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2022 Fantasy Football: TE Rankings

The NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror and now that the draft dust has settled, it’s time to look ahead to the 2022 fantasy football season!  With that in mind, let’s dive into some early positional rankings.  Let’s start by taking a look at everyone’s favorite position, tight end!  Listed below are my 2022 tight end rankings, complete with comments and based on half-PPR scoring.  Also, if you’re interested in my 2022 quarterback rankings, you can find them here.

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2022 TE Rankings

1Travis KelceKCArguably the most stable TE in the league. Kelce will likely soak up more targets with Tyreek Hill no longer in Kansas City.
2Mark AndrewsBALAndrews led the Ravens (and all TEs) in targets and receptions last season. He should get even more volume this season with the trade of Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.
3Kyle PittsATLOnly three TEs finished with more than 1,000 receiving yards in 2021 -- Mark Andrews, Travis Kelce and Kyle Pitts. Pitts should continue to see volume in an offense lacking quality receivers. Look for him to score more than one TD this season, too.
4Darren WallerLVInjuries limited Waller to 11 games last season. While he'll lose some targets to newly acquired Davante Adams, he'll still be a focal point of this offense -- he totaled over 115 targets and 1,100 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020.
5George KittleSFKittle scored a career-best six TDs last season. He's one of the 49ers' best pass-catchers and could benefit with Trey Lance under center.
6Dalton SchultzDALA surprising TE3 finish last season fueled by 808 receiving yards and eight TDs. Schultz trailed only CeeDee Lamb in targets in 2022 and should continue to get looks with Amari Cooper no longer in Dallas.
7T.J. HockensonDETDespite missing four games with a hand injury, Hockenson was the second-most targeted player on the Lions in 2021. This is not a high-scoring offense, but Hockenson will get volume and that's key at the position.
8Dallas GoedertPHIGoedert could finish better than TE8 in his first full season without Zach Ertz in the picture.
9Zach ErtzARIErtz finished 2021 strong. In his final four games, he saw at least nine targets and totaled 253 receiving yards. It's Ertz's first full season as the Cardinals' primary TE, so expect him to take advantage of the plus passing opportunities. He's a solid TE1 option.
10Dawson KnoxBUFKnox made the most of his 71 targets last season by scoring nine TDs -- second on the team only to Stefon Diggs' 10 TDs. Knox may not have the passing volume that other TE1s have, but he benefits from being on one of the league's most high-powered offenses.
11Pat FreiermuthPITFreiermuth didn't rack up a ton of receiving yards last season (397), but he was a force in the red zone and scored seven TDs. He'll likely have a similar role this season and could be a nice safety blanket for Mitchell Trubisky and/or Kenny Pickett.
12Mike GesickiMIAGesicki was second to Jaylen Waddle in targets last year, and his target share has increased each year since he entered the league in 2018. The addition of WR Tyreek Hill could threaten some of his volume, but he makes for a fine low-tier TE1.
13Albert OkwuegbunamDENAll arrows are up for Albert O. He gets an upgrade at QB and will operate as the team's primary TE. He's a TE2 who could easily push himself into TE1 territory.
14Hunter HenryNEHenry scored nine TDs and finished as a top-10 TE last season. He's a decent TE2, but he's TD-dependent and newly acquired WR DeVante Parker could cut into some of his red zone volume.
15Rob GronkowskiFAIf Gronkowski decides to play in 2022, he's a TE1 no matter where he lands.
16Cole KmetCHIKmet was the Bears' second-leading receiver last season with 60 receptions and 612 yards. He failed to find the end zone, but he should benefit from a new coaching staff and a full season with Justin Fields under center.
17Irv Smith JrMINSmith should be on track to start the season after missing all of 2021 with a meniscus injury. He was slated to have a bigger role last season, and there's no reason to think he won't this season. Consider Smith a solid TE2 with upside.
18Robert TonyanGBTonyan tore his ACL mid-season last year, and should be able to return for the start of the 2022 season. Assuming he's ready to go, he could be heavily leaned on after the Davante Adams trade. He's a TE2, but there's definitely some upside here.
19David NjokuCLEWith Austin Hooper out of Cleveland, Njoku could step into a bigger role -- assuming he won't have to split TE duties with Harrison Bryant.
20Logan ThomasWASThomas will begin the season on the IR after tearing his ACL last year. The Commanders like to utilize their TEs and Thomas is only a season removed from a TE7 finish. With Carson Wentz now under center, Thomas could be worth a stash, depending on your league format and number of IR spots.
21Tyler HigbeeLARHigbee finished the season with 560 receiving yards and five TDs. The Rams are a pass-heavy offense, but there a lot of mouths to feed. Consider Higbee a low-range TE2.
22Mo Alie-CoxINDAlie-Cox should take over lead TE duties now that Jack Doyle retired. He's an athletic TE on a team that likes to throw to its TEs. Alie-Cox is a TE2 with upside.
23Gerald EverettLACEverett now finds himself in a more TE-friendly offense with the Chargers. However, he'll likely be splitting duties with fellow TE Donald Parham, limiting both of their upsides.
24Noah FantSEAPoor QB play limited Fant in Denver, and it looks like that will continue in Seattle.
25Hayden HurstCINFormer TE C.J. Uzomah scored five TDs last season and there's no reason to think Hurst can't do the same. He's a TE2 with sneaky scoring upside on a potent offense.
26Evan EngramJAXPerhaps a change of scenery will do Engram some good. However, he has more dropped passes than TDs in each of the last two seasons, and hasn't finished better than TE13 since 2018.
27Austin HooperTENHooper is no longer in a three-headed TE committee, and he could be a sneaky receiving option for Tannehill.
28Brevin JordanHOUIt's likely Jordan will make strides in his sophomore season, but the Texans' offense runs through Brandin Cooks.
29Adam TrautmanNOTrautman could be the fourth receiving option in a conservative pass offense. Pass.
30Harrison BryantCLEDavid Njoku should have the TE1 role locked up for the Browns this season, but the team has been known to operate a TE committee. Stay tuned.
31Jonnu SmithNESmith was used primarily as a blocking TE last season. Hunter Henry is the TE you want to roster on this team.
32C.J. UzomahNYJThe Jets added both Uzomah and Tyler Conklin this offseason. Their usage is unclear and they will likely cancel each other out. Avoid.
33Tyler ConklinNYJBoth Conklin and C.J. Uzomah will likely be undraftable outside of TE-premium leagues, and even that's a stretch.
34Donald Parham Jr.LACParham split TE duties with Jared Cook last season and he'll do the same with Gerald Everett this season. His upside will continue to be limited.
35OJ HowardBUFHoward will likely play backup to Dawson Knox, but it wouldn't be surprising if he snags a TD or two. His fantasy value will soar if Knox gets injured.
36Tommy TrembleCARTremble could be a security blanket for Sam Darnold and/or Matt Corral, but there's not much upside here.
37Dan ArnoldJAXArnold saw 52 targets in 11 games last season, but failed to find the end zone. The Jaguars brought on Evan Engram in the offseason, making Arnold's future uncertain.
38Cameron BrateTBMuch of Brate's fantasy value depends on whether Rob Gronkowski returns to the Bucs.
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