The transition from the Week 14 fantasy tight end rankings to the Week 15 edition is more than just an additional week. I will stop complaining about the lack of talent at TE this year and instead look ahead to the potential of next year.
Because as I gaze towards next year, I really like what I see. Yes, Travis Kelce is probably my top TE for next year. However, the force that is George Kittle is making a push for top billing. Zach Ertz has probably fallen into the second tier, but that second tier is quite large. Furthermore, the gap between the top two tiers appears much smaller in 2020 than it was heading into '19.
Mark Andrews had his breakout year this year and is now firmly in that second tier. He is a top-five tight end. Austin Hooper doesn't have the dominant games like Kittle does. However, Hooper's floor might be the most reliable at the position. If Andrews is having a breakout year like the No. 1 overall soft drink, Coca-Cola, then Darren Waller is a very close No. 2, fantasy's version of Pepsi. Hunter Henry and Evan Engram need to prove they can stay healthy, but they have huge upsides in 2020. At the very bottom of the second tier is where I probably put Noah Fant, who I've discussed before, and he's certainly shown signs of becoming a reliable, week in, week out fantasy option.
And in addition to the old-timers (Greg Olsen, Jason Witten, Kyle Rudolph, and Jimmy Graham) who have all shown some utility, there are a bunch of young players I like for next year at TE. Dawson Knox and T.J. Hockenson are two that haven't done too much this year that I'd consider for 2020. Even Mike Gesicki is another, along with potential sleeper Kaden Smith, who has suddenly hit my radar. But there are still a few weeks left in this season, so for now, here are my Week 15 TE rankings.
NFL TE Rankings: Week 15
— 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.