaim vs Miami Dolphins TE34
Leave on the Bench Jonnu Smith vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE35

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE14 Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings

Tyler Conklin didn’t practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. If he misses this week’s game against the Green Bay Packers then Chris Herndon would start at tight end for Minnesota and slot in at TE32 between Adam Trautman and Tyler Kroft.

TE15 Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pat Friermuth missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a concussion. If he misses this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns then Zach Gentry would slot in at TE35 above Jonnu Smith.

TE28 Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Jack Doyle missed practice Wednesday Wednesday with both a knee and ankle injuries. If he misses this week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders then Mo Alie-Cox moves up to TE26 between John Bates and David Njoku.

TE30 James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars

James O’Shaughnessy missed practice Wednesday with a hip injury. If he misses this week’s game against the New England Patriots then Kahale Warring would be the Jaguars only tight end that is healthy and not on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

TE32 Tyler Kroft, New York Jets

Tyler Kroft was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. If he misses this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers then Daniel Brown or Kenny Yeboah would start at tight end for the Jets.

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