We talk about the struggle of the tight end position all the time, but through six weeks, it’s been even worse than expected. We’ve seen Travis Kelce have mild weeks, TJ Hockenson struggle, and George Kittle bust before he was injured. However, we have also seen some players emerge, most notably sleepers Dawson Knox and Dalton Schultz. In a cruel twist of fate, both are on bye this week. So, here’s to another weird week at the position and a thin set of Week 7 fantasy TE rankings.
We mentioned Schultz and Knox are off the table, but it’s also worth noting Jared Cook, Tyler Conklin, Dan Arnold, and Pat Freiermuth are out of commission, too. It’s not the flashiest group, but it slims down the potential streaming options.
As usual, there are no studs who should be benched this week with tough matchups. Even with a guy like Hockenson, it’s tough to bench him given the lack of depth at the position.
That said, we can use matchups to help us identify streamers. Unfortunately, at this point in the season, even most of the middle-of-the-pack TEs are heavily owned. The recently traded Zach Ertz (vs. Texans) is flying up in ownership, but if he’s available, it’s worth taking a chance on him in his first game as a Cardinal. Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Packers), Robert Tonyan (vs. Washington), Jonnu Smith (vs. Jets), Cole Kmet (@ Buccaneers), and Juwan Johnson (@ Seahawks) also have solid matchups, but Seals-Jones is the only guy who seems guaranteed to get a respectable number of targets. Still, you may have to play one of the other three in deep leagues with so many guys on a bye. Johnson, Kmet, and Tonyan carry more appeal in standard leagues than PPR.
Austin Hooper (vs. Broncos) and David Njoku (vs. Broncos) are in a tough spot, as Denver was a top-five defense against tight ends heading into Week 6. Mo Alie-Cox (@ 49ers) and Jack Doyle (@ 49ers) are in a similar spot as teammates with uphill battles, but it seems clear Alie-Cox is the guy to own between the two. Gerald Everett (vs. Saints) should be back for Week 7, but Geno Smith is now his QB and New Orleans is one of the top defenses against tight ends. It may seem like we’re getting into the weeds here with some of these bottom-tier TEs, but again, the position is thin and you might be forced to decide between a few of these guys.
If you’re looking for matchup-based streamers other than RSJ, C.J. Uzomah (@ Ravens) and Ross Dwelley (vs. Colts) might be your best bets, but they’re obviously risky options, too.
It’s worth noting Week 7 might be the time for Rob Gronkowski (vs. Bears) might be back, so that will help the position. The Ertz trade should mean Dallas Goedert gets more run, so that also helps.
Note: We’ll be updating these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for analysis and the latest player movement.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 7: Who to start at tight end
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ TEN|
|2||Darren Waller, LV vs. PHI|
|3||Mark Andrews, BAL vs. CIN|
|4||T.J. Hockenson, DET @ LAR|
|5||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. CHI|
|6||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. ATL|
|7||Kyle Pitts, ATL @ MIA|
|8||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ LV|
|9||Hunter Henry, NE vs. NYJ|
|10||Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. DET|
|11||Zach Ertz, ARI vs. HOU|
|12||Noah Fant, DEN @ CLE|
|13||Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS @ GB|
|14||C.J. Uzomah, CIN @ BAL|
|15||Evan Engram, NYG vs. CAR|
|16||Ross Dwelley, SF vs. IND|
|17||Jonnu Smith, NE vs. NYJ|
|18||Cole Kmet, CHI @ TB|
|19||Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ SF|
|20||Gerald Everett, SEA vs. NO|
|21||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB vs. WAS|
|22||David Njoku, CLE vs. DEN|
|23||Juwan Johnson, NO @ SEA|
|24||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. DEN|
|25||Hayden Hurst, ATL @ MIA|
|26||O.J. Howard, TB vs. CHI|
|27||Jack Doyle, IND @ SF|
|28||Ryan Griffin, NYJ @ NE|
|29||Adam Trautman, NO @ SEA|
|30||Pharaoh Brown, HOU @ ARI|
|31||Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. KC|
|32||Will Dissly, SEA vs. NO|