Updated: Dec 9, 2021
There are only three weeks left before fantasy football playoffs begin in most leagues, and we are heading for the home stretch. As with the last several weeks, we're taking a weekly look at updating positional rankings - this week we update the tight end rankings. Tight ends typically take longer to develop into worthwhile fantasy assets, and rookie tight ends are usually difficult to project. This year brings us a rookie tight end or two that have shaken up the rankings. Without further adieu, the updated list is below along with the QB, RB, and WR rankings from the last three weeks as well.
Kyle Pitts has had his ups and downs this season, but given what we know about the timeline for developing the position in the NFL, Pitts at age 21 is a special talent already. Mike Gesicki has emerged this season as a dominant threat at the position - it will be interesting to see where he's playing next year. Dallas Goedert is finally free from the chains of Zach Ertz - can Jalen Hurts make him a top 5 TE? Still a big believer in Noah Fant, I think the ship has sailed on him realizing his full potential though with the lack of a QB, and a number of strong weapons on that team. Pat Friermuth is the other rookie TE that has looked solid this year. I'd be a lot higher on him if he wasn't tied to Big Ben. Dawson Knox has finally realized the potential I thought he had - it won't be long before he ascends the ladder into the single digits. Ertz remains a top 20 talent at the position after the trade, with the Cardinals offense finding ways to get him involved, especially in the red zone with DeAndre Hopkins hurt. I like Dan Arnold a lot - with the exception of last week, he's been the only reliable target for Trevor Lawrence this season. Robert Tonyan's injury and lack of usage before that slides him down. Foster Moreau has flashed in stretches this season in relief of Darren Waller or in 2 TE sets, and he could move into the top 25 soon. Tommy Tremble is a name I liked a lot before the season that hasn't been able to get it going yet, similar to Carolina's other talented rookie Terrace Marshall Jr. Hayden Hurst could ascend the list in a hurry again, but being the number 2 TE behind Kyle Pitts doesn't help him. - Tessmonster
Irv Smith Jr.
Donald Parham Jr.