The Week 13 fantasy tight end rankings bring us some great news: the bye weeks are over. That makes me want to jump on a horse and ride through town screaming, "The bye weeks are over! The bye weeks are over!"
So it's no British Invasion. However, this fact is particularly noteworthy for tight end because like last year, the position remains fairly thin. Unless you are in a 10-team league and have a pair of top TEs playing one another, say George Kittle and Mark Andrews (guilty as charged!) or Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, there is little reason to start two tight ends.
Even starting any two of the aforementioned four tight ends is a suspect decision. Hopefully, you have better flex options than that. Moreover, there is very little reason in a redraft league to carry more than one tight end on your roster at this point. If you had two good ones, hopefully you were (or are depending on your league's trade deadline) able to trade that second tight end for some helpful depth.
But if you are in a keeper league, I'd hold onto a second tight end. In one of my keeper leagues, for example, I own Kittle on an expiring contract, but I also have Noah Fant on my roster. I am excited to have him on my team, and yes, that's reflected in this week's rankings. Since the trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers, Fant is averaging seven targets per week. And targets are probably more critical to tight ends than any other position. Case in point: the top four tight ends so far this year are all averaging more than seven targets.
I was not high in 2019 on any of the rookie tight ends. But the prospects of 2020 second-year tight end Fant? More mouthwatering than the aromas from a Thanksgiving Day kitchen! Which reminds me, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
NFL TE Rankings: Week 13
— 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.
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