2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Fantasy Football TE Rankings

- Updated: Friday, May 12th

Scoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown.


Here are 2017 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings from Kevin Hanson:

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the soon-to-be (on Mother's Day) 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. In 88 career games, Gronk has averaged 69.3 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns.

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce had offseason shoulder surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. Even though he has yet to have more than five touchdowns in any season, Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored. Going into 2017, Kelce will be a top-two fantasy tight end behind only Gronk.

3. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

Durability, durability, durability. Like "location, location, location" being important in real estate, it's durability for Reed. Once again, Reed has missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a 94/1,008/10 line.

4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

Olsen scored only three touchdowns, his lowest since his rookie season (2007). As steady as it gets, Olsen has finished with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and played all 16 games every year except his rookie season. Scoring more fantasy points last year than all tight ends not named Travis, Olsen has finished as a top-seven fantasy tight end in five consecutive seasons.

5. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks

In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. All three of his 100-yard games occurred in the first half of the season with a 38/545/3 split (compared to 27/378/3 over the final eight games). One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post even better numbers in 2017.

6. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch.

7. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

With more than 100 targets in each of the past three seasons, Walker has a minimum of 800 receiving yards each season with a total of 222/2,778/17 over that span. Walker will turn 33 in August, but he remains a solid and reliable TE1 in fantasy football.

8. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers

Going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers won't hurt Bennett's fantasy value. In fact, his outlook is improved. Not that Rodgers doesn't spread the ball around, but I'd expect Bennett to see a larger share of targets in Green Bay than he saw in New England (13.27 percent) last season.

9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph shattered previous career highs with 83 receptions (previous career high: 53) and 840 yards (previous career high: 495) while scoring seven touchdowns. Rudolph should come close to those numbers once again in 2017.

10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Over the past two seasons, Ertz has a minimum of 75 catches and 816 yards each season and he once again closed the season strong. Over his final five games last season, Ertz caught 40 of 54 targets for 443 yards and three touchdowns. Ertz is a solid TE1, but adding Alshon Jeffery (and Torrey Smith) to the receiving corps caps Ertz's upside going into 2017.

11. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers

Henry finished his rookie campaign with 36/478/8 and he was especially productive during a four-game stretch early in the season (18/290/3 from Weeks 3 to 6). Even with Antonio Gates back, it's possible/likely that Henry leads the position group in targets and production. Worst-case scenario: Henry should build upon his rookie numbers and remain a red-zone force.

12. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

With at least four catches in 11 of his 13 games played, Ebron set career highs in his age-23 season with 61 catches for 711 yards although he scored just two touchdowns -- one receiving and one "rushing." Going into his fourth NFL season, Ebron has missed multiple games every season, but he has a chance to take another step forward in 2017, especially if he can stay healthy for the full season.

13. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers

With his next touchdown, Gates will break the all-time TD record for tight ends that he shares with Tony Gonzalez. At 37 years old (in June), however, Gates isn't even the best fantasy tight end on his own roster as Hunter Henry should build upon his solid rookie-season production.

14. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brate broke out in his third NFL season with 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns, second on the team to only Mike Evans. Not only did the Bucs upgrade their No. 2 wide receiver by adding DeSean Jackson in free agency, the team used its first-round pick on tight end O.J. Howard. Even though rookie tight ends tend to struggle, Howard has an elite skill set and his presence puts a damper on Brate's outlook.

15. Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers

When signing him to a big free-agent contract in the 2016 offseason, the Steelers had big expectations for Green. Unfortunately, health issues (primarily concussions) limited him to only six games. Productive when he was on the field, Green averaged 16.9 Y/R with 67-plus yards in three of his final four games played. From a fantasy perspective, Green is a high-upside TE2 that could finish as a top-five producer if he could stay healthy for 14-plus games.

16. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

Finishing just outside the top-12 in fantasy points scored, Doyle signed a three-year deal worth $19 million with the Colts this offseason as the team traded away Dwayne Allen. Doyle's 59 catches, 75 targets and 584 yards were all second on the team to only T.Y. Hilton, who led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2016.

17. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders

Cook goes from Aaron Rodgers and the high-powered Packers offense to Derek Carr and the high-powered Raiders offense. A mismatch waiting to happen with freakish athletic ability, Cook can also frustrate fantasy owners with his week-to-week inconsistency.

18. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans

As much as Houston's offense struggled last season, Fiedorowicz had an 11-game stretch with three-plus catches starting in Week 4 and set career highs across the board (54/559/4) in his third season. I could see similar production for the 25-year-old in 2017.

19. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears

In the 10 games that he played, Miller averaged a career-high 4.7/48.6/0.4 per game. With Alshon Jeffery in Philadelphia and Kevin White playing only four games in his two seasons, it's possible that Miller leads the team in receiving if he can stay healthy.

20. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Slipping further than expected to 19th overall, Howard excels as both a blocker and a receiver although he was under-utilized in the passing game at Alabama. Testing well in Indy, Howard ran a 4.51 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine and should develop into one of the top fantasy tight ends for years to come. That said, it's rare for rookie tight ends to make an immediate impact so it's likely that 2018 (and beyond) production vastly exceeds his 2017 numbers.

Best of the rest:
21. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
22. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
23. Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins
24. Evan Engram, New York Giants
25. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
26. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
27. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
28. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
29. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
30. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
31. Adam Shaheen, Chicago Bears
32. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
33. Lance Kendricks, Green Bay Packers
34. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
35. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
36. Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals
37. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
38. Will Tye, New York Giants
39. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
40. Gary Barnidge, Free Agent

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