Top Fantasy Football Tight Ends
NFL fantasy tight end options are plentiful. Tight ends, though, perhaps more than any other position, are dependent on the team scheme. Some teams will prefer their tight ends as blockers and occasional pass catchers. Others will favor putting their tight ends in position to gain considerable fantasy football points.
It’s a position which can be a real difference maker in tight NFL fantasy leagues. Almost 100 points separated the highest-scoring and fifth-highest scoring tight ends last season.
Here are the five best fantasy football tight ends for the 2021 NFL season.
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Heading for restricted free agency, the Green Bay Packers could lose Robert Tonyan this offseason. In all likelihood, he will remain with the Packers. The undrafted tight end was a key weapon in Aaron Rodgers’ 2020 MVP campaign – Green Bay will do all they can to retain his services.
Tonyan ranked third in total points, fourth in points per game and joint-first in touchdowns. His role in the Packers offense was huge. He became an important redzone threat.
The biggest risk to Tonyan’s fantasy football value is the Packers adding more offensive talent this offseason. Could a new receiver or two see his workload decrease?
Mark Andrews was second in tight end fantasy football production in 2019. He dropped to fourth in 2020, but that was still an impressive achievement in only 14 games.
Registering over 700 yards and seven touchdowns, Andrews remained an integral cog in the Ravens offense. There will be some changes in Baltimore this offseason, but the relationship between Andrews and Lamar Jackson should be unharmed.
He’s unlikely to rival the top three in draft leagues, though it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some fantasy managers reach for Andrews’ track record of productions.
Returning from injury late in the 2020 regular season, George Kittle immediately becomes one of the premier fantasy football tight end options. There might be uncertainty at the quarterback position for the San Francisco 49ers, but whoever is under center has the luxury of playing with one of the game’s best tight ends.
Kittle’s role will be significant regardless of who’s at quarterback. At the moment, though, it’s tough to properly evaluate his fantasy football ceiling.
If the Niners bring in a complete quarterback like Deshaun Watson, who can run and hurl the ball downfield, will Kittle’s usage rate decrease?
The Las Vegas Raiders are expected to run it back in 2021. Barring a blockbuster quarterback trade, Darren Waller will be catching passes from Derek Carr and looking to build on a season in which he ranked second in total fantasy football points among tight ends.
Waller was almost 50 points clear of the third-most productive player at the position. His 1,196 receiving yards was far clear of third place, too.
It might be a while before he’s considered alongside Travis Kelce and George Kittle, but in the fantasy football sphere, Waller is right up there.
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Travis Kelce is already one of the best tight ends ever. He’s led the position in fantasy football points in each of the last three years and finished second behind Rob Gronkowski the year before.
Patrick Mahomes might have an unprecedented arsenal of weapons, but Kelce is his go-to man. Kelce broke a receptions record in the playoffs, and if healthy, he will register a sixth consecutive year with over 1,000 receiving yards in 2021.
There is no rival for Kelce heading into next season. He’s the undisputed number one at his position.