Fantasy Football TE PPR Rankings 2021: Best tight ends to draft, sleepers to know

Written By Jackson Sparks
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Reliable tight ends are always a scarce commodity in fantasy football. In PPR formats, there is a little more hope for productive weeks. Outside of the top-tier TEs in our 2021 fantasy rankings, the position is often used as a middle-or-the-field security blanket or red-zone target, but that still creates more every-week value and potential sleepers in point-per-reception formats.

The guys at the top consist of Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and George Kittle. Waller may even have a rare chance to challenge Kelce as the TE1 thanks to equal volume (both had 145 targets last year). T.J. Hockenson and Kyle Pitts, who see a rise in rankings compared to our standard rankings, have a chance to join them as tight ends who will finish first or second on their teams in targets. 

Outside of those five and maybe Mark Andrews, the tight end position will likely see a lot of fluctuation week to week. The difference in total fantasy points between the very best and the rest is astronomical. Last season, Waller finished at No. 2 in total fantasy points among tight ends in PPR formats. Robert Tonyan finished at No. 3 -- a whopping 102 points behind Waller. 

Of course, touchdown receptions always largely impact the position -- see Robert Tonyan-- but touchdowns are tough to project and year to year. Last season's Tonyan might be this year's Tyler Higbee...or Anthony Firkser...or Cole Kmet...or a host of other similarly skilled TEs.

That being said, taking a look at strength of schedule and week-to-week matchups provides an edge if you aren't able to land one of the aces early in the draft. Many fantasy owners opt to stream tight ends week to week, keeping a keen eye on the waiver wire for favorable matchups against defenses that have proven to be weak against the position. It's OK to wait on TE if the premier tight ends pass you by, especially in PPR. Focusing on solid, high-target, mid-tier players like Logan Thomas or Dallas Goedert, or sleepers who are expected to see a good amount of targets -- Blake Jarwin, Irv Smith Jr., Jared Cook -- can get you by without costing you nearly as much. If you get lucky and hit on a guy who frequently finds the end zone, you will really be ahead of the game

We'll be adjusting these TE PPR rankings and providing further analysis from now until Week 1, so check back for updates. For individual player analysis, check out our standard-league TE rankings.

2021 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

Rank Player
1 Travis Kelce, Chiefs
2 Darren Waller, Raiders
3 George Kittle, 49ers
4 Kyle Pitts, Falcons
5 T.J. Hockenson, Lions
6 Mark Andrews, Ravens
7 Noah Fant, Broncos
8 Dallas Goedert, Eagles
9 Logan Thomas, Washington
10 Tyler Higbee, Rams
11 Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
12 Robert Tonyan Jr., Packers
13 Blake Jarwin, Cowboys
14 Jonnu Smith, Patriots
15 Irv Smith Jr., Vikings
16 Jared Cook, Chargers
17 Hunter Henry, Patriots
18 Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
19 Evan Engram, Giants
20 Anthony Firkser, Titans
21 Austin Hooper, Browns
22 Cole Kmet, Bears
23 Zach Ertz, Eagles
24 Gerald Everett, Seahawks
25 O.J. Howard, Buccaneers
26 Eric Ebron, Steelers
27 Adam Trautman, Saints
28 Chris Herndon, Jets
29 Hayden Hurst, Falcons
30 Jimmy Graham, Bears
31 Dawson Knox, Bills
32 Ian Thomas, Panthers
33 Jordan Akins, Texans
34 Kyle Rudolph, Giants
35 Jack Doyle, Colts
36 C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
37 Pat Freiermuth, Steelers
38 Will Dissly, Seahawks
39 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos
40 Dan Arnold, Panthers
41 Nick Vannett, Saints
42 Mo Alie-Cox, Colts
43 Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
44 David Njoku, Browns
45 Nick Boyle, Ravens
46 Luke Farrell, Jaguars
47 Maxx Williams, Cardinals
48 Harrison Bryant, Browns
49 Drew Sample, Bengals
50 Tyler Conklin, Vikings

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