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2018 Fantasy Football Rankings – Tight Ends

A list of the top tight ends to draft for the 2018 fantasy football season.

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1. Rob Gronkowski (NE)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2018 Projections View Rob Gronkowski's 2018 projected stats.

Everyone knows what they're signing up for with Gronkowski a lot of laughs, a lot of touchdowns and a lot of injury-report angst (he's missed 26 games in six years, and hasn't played 16 games since 2011). Gronkowski's rate of spiking 76 scores in 102 games is absurd, especially for tight ends, and he's also more of a downfield threat then people realize; his 15.1 YPC is the highest of any qualified tight end in the fantasy era. At 6-6, 265, he's still impossible to cover, with a huge catch radius, good hands and the athleticism to line up almost anywhere on the field. With Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels returning to the Patriots, amidst whatever family disharmony might be present with this team, Gronkowski is well slotted for another dynamic year, for however many games that winds up lasting. He's finished as the No. 1 tight end in basic scoring in four seasons, and he's also been second once and fifth once. No one would be shocked if Gronkowski decided to retire in another year or two, but he's all-in for another run at it in 2018 (at press time, he reportedly has made progress on a new contract). A designer tight end is not a pick for everybody, but Gronk deserves second-round consideration in most formats.

2. Travis Kelce (KC)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2018 Projections View Travis Kelce's 2018 projected stats.

The genesis of the stats was a shade less dynamic lower catch rate, lower YPC but Kelce still pushed over that magic 1,000-yard plateau and posted his best touchdown season. In other words, he finally learned how to click with Alex Smith, Mr. Conservative. Alas, Mr. Smith is now gone to Washington, and Kelce needs to learn how to play with Patrick Mahomes, a high-pedigree, low-experience second-year quarterback. We suspect Kelce can succeed in any environment, but it also makes you curious to see how the Chiefs click this preseason. Will they continue to push the ball downfield as they did last season, contrary to previous seasons? Or will coach Andy Reid revert to protect-the-ball, dink-and-dunk? Kelce also has to share a little more, as the Chiefs have another mouth to feed in the offense freshly acquired Sammy Watkins. And still, there have been only 43 tight-end seasons of 1,000 yards in NFL history and Kelce has two of them. Maybe the quarterback simply doesn't matter. At 6-5, 260, Kelce is no match for defensive backs, and he's a playmaker in the open field with speed and elusiveness. Kelce's 2013 season was wiped out by a knee injury, but he's only missed one start since. If you don't like the running backs and wide receivers you're faced with in the early rounds, a pivot to Kelce is always a reasonable alternative.

3. Zach Ertz (PHI)

  Receiving Stats Rushing Stats
Year Rec Yds TD Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2018 Projections View Zach Ertz's 2018 projected stats.

Ertz's catch and yardage stats have been stable and similar for three consecutive seasons, but last year was the first time the Eagles unlocked Ertz near the goal line as he was one of five tight ends with double-digit end-zone targets (10). The timing makes sense, as Carson Wentz 2.0 was a major upgrade from the rookie-year version. Wentz and Ertz also have a mind-meld that's unusual. It's obvious these two have spent a ton of time working together, developing the unspoken chemistry you see on Sunday. And if Nick Foles is required to play at all, that's not a concern for Ertz. The reliable tight end posted an 18-192-1 line in the playoffs, superb production on just 22 targets, when Foles replaced the injured Wentz. At 6-5, 250, Ertz, who turns 28 in November, is a safe place to park your money. And even on a Philadelphia team that spreads it around versus forcing the ball to its name players, expect Ertz to keep most of last year's touchdowns.

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