The 2021-22 NFL season has only one week left. There are a select few leagues that have their championship during Week 18. In a crucial week like this, it is important to have backup options on your fantasy roster because 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 due to injury or because a team’s playoff position is locked. Here are the fantasy football week 18 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 a 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||Mark Andrews||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE2|
|Starting TE1||T.J. Hockenson||vs Chicago Bears||TE3|
|Starting TE1||George Kittle||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Evan Engram||vs Tennesse Titans||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Darren Waller||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs New York Giants||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Dalton Schultz||vs Washington Commanders||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Pat Freiermuth||vs Cleveland Browns||TE9|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dawson Knox||vs New England Patriots||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||David Njoku||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Higbee||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Taysom Hill||vs Carolina Panthers||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Gerald Everett||vs Denver Broncos||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Noah Fant||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Juwan Johnson||vs Carolina Panthers||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Miami Dolphins||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Chigoziem Okonkwo||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Trey McBride||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Jelani Woods||vs Houston Texans||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Austin Hooper||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE22|
|Deep League Starter||Hayden Hurst||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Colby Parkinson||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Robert Tonyan||vs Detroit Lions||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Logan Thomas||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Akins||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Hunter Henry||vs Buffalo Bills||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Cade Otton||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Gesicki||vs New York Jets||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Tommy Tremble||vs New Orleans Saints||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Brock Wright||vs Green Bay Packers||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Foster Moreau||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Uzomah||vs Miami Dolphins||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah Likely||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE36|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Buffalo Bills||TE37|
|Leave on the Bench||Daniel Bellinger||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE38|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
New Orleans Saints Tight Ends: TE13 Taysom Hill & TE17 Juwan Johnson
Taysom Hill is questionable for New Orlean’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a back injury. Juwan Johnson is questionable for New Orlean’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a quad injury. If both Hill and Johnson miss this week’s game Adam Trautman will become the TE29 between Hunter Henry and Cade Otton.
If Hill is inactive but Johnson is active Johnson will move up to TE16 between Noah Fant and Tyler Conklin.
If Johnson is inactive but Hill is active Hill moves up to TE10 between Pat Freiermuth and Dawson Knox. Adam Trautman would become the TE37 between Isaiah Likely and Jonnu Smith.
TE35 C.J. Uzomah, New York Jets
C.J. Uzomah is questionable against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with an ankle injury. If Uzomah misses this week’s game Jeremy Ruckert would slot behind Tyler Conklin as New York’s second tight end.
TE37 Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots
Jonnu Smith is questionable for New England’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a concussion. If Smith doesn’t play this week then Hunter Henry could see more action this week and retains his TE29 ranking.