The 2022-23 NFL season began two weeks ago which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact and make some 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 3 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 Indianapolis Colts||TE1|
|Must Start||Mark Andrews||vs New England Patriots||TE2|
|Starting TE1||George Kittle*||vs Denver Broncos||TE3|
|Starting TE1||Darren Waller||vs Tennessee Titans||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Pat Freiermuth||vs Cleveland Browns||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Kyle Pitts||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Washington Commanders||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Logan Thomas||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Zach Ertz||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE10|
|Starting TE1||T.J. Hockenson*||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Gerald Everett||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Hayden Hurst*||vs New York Jets||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Evan Engram||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dawson Knox*||vs Miami Dolphins||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Irv Smith Jr.||vs Detroit Lions||TE17|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dalton Schultz||vs New York Giants||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Hunter Henry||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Noah Fant||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||David Njoku||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE22|
|Deep League Starter||Mike Gesicki||vs Buffalo Bills||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Cole Kmet||vs Houston Texans||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Austin Hooper||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Juwan Johnson||vs Carolina Panthers||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Kylen Granson||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah Likely*||vs New England Patriots||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Johnny Mundt||vs Detroit Lions||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||Cameron Brate||vs Green Bay Packers||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Brevin Jordan*||vs Chicago Bears||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Mo Alie-Cox||vs Denver Broncos||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Pharaoh Brown||vs Chicago Bears||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Harrison Bryant||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE35|
|Leave on the Bench||Taysom Hill*||vs Carolina Panthers||TE36|
|Leave on the Bench||Tommy Tremble||vs New Orleans Saints||TE37|
|Leave on the Bench||Jake Ferguson||vs New York Giants||TE38|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Uzomah*||vs Cleveland Browns||TE39|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE3 George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle missed San Francisco’s last two games because of a groin issue. He was limited in practice on Wednesday. If Kittle misses this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks Ross Dwelley would step in again as San Francisco’s starting tight end. But Dwelley should not be seen as anything more than a DFS dart throw.
TE11 T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury. If he misses this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings Brock Wright would start at tight end for Detroit. Wright can’t be trusted as more than desperation DFS play this week if he gets the start.
TE13 Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals
Hayden Hurst was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a groin injury. If Hurst misses this week against the New York Jets then Tyler Boyd would likely receive his middle-of-the-field targets.
TE15 Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Dawson Knox was held out of practice Wednesday with a foot injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Miami Dolphins Tommy Sweeney would get the start. Sweeney would slot in as TE28 between Isaiah Likely and Johnny Mundt.
TE28 Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
Isaiah Likely was limited in practice Wednesday because of a groin injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the New England Patriots then Nick Boyle would see more snaps at the Ravens’ second tight end.
TE31 Brevin Jordan, Houston Texans
Brevin Jordan missed practice Wednesday because of an ankle issue. If Jordan cannot play this week against the Chicago Bears then O.J. Howard joins the list TE35 between Harrison Bryant and Taysom Hill.
TE36 Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints
Taysom Hill was limited in practice Wednesday with a rib injury. If Hill misses this week’s game against the Carolina Panthers Adam Trautman would be expected to step up as the Saints’ second tight end.
TE39 C.J. Uzomah, New York Jets
C.J. Uzomah was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. If Uzomah misses this week against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, rookie Jeremy Ruckert would be New York’s second tight end.