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Fantasy Football Week 18 Tight End Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 18 Tight End Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has only one week left. Bye weeks have been over and the fantasy leagues that are still active 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. Also since a majority of teams have clinched their playoff spots teams will rest their starters this week. On top of all 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 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 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 Pittsburgh Steelers TE1
Must Start Travis Kelce vs Denver Broncos TE2
 Must Start George Kittle vs Los Angeles Rams TE3
Must Start Rob Gronkowski vs Carolina Panthers TE4
Starting TE1 Dalton Schultz vs Philadelphia Eagles TE5
Starting TE1 Darren Waller* vs Los Angeles Chargers TE6
Starting TE1 Zach Ertz vs Seattle Seahawks TE7
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert* vs Dallas Cowboys TE8
Starting TE1 Pat Freiermuth vs Baltimore Ravens TE9
Starting TE1 Kyle Pitts* vs New Orleans Saints TE10
Starting TE1 Noah Fant vs Kansas City Chiefs TE11
TD Dependent Starter Dawson Knox vs New York Jets TE12
TD Dependent Starter Mike Gesicki vs New England Patriots TE13
TD Dependent Starter Tyler Higbee vs San Francisco 49ers TE14
TD Dependent Starter Jared Cook vs Las Vegas Raiders TE15
TD Dependent Starter Gerald Everett vs Arizona Cardinals TE16
TD Dependent Starter Cole Kmet vs Minnesota Vikings TE17
TD Dependent Starter Hunter Henry vs Miami Dolphins TE18
TD Dependent Starter Tyler Conklin vs Chicago Bears TE19
TD Dependent Starter Cameron Brate vs Carolina Panthers TE20
Deep League Starter John Bates vs New York Giants TE21
Deep League Starter Brevin Jordan vs Tennessee Titans TE22
Deep League Starter Austin Hooper vs Cincinnati Bengals TE23
Deep League Starter Evan Engram vs Washington Football Team TE24
Deep League Starter James O’Shaughnessy* vs Indianapolis Colts TE25
Leave on the Bench David Njoku* vs Cincinnati Bengals TE26
Leave on the Bench Albert Okwuegbunam vs Kansas City Chiefs TE27
Leave on the Bench Geoff Swaim vs Houston Texans TE28
Leave on the Bench Mo Alie-Cox vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE29
Leave on the Bench Tyler Kroft vs Buffalo Bills TE30
Leave on the Bench Adam Trautman vs Atlanta Falcons TE31
Leave on the Bench Hayden Hurst vs New Orleans Saints TE32
Leave on the Bench C.J. Uzomah* vs Cleveland Browns TE33
Leave on the Bench Anthony Firkser vs Houston Texans TE34
Leave on the Bench Jonnu Smith vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE35

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE6 Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

Darren Waller was limited from a knee injury during Thursday’s practice. He has missed Las Vegas’ last five games. If Waller was unable to return this week against the Los Angeles Chargers then Foster Moreau would slot in at TE12 between Dawson Knox and Mike Gesicki.

TE8 Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Goedert was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week. If Goedert cannot play against the Dallas Cowboys this week then Jack Stoll would slot in at TE35 below Jonnu Smith.

TE10 Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. If Pitts cannot play this week against the New Orleans Saints then Hayden Hurst would move up to TE15 between Jared Cook and Gerald Everett.

TE25 James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars

James O’Shaughnessy last week’s game with a hip injury. If he misses this week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts then Luke Farrell would slot in at TE33 between C.J. Uzomah and Anthony Firkser.

TE26 David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

David Njoku missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals then Harrison Bryant would step into his TE26 slot.

TE33 C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

C.J. Uzomah didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday with both a hip and knee injury. If Uzomah misses this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns Drew Sample would be the TE35 below Jonnu Smith.

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