Underdog Rankings & Tiers: Tight Ends

Aug 01, 2022
Underdog Rankings & Tiers: Tight Ends

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Tier One

Travis Kelce (TE1) -- 33 in October, Kelce's demise is exaggerated after he finished second in points per game (13.6) at his position, tying George Kittle for the most overall-TE1 performances (3) last year. Kelce has averaged 9.0 targets in 72 games with Patrick Mahomes since 2018.

Mark Andrews (TE2) -- Fantasy's first TE1 not named Travis Kelce since 2015, Andrews benefitted immensely from Baltimore's plague of injuries, being left on the field for career-highs in snaps (75%) and routes run (623, 93%) including a team-high number of routes from the slot (417, 62%). Although Andrews did not necessarily explode until he played with Tyler Huntley (9.7 targets per game, 28% share) down the stretch, Marquise Brown's absence cements the former into a no-brainer situation.

Darren Waller (TE3) -- Waller most recently registered three-year lows in catch rate (59.1%), yards per target (7.2), and catches per game (5.0), converting only 1-of-8 end zone targets into a receiving score, just one year after leading his own position in red zone targets (41) with a career-high nine touchdowns. Opportunity underneath should only increase with Davante Adams dragging the opposition's best corner to his side weekly, especially after Waller finished second among all tight ends in targets per game (8.5).

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