Going through each position group and how you should attack drafting them in your fantasy draft Tight Ends are the shallowest group. Making fantasy football TE rankings by tier very important. There is a group of 3 at the top, then a group of 4 before a big drop off. It’s also not a position where players have breakout seasons on the regular. Apart from Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders, I can’t think of a single Tight End that has come out of relative obscurity. A big reason why players don’t pop up out of nowhere is because of the nuance the position comes with. It’s not good enough to simply catch the ball- you have to be a top level blocker as well. Fantasy football TE rankings by tier.
Top Performing Tight Ends in 2021
Last season Mark Andrews finished almost 40 points ahead of Travis Kelce as the top performing Tight End. Dalton Schultz finished almost 60 points behind Kelce, and he was the only other TE to eclipse the 200 point mark. Rob Gronkowski’s retirement make a thin position even thinner. In fact, Gronk was the 3rd highest scorer in points per game, and finished 7th in points in only 12 games played. Don’t expect a rookie to come out of obscurity this season either. Kyle Pitts in 2021 was the exception as a rookie Tight End the way that he burst on to the scene. Pat Freiermuth was solid rookie, and should be improved in 2022, but both of those names were 1st round picks. The highest drafted rookie this season was 55 and by the Cardinals who have Zach Ertz.
Another problem with Tight Ends is durability. The position is so demanding on the body that only 5 of the top 15 scoring Tight Ends played all 17 games in 2021. This presents a difficult conundrum for fantasy owners. It’s not good enough to just have a stud at the position. You need to have a solid backup because it’s likely that you’ll need that backup for at least a few weeks. Here are your Fantasy Football TE Rankings by tier.