2020 Tight End Ranking Tiers – Don’t Reach! Maximize Your Draft Value

SI Fantasy analyst Dr. Roto orders tight ends in ranked tiers so you can more easily evaluate the talent available when drafting.
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As many of you know, I much prefer tiers to straight rankings. I like to look at players in similar ranges, which are based around their ability and upside, to see who is available right before I make a pick. I think this makes for easier drafting and gives you a better idea of where players rank across multiple positions.

Tier 1: Superstars

These are the guys who are expected to make the biggest impact and will be selected in the early rounds of most fantasy leagues.

  • Travis Kelce, KC
  • George Kittle, SF
  • Zach Ertz, PHI
  • Mark Andrews, BAL

Tier 2: The Next Best

If you decide to wait a few rounds on taking your tight end, I would be looking at this next group.

  • Darren Waller, LV
  • Hunter Henry, LAC
  • Evan Engram, NYG
  • Tyler Higbee, LAR

Tier 3: High Upside Guys

These players have the upside to help you, and you can most likely get them starting in Round 7 but you can find even more value if you wait longer for them.

  • Hayden Hurst, ATL
  • Rob Gronkowski, TB
  • Austin Hooper, CLE
  • Jared Cook, NO
  • Mike Gesicki, MIA
  • T.J. Hockenson, DET

Tier 4: Imperfections

These tight ends have talent, but they also have something that makes them inconsistent (injuries, playing time, coaching staff).

  • Dallas Goedert, PHI
  • Chris Herndon, NYJ
  • Blake Jarwin, DAL
  • Noah Fant, DEN
  • Eric Ebron, PIT
  • Jack Doyle, IND
  • Greg Olsen, SEA
  • Irv Smith, Jr., MIN
  • Jace Sternberger, GB

Tier 5: Not Enough Targets

These players are caught up with issues that limit their targets.

  • Dawson Knox, BUF
  • Tyler Eifert, JAX
  • Jonnu Smith, TEN
  • Gerald Everett, LAR
  • David Njoku, CLE
  • Jimmy Graham, CHI
  • Kyle Rudolph, MIN

Tier 6: Best of the Rest

Here are some guys worth taking a shot on at the end of your draft.

  • Vance McDonald, PIT
  • Will Dissly, SEA
  • Jordan Akins/Darren Fells, HOU
  • C.J. Uzomah, CIN
  • O.J. Howard, TB