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Non-PPR tight end rankings in 2020 fantasy football (8/28 update)

Tight ends have big upside if you can catch that breakout player, who will it be in 2020? We rank tight ends in fantasy football.

Tight end Mark Andrews #89 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after catching a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2019 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 31-15. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

August 28th update: With just two weeks until the season opener between the Chiefs and Texans, your fantasy football drafts are closing in fast. So far, knocking on wood while crossing my fingers, no prominent tight ends have gone down with season-ending injuries in training camp. That will likely change, as it always seems to happen, but we haven’t had to make any drastic changes in the rankings yet.

The good news is that plenty of tight ends have shown up well in training camp so far. Chris Herndon, Trey Burton, Logan Thomas, and Jordan Akins have all shown enough to get bumps in the rankings.

Check out our printable drafting tiers!


Football is fast approaching! The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to start on September, but in the meantime, a new set of protocols included no preseason games, and more limited media coverage. It will make things tougher evaluating camp battles, but it’s never been that easy as it is. That makes fantasy football draft preparations a little different than in recent seasons.

Below you will find our fantasy football tight end non-PPR rankings. Training camp is meaningful and what we learn over the month will help us rank these players more accurately. But, the bulk of evaluation has been done already. At this point rankings will move based on injuries, camp battles, and perceived depth chart moves.

Tier 1

Travis Kelce, George Kittle will continue to have high floors. Kelce’s target share in an offense that is extremely efficient with Patrick Mahomes in the lead, keeps him at the top of the list. George Kittle has the ability to pass Kelce, but in the offense Kyle Shanahan wants, Kittle isn’t going to be a 25-30 percent target share kind of player. His efficiency and yards after the catch should keep him in close competition with Kelce for that No. 1 slot though.

Tier 2

This tier has plenty of upside and consistency with Mark Andrews, Zach Ertz, Darren Waller, and Evan Engram all likely to be big parts of their offense. We know Andrews will be a top target in Baltimore, and he makes a better non-PPR tight end than PPR. Engram’s trouble comes down to injuries. If he can stay healthy, he could move into the top slots. Darren Waller got some competition for targets in the draft, but should still be Derek Carr’s safety valve and has a good chance to again be the Raiders No. 1 target.

Movers and Shakers

Patriots rookie tight end Devin Asiasi has had a nice camp, and there is a starting job up for the taking in New England. With Jace Sternberger on the Covid-19 list early in training camp, Robert Tonyan has been able to shine. There is still time, but Tonyan has a real shot at winning the job.

Tight end rankings for 2021 half-PPR fantasy football

Rk Name Team
Rk Name Team
1 Travis Kelce KC
2 George Kittle SF
3 Darren Waller LV
4 Mark Andrews BAL
5 T.J. Hockenson DET
6 Noah Fant DEN
7 Hunter Henry LAC
8 Dallas Goedert PHI
9 Mike Gesicki MIA
10 Robert Tonyan GB
11 Evan Engram NYG
12 Logan Thomas WAS
13 Jonnu Smith TEN
14 Irv Smith Jr. MIN
15 Hayden Hurst ATL
16 Rob Gronkowski TB
17 Blake Jarwin DAL
18 Tyler Higbee LAR
19 Zach Ertz PHI
20 Austin Hooper CLE
21 Eric Ebron PIT
22 Cole Kmet CHI
23 Jared Cook NO
24 O.J. Howard TB
25 Chris Herndon IV NYJ
26 Dawson Knox BUF
27 Gerald Everett LAR
28 Jack Doyle IND
29 Jimmy Graham CHI
30 Ian Thomas CAR
31 Dan Arnold ARI
32 Tyler Eifert JAC
33 Kyle Rudolph MIN
34 Kyle Pitts FA
35 Will Dissly SEA