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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 5/29/17
Doug Orth | Archive | Email |

Considerations for TE
  • Talent
  • Three years of solid (or better) production remaining
  • Age of player
  • Durability
  • Proven consistency
  • Age/skill of supporting cast
  • Coaching/scheme stability/situation
These rankings are for PPR leagues, where each touchdown is worth six points. I will release my next set of rankings after the NFL Draft and then update the rankings again before the start of the 2017 regular season.

Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Rob Gronkowski NE 28
  2 Travis Kelce KC 28
  3 Jordan Reed WAS 27
Tier 2
  4 Tyler Eifert CIN 27
  5 Greg Olsen CAR 32
6 O.J. Howard TB 23
  7 Hunter Henry LAC 22
  8 Kyle Rudolph MIN 28
  9 Jimmy Graham SEA 30
10 David Njoku CLE 21
11 Evan Engram NYG 23
  12 Martellus Bennett GB 30
  13 Delanie Walker TEN 33
Tier 3
  14 Eric Ebron DET 24
  15 Zach Ertz PHI 26
  16 Jack Doyle IND 27
  17 Austin Hooper ATL 23
18 Gerald Everett LAR 23
19 Adam Shaheen CHI 24
Tier 4
20 Julius Thomas MIA 29
21 Jake Butt DEN 22
  22 Charles Clay BUF 28
  23 Coby Fleener NO 29
24 C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU 26
25 Jared Cook OAK 30
  26 Dennis Pitta BAL 32
27 Cameron Brate TB 26
28 Erik Swoope IND 25
  29 Jesse James PIT 23
Tier 5
30 Zach Miller CHI 33
  31 Dwayne Allen NE 27
32 A.J. Derby DEN 26
  33 Gary Barnidge FA 32
34 Trey Burton PHI 26
  35 Antonio Gates LAC 37
  36 Jason Witten DAL 35
Tier 6
37 Jonnu Smith TEN 22
38 George Kittle SF 24
39 Bucky Hodges MIN 22
  40 Josh Hill NO 27
  Rob Gronkowski, NE: If he can stay healthy in 2017, it may not be the worst idea to sell this stock while it is still high.

  Travis Kelce, KC: Case can be made for No. 1 spot given his durability compared to other top options.

  Tyler Eifert, CIN: Played only 22 of a possible 48 games since 2013; owners need to view him as luxury, not foundation piece.

O.J. Howard, TB: Most complete tight end to enter league in a few years.

  Hunter Henry, LAC: Posted a 36-478-8 line as a part-time rookie; hard not to like him despite all of the Bolts' WR weapons.

David Njoku, CLE: QB major factor keeping this amazing talent back from being top rookie at his position long-term.

Evan Engram, NYG: Despite OC belief he can be a traditional TE, expect this rookie to become more of a slot receiver.

  Martellus Bennett, GB: Should be a rock-solid TE1 for at least the next two years catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.

  Zach Ertz, PHI: Regression should be expected in 2017 with influx of receiving weapons.

Gerald Everett, LAR: New HC Sean McVay's hand-picked choice to be the Rams' version of Jordan Reed.

Adam Shaheen, CHI: Absolute beast (6-6, 277) has to make big jump from Division II but has the goods.

Julius Thomas, MIA: Reunion with HC Adam Gase could allow him to squeeze one more TE1 year out of his injury-prone body.

Jake Butt, DEN: Once he fully recovers from ACL, he could very well be the long-term answer at TE in Denver.

  Coby Fleener, NO: Four straight seasons between 50-54 catches; time has almost run out for his "breakout".

Cameron Brate, TB: Figures to remain fairly involved despite addition of Howard, but rookie's arrival defenitely hurts his stock.

Erik Swoope, IND: Former basketball player could rival Doyle's 2016 production in the next year or two.

  Dwayne Allen, NE: Nearly impossible to ignore Pats TEs, even one as injury-prone as Allen.

Bucky Hodges, MIN: Entirely upon this supremely talented rookie to be more than just a "red zone guy".

Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.