Reliable tight ends are always a scarce commodity in fantasy football. With PPR formats, there’s a little more hope for productive weeks. Outside of the top tier TEs in our Fantasy 2021 rankings, the position is often used as a midfield safety blanket or a target for the red zone, but that creates more value and potential sleepers in point-per-reception formats every week >
The guys at the top consist of Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and George Kittle. Waller may even have the rare chance to challenge Kelce as TE1 as the volume is the same (both had 145 goals last year). T. J. Hockenson and Kyle Pitts, who are up the leaderboard from our standard rankings, have the chance to join them as tight ends who finish first or second on their teams’ goals.
Besides these five and maybe Mark Andrews, the tight end position will likely fluctuate a lot from week to week. The difference in total fantasy points between the very best and the rest is astronomical. Last season Waller took second place in total fantasy points among tight ends in the PPR formats. Robert Tonyan landed in 3rd place – a whopping 102 points behind Waller.
Of course, touchdown receptions always have a big impact on the position – see Robert Tonyan – but touchdowns are difficult to predict from year to year. Last season’s Tonyan could be this year’s Tyler Higbee … or Anthony Firkser … or Cole Kmet … or a number of other similarly experienced TEs.
Besides, Taking a look at the strength of the schedule and weekly matches is an advantage if you are unable to land one of the aces at the start of the draft. Many fantasy owners choose to stream tight ends week after week, keeping a close eye on the waiver wire for cheap matchups against defenses that have proven weak versus position. It’s okay to wait for TE when the major bottlenecks pass you by, especially PPR. Focus on solid, determined middle-class players like Logan Thomas or Dallas Goedert or Sleepers who are expected to see a good number of targets – Blake Jarwin, Irv Smith Jr., Jared Cook – you can get by without costing you almost as much. If you’re lucky enough to meet a guy who hits the end zone frequently, you’re really ahead of the game.
We’re going to adjust this TE PPR leaderboard and provide further analysis from now through week 1, so check back for updates. For individual player analyzes, visit our Standard league TE rankings .
2021 Fantasy TE PPR rankings
Rankings are based on full-point PPR rating Formats
Rank Player 1 Travis Kelce, Chiefs 2 Darren Waller, Raiders 3 George Kittle, 49er 4 Kyle Pitts, Falken 5 TJ Hockenson, Lions 6 Mark Andrews, Rav ens 7 Noah Fant, Broncos 8 Dallas Goedert, Eagles 9 Logan Thomas, Washington 10 Tyler Higbee, Rams 11 Mike Gesicki, Delfine 12 Robert Tonyan Jr., Packers 13 Blake Jarwin, Cowboys 14 Jonnu Smith, Patriots 15 Irv Smith Jr., Vikings 16 Jared Cook, chargers 17 Hunter Henry, Patriots 18 Rob Gronkowski, privateer 19 Evan Engram, Giants 20 Anthony Firkser, Titans 21 Austin Hooper, Browns 22 Cole Kmet, BÃ¤ren 23 Zach Ertz, Adler 2 4 Gerald Everett, Seahawks 25 O.J. Howard, privateer 26 Eric Ebron, Steelers 27 Adam Trautman, saint 28 Chris Herndon, Jets 29 Hayden Hurst, Falken 30 Jimmy Graham, Bears 31 Dawson Knox, invoices 32 Ian Thomas, Panthers 33 Jordan Akins, Texan 34 Kyle Rudolph, Giants 35 Jack Doyle, Colts 36 CJ Uzomah, Bengal 37 Pat Freiermuth, Steelers 38 Will Dissly, Seahawks 39 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos 40 Dan Arnold, Panthers 41 Nick Vannett, saint 42 Mo Alie-Cox , Colts 43 Dalton Schultz, Cowboys 44 David Njoku, Browns 45 Nick Boyle, Ravens 46 Luke Farrell, Jaguars 47 Maxx Williams, Cardinals 48 Harrison Bryant, Browns 49 Drew Sample, Bengals 50 Tyler Conklin, Vikings