Week 1 Fantasy TE Rankings: Should-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight finish

Week 1 is at all times fairly vanilla in the case of rankings, regardless of the place. As a result of we do not have grasp on new offensive methods or defensive matchups, we’ve got to evaluate totally on expertise and monitor document. As such, our Week 1 fantasy TE rankings are fairly boring — George Kittle, Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, shrug, yawn, snore. You understand how it goes. In fact, you additionally know that a sleeper like Noah Fant might have a 40-yard landing or potential breakout like Mike Gesicki might get 10 targets, however except you drafted them as your starter, chances are high you’ve gotten a extra confirmed tight finish choice when making your begin ’em, sit ’em choices.

Tight finish is at all times a tough place as a result of “unhealthy defenses” may do an honest job at limiting TEs (presumably as a result of RBs or WRs are working throughout them) and good defenses is perhaps most susceptible in opposition to them. We checked out final yr’s fantasy factors per recreation (FPPG) allowed to TEs, however clearly we will solely take a lot from final yr. Arizona was traditionally unhealthy, whereas Washington, the Raiders, Seahawks, and Titans had been in a shut race for second worst. The Browns, Bucs, Cowboys,Texans, and Jaguars rounded out the highest 10. 

WEEK 1 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Large receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Some bona fide studs are going through these 10 groups, beginning with our high 4 — all of whom would probably be the highest 4 no matter opponent. Hayden Hurst (vs. Seahawks), Tyler Higbee (vs. Cowboys), and Jared Cook dinner (vs. Buccaneers) all get slight bumps up, however, once more, they had been all more likely to be began anyway. 

WEEK 1 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Operating again | Large receiver | Tight finish | D/ST | Kicker

Two of the TEs going through a a top-five protection in opposition to TEs final yr — Ravens, Vikings, Eagles, Jets, Panthers — had been probably drafted a starters. We nonetheless have Darren Waller (@ Panthers) within the high 10 as a result of he is a targets machine, however Austin Hooper (@ Ravens) has dropped due to not solely the matchup, but in addition questions on his position in a brand new offense. 

Until you’ve gotten a high man (and typically even when you have a high man), TE tends to be a boom-or-bust place. Given how little we find out about gamers and groups heading into Week 1 this yr, you can also make a case for nearly anybody in our high 20 to be began this week, relying in your different choices. Our recommendation is to play it secure when you have a top-10 man, however in the event you’re one of many homeowners in your league who actually waited on the place, go together with your intestine and hope for the perfect. It is 2020 — what might go fallacious?

Word: We’ll proceed to replace our tight finish rankings to all through the week, so examine again for updates and particular person participant evaluation.

Week 1 Fantasy TE Rankings (Customary)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues

Rank
Participant
1
George Kittle, SF vs. ARI
2
Travis Kelce, KC vs. HOU
three
Zach Ertz, PHI @ WAS
four
Mark Andrews, BAL vs. CLE
5
Hunter Henry, LAC @ CIN
6
Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. SEA
7
Evan Engram, NYG vs. PIT
eight
Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. DAL
9
Jared Cook dinner, NO vs. TB
10
Darren Waller, LV @ CAR
11
Jonnu Smith, TEN @ DEN
12
Jack Doyle, IND @ JAX
13
Eric Ebron, PIT @ NYG
14
Austin Hooper, CLE @ BAL
15
Rob Gronkowski, TB @ NO
16
Noah Fant, DEN vs. TEN
17
Ian Thomas, CAR vs. LV
18
T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. CHI
19
Mike Gesicki, MIA @ NE
20
Dallas Goedert, PHI @ WAS
21
Greg Olsen, SEA @ ATL
22
Chris Herndon, NYJ @ BUF
23
Blake Jarwin, DAL @ LAR
24
O.J. Howard, TB @ NO
25
Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. GB
26
Dawson Knox, BUF vs. NYJ
27
C.J. Uzomah, CIN vs. LAC
28
Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. GB
29
Darren Fells, HOU @ KC
30
Tyler Eifert, JAX vs. IND
31
Jace Sternberger, GB @ MIN
32
Taysom Hill, NO vs. TB
33
Jimmy Graham, CHI @ DET

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