Week 3 Fantasy TE Rankings

Week 3 Fantasy TE Rankings

If you own Travis Kelce (vs. Chargers) or Darren Waller (vs. Dolphins), you’re probably not even reading Week 3 fantasy TE rankings, so we’re here to break down the guys that fall in line after him. At tight end, we always want to consider a defense’s fantasy points allowed against the position and red-zone touchdowns allowed, but since it’s only Week 3, we can only do so much of that. We will still consider it some, but we have to look at matchups and quarterback play to determine who to start and who to sit, especially in a year with virtually no breakouts or sleepers (yet).

Any of the defenses who played against T.J. Hockenson or a name listed above him in the rankings has given up plenty of fantasy points to tight ends. That doesn’t mean we can project Cole Kmet to be a TE1 against Cleveland simply because Travis Kelce had a field day against the Browns in the past, but we can look at similarly ranked tight ends and how they fared in this early part of the regular season. As always, standard leagues call for tight ends who do a lot with their receptions and are often end-zone targets.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Noah Fant (vs. Jets) and Jared Cook (@ Chiefs) are in the TE1 range this week, but for different reasons. Fant continues to be one of Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite targets and we always look to play guys vs. the Jets. Cook should be in line for a lot of targets as the Chiefs force teams to pass to keep up and tend to focus on taking away wide receivers. Tyrann Mathieu is there for Kansas City, but we can expect he’ll be in charge of keeping the likes of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in check more so than Cook.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

At tight end, a high-pass volume game is sometimes all we can ask for. Gerald Everett (vs. Vikings) and Evan Engram (if he plays vs. Atlanta) have some appeal, too, but they probably still sit on the bench unless you’re in deep leagues. It’s worth mentioning that although George Kittle (vs. Packers) has only amounted eight catches for 95 yards through the first two weeks, it’s not time to quit on him just yet. That said, you’re still starting him, but he may not be the elite tight end we’ve seen in the past this season. Stay tuned.

Among tight ends who move down this week, Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry prove to be ineffective so far in the early weeks of the regular season It looks like neither will completely separate themselves from one another, so while the offense is better with them in it, they cap each other’s ceilings. If you had to start one, Smith probably takes a slight edge, but either way, given the dearth of talent at this position, they’re still at least in the conversation for starting spots. Mike Gesicki (@ Raiders) is in a similar boat despite doing next to nothing so far.

Again, with no obvious breakouts and not enough critical information to make huge matchup-based shake-ups, our rankings are pretty boring. After we get another week or two of data, it will be much easier to project streamers as we move past the bona fide studs, but potential sleepers like Juwan Johnson (@ Patriots), Jack Doyle (@ Titans), Maxx Williams (@ Jaguars) are tough to trust for a variety of reasons, no matter how bad your drafted starter (or backup) has been.

We’ll be updating these TE rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy TE Rankings Week 3: Who to start at tight end

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

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