The wait has been longer than usual (no preseason games), but Week 1 of the NFL season is almost here, which means fantasy football is back too! Yes, you might still have to squeeze in another draft or get those last-minute pool entries submitted. I know I was nervous that we might not have a season, but it looks we are going to kick things off on schedule.
Week 1 fantasy football rankings are typically little more than a reflection of preseason rankings. So for the most part, I'm riding along with the ECR including my overall No. 1 ranked TE, George Kittle.
Not only do I have Kittle as my top tight end this week, but I also have him extremely high in my flex rankings too! But it's warranted. Do you remember how bad Arizona was against tight ends last year? To refresh your memory, they gave up the most fantasy points to TEs, and it was more than 60 points than the next worst team! The gap between them and the 31st-ranked (in this respect) Browns was bigger than the gap between the Browns and the next team on the list, the Bills (yes, you read that correctly). There have been some changes in personnel in Arizona, but more so on offense compared to the defensive side. And even if the Cardinals are just a little better, let's recall that Kittle is coming off a 1,000-yard season and will likely be the focal point of the 49ers' passing attack with injuries and question marks aplenty when it comes to the wide receivers.
I also am down on Tyler Higbee this year compared to the industry, which is reflected in my Week 1 rankings. Between Kittle and Higbee, we will see how I fare in my initial TE rankings for the 2020 season.
NFL TE Rankings: Week 1
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.