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Tight End Rankings for Week 3 Fantasy Football

It may not be pretty, but Logan Thomas is a strong start this week. Full tight end rankings and top streaming options for 2021 Week 3 fantasy football.

My Week 3 fantasy football tight end rankings, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Gronk and Ride Him to the Title, are here!

Things are starting to take shape at the top of the tight end ranks now that we have two weeks in the books. No doubt, we’ll still have plenty of guys emerge, and we’ll likely see a few of these top dogs fall back to the pack. Heading into Week 3, though, we’re no longer fumbling around in the dark like a couple of teenagers.

Week 3 Standouts

Rob Gronkowski (TE3) — Gronkowski was being drafted as a TE2 this off-season. Meaning either you or someone else in your league may be choosing between starting a guy like Mark Andrews/George Kittle or the guy they drafted as a backup in Gronkowski. If you have Gronk as your TE2, you need to move that other big-name tight end in a package deal to upgrade somewhere else. If your tight end sucks, you need to make a play to get Gronk on your roster. The Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski glory days are back. Do not let the insane 3.3 fantasy points per target Gronk’s open the year with go to waste because we thought the once-retired tight end was never going to scale the fantasy mountain again.

Logan Thomas (TE14) — Thomas is a fringe TE1 despite Washington losing Ryan Fitzpatrick. I can’t imagine Taylor Heinicke is the long-term answer for Washington, but Thomas offers a solid receiver operating over the middle on short routes. Young, limited quarterbacks are well advised to take these easy throws, and Heinicke likely recognizes this. I expect Thomas will have unspectacular but serviceable fantasy production this week against the Buffalo Bills. At least until the Washington coaching staff stops bending over backwards convincing themselves Cam Newton doesn’t give their team a better chance to threaten another playoff berth.

Sensible Streamer

Maxx Williams (TE24) — The Baltimore Ravens drafted Maxx Williams in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. Williams declared for the draft after his sophomore year, and he ended up being the first tight end selected in the 2015 draft. He never quite popped with the Ravens, and his first two seasons with the Cardinals weren’t fantasy relevant.

Cut to Week 2, and Williams had a huge game in the barn-burner between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings. Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury haven’t featured the tight end in their time together in Arizona, and this performance may well end up as the high water mark for the Cardinals TE this year. However…

With Kyler Murray going head-to-head with Tom Brady for the early-season MVP favorite, anyone wearing red who can catch has a chance to emerge as a fantasy powerhouse (I’m looking at you Rondale Moore). Added bonus Arizona is playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, who’ve given up the eighth-most fantasy points to receivers to start the year. If you do not have one of the top-5 tight ends in my ranks this week, and you can spare the roster spot, Williams is a must-add. Williams is 0% rostered in the Sleeper leagues.

Week 3 Tight End Rankings
RankNameTeamOpp
1Travis KelceKCvs LAC
2Darren WallerLVvs MIA
3Rob GronkowskiTB@ LAR
4T.J. HockensonDETvs BAL
5Noah FantDENvs NYJ
6George KittleSFvs GB
7Mark AndrewsBAL@ DET
8Jared CookLAC@ KC
9Tyler HigbeeLARvs TB
10Kyle PittsATL@ NYG
11Robert TonyanGB@ SF
12Dallas GoedertPHI@ DAL
13Gerald EverettSEA@ MIN
14Logan ThomasWAS@ BUF
15Jonnu SmithNEvs NO
16Hunter HenryNEvs NO
17Cole KmetCHI@ CLE
18Mike GesickiMIA@ LV
19Zach ErtzPHI@ DAL
20Austin HooperCLEvs CHI
21Tyler ConklinMINvs SEA
22Jack DoyleIND@ TEN
23Adam TrautmanNO@ NE
24Maxx WilliamsARI@ JAC
25Blake JarwinDALvs PHI
26Dalton SchultzDALvs PHI