NFL: Way too early Tight End rankings

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Travis Kelce will remain the top fantasy tight end in 2020. Photo//Jamie Squire/Getty Images.

This year, like many others, resulted in the tight end position being the weakest fantasy option. If you drafted either Kittle or Kelce, you were pretty happy. Other than that, there was not much consistency at the position. We can only hope for a better 2020, but expecting the tight ends to perform is easier said than done.

Tier 1: Early Round Tight Ends

  1. Travis Kelce
  2. George Kittle 

Tier 2: Level Up Potential TE1s

  1. Mark Andrews
  2. Darren Waller
  3. Austin Hooper
  4. Evan Engram

Tier 3: Back end TE1s

  1. Zach Ertz
  2. Hunter Henry
  3. Noah Fant
  4. Tyler Higbee

Tier 4: Lotto ticket TEs

  1.  Jared Cook
  2.  OJ Howard
  3.  Dallas Goedert
  4.  T.J. Hockenson
  5.  David Njoku

Travis Kelce- An easy selection for the top spot, Kelce is the definition of an elite option. He didn’t have his usual monster games, but was still the number one tight end. He was as consistent as possible for the position and there is no reason to believe it will be different next year. He is almost certainly a third round pick or better and should be relied on for more big games with Patrick Mahomes as his QB.

George Kittle- There’s no way to talk about the position without the best all-around tight end in football. He hit a few roadblocks in his third season with a few games missed and a couple poor performances during the year, but is Jimmy Garoppolo’s number one option and should be right behind Kelce in ADP. There’s more risk with Kittle as the San Francisco offense always wants to run the ball. Regardless, he has the big play potential to warrant a fourth round or earlier selection.

Zach Ertz- He had another solid year last season, but it did not come easy for owners. He was horrendous in the second half of the season, causing many players to miss the fantasy playoffs altogether. If you made the playoffs with him as your TE, he rewarded you with some big weeks. Dallas Goedert is waiting in the wings and will take more of Ertz’s tight end targets in Philadelphia. Ertz is getting up there in age and can only be counted on as a safe, starting tight end.

Noah Fant- Fant had a decent rookie season. He showed a few great flashes and long touchdown runs, but was extremely inconsistent. With his speed and expected improvement over the offseason, there is a chance that he has a great fantasy season. If you do not feel like reaching for one of those top options, Fant would be a great player to take a chance on. Let’s pray that his first round draft stock gives off some fantasy value next season.

T.J. Hockenson- The Lions are expecting big things from Hockenson. After a huge game week one, he struggled to consistently catch red zone passes, which severely hurt his fantasy production. What is promising is that he still has plenty of time to grow. An improved sophomore campaign should be expected for Hock, although it may not be enough to have starting tight end value.