Top 50 Dynasty TE Rankings for Fantasy Football 2019
Tight Ends are an increasingly important position in fantasy football leagues because of the extreme dropoff in production after the top three or so. Because of this, the best strategy is often to grab one of the three safe starters at the top or get very good at identifying later-round value targets you can mix and match to find a winning formula. That said, these fantasy football dynasty TE rankings will be my best attempt to provide a guide on how to value these TEs for the 2-3 year window we use in dynasty leagues. Let’s break it down in tiers and dive in.
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Dynasty TE Rankings for 2019
The Big Three (1-3)
Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle populate this tier, though Kelce stands a bit above the rest with the ongoing situation surrounding Tyreek Hill. If Hill is suspended for a significant amount of time, Kelce could see a target share no TE has ever touched. Only 29 years old, there is still a solid 3-4 years of top-level effectiveness for KC’s de-facto WR1.
Ertz and Kittle find themselves in similar positions as the clear number one target in their offenses but situations have changed a bit for them. Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and a healthy stable of RBs should command more looks than last year which could possibly put a cap on Kittle’s ceiling. In Philadelphia, Ertz will have to compete with DeSean Jackson, JJ Arcega Whiteside, and a pass-catching option in the backfield in Miles Sanders to maintain his target share. The presence of Dallas Goedert, a direct backup to Ertz and one who will see the field in Philly’s 12 personnel sets, could also make one wonder how long Ertz and his $12M cap hit for 2020 stay with the team.
Threats to Break into Top 3 Dynasty TE Rankings (4-7)
O.J. Howard, Even Engram, and Eric Ebron are the three TEs outside the top tier of dynasty TE rankings that have a legitimate shot at breaking into the grouping above them. Howard and Ebron had average depth of target numbers among the league leaders at the position last season. Engram is quite possibly his team’s new target #1 after the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. Ebron does have the added pitfall of competition at his own position in Jack Doyle but one would reason that usage rates for the two would shift toward Ebron after last season’s performance. Howard will be third on the target totem pole behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin for the foreseeable future. Still, if you’re looking for young talent at the position poised to break out… look no further. Hunter Henry could also arguably be added to this tier, though coming off a severe ACL injury gives some pause.
High Powered Committee TEs (8-20)
In this tier of my dynasty TE rankings are guys who will be effective fantasy producers this season and potentially beyond. But they will likely be much more inconsistent then the players listed above them. David Njoku, Noah Fant, and T.J. Hockenson likely have the highest ceilings in this tier of TEs but challenges to top-level production abound. Solid veterans like Austin Hooper, Vance McDonald, and Jared Cook also find themselves listed here. The main takeaway from this group should be that you likely want to roster 2-3 of these guys on your dynasty squads to play the matchups and get the most out of your TE room.
Risky Bets (21-31)
Ian Thomas tops this group of “mostly” young players who should be factors down the line but find themselves stuck outside of a starting role for the time being. Veterans like Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker, and Kyle Rudolph so have some value as it stands but are likely moving toward the end of their period of being effective and consistent dynasty assets. Pick your poison among those in this group but understand that you will likely be amongst the worst at the TE position in your league if you only rely on the guys in this group.
The Rest (32-50)
These guys are unknowns for all intents and purposes and should be treated as such. While young players like Josh Oliver, Kahale Warring, and Jace Sternberger populate this list, it is important to remember that roles for these guys are currently unknown. Many of these players are quality additions to the bottom of most dynasty rosters but little to no production should be expected immediately. It is important to play the long game when rostering these guys and the veterans in this list should only be seen as stop gaps.
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Etan Mozia has been involved with sports as a whole for over two decades and has written about athletics in some capacity since 2005. Focused primarily on the NFL and EPL, Etan has seen his work featured on sites like FantasyPros, Advanced Sports Logic, and FFD260 among others. Currently, his work is housed on FantraxHQ and FantasyPros. An avid lover of dynasty leagues specifically, you can also listen to him on his podcast, The Dynasty Diagnostic (@DynoDiagnostic), as he breaks down rosters and provides pertinent and practical advice for dynasty squads looking to give their team an edge. Follow him on twitter @EtanMozia.
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