Tight ends are the catchers of fantasy football. They score in all the same categories as wide receivers but there’s a definite lack of production and depth at the position. Travis Kelce has dominated the tight end rankings for the last seven years. He’ll turn 34 years old in October. Can he maintain his dominance? Are there any other tight ends ready to step in and take his place? Does his dominance at the position make him worthy of a first-round pick in your upcoming fantasy football drafts?
Our team of analysts dealt with these questions and more as they hammered out our consensus tight end rankings. Read on to see how our team dealt with the tight end position. You can also check out our Quarterback Rankings, Running Back, and Wide Receiver rankings.
The 2023 Tight End Pool
We can learn plenty about the 2023 tight end pool by looking back at 2022.
As we’ve come to expect, Kelce dominates the position in virtually every category. He was the leader at the position in Targets (152), Receptions (110), Yards (1,338), and TDs (12). Based on standard scoring he tallied more than 60 fantasy points above any other tight end. In fact on a per-game basis, Travis Kelce scored twice the fantasy points of all tight ends but for T.J. Hockenson and Mark Andrews.
There were other tight ends that figured heavily in their team’s passing attacks. Hockenson, Andrews, and Tyler Higbee all got more than 100 targets, with Evan Engram and Pat Freiermuth just missing that mark with 98.
Hockenson and Andrews were the only other tight ends with even 800+ yards receiving. George Kittle did snag 11 touchdown passes, but no other tight end had more than seven.
As you’ll see below, none of our analysts seem to think Kelce’s dominance is ready to end. It is interesting to see how they rank the rest of the tight end field. First, let’s meet those analysts.
Meet the Rankers
Seven of our best analysts put their heads (and rankings) together to come away with our consensus 2023 tight end rankings.
- Ray Kuhn – @Ray_Kuhn_28 (RK)
- Michael Quintero – @WeekendMike (MQ)
- Colin McTamany – @Colin_McT (CM)
- Cliff Williams – @CliffWilliams_ (CW)
- Sean Malone – @SMalone27 (SM)
- Meng Song – @FFA_Meng (MS)
- Bradlee Kilgore (BK)
Consensus 2023 Tight End Rankings
The following tight end rankings are based on standard non-PPR scoring. You can sort the rankings by a specific analyst by clicking their initials at the top of their column. You can see how a specific player scored in our rankings by typing that player’s name in the search box.
For more great rankings and analysis, make sure to check out our 2023 Fantasy Football Draft Kit!
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