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Updated: 8:32am EST 1/19/22
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Team Rank Name ADP Seasons Played DS Analysis
1 1 Kyle Pitts, TE ATL N/A 0 At 6’6, 240 pounds, Pitts is essentially a hulked up WR. He dominated at Florida with 43-770-12 in just 8 games last season. We love his fit with new Falcons HC Arthur Smith. The uber-athletic 1st rounder also doesn’t turn 21 until October.
2 2 Mark Andrews, TE BAL N/A 3 Andrews, 26, enters a contract year. He’s finished as a top-6 PPR TE in 2 straight seasons. 2021 brings on stiffer target competition following the additions of Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins.
3 3 George Kittle, TE SF N/A 4 Kittle will look to rebound from an injury-plagued 2020. Only 27, the dynamic TE is signed through the 2025 season.
4 4 Travis Kelce, TE KC N/A 8 Kelce’s finished as the PPR TE1 in 5 straight seasons. He turns 32 in October, but it's easy to see him aging well alongside Patrick Mahomes.
5 5 Dallas Goedert, TE PHI N/A 3 A high-ankle sprain got in the way last year, but Goedert set a new career high with 10.6 PPR points per game -- good for 8th among TEs. At 26 years old, he should still be on the ascent. And Zach Ertz isn't long for Philadelphia.
6 6 T.J. Hockenson, TE DET N/A 2 With 101-67-723-6, Hockenson took a sizable year 2 jump. He’ll have an opportunity for even more in 2021. The Lions can keep the 24-year-old under contract through the 2023 season.
7 7 Darren Waller, TE LVR N/A 6 Waller’s posted back to back 1,100-yard seasons. He hasn’t missed a game over that stretch. He turns 29 in September, but Waller — just a 2-year starter — doesn’t have the mileage of most TEs his age.
8 8 Noah Fant, TE DEN N/A 2 Fant was a good-looking prospect coming out of Iowa and has turned in 2 promising seasons to open his pro career. He's a prime 3rd-year breakout candidate, so this might be your last chance to buy at a reasonable price. Fant turns 24 in November,.
9 9 Pat Freiermuth, TE PIT N/A 0 The clear TE2 in this class. Freiermuth got 2nd-round draft capital and joins a Steelers team that has Eric Ebron signed for only 1 more season. There’s a good chance Freiermuth is Pittsburgh’s starter by 2022. The question is who will be throwing him the rock at that point.
10 10 Dawson Knox, TE BUF N/A 2
11 11 Irv Smith, TE MIN N/A 2 Smith has flashed through his first 2 NFL seasons and now gets his biggest opportunity yet with Kyle Rudolph out of the way. Smith, the 50th overall pick of the 2019 draft, is still only 23.
12 12 Dalton Schultz, TE DAL N/A 3
13 13 Mike Gesicki, TE MIA N/A 3 Gesicki has improved his fantasy production in each of his first 3 NFL seasons. He's currently scheduled to hit free agency next offseason but should find a nice pass-catching role wherever he ends up. Gesicki turns 26 in October.
14 14 Tyler Higbee, TE LAR N/A 5 Higbee’s incredible end to the 2019 season never carried over into 2020. Only 28, he at least faces less TE target competition following the departure of Gerald Everett. And Matthew Stafford should provide a sizable, immediate upgrade on Jared Goff. Higbee is signed through the 2023 season.
15 15 Hunter Henry, TE NE N/A 5 Henry caught a career-high 60 balls in 2020. Then he signed a 3-year deal with an average annual value of $12.5 million. That’s tied for the 3rd-most cash among TEs — right alongside new teammate Jonnu Smith. Volume might be an issue in 2021 — but note that Henry’s only 27 (in December). He’s signed with New England through the 2023 season.
16 16 Cole Kmet, TE CHI N/A 1 Kmet was held back by a stagnant offense in 2020, but the arrival of Justin Fields gives hope to this unit’s long-term potential. While Jimmy Graham remains on the roster, Kmet projects as the lead TE this fall. HC Matt Nagy said in July that he expects an increased role for the Notre Dame product. There’s long-term top-10 upside for Kmet.
17 17 Zach Ertz, TE ARI N/A 8 Ertz’s future in Philly remains in limbo. The 31-year-old (in December) is coming off a career-low 11 games played and a lowly 36-335-1 line. His days of being a high-volume asset are over.
18 18 Gerald Everett, TE SEA N/A 4 Everett never emerged as the clear lead TE for the Rams. But that’s the role he should hold this fall — especially with former coach Shane Waldron now calling plays for Seattle. The team’s thin WR depth also opens up immediate opportunities. At 27, Everett is just signed for 2021.
19 19 David Njoku, TE CLE N/A 4
20 20 Evan Engram, TE NYG N/A 4 Engram played all 16 games last year and even ranked 4th among TEs in targets. Yet he sank to TE14 because of only 2 total scores. The 27-year-old enters a contract season with increased target competition and persistent QB concerns.
21 21 Adam Trautman, TE NO N/A 1 Trautman was quiet as a rookie (15 catches on 16 targets) but showed enough to earn the starting job in year 2. The Dayton product brings plus size and savvy route running — and he projects for a sizable role given New Orleans’ issues at WR. We’ll see about the QB position, though.
22 22 Rob Gronkowski, TE TB N/A 11 Gronk was respectable in his first year out of retirement (45-623-7, TE8 numbers). He also played all 16 games. At 32, his playing career will likely be determined year-to-year alongside Tom Brady.
23 23 Logan Thomas, TE WAS N/A 7 Thomas broke out last year with 72-670-6 on 110 targets. 2021 brings about stiffer target competition, while Thomas — a former college QB — is already 30. He’s signed through the 2024 season.
24 24 Austin Hooper, TE CLE N/A 5 Hooper’s 2020 was derailed by appendicitis. Now healthy, he’s looking to show why the Browns handed him $20 million guaranteed in 2020. HC Kevin Stefanski said in July that he expects the 26-year-old’s role to grow. Cleveland, however, will remain run-heavy, putting a premium on efficiency and TD scoring.
25 25 Albert Okwuegbunam, TE DEN N/A 1
26 26 Dan Arnold, TE JAC N/A 3
27 27 O.J. Howard, TE TB N/A 4 Howard missed most of last season with a torn Achilles. He out-targeted Rob Gronkowski through the first 4 games, but questions will persist about Howard’s post-injury effectiveness given the seriousness of Achilles tears. 2021 is a contract year for the 26-year-old.
28 28 Brevin Jordan, TE HOU N/A 0
29 29 Mo Alie-Cox, TE IND N/A 3 Alie-Cox enjoyed a career-year in 2020, but it still wasn’t much: 31 catches, 394 yards and 2 TDs. Jack Doyle returns, though, while the Colts have routinely talked up rookie TE Kylen Granson. The uber-athletic Alie-Cox is slated for free agency next spring.
30 30 Tyler Conklin, TE MIN N/A 3
31 31 Jonnu Smith, TE NE N/A 4 Playing through injury, Jonnu didn’t deliver the major 2020 breakout many had hoped. Yet he still set career highs in targets (65), catches (41), yards (448) and TDs (8). The Pats clearly have high hopes here after signing him to a 4-year deal with ~$31 million guaranteed. However, the Pats also paid top dollar for fellow veteran TE Hunter Henry. The Pats’ ability to quickly develop Mac Jones will be key.
32 32 Robert Tonyan, TE GB N/A 3 Tonyan grabbed Green Bay’s lead TE role last year and proceeded to score 11 times. Of course, a resurgent season from Aaron Rodgers helped, but it’s comforting to know he’s back for 2021. Tonyan’s value beyond this season is certainly less secure; the 27-year-old is a free agent in 2022.
33 33 Harrison Bryant, TE CLE N/A 1 The Browns spent a 4th rounder on Bryant in 2020, the same year they inked Austin Hooper to a big deal. So he did well to post 24-238-3 as a rookie. HC Kevin Stefanski’s history of utilizing multiple TEs is promising. David Njoku remains under contract, but 2021 looks like his final season with Cleveland.
34 34 Tommy Tremble, TE CAR N/A 0
35 35 Kylen Granson, TE IND N/A 0
36 36 Jacob Harris, TE LAR N/A 0
37 37 Donald Parham, TE LAC N/A 2
38 38 C.J. Uzomah, TE CIN N/A 6
39 39 Foster Moreau, TE LVR N/A 2
40 40 Eric Ebron, TE PIT N/A 7 Last year, Ebron finished as the PPR TE15 despite playing 15 games and seeing Pittsburgh rank 1st in pass attempts. Round 2 TE Pat Freiermuth — plus the return of JuJu Smith-Schuster — hurts Ebron in the short-term. The 28-year-old is likely entering his final year as a Steeler.
41 41 Jared Cook, TE LAC N/A 12
42 42 Anthony Firkser, TE TEN N/A 3 Firkser worked his way into a TE timeshare last year, snagging 39 balls on 53 targets. With Jonnu Smith in Tennessee, Firkser projects as close to a full-time player this fall. Only 26, his target upside is held back by Julio Jones, AJ Brown and a run-first O. Firkser’s also a free agent next spring.
43 43 Blake Jarwin, TE DAL N/A 4 Jarwin lost all of 2020 to a torn ACL. He returns to face stiff target competition from a loaded WR corps, but note that Michael Gallup is slated for free agency next spring. We’ll also see how the playing time shakes out between Jarwin, 27, and 4th-year man Dalton Schultz. Dallas did sign Jarwin to a multi-year deal with $9.2 million guaranteed in 2020 (pre-injury).
44 44 Josiah Deguara, TE GB N/A 1
45 45 Tre McKitty, TE LAC N/A 0
46 46 Hunter Long, TE MIA N/A 0
47 47 Hayden Hurst, TE ATL N/A 3 Hurst’s offseason started off well with the addition of HC Arthur Smith. But the arrival of Kyle Pitts puts a serious dent into Hurst’s upside, even with the departure of Julio Jones. At 28, Hurst is signed for just 1 more season.
48 48 Jack Doyle, TE IND N/A 7
49 49 Chris Herndon, TE MIN N/A 3
50 50 Kenny Yeboah, TE NYJ N/A 0
51 51 Cameron Brate, TE TB N/A 7
52 52 Ian Thomas, TE CAR N/A 3
53 53 Will Dissly, TE SEA N/A 3

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