NFL Preseason Fantasy Tight End Rankings

NFL Preseason Fantasy Tight End Rankings

Kevin Agee, Dynasty Deputies Senior Writer

 

NFL TIGHT END RANKINGS – PRESEASON – 2023

 

  1. Travis Kelce

 

It’s not very difficult to see why we start this list off with Mr. Kelce. He’s been the epitome of production and health for the last several years, and he just so happens to have Patrick Mahomes throwing the football to him. None of those sound like bad things when selecting the top tight end. Kelce is getting older, and we understand that, but he also takes care of his body, and just has a knack for getting open, and his rapport with Mahomes is undeniable.

 

  1. Marc Andrews

 

Andrews steps in at number two thanks to Lamar Jackson being back healthy, and under center. He’s always been a favorite target of Jackson, and this year should be no different. As with Mahomes and Kelce, these two have built a great relationship, and trust each other when it matters most. Hard to go wrong with that type of connection.

 

  1. T.J. Hockenson

 

Hockenson was a productive tight end before his trade to Minnesota, but we saw flashes of what he can be with the right pieces around him. Kirk Cousins didn’t take long to build a rapport with the big tight end, and the numbers backed it up. If that connection continues to be strong this season, Hockenson should have no problem producing similar numbers headed into this campaign.

 

  1. George Kittle

 

Kittle is one of the most talented tight ends in football, and is capable of putting up monster numbers. But his targets, health, and quarterback are concerns heading into this coming season. It’s easy to see Kittle continuing to be a big red zone threat, which should help if there is a falloff anywhere. If all of the other question marks lean in his favor, he could easily finish the season as the top tight end.

 

  1. Dallas Goedert

 

As Jalen Hurts continues his ascent as one of football’s best quarterbacks, it’s easy to see how Goedert could benefit. Coming off a productive season, the talent is there to take another step forward. If he can find the end zone more often, the opportunity to increase his production will be there. But with so many weapons surrounding him, it could be a daunting task.

 

  1. Evan Engram

 

Engram is another tight end who benefited from his quarterback taking a step forward last season. Trevor Lawrence coming into his own helped Engram break his personal best in receptions for a season. He’s also been relatively healthy over the last three seasons, which shouldn’t go overlooked. If the Jaguars can continue to get better on the offensive side of the ball, Engram could be in line to reap some of the benefits.

 

  1. Kyle Pitts

 

It was a disappointing season for Pitts, not only from a production standpoint, but he also missed the last six games with a MCL tear. But we are talking about an extremely talented tight end, who has the ability to put up massive numbers in the right situation. I’m just not sure Atlanta is that right situation. A question mark at quarterback coupled with a team that leans on the ground game could mean another difficult season for Pitts. However, if anyone can overcome those roadblocks, it will be the gifted Pitts.

 

  1. Pat Freiermuth

 

Kenny Pickett had his struggles in his rookie campaign, but that shouldn’t be reason to rule out Freiermuth taking a step forward this season. First year quarterbacks typically have growing pains, but we hope those are behind him, and this season will lead to more production and success. Freiermuth is the type of big, consistent target that a young quarterback could lean on to move the chains. If he can gain more red zone targets in the Steelers offense, we could see a very good year take shape.

 

  1. Darren Waller

 

Waller has proven he has the ability to put up consistent numbers, and be an extremely productive tight end over the course of a full season. The issue isn’t the talent; it’s staying on the field. Waller has missed a combined fourteen games due to injury over the last two seasons. If he can build a rapport with Daniel Jones, and stay on the field, we could be looking at a tight end more than capable of climbing the ladder, and finishing in the top five at his position.

 

  1. Cole Kmet

 

Kmet had an up and down campaign last season. He had a slow start, and there were moments where he was very strong. Much of that could be due to the progression of his quarterback, Justin Fields. Fields is very talented, and the better he gets, the more we’ll see those around him benefit from that. Expectations are high for Fields in Chicago this year, and if he takes that step forward, Kmet should benefit from it.

 

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  2. Chigoziem Okonkwo
  3. Dalton Schultz
  4. Tyler Higbee
  5. Gerald Everett
  6. Greg Dulcich
  7. Juwan Johnson
  8. Dalton Kincaid
  9. Taysom Hill
  10. Irv Smith Jr.

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