The fantasy football tight end pool may be getting deeper when looking at the 2022 season. If anything, there's no longer just one big fish swimming solo.
Travis Kelce had dominated the position for the past five years before Mark Andrews came and stole some of his thunder last year. Andrews led all tight ends in fantasy scoring and he should be just as productive this season, especially with wide receiver Marquise Brown now in Arizona.
But Kelce still remains the top dog based on his run of six straight seasons with 1,000 receiving yards. His numbers also could actually go up from last year (92 rec., 1,125 yds., 9 TDs) since Tyreek Hill was traded to Miami. That doesn't necessarily make Kelce a lock as a first-round pick in fantasy drafts, but don't be surprised if he goes that early either.
If you miss out on Kelce, there are still plenty of appealing options to pick from. Kyle Pitts was everything advertised as a rookie, and his numbers should only go up, although there are questions about Atlanta's quarterback position. Darren Waller saw his numbers go down in 2021, but he could be poised for a big bounce-back season, especially with Davante Adams as his new running mate. And don't forget about Dallas Goedert, T.J. Hockenson, George Kittle, or Dalton Schultz either.
There also could be a young tight end ready to break out in a big way with Cole Kmet, Irv Smith Jr., Pat Freiermuth, or Albert Okwuegbunam as potential candidates. So even though Kelce or Andrews may be considered the biggest prizes at tight end, there are plenty of other guys that could help your fantasy team win a championship in 2022, even if the now-retired Rob Gronkowski isn't one of them.