Having an elusive Tight End can make or break your Dynasty team – especially in a TE premium league.
1) George Kittle (26)– Kittle started the year out slowly but has since shown the explosiveness that marked his breakout season last year. Kittle’s yards after catch ability is only matched by his excellent run blocking ability. While blocking doesn’t count for fantasy points (unless you’re in a pancake premium league), Kittle’s elite blocking keeps him on the field as often as possible. With Garoppolo ascending, look for Kittle to continue to remain an elite dynasty asset.
2) Evan Engram (25)– Engram arguably has the most upside of all of the tight ends in the league, with an ungodly amount of opportunity and athleticism before him. The third-year pro closed out his second year in the league with games of 10.7, 15.5, 17.3, and 21.1 PPR points. He’s now continued that streak with 28.6, 10.8, 23.3, 9.4, and 10.7 point games before missing week six, thus showing his immense upside along with a very safe floor. Couple this with his young age and a talent infused QB into the mix, and you have an elite option.
3) Travis Kelce (30)– The oldest of the crop, Kittle, and Engram receive slight bumps above Kelce due to their ages, allowing them to maximize long-term value. Nevertheless, Kelce is still an elite, safe asset to have on your team, especially with Mahomes not going anywhere for years to come. Due to Kelce’s lack of touchdowns this year thus far, you may be able to purchase him at a slight discount. Four to five more years of reliable production would not be a surprise at all.
4) Mark Andrews (24)– Mark Andrews continues to move up dynasty boards everywhere with his breakout 2019 campaign. Despite the Ravens drafting Hayden Hurst in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, Andrews has been the fantasy factor. A pass-catching stud at Oklahoma, Andrews has meshed well with Lamar Jackson this season. The good times should continue to roll with Jackson not going anywhere.
5) T.J. Hockenson (22)– A tad too high in the rankings for many, use this opportunity to buy low and exploit the market. Hockenson is a beast, and he showed everyone his ability in week one this year to the tune of 6-131-1. Though he has tapered off since then, the talent is evident in every facet. If I’m rebuilding, I’m attempting to pivot down to Hockenson wherever I can.
6) Zach Ertz (29)– Ertz has been consistent this year, currently clocking in as the 5th highest scoring tight end this season. However, the historic 116 receptions from 2018 will not be repeated in 2019, as Ertz is on pace for a stable, yet not season-changing 93 receptions. Dallas Goedert nipping at Ertz’s heels doesn’t help anything either. Still, Ertz remains a solid option for dynasty owners but has fallen due to his age and the emergence of viable, younger options at the position elsewhere.
7) Austin Hooper (25)– Hooper continues to build on his 4th year in the NFL, and he is currently leading the league in fantasy points scored amongst tight ends. Hooper is a safe option along with Matt Ryan, though he should regress overall as the year progresses. Amongst the other tight ends, Hooper is a solid, high floor option on your dynasty team, especially in PPR leagues.
8) Hunter Henry (25)– Hunter flashed last Sunday night and showed his ability to be an elite asset at this relatively thin position. Henry has plenty of talent, but he has been hampered by a litany of injuries to include a torn ACL as well as a fractured leg earlier this season. When he is healthy, he has shown the ability to be a solid option, especially in the red zone. If he can stay healthy, he is a stable asset to own.
9) Noah Fant (22)– Fant has yet to have a breakout game unlike his fellow first-round pick Hockenson who had one in week one. Fear not, however, as Fant was a prolific tight end at Iowa and showed otherworldly tight end athleticism at the combine. Like Hockenson, Fant is ranked higher than most dynasty sites, so this is an opportunity to exploit the markets, especially if you are a rebuilding team. It is doubtful Fant will emerge this year as a fantasy starter, but the future is bright, and the time to buy is now.
10) David Njoku (23.5)– “The Joker” is currently injured, but that doesn’t keep him out of our top ten rankings. Njoku had a promising sophomore season with 56 receptions and 639 yards in 2018 and was poised to be an elite weapon for a supposed ascending Browns offense before breaking his wrist. Still operating under the assumption that Baker Mayfield will be an elite quarterbacking option, the young Njoku is a screaming buy in dynasty, especially at the very young age of 23 in his third season in the NFL.