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Divisional Round TE Rankings

by , and • January 11, 2019

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult playoff lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will give you their rankings for this week’s playoff games!

Rob Willette’s Divisional Round TE Rankings

1 – Travis Kelce
There is no better place to start than with fantasy’s king at Tight End. Following a Week 1 dud, Kelce remarkably posted double-digit PPR points in each of his remaining games. The Colts are one of the most giving defenses to the position, stifling big plays in exchange for getting peppered in the short and intermediate game. That is where Kelce works, and the alpha Tight End with a cake matchup is an obvious choice at the top of this list.

2 – Zach Ertz
Normally a contender for the top spot, Ertz settles in at the second slot against a Saints defense which has smothered Tight Ends all year. Ertz was erased to the tune of a 2-15-0 when these teams last met, but that game feels like it was years ago for the Eagles. This offense and team in its entirety are playing a different brand of football. Even with the brutal matchup, Ertz remains in play as Philadelphia’s top passing game weapon and owner of double-digit targets in 9 games this season.

3 – Eric Ebron
For as much as we expected regression to hit Ebron at some point, it never did, and he enters the Divisional Round as one of the slate’s elite options. It is unlikely the Colts jump out to a big lead and then ride Marlon Mack, as they did against the Texans. The mere threat of the Chiefs offense is enough to keep Indianapolis in pass-mode. Add in the fact the Chiefs cede the most points to the position, and it is all systems-go for the former Lion this Saturday.

4 – Rob Gronkowski
Here we are in 2019, and Rob Gronkowski owns his own tier in the Tight End rankings once again, only not at the top. He’s no longer an elite option, and finds himself here by virtue of positional scarcity. I have little doubt Gronkowski can still play; he is just not the unstoppable juggernaut he once was. One of history’s all-time great touchdown-makers has a paltry 3 touchdowns on 72 targets this year. He’s no longer features near the stripe, nor between the 20’s. He’s still a passable play at the position, and perhaps two weeks off leaves him rejuvenated, but he is no longer the Gronk we embraced as a dominant force.

5 – Blake Jarwin
Keep an eye on his health status, as he is Questionable, but Jarwin has earned his status as a potential fantasy starter given his strong run. He eviscerated the Giants in the season-finale, and had a growing role prior to that, earning 17 targets in the 3 games prior to New York. The Rams are one of 8 teams to allow more than 1,000 yards to Tight Ends on the season. If Jarwin’s ankle checks out, he’s a fine play at a reduced cost this weekend.

6 – Dallas Goedert
Dallas Goedert looked to be be an ascending player before his snaps dropped precipitously in the Wild Card Round. He salvaged his day with a touchdown, though we are getting into Jesus Take The Wheel territory at Tight End, especially given the matchup issues discussed above in the Ertz blurb.

7 – Gerald Everett
Gerald Everett appears to have separated himself a bit from Tyler Higbee late in the year, but he is still far from trustworthy. This is true punt play zone, though he at least benefits from a matchup against the Cowboys, who allowed the eighth-most points to the position this year.

8 – Hunter Henry
Stephen A. Smith’s favorite Tight End, Henry is expected to be activated this weekend. He’s the most talented of the rest of the bunch, but there is little reason to play him in his first game all season. He will likely split reps with Antonio Gates in his return. He is on this list solely for the purpose of getting a shot in at Stephen A. Smith.

 

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.