With the Taysom Hill TE era officially coming to an end before Week 12, some normalcy returned to the tight end position. Ahead of Week 13, it’s looking fairly strong with a few high-volume targets emerging, and our Week 13 fantasy TE PPR rankings are stronger than they’ve been in some time thanks to those higher-floor options.
Despite an unusually late bye week eliminating Rob Gronkowski from this week’s rankings and Mark Andrews going on the COVID list, there is still good depth there. That’s thanks in part to the expected return of Zach Ertz from an ankle injury, but in PPR formats, it has to do more with certain TEs getting more targets.
Normally, the TE position is very TD dependent. That’s how Jonnu Smith has produced value the last month or so despite averaging fewer than two catches per game. That’s been true again for most of this year, but a handful of guys are getting consistent opportunities to catch passes. Heading into Week 12, 16 players at the position were averaging at least five targets per game, and nine had been seeing at least six per contest. Those high-target threats will certainly move up in PPR rankings.
Notably, Evan Engram (@ Seahawks), Hunter Henry (vs. Patriots), and T.J. Hockenson (@ Bears) will all be on the rise. They all have seen at least six targets per game and should have higher floors in PPR leagues. They may all be in difficult-looking matchups, but if they continue to get targets, they should be top-10 producers.
As for players that move down, Jared Cook (@ Falcons) has a favorable matchup, but he has averaged fewer than four targets per game this season. Mike Gesicki (vs. Bengals) and Jonnu Smith (vs. Browns) also move down a bit, as they haven’t consistently seen targets throughout the season. They are in good matchups and have plenty of TD upside, but it’s far from a guarantee that they will produce.
Check back for updates to these TE PPR rankings throughout the week. For individual analysis of key TEs, click here.
Week 13 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues
|1||Darren Waller, LV @ NYJ|
|2||Travis Kelce, KC vs. DEN|
|3||Austin Hooper, CLE @ TEN|
|4||Noah Fant, DEN @ KC|
|5||T.J. Hockenson, DET @ CHI|
|6||Eric Ebron, PIT vs. WAS|
|7||Evan Engram, NYG @ SEA|
|8||Jordan Reed, SF vs. BUF|
|9||Hunter Henry, LAC vs. NE|
|10||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN|
|11||Zach Ertz, PHI @ GB|
|12||Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. JAX|
|13||Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. NO|
|14||Trey Burton, IND @ HOU|
|15||Logan Thomas, WAS @ PIT|
|16||Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. CLE|
|17||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ GB|
|18||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ BAL|
|19||Jared Cook, NO @ ATL|
|20||Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. DET|
|21||Jordan Akins, HOU vs. IND|
|22||Robert Tonyan, GB vs. PHI|
|23||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ ARI|
|24||Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. NYG|
|25||Drew Sample, CIN @ MIA|
|26||Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. CLE|
|27||Will Dissly, SEA vs. NYG|
|28||Tyler Eifert, JAX @ MIN|
|29||Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ HOU|
|30||Gerald Everett, LAR @ ARI|
|31||Dawson Knox, BUF @ SF|
|32||Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND|
|33||Dan Arnold, ARI vs. LAR|