Welcome to my tight end rankings for Week 10 fantasy football.
In points per game, in 2020, we had quite the chasm between the top-3 tight ends and the rest of the field. Five PPR points per game separated TE1 Travis Kelce, from TE3 George Kittle. Five PPR points separated TE4 Mark Andrews and TE29, Albert Okwuegbunam. The point being, tight end was truly a studs and duds proposition last year.
In 2021, we are not seeing this great gap between the top producers and the rest of the field as five PPR points takes us from the TE1 Travis Kelce all the way to the TE11, Logan Thomas. This makes ranking from week to week for season-long purposes even more of an approximation, and hopefully, you’re just rolling with the top-10 guy each week and resting easy. If not, well, take a gander at the ranks below, hold your nose, and take your medicine!
Rob Gronkowski vs Washington Footballists
This is a tough rank which I wanted to highlight. We saw earlier this year that, when healthy, Gronk and Brady just cannot be stopped. The ‘when healthy’ part is the obvious kicker.
Gronk comes into this one banged up, and with rib and back injuries, seems exceptionally likely to see limited time (or exit early with a re-injury). Against a Washington team that is just not that good, how much incentive will the Bucs have to get Gronk on the field?
So, instead of Gronk being healthy making him a top 5 start, I’ve dropped him ‘all the way’ down to my TE12. If any TE is going to play three snaps and come away with two touchdowns, I’d surely nominate Mr. Gronkowski for that.
Pat Freiermuth vs Detroit Lions
This is part victory-lap, part reinforcement. Freiermuth isn’t seeing insane volume or breaking a lot of plays wide-open, but he is being targeted consistently in high-leverage situations.
Najee Harris is doing well-more than any one man should be asked to do for this offense, but with an ailing offensive line and aging Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers needed another pressure relief valve with JuJu Smith-Schuster being lost for the season. Freiermuth has decidedly moved in to fill that role, and we’re seeing a nice little hot-streak from ‘the other’ rookie tight halfway through the season.
This is limited but reliable production you’re going to be able to count on. If you have a bigger named tight end you can deal before the deadline to upgrade at another position, pull the trigger.
Week 10 Tight End Rankings
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||@ LV|
|2||Darren Waller||LV||vs KC|
|3||Mark Andrews||BAL||@ MIA|
|4||George Kittle||SF||vs LAR|
|5||Mike Gesicki||MIA||vs BAL|
|6||Kyle Pitts||ATL||@ DAL|
|7||Pat Freiermuth||PIT||vs DET|
|8||Dalton Schultz||DAL||vs ATL|
|9||T.J. Hockenson||DET||@ PIT|
|10||Noah Fant||DEN||vs PHI|
|11||Dallas Goedert||PHI||@ DEN|
|12||Rob Gronkowski||TB||@ WAS|
|13||Tyler Higbee||LAR||@ SF|
|14||Dan Arnold||JAC||@ IND|
|15||Hunter Henry||NE||vs CLE|
|16||Zach Ertz||ARI||vs CAR|
|17||Tyler Conklin||MIN||@ LAC|
|18||Donald Parham Jr.||LAC||vs MIN|
|19||Jared Cook||LAC||vs MIN|
|20||Mo Alie-Cox||IND||vs JAC|
|21||David Njoku||CLE||@ NE|
|22||Jonnu Smith||NE||vs CLE|
|23||Adam Trautman||NO||@ TEN|
|24||Logan Thomas||WAS||vs TB|