The 2021-22 NFL season began last week which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact some and make risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. Here are fantasy football week 1 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 Baltimore Ravens||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE2|
|Must Start||George Kittle||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE3|
|Must Start||T.J. Hockenson||vs Green Bay Packers||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Noah Fant||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Logan Thomas||vs New York Giants||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs San Fransisco 49ers||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Jared Cook||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Rob Gronkowski||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE10|
|Starting TE1||Kyle Pitts||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Robert Tonyan||vs Detriot Lions||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Higbee||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jonnu Smith||vs New York Jets||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE15|
|Deep League Starter||Dalton Schultz||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE16|
|Deep League Starter||Adam Trautman||vs Carolina Panthers||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Hunter Henry||vs New York Jets||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Austin Hooper||vs Houston Texans||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Juwan Johnson||vs Carolina Panthers||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Gerald Everett||vs Tennessee Titans||TE21|
|Leave on the Bench||Mike Gesicki||vs Buffalo Bills||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||David Njoku||vs Houston Texans||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Conklin||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Jack Doyle||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Hayden Hurst||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Eric Ebron||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Will Dissly||vs Tennessee Titans||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Anthony Firkser*||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Mo Alie-Cox||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Ertz*||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Pharoah Brown*||vs Cleveland Browns||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Pat Freiermuth||vs Buffalo Bills||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Blake Jarwin||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Uzomah||vs Chicago Bears||TE36|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Rudolph||vs Washington Football Team||TE37|
|Leave on the Bench||James O’Shaughnessy||vs Denver Broncos||TE38|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Kroft||vs New England Patriots||TE39|
|Leave on the Bench||Dawson Knox||vs Miami Dolphins||TE40|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Akins||vs Cleveland Browns||TE41|
|Leave on the Bench||Jimmy Graham||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE42|
|Leave on the Bench||Christopher Herndon IV||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE43|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE29 Antony Firkser, Tennessee Titans
Titans’ tight end Anthony Firkser has been dealing with a knee issue. If he were to miss time Geoff Swaim would become TE40 between Dawson Knox and Jordan Akins.
TE31 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
During the week one game with the Atlanta Falcons, Zach Ertz tweaked his hamstring. The Eagles are planning to give Ertz a light week so he is ready for the game this weekend. If Ertz misses this week Dallas Goedert confirms his status as a top-10 play this week.
TE32 Pharoah Brown Houston Texans
Last week Pharoah Brown emerged as a receiving threat for the Texans’ offense. However, he is deal with both a shoulder and ankle issue. If Brown were to miss this game Jordan Akins would boost up to 35 between Blake Jarwin and C.J. Uzomah.