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Tight end rankings for 2021 fantasy football

Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft have shuffled the rankings around. See where your favorite players have landed.

Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders makes a catch against free safety Eric Rowe #21 of the Miami Dolphins in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

UPDATE 6/8

Tight ends haven’t changed much over the last few weeks, but Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst both get a slight bump with Julio Jones out of Atlanta. How those two will split work is an open question right now. Hopefully we’ll have a better idea once we get into training camp.

Anthony Firkser probably loses a little shine with Jones in town, but he’d likely have see similar targets


The NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror and the bulk of free agency is over. Rankings will evolve with trades and news, but overall, fantasy skill positions are fairly set at this point. That means it’s time to see where we are in the 2021 fantasy football rankings. As we close in on the season, we’ll split this up into standard and PPR, but until then, let’s go with .5 point PPR scoring.

Tight ends remain one of the more annoying fantasy positions in the league. For all the talk of tight ends evolving into offensive weapons now that offenses lean on the passing game, it hasn’t turned into many stud fantasy tight ends. Yes, we have Travis Kelce and George Kittle and now Darren Waller, but the position remains very thin for fantasy. If you don’t get one of those Top 3, you might as well wait to draft a tight end and hope to hit on a couple that allow you to stream the position late.

Yes, I like a lot of tight ends who could end up putting up strong numbers. T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, Irv Smith Jr., Tyler Higbee and Blake Jarwin are all guys I’ll want on my fake teams, but you cannot count on them and there is no reason to reach to draft anyone other than the Top 3 studs. This makes those top guys even more valuable and I see no reason not to grab them in the first two rounds.

2021 Tight End Rankings

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 Dallas Goedert PHI
7 Noah Fant DEN
8 Kyle Pitts ATL
9 Tyler Higbee LAR
10 Irv Smith Jr. MIN
11 Logan Thomas WAS
12 Robert Tonyan GB
13 Mike Gesicki MIA
14 Hunter Henry NE
15 Evan Engram NYG
16 Jonnu Smith NE
17 Blake Jarwin DAL
18 Jared Cook LAC
19 Hayden Hurst ATL
20 Rob Gronkowski TB
21 Cole Kmet CHI
22 Dawson Knox BUF
23 Austin Hooper CLE
24 Gerald Everett SEA
25 Zach Ertz PHI
26 Eric Ebron PIT
27 Adam Trautman NO
28 Anthony Firkser TEN
29 Dan Arnold CAR
30 Mo Alie-Cox IND
31 Chris Herndon IV NYJ
32 O.J. Howard TB
33 Donald Parham Jr. LAC
34 Jordan Akins HOU
35 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN
36 Jack Doyle IND
37 Dalton Schultz DAL
38 Pat Freiermuth PIT
39 Harrison Bryant CLE
40 Hunter Long MIA
41 David Njoku CLE
42 Cameron Brate TB
43 Geoff Swaim TEN
44 Will Dissly SEA
45 Jimmy Graham CHI
46 Kyle Rudolph NYG
47 Brevin Jordan HOU
48 Drew Sample CIN
49 Foster Moreau LV
50 Ryan Griffin NYJ
51 C.J. Uzomah CIN
52 Jacob Hollister BUF
53 Kahale Warring HOU
54 Josh Oliver BAL
55 Ian Thomas CAR
56 Brycen Hopkins LAR
57 Jace Sternberger GB
58 Kylen Granson IND
59 Josiah Deguara GB
60 Trey Burton IND
61 Tyler Eifert JAC
62 Devin Asiasi NE
63 Darren Fells DET
64 Adam Shaheen MIA
65 Troy Fumagalli NE
66 Colby Parkinson SEA
67 Dalton Keene NE
68 Maxx Williams ARI
69 James O'Shaughnessy JAC
70 Tre' McKitty LAC