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Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 20 tight ends to draft in your league

Fantasy football rankings 2019: Top 20 tight ends to draft in your league

The NFL in 2019 is a passing league, and this means that tight end is one of the most important positions for your fantasy football team.

New England Patriots legend Rob Gronkowski has retired, taking away one of the most dominant fantasy tight ends in league (and fantasy football) history. Even without Gronk, there still are many quality options to target in your league’s draft.

Let’s go through the top 20 tight ends for the 2019 fantasy football season.

TIER 1

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (Week 12 bye)
Catching passes from a 5,000-yard passer and league MVP makes Travis Kelce the top tight end in fantasy football. In fairness, Kelce was a top-tier tight end before Patrick Mahomes became the Chiefs' starting quarterback. Mahomes did, however, improve Kelce's stats to even higher levels. Kelce ranked second among tight ends in both receptions (103) and touchdowns (10) last season.

2. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (Week 4)
Kittle was among the biggest breakout stars of the 2018 NFL season. He led all tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards and tallied five touchdown receptions. We should expect similar production from Kittle with talented 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returning from major knee surgery.

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (Week 10)
Ertz is among the most reliable fantasy tight ends. He led all players at the position with 116 receptions in 2018, in addition to tallying 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Ertz should once again be among Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's top targets in 2019.

TIER 2

4. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 7)
Howard is likely to be the next breakout star at tight end. The University of Alabama product played 10 games as a rookie and tallied 34 receptions for 556 yards and five touchdowns. Four of those scores came in his last six games. 

5. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts (Week 6)
Ebron led all tight ends in 2018 with a career-high 13 touchdown receptions, as well as 750 yards and 66 receptions (on 110 targets!). Andrew Luck's retirement hurts, and Ebron probably won't get to 13 touchdowns again, but nine or 10 scores in 2019 certainly is a fair expectation. 

6. Evan Engram, New York Giants (Week 11)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning has to throw to someone now that elite wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has left the team, and Engram likely will be the pass-catcher in New York who benefits the most. Engram caught 45 passes for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, and we should expect those numbers to increase substantially now that he's the best target in the Giants' passing game.

7. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints (Week 9)
Cook was one of the few bright spots in Oakland last season after tallying 68 receptions for 896 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, only four tight ends had more catches than Cook a season ago. Cook now is the No. 1 tight end for legendary Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who, as we saw for many years with Jimmy Graham, loves throwing to tight ends. The Saints offense is loaded, and Cook could benefit with a bunch of 1-on-1 matchups while defenses focus most of their attention on covering wide receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara.

TIER 3

8. Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 7)
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has not been afraid to make tight ends a pivotal part of the team's passing attack, and with elite wide receiver Antonio Brown gone, McDonald should be the No. 2 pass-catcher in Pittsburgh behind wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. McDonald caught 50 passes for 610 yards and four touchdowns last season. 

9. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (Week 12)
Henry tallied 12 touchdown receptions in his first two NFL seasons before an ACL tear forced him to miss all of the 2018 campaign. Henry is healthy again and will be among the primary targets for one of the most prolific passers in the league -- Chargers quarterback Phllip Rivers.

10. Austin Hooper, Atlants Falcons (Week 9)
Hooper is a great tight end for PPR leagues. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan ranked third in the NFL in pass attempts last season, and he targeted Hooper 88 times. Hooper ranked fourth among tight ends with 71 catches, along with 660 yards and four touchdowns.

TIER 4

11. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (Week 12)

12. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (Week 7)

13. Trey Burton, Chicago Bears (Week 6)

14. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Week 11)

15. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (Week 10)

TIER 5

16. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (Week 8)

17. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (Week 6)

18. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (Week 7)

19. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers (Week 11)

20. T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (Week 5)

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

Fantasy football Week 15 waiver wire: Can A.J. Brown deliver in playoffs?

You didn't come this far just to come this far.

Week 15 of the NFL season means it's the semifinal round of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues.

If you're reading this, congrats on still being alive. But you're not interested in a runner-up trophy, and we're not interested in providing runner-up advice.

Below are the top players at each position who are widely available on fantasy football waiver wires and are worth adding for Week 15 as you seek fantasy glory.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We'll continue to put Tannehill on this list until he's owned in more than half of leagues. The Titans gunslinger was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy last week and faces a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 309 passing yards and three touchdowns to Drew Lock. He's your guy again this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Jacoby Brissett (IND), Kyle Allen (CAR)

RUNNING BACK

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (40 percent owned): News that Derrius Guice has a sprained MCL means Peterson is the clear-cut workhorse on a team that loves to run the ball. The ageless veteran has touchdowns in back-to-back weeks and should see north of 20 touches against the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the safest waiver wire pickup among running backs.

Other running backs to target: DeAndre Washington (OAK), Patrick Laird (MIA), Boston Scott (PHI)

WIDE RECEIVER

A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans (27 percent owned): The rookie wide receiver has become Tannehill's go-to deep threat, with 333 receiving yards over his last three games. Brown's low catch total makes him a bit of a boom-or-bust play, but it's the playoffs. Gotta take shots to make shots.

Other wide receivers to target: Zach Pascal (IND), Darius Slayton (NYG), Justin Watson (TB)

TIGHT END

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37 percent owned): Njoku caught just one pass for four yards in his first game since Week 2, but has a dream matchup against an Arizona Cardinals defense that's given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. He's a high-risk breakout candidate.

Other tight ends to target: Gerald Everett (LAR), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Kansas City Chiefs (32 percent owned): Is the Chiefs defense ... good? Kansas City has held each of its last opponents (including the New England Patriots) to 16 points or fewer. The Denver Broncos are riding high after upsetting the Texans, but we're sensing a turnover-filled letdown game in KC.

Other defenses to target: Oakland (vs. JAX), Seattle (at CAR)

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