Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid

A look at 2019 fantasy tight end options through the lens of tiers

Tight end continues to be one of the most underappreciated positions in fantasy football. The “TE1” designation doesn’t mean much because there are usually fewer than 10 or 12 consistent options at the position. Spending an early pick on one of the few studs can pay dividends in the fantasy playoffs if you make up the gap surrendered at wide receiver or running back with good drafts, waiver moves, or trades during the season. Finding one of the few players who ascend to consistency from the late rounds or stud status from the mid-rounds is even more profitable. There are compelling options at every level of your draft this year.

Elite

There’s one tight end to rule them all this year.

Travis Kelce, KC - Target

With no signs of any problems recovering from offseason ankle surgery, Kelce is primed to stay at or near career highs set in 2018. Better health from Sammy Watkins and contributions from Mecole Hardman might cut into Kelce’s career-high target total, but increased efficiency playing defenses stressed and stretched to the max should compensate for the loss as Kelce is one of the few tight ends who can get vertical and also break tackles to create big plays, and he has Patrick Mahomes II throwing the ball to him.

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