Tight end is already a shallow position, and the combination of weeks off and injuries makes the group even more difficult to grasp. It’s time to play the tight end streamer game, and our Week 6 fantasy TE rankings can help you identify the best options at waiver and free agency. As always, tight ends who are not the elite of the elite can always pass, but we’ll help you figure out who to start with.
Kyle Pitts is the most notable tight end affected by a Week 6 break. George Kittle’s 49ers are also on vacation, but have placed him in the IR with a calf injury. Juwan Johnson has had standard league broadcast appeal this year, and he also has the week off.
WEEK 6 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker
So with those options off the table, Mike Gesicki (@ Jaguars), Tyler Higbee (@ Giants) and Dawson Knox (@ Titans) are in the top 10 tight ends this week. The Giants and Jaguars have been in the bottom 10 in defense against TE this season, so there is a lot to like here. Tennessee has been No. 1 against tight ends, but let’s face it: the best TE they’ve ever faced has been Mo Alie-Cox or Maxx Williams. Their fantasy point figure allowed to tight ends is misleading, especially after they gave up a touchdown to Jacob Hollister in Week 5. Knox is also simply too hot to sit down. Ricky Seals-Jones (vs. KC), who was among Washington’s target leaders in Week 5, is also a legitimate broadcast option.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Dalton Schultz (@ Patriots), Tyler Conklin (@ Panthers) and Evan Engram (vs. Rams) appear to have tough matchups, though the Pats gave up a TE touchdown to the Texans last week. Schultz has been good enough to have to start anyway, but it will be an uphill battle for Conklin or Engram to produce something solid from a fantasy perspective unless they sneak in a receiving touchdown.
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Rob Gronkowski (@ Eagles) would obviously be a must-start if he’s active, and since he hasn’t been placed on IR, there’s a chance he’s playing through his rib injury. If he does come out again, Cameron Brate is always a boom or bust option thanks to Tampa’s powerful offense.
WEEK 6 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo!
The reality is that the tight end position is difficult to assess and fighting is everything. That said, don’t be surprised to see Gesicki just below the elite class of Travis Kelce (@ Washington), Darren Waller (@ Broncos) and TJ Hockenson (against Bengals). In standard leagues, you just expect a touchdown. It’s tough for many of the mid-group TE’s to even sniff 100 yards, so keep an eye out for red zone targets and tight ends allowed touchdowns when making your decisions to start, sit.
We will update these TE ratings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 6: Who to start with as a tight end
Classifications based on standard, not PPR punctuation
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ WHAT|
|2||Darren Waller, LV @ DEN|
|3||Mark Andrews, BAL vs. LAC. After being a flop in Week 1, Andrews has reestablished himself as an elite in recent weeks. He had drawn 33 goals in the last four weeks and has two 100-yard performances in his last three games. He won’t always have crazy production, but he’s one of the league’s most targeted tight ends, which means you have to start him. The Chargers defense has given up four touchdowns to tight ends and allowed David Njoku to go for 149 yards and a touchdown last week. This appears to be the weakness of his defense, making Andrews a top-five play.|
|Room||TJ Hockenson, DET vs. CIN|
|5||Mike Gesicki, MIA @ JAX. With George Kittle (calf) on rest and GO, Gesicki has his turn as a fantasy tight end in the top four this week. Jacksonville was absolutely smashed by CJ Uzomah for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4, and Gesicki has six or more goals in his last four games.|
|Sixth||Dawson Knox, BUF @ TEN. Knox looks like this year’s Robert Tonyan, but even more explosive. He’s already caught five touchdowns this season and is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Tennessee gave a touchdown to Jacob Hollister and 64 yards to Dan Arnold last week against Jacksonville, the first time all year the Titans allowed a TE to dent the end zone. or Over 20 receiving yards, we know Knox can be a tight end in the top five this week despite a statistically tough matchup.|
|Seventh||Zach Ertz, PHI v. TB. Tampa Bay is a Super Bowl contender, but apparently their high school is trying to change that. They have been lousy against WR and TEs and have suffered multiple injuries to the rear of their defense. Kyle Pitts, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry and Tyler Higbee scored a touchdown or racked up more than 70 yards on them. Ertz is one of Jalen Hurts’ main targets, especially with the Dallas Goedert placed on the COVID-19 protocol. It’s the best streaming of this week as the leading tight end.|
|Eighth||Noah Fant, DEN vs. LV. Fant has been inconsistent this year, but his talent only keeps him in the top six at a meager position. Las Vegas gave up touchdowns to Jared Cook and Donald Parham in Week 5 and allowed Mike Gesicki to score 86 yards against them in Week 3. Las Vegas has been strong against the WRs, but teams have been able to exploit their weak linebackers by feeding your players. tight ends.|
|9||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ NYG. The Giants haven’t given up on any crazy performances against tight ends, but they haven’t been particularly strong against the position, either. Juwan Johnson, Ricky Seals-Jones, Lee Smith and Albert Okwuegbunam have all scored against him. Matthew Stafford has watched Higbee’s path in the red zone six times, who is tied for fourth among tight ends. Based on the data, he should at least have a good chance of scoring his third touchdown of the season this week.|
|10||Hunter Henry, NE vs. DAL. Henry enjoyed his best game as a Patriot in Week 5, catching six of eight goals for 75 yards and a touchdown. He looks like the leading tight end in New England and will face a Dallas defense that gave up 90 yards and two touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski and 119 yards and a touchdown to Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz combined. This is a great opportunity for Henry to do a TE1 performance. Of course, Jonnu Smith could always have the better day of the two, so it’s worth considering as well, but it looks like Henry is getting more targets at deeper depths.|
|eleven||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ NE. New England is the best defense against fantasy tight ends, but let’s face it, the best TE they’ve ever faced was probably Cameron Brate. We’ll take his success against tight ends with a grain of salt and trust Schultz, who has six or more goals in four of five games and has three touchdowns to his name. He is strong in PPR and standard leagues.|
|12||Ricky Seals-Jones, WHAT vs. KC. We identified Seals-Jones last week as a solid potential streamer, but we weren’t sure if he would get a ton of looks. Turns out, he was Washington’s second-most objective player, behind only Terry McLaurin. He caught six of eight targets for 41 yards and stays with Kansas City this week, who just allowed 117 yards and a touchdown to Dawson Knox. RSJ has the right athleticism to take advantage of this game.|
|13||Jonnu Smith, NE vs. DAL. See Hunter Henry.|
|14||Tyler Conklin, MIN @ CAR. Conklin hasn’t done much since his Week 3 break, but the goals have been fairly regular (average of five per game), so he has more advantages than most tight ends. Carolina allowed two TE touchdowns in Week 4 and should have given up one last week if Dallas Goedert hadn’t lost it. There is some potential for boom or bust here.|
|fifteen||Dan Arnold, JAX vs. MIA. Arnold became a factor early in his career with the Jaguars, catching six of eight goals for 64 yards against the Titans. The Jaguars traded their 2020 first-round pick, CJ Henderson, for Arnold, so they obviously intend to include him on offense. Miami has been in the bottom half of the league against tight ends in fantasy. In particular, he gave a touchdown to Dawson Knox and two touchdowns to Mo Alie-Cox.|
|sixteen||Jared Cook, LAC @ BAL. Baltimore has given up the most fantasy points to tight end, but they’ve faced Darren Waller, TJ Hockenson and Travis Kelce. Cook is not at his level, but he is a respectable piece of the Electric Chargers offense. His only problem is that targets come and go for him. He has had three games with five or more goals and two games with only three goals. You’re in the start or sit bubble and can expect a boom or bust performance.|
|17||Evan Engram, NYG v. LAR. Interestingly, Engram saw his fewest goal total this season (4) but was most productive in Week 5. He caught all four goals for 55 yards at receiving end Mike Glennon. We’ll see if Daniel Jones (concussion) plays this week, but obviously Glennon felt comfortable looking at Engram. The Rams have given up four or more catches to five tight ends this season, so surely Engram can match or exceed that total with Saquon Barkley (ankle) not there to take the intermediate and shallow targets.|
|18||Cameron Brate, TB @ PHI|
|19||Mo Alie-Cox, IND v. HOU|
|Twentieth||CJ Uzomah, CIN @ DET|
|twenty-one||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB @ CHI|
|22||David Njoku, CLE vs. ARI|
|2. 3||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. ARI|
|24||Jack Doyle, IND vs. HOU|
|25||Gerald Everett, SEA @ PIT|
|26||Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. SEA|
|27||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. PIT|
|28||Blake Jarwin, DAL @ NE|
|29||OJ Howard, TB @ PHI|
|30||Eric Ebron, PIT vs. SEA|
|31||Pharaoh Brown, HOU @ IND|
|32||Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. BUF|
|33||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. GB|
|3. 4||Will Dissly, SEA @ PIT|