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2020 Draft Tiers -- PPR TEs

By Kevin English 9:08am EDT 8/27/20


The 2020 fantasy TE crop might be the deepest in league history. Let’s get right into the names comprising 7 different tiers.

(Note: You can view non-PPR TE rankings here)


Travis Kelce

George Kittle

No surprise here. Just 7 projected PPR points separate these 2.


Zach Ertz

Mark Andrews

Ertz jumps ahead of Andrews in PPR. Philly’s more pass-centric offense helps Ertz earn 128 projected targets; 84 catches. The Eagle has reached 100 targets in 5 straight seasons.

Andrews checks in with 112 targets and 74 catches.


Evan Engram

Darren Waller

Hunter Henry

Only 1 PPR point separates Engram and Waller. Given Engram’s injury history — and his target competition — Waller is the higher floor play.

Henry benefits from Mike Williams’ recent shoulder injury. Still, there’s plenty of uncertainty in a Tyrod Taylor/Justin Herbert QB room.


Tyler Higbee

Noah Fant

Jared Cook

Hayden Hurst

Higbee and Cook ended 2019 impressively. Higbee, of course, led all TEs in fantasy points over the final 5 weeks.


Blake Jarwin

Jonnu Smith

Austin Hooper

T.J. Hockenson

Rob Gronkowski

Jarwin leads this group in target projection (84). Smith, entering a contract year, tops the others in big-play upside. Factoring in price, they’re 2 of our favorite TE targets.

Gronk — projected for only 42 catches — takes a huge hit in PPR. Indications out of camp are that the Bucs could limit his snaps.


Mike Gesicki

Jack Doyle

Dallas Goedert

Chris Herndon

We wouldn’t feel great about any of these guys as weekly starters. Doyle at least profiles as a high floor option. Herndon supplies the breakout potential on a Jets offense starved for playmakers.


Irv Smith

Jace Sternberger

Eric Ebron

Ian Thomas

Tyler Eifert

Smith is reportedly working all over the formation in training camp. Smart move, as Minnesota’s paper thin at WR. “He has a skill set that we need to be able to utilize with the offense,” HC Mike Zimmer said this month.

Nobody else really pops here. We’ve pumped the breaks a bit on Sternberger, who’s been slow to earn a steady role in Green Bay’s needy offense.


Kyle Rudolph

Greg Olsen

Dawson Knox

C.J. Uzomah

Jimmy Graham

Trey Burton

Olsen’s missed 18 games over the past 3 seasons. We’re not sure there’s much left in the tank, but playing with Russell Wilson is a huge boon.

Knox, who trained with George Kittle this offseason, is a 2nd-year player Buffalo’s high on.

“Dawson had a good offseason, we do expect a year of growth, a year of development going from its first year to a second year," HC Sean McDermott said in training camp. “I’m really encouraged by the way that he’s approached things, by the way that he’s worked on his body this offseason from what it appears.”

If Stefon Diggs misses time, Knox could be a major beneficiary.

Burton’s already built some training camp buzz from HC Frank Reich. If the Colts’ WR corps battles injuries again, we’ll see a ton of Burton and Jack Doyle on the field together. First thing's first, though: Burton needs to recover from a calf strain sustained on August 29. He's iffy for Week 1.


Darren Fells

Taysom Hill

Logan Thomas

Vance McDonald

O.J. Howard

Gerald Everett

Consider these guys waiver wire watch list candidates. Thomas brings some deep sleeper appeal as Washington’s projected starter (and perhaps the team’s #3 target).


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