Tight Ends Updates, News, & Research

Andrews, M. – Bal (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (6/23) Advice: Mark Andrews took a small step back in 2019, but he should still be drafted as top-five tight end in the first four rounds of your draft. Despite missing two weeks on the COVID-19 list, Andrews tied Marquise Brown for the team lead in receptions and was the only Raven besides Brown with more than 50 targets. Andrews not only dominates targets in Baltimore, but he’s been very efficient. His 8.9 yards per target ranks fifth amongst tight ends since he entered the league and his 8.5% touchdown rate trails only Jared Cook. The fact that he’s still just 25 years old gives Andrews an argument for the top spot amongst tight ends in Dynasty. (CBSSports.com)
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Cook, J. – LAC (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (6/23) Advice: Jared Cook was selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, and 11 years later he’s still putting up TE1 Fantasy numbers. While Cook’s production was touchdown heavy (7), that’s usually enough alone to get you into the TE1 tier. The Chargers signed Cook to replace Hunter Henry. Justin Herbert targeted the TE position on 21.4% of his pass attempts in 2020, so even given Cook’s age and injury history, he should be streamable and startable in plus matchups in 2021. (CBSSports.com)

Engram, E. – NYG (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (6/23) Advice: Evan Engram struggled in 2020, and now he could be fighting for his starting job this season with the addition of Kyle Rudolph in New York. Engram is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in deeper leagues. While Engram is definitely the most talented tight end for the Giants — and among the most talented tight ends in the NFL — he struggled with drops and poor play in 2020. It left him with minimal Fantasy production, and he scored at least 10 PPR points just six times. We doubt Rudolph will play ahead of Engram to start the season, but there could be a change in playing time during the year. And the Giants don’t need to rely on Engram as much with the addition of Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney as well, along with Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Saquon Barkley still on the field. Hopefully, Engram surprises us in 2021 and can remain a must-start Fantasy tight end, but he has a lot to prove after disappointing us in 2020. (CBSSports.com)

Everett, G. – Sea (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Gerald Everett, TE, Seattle Seahawks (6/23) Advice: For Gerald Everett to become a Fantasy stud, he’ll have to do some things he’s never done before, like score more than three touchdowns and get over 450 yards in a single season. Everett’s arrival to the Emerald City may provide some optimism, particularly since his tall, athletic frame may very well fit in with the rest of Russell Wilson’s targets. Familiarity with new offensive play-caller Shane Waldron helps too. But he’s the owner of three career games of 70-plus yards and eight touchdown visits over four seasons, and he’s almost certainly going to be no better than the third-best target week after week. Spend a late-round pick on Everett if you’re looking for a cheap starting tight end to begin the season. (CBSSports.com)

Fant, N. – Den (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos (6/23) Advice: Noah Fant is running out of time to be a major Fantasy asset. He scored 33 PPR points in his first two games of 2020, seemingly on his way to a breakout campaign, but then averaged 7.5 PPR points the rest of the way with only three outings north of 10 points. In non-PPR he had only three games with seven-plus points all season! So what gives? His 64.2% career catch rate isn’t too bad, and his target share blossomed to a not-bad-for-a-TE 6.2 per game in 2020. The man needs more touchdowns after scoring only three in each of his first two seasons. To get more scores he’ll need more targets near and in the end zone; he had just four in 2020 and six in 2019. That’s 6.3% of his career targets! Gross! A man Fant’s size should be more involved in the paint, but the Broncos have a bunch of different playmakers who will continue to keep Fant’s touchdown share small. A decent schedule helps, but he’s at best a pick around 100th overall as either a streaming tight end or as a breakout candidate who just might be in a make-or-break year. (CBSSports.com)
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Gesicki, M. – Mia (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (6/23) Advice: Mike Gesicki should continue to be the No. 1 tight end in Miami this season, and as such, he remains a starting Fantasy tight end in all leagues. He’s worth drafting with a late-round pick in all formats. Gesicki has proven himself over the past two seasons, averaging 8.5 PPR points in 2019 and 10.3 PPR points in 2020. But the Dolphins added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle this offseason, and that should impact Gesicki in a negative way. Now, the good news is Gesicki proved to have a decent rapport with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Gesicki had three games with at least 23 PPR points last season, and two of them came with Tagovailoa under center. As long as Gesicki remains the starting tight end for the Dolphins he should continue to be a No. 1 Fantasy option coming into the year, and he could once again finish as a top-10 player at his position. (CBSSports.com)

Goedert, D. – Phi (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (6/23) Advice: Dallas Goedert is expected to be the No. 1 tight end for the Eagles this season, and he has the chance to be a top-five Fantasy tight end in that role. Philadelphia doesn’t have the most dynamic receiving corps, and Goedert could easily lead the team in targets. Zach Ertz is expected to be off the roster, and Goedert should be the focal point of the passing game for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Goedert was a top-10 PPR tight end in 2019 when Ertz was on the roster, and we saw Goedert have some big games in 2020 when he was healthy, scoring at least 11 PPR points in three of his final six games. Goedert is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues. (CBSSports.com)
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Gronkowski, R. – TB (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: In his return to the NFL, Rob Gronkowski certainly wasn’t his old self, but he was also better than the version we last saw in New England. Ultimately, in Bruce Arians’ not-so-friendly TE offense, the ceiling is limited for Gronkowski. He is a better option in standard leagues, but most weeks he is a TD-or-bust play. Given the state of the TE position, he makes for fair value in the mid-to-late rounds if you choose to wait on the position. (CBSSports.com)

Henry, H. – NE (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (6/23) Advice: Hunter Henry’s Fantasy prospects seem very different now that he’s with the Patriots. While New England’s offense figures to be a little more pass friendly in 2021, Henry is one of several new parts of this offense. Competing for targets is nothing new for Henry, who had a career-best 6.6 per game in 2020 with the Chargers. However, in 55 career games, Henry has scored 21 times and has just 13 outings with at least 70 yards. His PPR per-game average tumbled from 12.1 to 10.0 last season, and with 10 career catches on passes 20-plus yards downfield, he’s never been a legit deep threat. If you’re starting Henry, you’re hoping he scores, and in this version of the Patriots offense, that’s tough to count on from week to week. Henry is no better than a late-round flier with uncertain expectations — don’t take him until Round 11 at the earliest. (CBSSports.com)

Higbee, T. – LAR (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams (6/23) Advice: One might argue Tyler Higbee is in better position to contribute statistically this year than last, but Fantasy managers will still be scared to draft him. Los Angeles upgraded its pass game with the addition of Matthew Stafford, and teammate Gerald Everett left for Seattle. So Higbee is in prime position to play every down and catch better throws than in the past. Should that make you draft him? Eh, not really. Higbee’s targets never stabilized after his late 2019 breakout, leaving him as a touchdown-or-bust tight end, the likes of which you can find on waivers during the season. If you like Higbee’s early-season schedule, take him with a late-round pick as a tight end to begin the season in your lineup. Otherwise, bank on him being available on waivers if he pops with Stafford in-season. (CBSSports.com)

Hockenson, T.J. – Det (TE)

2021 fantasy outlook for T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions (6/23) Advice: After his breakout 2020, T.J. Hockenson should be drafted as a top-five tight end as early as Round 7. The truth is, we’re hopeful 2020 was just the beginning of the breakout, as Hockenson has a huge target opportunity with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola all gone. Still, Hockenson hasn’t been particularly efficient in his young career and he’s facing a downgrade at quarterback, so it’s best not to reach too high on the potential future star. Hockenson is closer in redraft value to the likes of Noah Fant and Logan Thomas than he is to Darren Waller and George Kittle. (CBSSports.com)
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Hooper, A. – Cle (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns (6/23) Advice: Austin Hooper took a major step back in 2020, and while there’s some hope for a bounce back, Hooper is no more than a late-round pick as a low-end starting tight end. We expected Hooper to see fewer targets in Cleveland, but what was more surprising was that his efficiency took a major hit as well. HIs 6.2 yards per target was the worst mark of his career and he only had three games all season with more than 50 receiving yards. The Browns employed multiple tight ends throughout the year and there isn’t enough volume for a reliable third contributor behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry with that type of distribution. (CBSSports.com)

Howard, O.J. – TB (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: O.J. Howard enjoyed a very productive training camp in 2020, but there was very little buzz surrounding his Fantasy stock after the team signed Rob Gronkowski. After all, how much production could we expect from a potentially No. 2 TE option in a Bruce Arians offense that is typically not very TE-friendly? Howard went on to have a bigger role than expected with 19 targets and two TDs in four games. The talent that got him drafted in the first round of the 2017 class is still there, but he’s more of a wait-and-see play than someone to target in your 2021 drafts. (CBSSports.com)

Hurst, H. – Atl (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons (6/23) Advice: The Falcons invested a second-round pick in Hayden Hurst when they traded it to the Baltimore Ravens, a franchise that gave up on him just two years after investing the No. 25 overall pick on him. Hurst wasn’t able to replace Austin Hooper’s production in 2020, but in the dead zone that is the TE position in Fantasy after the big three, he finished as a TE1. That won’t be the case in 2021 after the team drafted Kyle Pitts and proceeded to not pick up Hurst’s 2022 fifth-year team option. Hurst seems more likely to be traded or cut than to return Fantasy value on the Falcons in 2021. (CBSSports.com)

Jarwin, B. – Dal (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Blake Jarwin, TE, Dallas Cowboys (6/23) Advice: Blake Jarwin was a popular sleeper in 2020, but he suffered a torn ACL in Week 1 and was lost for the year. He’s expected to be fine for the start of training camp, and Jarwin should be considered a sleeper once again. He might have to compete with Dalton Schultz for the starting job in Dallas, but we expect Jarwin to win that battle and be a key weapon for Dak Prescott. You don’t have to draft Jarwin in most Fantasy leagues, but he should emerge as a key waiver-wire addition if things go right. And it won’t be a surprise if Jarwin becomes a weekly starting option in all leagues. (CBSSports.com)

Kelce, T. – KC (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (6/23) Advice: The question isn’t whether or not Travis Kelce is the consensus top tight end in Fantasy Football (he is, duh), the question is when to draft him. If you don’t like playing the waiver wire or dealing with middling tight end results, or if you just like plain ol’ safe picks, then you should crave Kelce. If you’re a little more adventurous or like to stock up on running backs early, you should pass. Another factor is league scoring: Kelce’s averaged at least 6.0 more Fantasy points per game in PPR in each of his past three seasons. That makes him a little less enticing in half- and non-PPR formats. You also shouldn’t expect him to repeat the 20.3 PPR points per game (13.3 in non-PPR) he had in 2020. Coming close is a possibility, though — he slammed home a 17.9 PPR average in 2018 (11.4 in non-PPR) with an electric Patrick Mahomes and was a few points down from there in 2019 when Mahomes didn’t play 16 games. Thus, Kelce is a no-brainer in the back-half of Round 1 in PPR formats if you’re looking for a proven, safe, consistent player, especially one at a tough-to-fill position. He’s better reserved for early/middle Round 2 in leagues where catches don’t count as much or at all. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 1.01 — 2.04
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Born: October 5, 1989, Westlake, OH

Kittle, G. – SF (TE)

George Kittle Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/1) Advice: Kittle was limited to just 8 games last season due to injury, but he was, as usual, an absolute beast on the field. He led all tight ends in yards per route run at 2.84 and was among the leaders at the position in yards per reception at 6.2. Whether it’s Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance throwing him the ball, there’s little doubt that Kittle is going to finish as one of the top fantasy tight ends so long as he’s healthy, and he’s likely the only one who can realistically knock Travis Kelce off the number one spot. (FantasyPros.com)
ADP: 1.11 — 3.04
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Born: October 9, 1993, Madison, WI

Pitts, K. – Atl (TE)

Kyle Pitts Dynasty outlook (5/12) Advice: The Dynasty community is well aware of Pitts’ potential to break the TE mold. He is currently coming off the board as a mid-first-round pick in rookie Dynasty drafts. I’m likely to be a bit higher on Pitts than the community as a whole and I have him as my No. 4 player overall among rookies. The best way to view Pitts is almost as a “unicorn” type prospect at the TE position, and that makes him even more valuable in Dynasty. Now, I know you’ve heard that before in the football scouting and Fantasy community — it has rarely translated into Fantasy production. However, Pitts is a bit of a different unicorn for the position. He possesses a wide range of translatable receiver skills and not just timed 40 speed like an Evan Engram type. (CBSSports.com)
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Smith Jr., I. – Min (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Irv Smith, TE, Minnesota Vikings (6/23) Advice: Irv Smith will be one of the favorite breakout candidates in the Fantasy Football industry this season. The 22-year-old will no longer share targets with Kyle Rudolph, which makes him draftable as early as Round 9 as a borderline top-10 tight end. While Smith took a small step forward in 2020, he could take a leap with consistent targets. Six times in his short career he’s received at least five targets in a game. In those games he averaged 11.6 PPR Fantasy points, which would have made him the No. 5 tight end in Fantasy last year. Don’t draft him that high, but he’s an excellent choice if you miss out on the top eight at the position. (CBSSports.com)

Smith, J. – NE (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Jonnu Smith, TE, New England Patriots (6/23) Advice: For about a day, it looked like Jonnu Smith might belong among the elites of the position after signing with the Patriots. The subsequent signing of Hunter Henry unfortunately dims his prospects quite a bit and pushes him back to the fringes of the starting TE tier instead. Smith is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, and a smart offense will find ways to get him the ball all over the field. He’s a threat to find the end zone whenever he touches it, a rare quality for a tight end. However, New England figures to be a pretty low-volume passing attack, and it’s not clear he’ll be more of a priority than Henry in the offense, which makes him a high-upside, low-floor tight end to target in the later rounds. (CBSSports.com)

Thomas, L. – Was (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team (6/23) Advice: Logan Thomas had a breakout campaign in 2020, and hopefully he can play at a high level once again this year. He’s worth drafting as a low-end starter in all leagues. Thomas finished as the No. 3 PPR tight end last season, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in eight games, including three of his final four outings of the year. Hopefully, Thomas can continue to be a valuable target for new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and we’ll see how Thomas does with Washington adding Curtis Samuel this offseason. Thomas should be drafted with a mid- to late-round pick in all formats, with his value slightly higher in PPR leagues. (CBSSports.com)

Tonyan, R. – GB (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (6/23) Advice: After his monster breakout in 2020, Robert Tonyan is best viewed as a borderline top-12 tight end who should be drafted early in the double-digit rounds. Because Tonyan’s production was so touchdown-dependent, he projects to be more valuable in leagues where catches do not count. Tonyan scored 11 times on 59 targets last year, which is an absurd rate you should not expect him to repeat. The hope is that Tonyan’s target share would grow, but he didn’t trend that way at the end of 2020, with just 15 targets in his final five games including the playoffs. It’s not uncommon for an Aaron Rodgers target to be highly efficient, but you’ll likely be better off if you bet against Tonyan delivering starter-worthy production on a consistent basis. (CBSSports.com)

Waller, D. – LV (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders (6/23) Advice: Nobody doubts Darren Waller as a top-three Fantasy tight end. But there are questions about when to draft him and whether or not to do so over George Kittle. The keys to Waller’s success have included staying healthy, seeing a steady diet of targets (7.3 per game in 2019, 9.1 in 2020), and in the case of last year, scoring once every 12 receptions. Above all, Waller has landed at least 10 PPR points in 22 of his past 32 games and at least 15 PPR points in 10 of his past 16. That’s excellent. Kittle’s track record suggests even more upside than Waller, but Waller’s been healthier and is in line to retain his heavy target volume whereas Kittle may see a dip with receivers emerging in San Francisco. Both deserve attention as soon as mid-Round 2 as elite options at the thin tight-end position, but Waller might be considered the safer pick in PPR because of those targets. If he’s still on the board by 28th overall, steal him. (CBSSports.com)
ADP: 1.08 — 3.05
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Born: September 13, 1992, Acworth, GA

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