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Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 1 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR tight ends going into Week 1 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines during the first half of the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 20, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 17-10. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Thursday injury update

Evan Engram, Giants — Engram didn’t practice on Thursday and will likely miss Week 1. Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith appear to be on track to play.

Noah Fant, Broncos — Fant was limited on Wednesday with a leg injury, but all signs point to him playing against the Giants this week.

Adam Trautman, Saints — Trautman wasn’t listed on the injury report so should be a full go against the Packers.

Hunter Henry, Patriots — Henry has dealt with a shoulder injury this preseason, but wasn’t listed on the injury report for the Patriots tilt vs. the Dolphins.


Last season there were very few tight ends who you could call good fantasy football contributors. There are always those guys who we think will break out with a bigger workload, but then they never get a bigger workload. Figuring out a team’s offensive schemes and how they pertain to tight ends is never easy. We know that Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and George Kittle are going to get their usage, but after those studs, it gets tougher to find safe fantasy tight ends.

Tight End streamers

With so few sure things, streaming tight ends becomes a viable option. Week 1 it’s tougher to do that without solid information on pass routes run, targets, and the like, but it’s worth a shot.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Giants

This situation is worth monitoring, as Evan Engram is a long shot to play and Kaden Smith missed practice on Monday. Rudolph recently passed his physical and could end up as the healthiest tight end on the team as they take on the Broncos.

Dawson Knox, TE, Bills

Knox is a bit of a dart throw, but all signs have been good this training camp. Knox has taken a step forward according to beat writers and coaches and I expect him to be a solid red zone target this season.

Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles

It seemed inevitable that Ertz would be traded this offseason, but it never materialized. And it appears he’s had a strong camp and will be used alongside Dallas Goedert. Goedert has been the preferred tight end to draft, but Ertz is going to be a factor and he gets the lowly Falcons in Week 1.

TE Standard Rankings Week 1

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs CLE
2 George Kittle SF @ DET
3 Darren Waller LV vs BAL
4 Mark Andrews BAL @ LV
5 Kyle Pitts ATL vs PHI
6 Robert Tonyan GB @ NO
7 T.J. Hockenson DET vs SF
8 Jonnu Smith NE vs MIA
9 Logan Thomas WAS vs LAC
10 Mike Gesicki MIA @ NE
11 Noah Fant DEN @ NYG
12 Dallas Goedert PHI @ ATL
13 Zach Ertz PHI @ ATL
14 Rob Gronkowski TB vs DAL
15 Gerald Everett SEA @ IND
16 Austin Hooper CLE @ KC
17 Dawson Knox BUF vs PIT
18 Kyle Rudolph NYG vs DEN
19 Tyler Higbee LAR vs CHI
20 Jared Cook LAC @ WAS
21 Cole Kmet CHI @ LAR
22 Eric Ebron PIT @ BUF
23 Anthony Firkser TEN vs ARI
24 Hunter Henry NE vs MIA
25 Blake Jarwin DAL @ TB
26 Tyler Conklin MIN @ CIN
27 Hayden Hurst ATL vs PHI
28 Dan Arnold CAR vs NYJ
29 Jack Doyle IND vs SEA
30 Adam Trautman NO vs GB
31 O.J. Howard TB vs DAL
32 Donald Parham Jr. LAC @ WAS
33 Brevin Jordan HOU vs JAC
34 Chris Herndon IV MIN @ CIN
35 Tyler Kroft NYJ @ CAR
36 Mo Alie-Cox IND vs SEA
37 Dalton Schultz DAL @ TB
38 Jordan Akins HOU vs JAC
39 Kaden Smith NYG vs DEN
40 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ BUF
41 C.J. Uzomah CIN vs MIN
42 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN @ NYG
43 Noah Gray KC vs CLE
44 Juwan Johnson NO vs GB
45 Jimmy Graham CHI @ LAR
46 Jacob Harris LAR vs CHI
47 Kylen Granson IND vs SEA
48 David Njoku CLE @ KC
49 Ian Thomas CAR vs NYJ
50 Will Dissly SEA @ IND
51 Harrison Bryant CLE @ KC
52 Geoff Swaim TEN vs ARI
53 Cameron Brate TB vs DAL
54 Darren Fells DET vs SF
55 Drew Sample CIN vs MIN