Fantasy Tight End Rankings 2020 – Half PPR Sleepers

Fantasy Tight End Rankings 2020

(Half PPR Scoring Format Applies)

Fantasy Tight End Rankings 2020

1 .  Darren Waller – 93 receptions. 1,233 yards. 8 TDs. (217.8 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 16 games. 117 targets. 90 receptions. 1,145 yards. 3 TDs.

Waller burst onto the scene in a big way in 2019. Jon Gruden talked him up a lot in the 2019 offseason and they both backed it up. Waller was effective, but Gruden also used him a lot after gloating about him. Waller gets designed routes that attack downfield.

The Raiders are effective running the ball so it plays to Waller’s advantage when the Raiders call play action and Waller runs a wheel or crosses over the field and the defense is fooled because they bit on the fake. Adding Henry Ruggs only clears out more space for Waller to run wide open.

2.  Travis Kelce – 88 receptions. 1,170 yards. 9 TDs. (215 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 16 games. 136 targets. 97 receptions. 1,229 yards. 5 TDs.

Kelce is as consistent as it gets. He can beat man coverage or destroy zone coverage. With Mahomes still throwing the rock, Kelce’s numbers should be very consistent.

3.  Zach Ertz – 108 receptions. 1,088 yards. 6 TDs. (198.8 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 15 games. 135 targets. 88 receptions. 916 yards. 6 TDs.

Ertz and Wentz have a solid bromance. During the 2018 season we saw the bromance peak but it fell off a bit in 2019. With the Eagles getting back their WRs from injury and adding some speed with Jalen Reagor, expect Ertz to be freed up.

He is a good route runner and good after the catch. One negative is that you never know who will get the ball when the Eagles are in the redzone. Too many vultures stealing from Ertz close to pay dirt but a solid TE option nonetheless. 

4.  George Kittle – 91 receptions. 1,091 yards. 7 TDs. (196.6 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 14 games. 107 targets. 85 receptions. 1,053 yards. 5 TDs.

Kittle had some injuries that forced him to miss some time last season so expect him to increase his numbers. He is a force after the catch and runs with a bully mentality.

HE is often wide open because the Niners pound opponents with the run and then with the same look, run play action and send Kittle right behind the LBs. Kittle is a problem for NFL defenses.

5.  Mike Gesicki – 79 receptions. 858 yards. 10 TDs. (185.3 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 15 games. 89 targets. 51 receptions. 570 yards. 7 TDs.

In his 2nd season, Gesicki started to come along. With his 6’6 frame he showed that he could win jump balls and came down with some tough catches during the season.

He poses a nice redzone threat for rookie Tua Tagvailoa, hence the double digit touchdown projection.

6.  Mark Andrews – 77 receptions. 943 yards. 8 TDs. (180.8 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 15 games. 98 targets. 64 receptions. 852 yards. 10 TDs.

In 2019, Andrews was the Ravens leading receiver and one of only 3 players to catch at least 10 TDs in the NFL. He is a big target over the middle of the field that makes life easier for Lamar Jackson.

7.  Eric Ebron – 62 receptions. 819 yards. 7 TDs. (154.9 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 11 games. 52 targets. 31 receptions. 375 yards. 3 TDs.

Welcome to Pittsburgh Eric Ebron! Ebron can be a nice target for Big Ben to throw it up to. Ebron should help the young WR corps the Steelers have with his athleticism and veteran presence.

8.  Jared Cook – 63 receptions. 867 yards. 6 TDs. (154.2 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 14 games. 65 targets. 43 receptions. 705 yards. 9 TDs.

Jared Cook found a nice home in New Orleans. Sean Payton raved about him in the offseason and even with plenty of mouths to feed, Cook was producing well when healthy.

9.  Evan Engram – 65 receptions. 913 yards. 5 TDs. (153.8 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 8 games. 68 targets. 44 receptions. 467 yards. 3 TDs.

Evan Engram has a ton of potential. Unfortunately he has yet to play a full season because of injuries. Look for this to be a better season for Engram especially with a new coaching staff. 

10.  Austin Hooper – 58 receptions. 672 yards. 6 TDs. (140.7 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 13 games. 97 targets. 75 receptions. 787 yards. 6 TDs.

Hooper was a big free agent signing for the Browns. He is a sure handed TE and a technician. We will see how he and Baker Mayfield gel but not having a traditional offseason does not help matters. 

11.  Jack Doyle – 60 receptions. 652 yards. 7 TDs. (137.2 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 16 games. 72 targets. 43 receptions. 448 yards. 4 TDs.

Phillip Rivers values his TEs. Obviously Antonio Gates is a future HOF but Hunter Henry finished as a top 10 TE in fantasy last season. Look for Rivers and Doyle to have a nice chemistry because the Colts love utilizing their TEs.

12.  Tyler Higbee – 71 receptions. 739 yards. 4 TDs. (133.4 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 15 games. 89 targets. 69 receptions. 734 yards. 3 TDs.

Tyler Higbee enters his 5th year with the Rams. Last season he set career highs. Higbee was a monster in the last 5 games of the season in which he had at least 7 catches and 80 yards in all 5 contests. Look for him to carry that momentum into 2020.  

13.  Jonnu Smith – 44 receptions. 600 yards. 5 TDs. (112 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 16 games. 44 targets. 35 receptions. 439 yards. 3 TDs.

Jonnu Smith is fast for a TE. He has not been used much but he steps into a larger role with Delanie Walker being released. 

14.  Noah Fant – 43 receptions. 588 yards. 4 TDs. (104.3 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 16 games. 66 targets. 40 receptions. 562 yards. 3 TDs.

Fant was a rookie last season. He showed some ability especially with the run after catch. Fant gained over 20+ yards 10 times in 2019. Do not expect Fant to be used a ton in the Broncos offense but he is worth having as a fantasy backup TE.

 

15.  Dallas Goedert – 49 receptions. 521 yards. 4 TDs. (100.6 Fantasy Points)

2019 Stats: 15 games. 87 targets. 58 receptions. 607 yards. 5 TDs

Goedert and Ertz might make the best TE duo in the league . No offense to Goedert but I have him taking more of a backseat to Ertz this season and being a bit left out with the Eagles revamped WR corps.

Honorable Mention

Irv Smith Jr.

2019 Stats: 16 games. 47 targets. 36 receptions. 311 yards. 2 TDs.

Not much to say about Smith. I just have a feel that he can be used much more than he was last season. He is very athletic and I bet the Vikings are wondering how to get him more involved.

Dominique

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