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Fantasy Football Week 7 Tight End Rankings

Darren Waller

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that tight ends like Dalton Schultz and Dawson Knox will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the 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 Fantasy Football Week 7 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)

Key:
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 Travis Kelce* vs Tennessee Titans TE1
Must Start Darren Waller vs Philadelphia Eagles TE2
 Must Start Mark Andrews vs Cincinnati Bengals TE3
Starting TE1 Kyle Pitts vs Miami Dolphins TE4
Starting TE1 Mike Gesicki vs Atlanta Falcons TE5
Starting TE1 T.J. Hockenson* vs Los Angeles Rams TE6
Starting TE1 Rob Gronkowski* vs Chicago Bears TE7
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs Las Vegas Raiders TE8
Starting TE1 Noah Fant vs Cleveland Browns TE9
Starting TE1 Ricky Seals-Jones* vs Green Bay Packers TE10
Starting TE1 Tyler Higbee vs Detriot Lions TE11
TD Dependent Starter Hunter Henry vs New York Jets TE12
TD Dependent Starter Zach Ertz vs Houston Texans TE13
TD Dependent Starter Mo Alie-Cox vs San Francisco 49ers TE14
TD Dependent Starter C.J. Uzomah vs Baltimore Ravens TE15
Deep League Starter David Njoku vs Denver Broncos TE16
Deep League Starter Cole Kmet vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE17
Deep League Starter Robert Tonyan vs Washington Football Team TE18
Deep League Starter Austin Hooper vs Denver Broncos TE19
Deep League Starter Jonnu Smith vs New York Jets TE20
Deep League Starter Gerald Everett vs New Orleans Saints TE21
Leave on the Bench Ross Dwelley vs Indianapolis Colts TE22
Leave on the Bench Tommy Tremble vs New York Giants TE23
Leave on the Bench Mycole Pruitt vs Kansas City Chiefs TE24
Leave on the Bench Anthony Firkser vs Kansas City Chiefs TE25
Leave on the Bench Ian Thomas vs New York Giants TE26
Leave on the Bench Evan Engram vs Carolina Panthers TE27
Leave on the Bench Jordan Akins vs Arizona Cardinals TE28
Leave on the Bench Juwan Johnson vs Seattle Seahawks TE29
Leave on the Bench Cameron Brate vs Chicago Bears TE30
Leave on the Bench Hayden Hurst vs Miami Dolphins TE31
Leave on the Bench Jack Doyle vs San Francisco 49ers TE32
Leave on the Bench Will Dissly vs New Orleans Saints TE33
Leave on the Bench Pharaoh Brown vs Arizona Cardinals TE34
Leave on the Bench O.J. Howard* vs Chicago Bears TE35

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE1 Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Travis Kelce suffered a stinger when they played the Buffalo Bills two weeks ago. He played last week but the injury is still bothering him and limited him in practice Wednesday. If Kelce misses time the next man up in Kansas City will be a combination of Blake Bell and rookie Noah Gray.

TE6 T.J. Hockenson, Detriot Lions

T.J. Hockenson didn’t practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. This injury isn’t expected to hold him out this week but this is something to pay attention to. If Hockenson was to miss this week Darren Fells will slot in at TE27 between Evan Engram and Jordan Akins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight Ends: TE7 Rob Gronkowski & TE35 O.J. Howard

Two of Tampa Bay’s top tight ends are dealing with injuries this week. Rob Gronkowski has missed the past three weeks with a rib injury. Also O.J. Howard has dealt with an ankle injury. If both are inactive this weekend Cameron Brate moves up to TE20 between Jonnu Smith and Gerald Everett.

If Gronkowski is out and Howard is active Brate will move up to TE18 between Robert Tonyan and Austin Hooper. While Howard will move up to TE23 between Ross Dwelley and Tommy Tremble.

If Gronkowski is active and Howard is not Brate will rise up to TE29 between Jordan Akins and Juwan Johnson.

TE10 Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team

Ricky Seals-Jones missed practice Wednesday with a quadricep injury. If Seals-Jones misses this week against the Green Bay Packers one of John Bates, Sammis Reyes, or Jace Sternberger will replace him as Washington’s starting tight end.

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