Darren Waller's favorable matchup this week makes him the top choice at his position
Once again, I'm pretty aligned with the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) when it comes to the Week 13 fantasy tight end rankings. My rankings are nearly identical to the ECR, except for one tiny but possibly eyebrow-raising switch.
Instead of having Darren Waller as the No. 2 TE, I have him as my top option. Yes, that means I have him above Travis Kelce. And don't misunderstand, I like Kelce this week. A lot. But I think Waller beats him out this week.
Kelce takes on divisional foe Denver. The Broncos accepted their highly unusual and extremely challenging situation graciously last week, but I think they come out absolutely fired up to show the league that last week is not who they are. Furthermore, when Denver and Kansas City tangle, it is not like when they face teams outside of the division. Nothing goes as expected. Of course if it does, realize that Denver is giving up the 11th-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Kelce should still help your fantasy team, but don't count on a Kelce ceiling game.
Meanwhile, like the Broncos, I think the Raiders come out angry and with something to prove. And with Josh Jacobs questionable to play, I expect Las Vegas to lean heavily on their other stud, Waller. But the difference between the Raiders and the Chiefs this week is that the Raiders have the benefit of taking on the hapless Jets. The Jets are giving up the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
So the top TE against a tough pass defense or the No. 2 TE against one of the worst defenses? I'm going with option B.
Teams on bye: Carolina, Tampa Bay
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.