Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Tight End Rankings 2018

For the second straight season, Travis Kelce led all tight ends in receptions

New England Patriots TE Rob GronkowskiTight 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.

 

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.

 

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

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