With season-long fantasy football drafts right around the corner, five of our top NFL writers have compiled their list of top 10 Tight Ends for the 2019 NFL season. These rankings are based off of standard PPR scoring via DraftKings and can be used as a cheat sheet for your fantasy football drafts. All five writers submitted their top 10 and the composite rankings are listed below. Our writers also provided in-depth analysis for tight ends they found stood out as sleepers or potential busts.
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Top 10 Tight Ends
1) Travis Kelce, Chiefs
2) George Kittle, 49ers
3) Zach Ertz, Eagles
4) O.J. Howard, Bucs
5) Hunter Henry, Chargers
6) Evan Engram, Giants
Injuries hampered the 2018 season for Engram, who played in 11 games and caught 45 of 64 targets for 577 yards and three touchdowns for the Giants. With the team now moving on without Odell Beckham Jr., Engram should be in line for a healthy amount of targets along with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Saquon Barkley. Engram should also be utilized heavy in the red zone, making him an enticing option outside of the top three players at tight end. — Steve Buchanan (his rank: 4)
7) Jared Cook, Saints
Considering he’s now on one of only three teams to average more than four red-zone scoring drives per game, Cook was always going to be a lock to make the top 10 at tight end. However, I would advise tempered expectations from the 32-year-old coming off a career season. While Oakland clearly wasn’t an offensive haven, they did run a system that was entirely focused on Cook after the departure of Amari Cooper. In fact, from Week 8 forward, a league-high 41% of the Raiders’ targets inside their opponents’ 20-yard line were intended to the TE position. That’s a massive volume share in the highest leverage situation. For the sake of comparison, with studs like Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas available, the Saints targeted their TEs on just 10% of passes in the red zone. That was the lowest mark in the NFC. Cook will be viable, but he’ll be well down the pecking order in New Orleans. — Garion Thorne (his rank: 8)
8) David Njoku, Browns
If you want to call Njoku disappointing after last season, I won’t blame you. With a legitimate chance to really make a difference in the Browns’ offense, Njoku sputtered to a line of 56-639-4. However, with a new look Cleveland offensive attack ahead, I’m very optimistic Njoku can succeed in 2019. With head coach Freddie Kitchens expected to continue calling plays, that should be nothing but good news for Njoku, who caught 25 receptions for 342 yards and two touchdowns once the change took place. — Steve Buchanan (his rank: 9)
9) Eric Ebron, Colts
10) Vance McDonald
Tight end gets really thin after the top-3 options, but McDonald stands out as someone to target in the back end of the TE1 conversation. He posted a 50-610-4 line in 2018 but should assume a larger role with Antonio Brown out of the picture. Pittsburgh has cleared out at the TE position, so the job should belong to McDonald alone. — Julian Edlow (his rank: 9)
Also receiving votes: Austin Hooper, Falcons; Noah Fant, Broncos; Delanie Walker, Titans
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