For those of you that have made the fantasy football playoffs, congratulations! For those playoff teams that are streaming TEs, good luck. Tight end continues to be one of the most unpredictable positions in fantasy, and while our Week 14 fantasy TE rankings look deep, the top streamers and sleepers are no sure things.
The usual suspects fill out the top 10, with Hunter Henry (vs. Falcons) getting a bigger boost than usual in a terrific matchup. Beyond the top 10, however, the streamers are risky in standard leagues.
There are a few borderline tight ends with good matchups. Dalton Schultz (@ Bengals), Jonnu Smith (@ Jaguars), and Jordan Akins (@ Bears) are all facing defenses that had allowed 10-plus fantasy points per game (FPPG) to TEs through Week 12. Each has concerns -- a bad offense for Schultz, health for Smith (he missed Week 13 with a knee injury), and targets for Akins -- but they all have upside. So does Jacob Hollister (vs. Jets), as he is now the Seahawks' top pass-catching TE with Greg Olsen (foot) on IR, and Drew Sample (vs. Cowboys), who popped up with one of his random high-target games in Week 13.
Normally, Austin Hooper (vs. Ravens) would be a good streaming option, but he is both playing against excellent defenses that have performed well against TEs this year. He still has some TD upside, but the matchup doesn't favor him this week, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Baker Mayfield looks to throw elsewhere.
We'll also be watching Mark Andrews closely this week, as he is still on the COVID list for the Ravens and will miss his Week 13 game. If he's activated before Week 14, he'll be a top-five play against a Browns defense that has struggled against TEs this year. If he isn't, his owners will have to trust a streamer to replace him. Luke Willson would become the top TE for the Ravens in that circumstance, but he wouldn't be trustworthy enough to play in the fantasy playoffs.
Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.
Week 14 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)
These rankings are for non-PPR leagues
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ MIA|
|2||Darren Waller, LV vs. IND|
|3||Hunter Henry, LAC vs. ATL. Henry is poised for a bounce-back against a Falcons defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to TEs this season (10.2 per game). Start him with confidence even after last week's disappointing outing.|
|4||Mark Andrews, BAL @ CLE. As mentioned above, Andrews is still on the COVID list and will need to come off to play. If he does, he'll be a great play against a Browns team that has struggled against TEs all year (10.7 fantasy points per game to the position).|
|5||T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. GB|
|6||Eric Ebron, PIT @ BUF|
|7||Hayden Hurst, ATL @ LAC|
|8||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. MIN|
|9||Noah Fant, DEN @ CAR|
|10||Jonnu Smith, TEN @ JAX. If Smith (knee) plays, he can be trusted against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to TEs this season. If not, Anthony Firkser would overtake Smith on the depth chart and be a potential streamer at the position after catching five-of-seven targets for 51 yards against the Browns last week.|
|11||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. KC. Gesicki had a breakout game against the Bengals last week and caught nine passes for 88 yards and a TD. Tua Tagovailoa loves throwing the ball up for grabs to Gesicki and Devante Parker in the end-zone, so Gesicki will have TD upside the rest of the season. The Chiefs are middle-of-the-road against TEs, so Gesicki is a high-end streamer because of that.|
|12||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ CIN. The Bengals have given up a league-high 822 receiving yards to TEs this season, so Schultz is in an elite matchup. The Cowboys top TE has seen six targets per game this season, so he certainly has a high floor and may be a top-10 play in PPR formats. The only thing keeping him down is the Cowboys' lack of scoring (they have totaled 19 or fewer points in five of their last six games ahead of their game against the Ravens).|
|13||Logan Thomas, WAS @ SF. The 49ers have been tough on tight ends this year, but they just allowed Dawson Knox to score on them and Thomas is coming off a career-high nine catches, 98 yards, and a TD against one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Steelers. He may have a lower ceiling that some of the other top options of the week, but his floor will always be high.|
|14||Jordan Reed, SF vs. WAS. Reed is averaging 5.3 targets per game in his last three outings and caught a late TD against the Bills last week. Washington has a strong defense, but they did let Eric Ebron just catch seven passes for 68 yards against them. That should allow Reed to have a solid day against his former team.|
|15||Evan Engram, NYG vs. ARI. Engram saw eight targets against the Seahawks, but he was only able to catch four of them for 32 yards. He's too streaky and risky to consider a sure-fire TE1 this week in a tough matchup even with QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) expected to return to action.|
|16||Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. NO. Goedert saw seven targets against the Packers and turned them into five catches and 66 yards while Zach Ertz got four targets, two catches, and 31 yards. It seems like Goedert is the No. 1 TE in Philly for now, but it's hard to trust either him or Ertz without knowing what their comfort level with new Eagles starting QB Jalen Hurts is.|
|17||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. BAL. Even with the Browns raining down 41 points on the Titans, Hooper caught just two passes for 24 yards on the day. It was the second consecutive week in which he was only targeted twice. He's too TD-dependent to trust right now, especially in a matchup against a tough Ravens defense.|
|18||Jordan Akins, HOU @ CHI. Akins had just two catches for 10 yards against the Colts, but that defense has been tough on TEs all year. The Bears have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to the position and there are plenty of open targets available in the wake of Will Fuller's suspension. This could be a good time to trust Akins as a streamer of a bottom-dolar play in DFS formats.|
|19||Zach Ertz, PHI vs. NO. See Dallas Goedert.|
|20||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. HOU. Kmet has emerged as the top TE in the Chicago offense and has played in at least 70 percent of the snaps the last three weeks while Jimmy Graham has only once eclipsed the 50 percent mark. Kmet had five catches on seven targets against the Lions, who have been tough on TEs, and totaled 37 yards and a TD. He may be worth a flier against a Houston D/ST that has been average against TEs, but trusting a subpar offense like that of the Bears is risky.|
|21||Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ TB|
|22||Drew Sample, CIN vs. DAL|
|23||Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. NYJ. The Jets have allowed a league-high 11 TDs to TEs this year and the most fantasy points to the position as well. Hollister has nine targets in the last two weeks, so he could have a chance to score, but he is only averaging 7.8 yards per catch this year, so starting him would be relying entirely on TD upside.|
|24||Tyler Eifert, JAX vs. TEN|
|25||Trey Burton, IND @ LV. Burton has TD potential, but he averages about 25 total yards per game. Trusting him, even against a leaky defense, isn't recommended.|
|26||Robert Tonyan, GB @ DET. Tonyan has scored a TD in three consecutive games, but the Lions have allowed the third-fewest total yards to TEs this year (381). That will make Tonyan entirely TD-dependent.|
|27||Jared Cook, NO @ PHI|
|28||Anthony Firkser, TEN @ JAX. See Jonnu Smith.|
|29||Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. NE|
|30||Dan Arnold, ARI @ NYG|
|31||Will Dissly, SEA vs. NYJ|
|32||Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ LV|
|33||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. HOU. See Cole Kmet.|
|34||Gerald Everett, LAR vs. NE|
|35||Dawson Knox, BUF vs. PIT|
|36||Ian Thomas, CAR vs. DEN|
|37||Darren Fells, HOU @ CHI|
|38||Cameron Brate, TB vs. MIN|