The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. It has shown fantasy trends that have started to develop and show what could happen the rest of the season. Already some players have proven to be fantasy relevant while some fantasy stars have been alarmingly disappointing to this point. Injuries have started to mount up this season. 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 Week 4 fantasy football 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 Philadelphia Eagles||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE2|
|Must Start||T.J. Hockenson||vs Chicago Bears||TE3|
|Must Start||George Kittle*||vs Chicago Bears||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Logan Thomas||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Noah Fant||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews||vs Denver Broncos||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Rob Gronkowski*||vs New England Patriots||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Kyle Pitts||vs Washington Football Team||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Mike Gesicki||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Conklin*||vs Cleveland Browns||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dalton Schultz||vs Carolina Panthers||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jared Cook||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dallas Goedert||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jonnu Smith||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE16|
|Deep League Starter||Hunter Henry||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Dawson Knox||vs Houston Texans||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Pat Freiermuth||vs Green Bay Packers||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Robert Tonyan||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Austin Hooper||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Detriot Lions||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||Gerald Everett*||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Anthony Firkser||vs New York Jets||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Blake Jarwin||vs Carolina Panthers||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Zach Ertz||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Evan Engram||vs New Orleans Saints||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Jack Doyle*||vs Miami Dolphins||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Juwan Johnson||vs New York Giants||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Tommy Tremble||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Jordan Akins||vs Buffalo Bills||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Dan Arnold||vs Cincinnati Bengals||4.9 points|
|Leave on the Bench||Mo Alie-Cox||vs Miami Dolphins||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Adam Trautman||vs New York Giants||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||Will Dissly||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE36|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Rudolph||vs New Orleans Saints||TE37|
|Leave on the Bench||Maxx Williams||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE38|
|Leave on the Bench||Foster Moreau||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE39|
|Leave on the Bench||Cameron Brate||vs New England Patriots||TE40|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Uzomah||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||26.5 points|
|Leave on the Bench||David Njoku||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE42|
|Leave on the Bench||Hayden Hurst||vs New York Giants||TE43|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE4 George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle has been dealing with a sore calf that has held him out of practice the past two days. If he was to miss this important divisional game against the Seahawks that would be huge. If he is out Ross Dwelley would start for the 49ers but there are likely better options on the waiver wire than him to start this week.
TE8 Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This is a very important game this week for Rob Gronkowski because he is making his return to New England. However, he is dealing with a rib injury that has held him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday. It is unlikely that Gronkowski will miss this game. But if he was to miss this game Cameron Brate would likely start for Tampa Bay and move up to TE32 between Jordan Akins and Dan Arnold.
TE12 Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings’ tight end Tyler Conklin had a career game last week. However, he is dealing with a glute and elbow issue. If Conklin was to miss time Christopher Herndon would join the list at TE40 between Cameron Brate and Tyler Kroft.
TE23 Gerald Everett, Seattle Seahawks
Gerald Everett was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week. It is unlikely that he plays but has not been ruled out yet. If Everett misses this game Will Dissly will get the start and move up Everett’s slot at TE23.
TE29 Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Colts’ tight end Jack Doyle has been extremely solid for them for the last couple of seasons. He missed practice the past two days with a back injury. If Doyle misses this game against the Dolphins Mo Alie-Cox would get the start and move up to TE32 between Jordan Akins and Dan Arnold. Rookie Kylen Granson becomes an interesting name to keep an eye on in that game as well.