Anyone who has ever played fantasy football before knows the value of having a good tight end.
In 2020, the tight end position is deeper than any year in recent history. For those who hope to get solid tight end value later in the draft, this season might be the year to do it. Still, with just one tight end in the lineup each week, you can't afford to have that player lay an egg.
Here are the best tight ends entering the 2020 season.
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2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL TE RANKINGS: PRESEASON
1. Travis Kelce -- Kansas City Chiefs (ADP 19)
- 2019 stats: 97 receptions, 1,229 yards, 5 TDs
- 2019 points: 157.3 (1)
Kelce was rewarded with a lucrative extension earlier this offseason, but the truth of the matter is he's worth every penny. The 30-year-old has turned in four consecutive 1,000-plus-yard season and is always a threat in the red zone. There is no better option at the position than Kelce.
2. George Kittle -- San Francisco 49ers (ADP 24)
- 2019 stats: 85 receptions, 1,053 yards, 5 TDs
- 2019 points: 137.5 (3)
Kittle is the No. 1 passing option on a team that was a few plays away from a Super Bowl title a year ago and has shown no signs of regression. Look no further for a tight end in fantasy, Kittle is as good as it gets. Just watch this if you don't believe me.
3. Zach Ertz -- Philadelphia Eagles (ADP 38)
- 2019 stats: 88 receptions, 916 yards, 6 TDs
- 2019 points: 127.6 (5)
Ertz's numbers have regressed over the past two seasons, but he still finished with 88 catches for 916 yards a season ago. Ertz was targeted 135 times last season, partially due to Philadelphia's poor run of injury luck at wide receiver. Although the Eagles added plenty of wideout talent this offseason, I think less attention from defenses on the tight end could ultimately result in better production for him.
4. Mark Andrews -- Baltimore Ravens (ADP 42)
- 2019 stats: 64 receptions, 852 yards, 10 TDs
- 2019 points: 143.2 (2)
In just his second season, Andrews emerged as MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson's favorite target in 2019, catching a team-high 10 touchdowns for the Ravens. Baltimore's three tight ends combined for 40% of targets last season, which was by far the highest in the NFL. Now, Hayden Hurst is in Atlanta, meaning Andrews' targets will only go up.
5. Darren Waller -- Las Vegas Raiders (ADP 55)
- 2019 stats: 90 receptions, 1,145 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 131.0 (4)
Waller was one of the best stories of the fantasy season a year ago, hauling in 90 catches for over 1,100 yards. The Raiders have added a couple of pass-catchers -- Henry Ruggs III and Jason Witten -- who will steal some targets from the tight end, but he remains a solid choice overall.
6. Evan Engram -- New York Giants (ADP 70)
- 2019 stats: 44 receptions, 467 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 65.4 (19)
When on the field, Engram is as good as anyone at the position. The Giants star averaged 8.5 targets per game last season, which was among the top five in the NFL. However, injuries have hampered Engram, who has missed 13 games over the past two seasons. Engram is a high risk-high reward play, but certainly a player worth taking a flyer on.
7. Hunter Henry -- Los Angeles Chargers (ADP 80)
- 2019 stats: 55 receptions, 652 yards, 5 TDs
- 2019 points: 95.2 (8)
Henry arguably has as much talent as anyone on this list other than Kelce or Kittle, but the system Henry plays in does not work in his favor. The Chargers have made it clear they are going to be a run-first team in 2020, and questions about Tyrod Taylor and the QB position as a whole remain. Henry has potential, but the question marks around him are hard to ignore.
8. Hayden Hurst -- Atlanta Falcons (ADP 110)
- 2019 stats: 30 receptions, 349 yards, 2 TDs
- 2019 points: 46.9 (34)
The Falcons let Austin Hooper walk in free agency, and in turn, traded for Hurst, who's potential was not maximized in Baltimore. The Falcons believe Hurst can step right in and full Hooper's shoes, and if so, he'll be a steal in fantasy this season. Playing in Atlanta's pass-happy offense should benefit Hurst, who has the chance to put together the best season of his career in 2020.
9. Noah Fant -- Denver Broncos (ADP 109)
- 2019 stats: 40 receptions, 562 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 71.0 (16)
Fant had a much better rookie season in Denver than people give him credit for. Tight end is usually a position that takes a few years for players to adapt to at the NFL level, but Fant posted a top-15 fantasy finish as a rookie. There are plenty of mouths to feed in Denver's offense, which could hurt the second-year pro, but he also has the potential to make the leap in his second season alongside QB Drew Lock.
10. Mike Gesicki -- Miami Dolphins (ADP 125)
- 2019 stats: 51 receptions, 570 yards, 5 TDs
- 2019 points: 85.0 (11)
Gesicki finished with nearly 90 targets last season, which was among the top eight tight ends in that category. Gesicki had a strong finish to the 2019 season, hauling in all five of his touchdown passes in Week 12 or later. With a new offensive coordinator that doesn't typically involve his tight ends often, it'll be interesting to see how Gesicki performs in 2020.
11. Tyler Higbee -- Los Angeles Rams
- 2019 stats: 69 receptions, 734 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 91.4 (9)
12. Austin Hooper -- Cleveland Browns
- 2019 stats: 75 receptions, 787 yards, 6 TDs
- 2019 points: 116.7 (7)
13. Jared Cook -- New Orleans Saints
- 2019 stats: 65 receptions, 705 yards, 9 TDs
- 2019 points: 124.5 (6)
14. TJ Hockenson -- Detroit Lions
- 2019 stats: 32 receptions, 362 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 48.7 (32)
15. Rob Gronkowski -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- 2019 stats: N/A (retired)
- 2019 points N/A (retired)
16. Jonnu Smith -- Tennessee Titans
- 2019 stats: 35 receptions, 439 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 69.7 (17)
17. Eric Ebron -- Pittsburgh Steelers
- 2019 stats: 31 receptions, 375 yards, 3 TDs
- 2019 points: 86.5 (27)
18. Dallas Goedert -- Philadelphia Eagles
- 2019 stats: 58 receptions, 605 yards, 5 TDs
- 2019 points: 144.7 (10)
19. Kyle Rudolph -- Minnesota Vikings
- 2019 stats: 39 receptions, 367 yards, 6 TDs
- 2019 points: 86.7 (10)
20. Jack Doyle -- Indianapolis Colts
- 2019 stats: 43 receptions, 448 yards, 4 TDs
- 2019 points: 68.8 (18)
All stats via FantasyPros