Publish date:

Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Tight End Rankings 2018

Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce

Tight end may not be as a deep a position in fantasy football as wide receiver or even quarterback, but the good news is for the 2018 season is that there appear to be plenty of appealing options.

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski continues to lead the way, but even that's up for debate thanks to guys like Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz. Last season, Gronk stayed relatively healthy (played in 14 games), but Kelce basically matched him statistically speaking resulting in a virtual tie in fantasy scoring. Meanwhile Ertz should remain a primary target in the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles' passing attack, regardless of who is at quarterback.

Recommended Articles

Elsewhere at the position, many will be watching to see how the Jimmy Graham-Aaron Rodgers pairing works, but just remember the buzz surrounding Martellus Bennett when he was in the same position entering last season, and how that marriage turned out. Other key tight ends catching passes from new quarterbacks in 2018 include Kelce (Patrick Mahomes), Kyle Rudolph (Kirk Cousins), Jordan Reed (Alex Smith), and Trey Burton (Mitchell Trubisky).

With so many solid options there's no reason to reach for a tight end early in fantasy drafts, as even Gronk's days as a possible first-rounder are long gone. However, you still need to make sure you are covered at the position given the tight end's ever-expanding role in today's NFL offenses. Here are some rankings to help you sort out the options.

2018 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2018 Tight End Rankings

Rk

Player

Team

Bye

1

Rob Gronkowski

NE

11

2

Travis Kelce

KC

12

3

Zach Ertz

PHI

9

4

Greg Olsen

CAR

4

5

Evan Engram

NYG

9

6

Jimmy Graham

GB

7

7

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

10

8

Jordan Reed

WAS

4

9

Delanie Walker

TEN

8

10

Trey Burton

CHI

5

11

Jack Doyle

IND

9

12

George Kittle

SF

11

13

Cameron Brate

TB

5

14

Benjamin Watson

NO

6

15

David Njoku

CLE

11

16

Charles Clay

BUF

11

17

Austin Hooper

ATL

8

18

O.J. Howard

TB

5

19

Eric Ebron

IND

9

20

Jared Cook

OAK

7

21

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

JAC

9

22

Vance McDonald

PIT

7

23

Tyler Eifert

CIN

9

24

Ricky Seals-Jones

ARI

9

25

Ed Dickson

SEA

7

26

Gerald Everett

LAR

12

27

Hayden Hurst

BAL

10

28

Virgil Green

LAC

8

29

Vernon Davis

WAS

4

30

Ryan Griffin

HOU

10

31

Mike Gesicki

MIA

11

32

Luke Willson

DET

6

33

Antonio Gates

FA

 

34

Stephen Anderson

HOU

10

35

Jake Butt

DEN

10

36

Dallas Goedert

PHI

9

37

Tyler Kroft

CIN

9

38

Jesse James

PIT

7

39

Blake Jarwin

DAL

8

40

Dion Sims

CHI

5

41

Nick Vannett

SEA

7

42

Jonnu Smith

TEN

8

43

Tyler Higbee

LAR

12

44

Clive Walford

NYJ

11

45

Mark Andrews

BAL

10

46

Garrett Celek

SF

11

47

Nick Boyle

BAL

10

48

Josh Hill

NO

6

49

Jermaine Gresham

ARI

9

50

Adam Shaheen

CHI

5

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Athlon Sports’ 2018 Fantasy Football magazine, available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere.

Athlon Sports 2018 Fantasy Football Magazine