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2018 Fantasy Football Tiered Rankings – Tight Ends – Redraft (CPGM)

2018 Fantasy Football Tiered Rankings – Tight Ends – Redraft (CPGM)
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2018 Fantasy Football Tiered Rankings – Tight Ends – Redraft (CPGM)

Couch Potato General Manager presents their Top Fantasy Football Tight Ends Rankings for 2018 broken down into tiers (PPR). Check out CPGM Drew’s rankings to the Left and CPGM Headley’s rankings to the Right. Which side do you prefer?

DREW @S1rdr3w HEADLEY @CPGM Headley
ELITE ELITE
"They are as good as a #1 WR"
1. Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots 1. Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots - There was a poll question in the Couch Potato GM facebook page on who will the TE1 be in this upcoming season. I thought about Kelce for a second but Gronk is still King. Gronk missed 2 games last season and still led all tight ends in receiving yards and finished 2nd in touchdown receptions. Kelce has a new quarterback while Gronk gets to play another season with Tom Brady.
2. Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs 2. Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs
3. Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles - I could very likely see a scenario where Ertz is the #1 TE if/when Gronk gets injured and Andy Reid gets infatuated with the NEW toys in Kansas City. Ertz is the main receiver in that Eagles offense, he is what makes that passing game go.
SUPERS SUPERS
"A few catches, YAC, or TD's away from being in the elite tier"
4. Trey Burton - Chicago Bears - Extremely high on him! WHY? His skill-set, talent and the way I believe he will be used. Nagy is an Andy Reid disciple who employs my number #2. I believe Burton offers a little more flash then Kelce but Kelce is the more complete TE. 3. Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles
5.Evan Engram - New York Giants 4. Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
6. Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikngs 5.Evan Engram - New York Giants - Fans are geeked about the Giants 2018 offense. Odell Beckham is back...Running back Saquon Barkley is the favorite to win offensive rookie of the year...And second year tight end Engram flashed huge upside last year. Although I have Engram in my top 5, the jury is still out on cementing him as a must play option. He battled drops and inconsistency last season while padding his stats due to the Giants receiving core injured and in shambles.
7. Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans 6. Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikngs
7. Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints
8. Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
NEXT LEVEL PLAYERS NEXT LEVEL PLAYERS
"A player on the cusp , but age, scheme, or injury may be holding them back"
8. Jimmy Graham - New Orleans Saints - He is playing with Rodgers, a scheme and play style that wll fit him like a glove. Injuries are still a concern though. 9. Jordan Reed - Washington Redskins
9. Jack Doyle - Indianapolis Colts - Luck is back and I sill think this team will be playing in a lot of shootouts or at least higher than normal scoring games. 59 rec. in 2016, 80 rec. in 2017, Colts at full strength the sky is the limit for him. 10. Jared Cook - Oakland Raiders - It might be a surprise to see Cook in my next level player tier, especially from a guy who says Never Jared Cook, but this is fantasy football at a position that’s never consistent. Cook finished as a Tight End 1 in 12 team leagues and built a rapport with Derek Carr as he lead the Raiders in receiving yards. No Michael Crabtree (the red zone threat) makes Cook a sleeper Tight End to go grab in the later rounds.
10. Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11. Trey Burton - Chicago Bears
11. Jordan Reed - Washington Redskins - Out of the top ten for one reason... Injuries... and it is usually for the worse kind, concussions! 12. Jack Doyle - Indianapolis Colts
PROMISING PROMISING
"You have seen the potential and at some point you will see it again but for how many games?"
12. David Njoku - Cleveland Browns - Coming out last year I had high hopes for him and still do. Uber talented and now with a competent OC in Todd Haley, Njoku should get his due. 13. Benjamin Watson - New Orleans Saints - Here goes another one of my tight end sleepers. Do you remember the last time Watson put on a Saints uniform? It was 2015 and he caught 74 balls for 825 yards and 6 touchdowns. After a respectable 61/522/4 stat line in Baltimore last season, Watson is back with the Saints and Drew Brees. With the failed experiment Coby Fleener out of New Orleans, the 37 year old Watson has a chance to sneak into the Tight End 1 (12 team league) conversation.
13. Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers - Just out of the top 12 due to age/injury factor. Although he is in a perfect scheme to fit his skill set. 14. Ricky Seals-Jones - Arizona Cardinals - I was excited to have the former college receiver turned pro tight end stashed on my dynasty team. An off the field incident has owners like me worried if Seals-Jones can take a strangle hold of the Cardinals starting tight end position. I’m holding out hope that Seals-Jones builds on his out of nowhere rookie stretch and become a breakout player in the Cardinals offense. Low risk high reward player in my promising tier.
14. Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jacksonville Jaguars - Appears to have arrived and now may be in the perfect situation on a run first team who can get him up the field on big time play action or delay routes. I expect ASJ to have one of the highest averages per catch in this group. 15. Eric Ebron - Indianapolis Colts - First thing first for the Colts is to get Andrew Luck back on the field. Once/If he comes back healthy in 2018 then number 2 is to get some receiving help outside of TY Hilton. I expect the Colts to play a lot of 12 personnel (two tight end formation) to get Ebron and Jack Doyle on the field at the same time while helping Luck stay healthy with bigger bodies on the field. New head coach Frank Reich is a tight end whisperer that will get both guys a fair share of targets.
15. OJ Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16. David Njoku - Cleveland Browns
16. Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia Eagles - The second coming of Zach Ertz. Imagine two of them on the field at the same time. They will complement each other very well.
STATUS QUO STATUS QUO
"Nothing special here. Can I get my projections please!?!"
17. Ricky Seals-Jones - Arizona Cardinals - Bruce Arians never truly used the TE. It's said the Cards will in fact use the TE position and Seals-Jones is a ig part of the offense. 17. Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals
18. Tyler Eifert - Cincinnati Bengals 18. OJ Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - SMH...Did the Bucs draft tight end OJ Howard to be a 2nd string tight end that gets out-snapped and out-targeted by Cameron Brate? I expect the Bucs to take the training wheels off of Howard in the 2nd half of the season.
19. Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons 19. Vance McDonald - Pittsburgh Steelers
20. Ed Dickson - Seattle Seahawks 20. Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills
21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Jacksonville Jaguars
COMPLEMENT COMPLEMENT
"Will meet or just fall short of their projections week to week"
21. Hayden Hurst - Baltimore Ravens - Athletic, with good hands, and can get up the field to pose a threat he will be Flacco's best WR/TE! 22. George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers - One of my favorite tight ends in last year's draft, Kittle is a better real life player than a fantasy prospect at this point in his career. Kyle Shanahan’s offense is better with Kittle on the field due to his run blocking prowess but the opportunities for him in the passing game will be hit or miss. The good news is that Jimmy Garoppolo looks to be the real deal who gets the ball out quickly. Kittle can hold you down on any given week but picking which week might be difficult.
22. Charles Clay - Buffalo Bills 23. Cameron Brate - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Benjamin Watson - New Orleans Saints 24. Austin Hooper - Atlanta Falcons
24. George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers 25. Luke Wilson - Detroit Lions
WAIT AND SEE WAIT AND SEE
"Could be a sleeper but you gonna wanna see something first"
25. Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins - Gase loves trips WR look on one side of the field and one TE on the otherside so as to determine the coverage. Gesicki would be the lone TE on the opposite side of the trips package fits his skill set very well. 26. Hayden Hurst - Baltimore Ravens
27. Mike Gesicki - Miami Dolphins
28. Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia Eagles - All three of my wait and see tight ends are rookies. The tight end position is one of the hardest positions to make an impact immediately. From a coaching perspective the best situation/offensive scheme of the three is Goedert playing with the Eagles and Doug Pederson. Trey Burton is not in town anymore and the Eagles run a lot of two tight end formations.
BEST OF THE REST BEST OF THE REST
"Don't let it come to this"
26. Jessie James - Pittsburgh Steelers 29. Gerald Everett - Los Angeles Rams - After a tough rookie year which was expected, Everett still has some upside as a talented route runner in an efficient Rams offense. Tyler Higbee is still penciled in as the first tight end but Everett’s talent should supplant Higbee at some point in the season.
27. Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins - Obviously shoots up the rankings if Reed, If mean when Reed, I mean If Reed goes down... 30. Vernon Davis - Washington Redskins
28. Mark Andrews - Baltimore Ravens - The second of two TE's the Ravens drafted they will be used and Baltimore believes Flacco was at his best when they had two good TE's in play.
29. Eric Ebron - Indianapolis Colts
30. Gerald Everett - Los Angeles Rams

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