Fantasy TE Rankings Week 15: Who to start, sit at tight end in fantasy football

Week 15 marks the beginning of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues, and for owners who have struggled as tight ends all season, hopefully this is the week they can identify a kind of worth it. If you’ve been lucky enough to ride a stud tight end all season, congratulations, but the rest of us will have to sift through Week 15’s fantasy TE rankings to find some worthwhile sleepers.

We’re done with weeks off, so at least the pool of players is larger, but that won’t make these start or sit decisions significantly easier. Ultimately, the plentiful options could lead you into a trap, so it’s important to weigh all the factors before choosing an entree.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker

Among the TEs that can reasonably be found on waivers, Jared Cook (vs. Chiefs), Gerald Everett (@ Rams), Austin Hooper (vs. Raiders), and James O’Shaughnessy (@ Texans) draw some of the most favorable matchups. Naturally, neither are completely sure (hence they are free agents in most leagues), but as always, the position is tight and you may feel the need to bet on the advantage over safety at this point in the season. .

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Eagles) might finally have the highest floor and highest ceiling of all potential sleepers. Of course, it was a total failure against the Cowboys, but Washington’s passing game was an overall disaster. The Eagles give up the most fantasy points to the TEs, and RSJ proved to be a capable streamer when Logan Thomas was out earlier in the year. Given that Thomas (knee) is now out of the season, RSJ has sneaky courage for the rest of the year. It’s also worth noting that the mediocre Tyler Higbee (vs. Seahawks) can be played in a top-five friendly showdown, but he has great ownership, so this will only affect a small percentage of people. (Update: Higbee was placed on the reserve / COVID list on Monday and is in danger of missing the Week 15 game.)

Tyler Conklin (@ Bears), Cole Kmet (vs. Vikings), CJ Uzomah (@ Broncos), and Jack Doyle (vs. Patriots) have all had their fair share of decent weeks this season, but they should finally stay on the shelf in some of the matchups. more difficult tight ends.

Nobody wants to think about this, but Kyle Pitts (@ 49ers) is rightfully in the start ’em, sit’ em bubble. San Francisco has the second-best defense against fantasy TEs, and since Pitts has struggled recently, this is a scary place. With that said, we said you could also chase to the upside, so it’s an interesting decision as it has a higher ceiling than the mid-level players at the position.

We know that tight end is and always will be frustrating. Most weeks, more than a few guys with favorable pairings flop, but all we can do is make the smartest decision with the data at our disposal and hope that the players will make it through. This position often comes down to a “lucky” touchdown, especially in standard leagues, but no matter who you start with, you’re at least somewhat at the mercy of the fantasy gods.

We’ll update these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy TE Rankings Week 15: Who to start with as a tight end

Rankings based on score

Rank Player
one Travis Kelce, KC @ LAC
two Darren Waller, LV @ CLE
3 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. GB
4 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. NYJ
5 Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. NO
6 George Kittle, SF vs. ATL
7 Hunter Henry, NE @ IND. Henry remains more attractive in the standard leagues as a touchdown or bust option, and since the Colts have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs, Henry could be looking for a one- or two-touchdown game. In standard leagues, there are very few safe-floor tight ends, so it’s best to pick a guy who’s more likely to score than some of the other players at the position.
8 Dallas Goedert, PHI v. WAS. Washington features a neutral matchup for tight ends, but Goedert reminded us of his lead in Week 13, catching all six of his goals for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Again, especially in standard leagues, pursue the bright side as a safe floor is not imminent with no TE.
9 Zach Ertz, ARI @ DET. Arizona can score 40 points before we can blink in this contest, so Ertz will have plenty of opportunities in the red zone. Of course, you have a lot of competition to do it, but this is just another case of chasing the touchdown to the upside.
10 Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. TEN. Tennessee ranks as one of the best defenses against fantasy TEs, but Freiermuth has caught five touchdowns in his last six games and is part of one of the happiest passing offenses in football. Also, the Titans have simply faced a ridiculous string of tight ends, so we’re not convinced by their stats against the position. Freiermuth has been too productive for us to get out of it.
eleven Dawson Knox, BUF v. CAR. After being labeled just a standard league boom or bust game, Knox has attracted six or more targets in three of its last four games, including one game with nine and one with 10 targets. Here’s another case where production has been too strong to consider some of the tight ends “meh” on him.
12 Dalton Schultz, DAL @ NYG. Schultz hasn’t lived up to his early-season break, but since he’s tied to one of football’s best quarterbacks and offenses, his ceiling is still much higher than some of the other guys in the game. a neutral TE showdown.
13 TJ Hockenson, DET vs. ARI. Hockenson’s floor hasn’t been as high as we’d hoped, and since he’s dealing with a hand injury, he takes a slight hit in the standard leagues in a showdown with a top-three unit against the fantasy TEs. He’s probably a must-start in the PPR leagues, but you could reasonably own one of the players ranked ahead of him in the standard leagues.
14 Kyle Pitts, ATL @ SF. Despite the perception, Pitts is having one of the best “real life” football seasons for a rookie TE, but a lack of touchdowns is limiting his upward fantasy. With Calvin Ridley (staff) out, Pitts has been getting the toughest coverage, so in an overwhelming matchup, we don’t think he falls into the “must start” category. That being said, we won’t be surprised that it has a fugue game. It could come at any moment.
fifteen Tyler Higbee, LAR v. SEA. Higbee has been a frustrating guy to start this season, but Seattle entered Week 14 as a last-five unit against the fantasy TEs and circled a touchdown to Brevin Jordan against the Texans. Since Higbee is still in third place in goals for the Rams, he’s capable of putting on solid performances in a big showdown. The showdown says do it if you get off the reserve / COVID list in time, but don’t be surprised if it fails.
sixteen Austin Hooper, CLE vs. LV. Hooper finally gave himself up in a great TE showdown against the Ravens last week, and the Raiders are an even better showdown. Las Vegas has yielded the second most fantasy points to the TEs, so we should consider Hooper as an option. It’s more attractive in the standard leagues and it’s an even better play if David Njoku (reserve / COVID) stays out for it.
17 Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS @ PHI. RSJ was a huge disappointment against Dallas, but Taylor Heinicke completed just 11 passes and the offense as a whole was a disaster. Philadelphia is handing over the majority of fantasy points to TEs, and tight end production hasn’t been limited to just fantasy studs. OJ Howard, Ryan Griffin, Donald Parham and Adam Trautman all caught touchdowns against him, so Seals-Jones can, too. It has a TE1 ceiling, but we are reluctant to classify it as such given the way Washington’s offense looked last week.
18 Jared Cook, LAC v. KC. Cook is a touchdown or failure option in what should be a high-scoring affair. That’s all you have to do.
19 James O’Shaughnessy, JAX vs. HOU. O’Shaughnessy has a decent floor in the PPR leagues as Trevor Lawrence obviously loves to target tight ends, and Houston is within the top 10 in fantasy points allowed at the position. In Week 1 against the Texans, O’Shaughnessy caught six passes for 48 yards on eight goals, which is a good day for the PPR leagues, all things considered.
twenty Noah Fant, DEN vs. CIN. Fant hasn’t managed to hit double-digit PPR points in five of his last six games, so it’s a far cry from a mandatory start at this point. The Bengals are a neutral matchup for tight ends, and his ceiling and floor appear to be lower than any other qualifier ahead of him.
twenty-one Gerald Everett, SEA @ LAR. Although we had Everett on our preseason sleeper list, we didn’t expect him to be that involved in Seattle’s offense. He’s the No. 3 option for Russell Wilson and he’s had a lot of games where he’s outplayed DK Metcalf and / or Tyler Lockett, and since the Rams are an intermediate matchup against tight ends, Everett is our last. Viable streamer against his former team.
22 Tyler Conklin, MIN @ CHI
23 Cole Kmet, CHI vs. MIN
24 Evan Engram, NYG vs. DAL
25 Ryan Griffin, New York @ MIA
26 David Njoku, CLE vs. LV
27 Jonnu Smith, NE @ IND
28 Josiah Deguara, GB @ BAL
29 Juwan Johnson, NO @ TB
30 CJ Uzomah, CIN @ DEN
31 Jack Doyle, IND vs. NE
32 Mo Alie-Cox, IND v. NE
33 Geoff Swaim, TEN @ PIT
3. 4 Will Dissly, SEA @ LAR
35 Tommy Tremble, CAR @ BUF