2019 TE Top 10 Rankings

To cap off the positional rankings series I will be looking into to the most frustrating decision in all of fantasy football, and that is the tight end position. If you have played fantasy football in the past you will fully understand the frustration that comes along with lack of consistent play of most players in the tight end pool. These are an in depth look at my top 10 tight ends for the 2019 fantasy football season.

1) Travis Kelce

At number one is in my eyes the most dominant tight end in NFL, and will continue his dominance for years to come. That player is the Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce who is in a prime spot to repeat his TE1 finish from last year. It is hard not to to consistently put up TE1 when you are a main piece of this high powered Chiefs offense, and it is even easier when you are Patrick Mahomes favorite red zone target. Netting 139 targets and 26 of those in the red zone there is no question that Kelce does not get the volume he needs to provide fulfillment for his fantasy owners. Along with the double digit touchdowns comes the big play ability that brings excitement and another component to his fantasy game that most other tight ends don’t have. In 2018 Kelce had 5 games over 100 yards and 2 receptions of 40 plus yards. Needless to say Kelce is in line to repeat as the TE1 in 2019, and I will be nothing less than happy if he falls onto my roster.

2) Zach Ertz

Coming in at number 2 is the tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, and that is Zach Ertz. With similar stats to Kelce like 5 100 yard games and 27 red zone targets Ertz sticks out in one part of his game and that is the number of targets he received. Ertz had 154 targets last season which was 15 more than Kelce and 26 more than the next tight end. Targets are never the question for Ertz, as the Eagles lack weapons outside of Ertz and Alshon Jeffery. With Foles out the door and Wentz stepping in as the full time quarterback I can only predict that Ertz will repeat as the target leader at the tight end position which should guarantee him a top 3 finish yet again in the tight end position.

3) George Kittle

After an enormous breakout season by this Iowa alumni it seems only fitting for George Kittle to be in my top 3 at the tight end position. Despite having lackluster quarterbacks throughout the whole season Kittle was still able to record 4 games with 100 plus yards and 6 catches of 40 yards or more. With the anticipated return of QB Jimmy Garoppollo and a full off season to gain chemistry I believe Kittle is a lock for top 3 and may even have the tools necessary to pass Ertz at number 2. It will be exciting to see if Kittle can continue his breakout chunk of his career and continue his fantasy dominance.

Now if you have played fantasy before and especially last year you will understand where I am coming from when I discuss the struggle that comes with finding a tight end outside of those top 3. To me these next 7 tight ends all have the potential to be interchangeable when it comes finishes inside the top 10, but I ranked these next 7 based on the potential I think they bring to the table in terms of highest finish they are capable of.

4) Eric Ebron

Coming off a very unexpected season last year with 13 touchdowns, I fully expect Ebron to fall back down to reality for the 2019 season. With the return of Jack Doyle and the high probability that the Colts add more offensive weapons in the draft/free agency I do not see how Ebron can repeat with his unreal touchdown performance from the 2019 fantasy season. It is hard to predict how the Colts will use Ebron next year when Doyle returns but I still think Ebron will score 7-9 touchdowns which will be able to get him a spot in the top 5. That being said I will not be drafting Ebron for the 2019 season.

5) O.J. Howard

Yet again another player fitting this confusing group of tight ends, but to me Howard has the highest ceiling when it comes to his possible finish in 2019. Howard was still able to score 5 touchdowns on 7 red zone targets despite playing only 10 games and splitting time with Cameron Brate. With the most likely departure of Cameron Brate and a solidified starting QB I think Howard has the chance to mold into the 3rd option on offense right behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. If you find yourself in the middle rounds of your draft next year and you missed on one of the top tight ends you may want to take a look at Howard. Howard can provide you with that top 3 upside, and as an added bonus he is in a super pass heavy offense that will most likely be losing in most games which will force them to pass the ball.

6) Vance McDonald

Needless to say this one is a hot take and McDonald could easily not finish in the top 10, but it seems as if the opportunity is lining up for McDonald to breakout in the 2019 season. As discussed in my sleepers video/article I highlighted that McDonald has the opportunity to breakout this season for a couple reasons. The most important reason in my opinion is the departure of his partner in crime Jesse James via free agency. Last season McDonald only received 57.1% of the snaps which is not the snap share you need in order to be a solid fantasy tight end, but that being said Vance was still able to finish as the TE10 even with a little over half of the snaps played and that is due to his big play ability. Speaking of big play ability, the Steelers are going to be in need of that with the departure of Antonio Brown in the next couples of days. I think that McDonald will be able to fill that void that the Steelers will have when it comes to filling Brown’s big play upside and James and Browns touchdown production. McDonald should be in line to finish top 10 again, but draft with a backup plan.

7) Hunter Henry

Coming off a heartbreaking missed season due to injury, Hunter Henry looks to come back in full force for the 2019 season. If Henry can remain healthy that is going be a huge benefit in terms of potentially adding a quality asset in this lackluster position in the fantasy football world. It is hard to determine what Henry can do in terms of fantasy production as he only played 12 games in 2017 and 13 in 2016, but we do know for certain that he is in a high powered offense with a superb quarterback which is a step in the right direction when predicting fantasy production. I think Henry, health pending, will be able to find most of his fantasy production in the red zone for the Chargers. Especially with the departure of wide receiver Tyrell Williams who was a huge big play/touchdown asset for the Chargers. Just like Ebron it may seem “safe” to draft a guy like Henry who has shown promise, but no one knows what his production will be like for the 2019 season.

8) David Njoku

David Njoku seems to be in the same position as O.J. Howard for the 2019 season. Njoku is in a up and coming how powered offense, but the main problem is that he is not the number 1 or 2 target and he probably will not be for any time to come. With lackluster stats and big play ability it is hard to predict what his usage and production will be for the 2019 season, but due to the high powered offense and Njoku’s tall and athletic frame I believe he will be able to provide most of his fantasy production in the red zone for this young Browns team.

9) Rob Gronkowski

Yes I know that he might retire and that he had an awful year last year, but it is still Gronk and he will still be the number 2 target behind Edelman as long as Brady remains under center. The biggest component in me having Gronk at number 9 is the usage Gronk received in the playoffs last year. Gronk, when healthy, is a beast of a player in terms of fantasy production and in a high powered offense he deserves every right to be my TE9. I am not saying to draft Gronk as your TE1, but I am saying that at his super low ADP he is worth the risk if you are able to get a top tight end in the earlier rounds. Gronk will be one of my many late round targets in my drafts this year, for he brings enormous upside if he postpones his retirement.

10) Evan Engram

Another O.J. Howard and Njoku prototype player with the same upside scenario for the 2019 season. Engram had a tremendous rookie season, and was looking to repeat that production for the 2018 season but that was shut down when the Giants developed their offense around Saquon Barkley. It will be hard for Engram to become a consistent fantasy tight end with a player like that in the backfield, but I still Engram has that upside to bring in double digit touchdowns next year. He only played in 11 games last year, and when he did play he was the number 3 option behind Barkley and OBJ. The Giants offense will continue to improve and fantasy owners can only hope that Engram improves with them. I have Engram as a low end TE1 for the 2019 season.

Well that wraps up my positional top 10 rankings for the 2019 season. As the free agency period starts on Wednesday I will be focusing mainly on all of the signings and the fantasy implications that come with them. Subscribe to my podcast on apple podcasts “Top Tier Sports” or my YouTube channel “Lukas Kacer.” The fantasy season is upon us ladies and gentleman!

2019 Early Fantasy Football Top 10 QBS


2019 Fantasy Football Rankings top 10 QBs Video

1) Patrick Mahomes

At no surprise, my number 1 most likely matches every other fantasy owner and that is Patrick Mahomes for the Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off the best fantasy season for a quarterback with 417 points I expect Mahomes to repeat his QB1 performance, but not on as great of a scale as he did in the 2018 season. Although I think Mahomes is going to repeat his dominance I have one major problem with Mahomes so far this off-season, and that is his current ADP. In one QB leagues Mahomes current ADP is at 3.03 and in 2 QB or superflex leagues his current ADP is 1.04. In my eyes and past fantasy experience that is outrageous, as I am a big preacher of waiting on drafting a QB. By taking Mahomes at pick number 4 in your superflex league you are passing on a workhorse back like Gurley or Kamara, and by passing on them it results in getting your RB1 to be a David Johnson or Joe Mixon. Just as an example the gap in points between Todd Gurley and David Johnson was almost 140 points which is a larger gap than Mahomes and the QB2 which was roughly 70 points. Yes Mahomes throws left handed and makes flashy passes, but don’t fall into the trap of taking a quarterback in early in your draft this year as the gap between workhorse running backs and running backs in the middle tier should be large enough to favor you away from the Mahomes hype.

2) Andrew Luck

Coming off a unexpected season of fantasy domination I have no doubts that Andrew Luck will continue to light opposing defenses. No one really knew how Luck was going to lead this young Colts team, but he showed that even with a lack of weapons provided he can still produce at a solid QB1 fantasy level. For Luck it is only getting better, as I expect the Colts to add weapons in free agency and the draft which is only going to make Luck’s fantasy production rise. Owners should have no worries in terms of production if their QB1 is Andrew Luck.

3) Aaron Rodgers

Coming off a disappointing season this future hall of fame quarterback will provide nothing less than a bounce back season. With an o-line ranking 26th in protection rate and a supporting cast efficiency ranking 21st it was safe to say the overall strength of the Packers offense was the leading factor to Rodgers poor performance. I think an important factor to his success is finding chemistry with another receiver besides Adams, and obviously that was hard last year as it seemed as if the WR core was always banged up. With a whole off season and an offensive minded coach I expect Rodgers to find that chemistry with the sophomore receivers on the team, which in result will put Rodgers back at the top of the QB rankings in fantasy next season.

4) Deshaun Watson

Watson owners rejoiced at the end of last season as their risk of putting early draft capital towards this injury prone quarterback paid off, as Watson provided a full healthy season. Coming off a shortened rookie season due to injury fantasy owners were left with a hard decision as to if they were to spend a early pick on this high upside QB for the Houston Texans. The only negative side to Watson’s game is the lack of o-line talent that the Texans have, but besides that Watson is a dual threat QB that is a solid bet to finish as a top 5 fantasy quarterback. Like I said his dual threat ability played a huge role in his fantasy production as he averaged 3.4 fantasy points per game just from his feet which is an amazing bonus on top of his already solid passing attack. Look for Watson to repeat as a top end fantasy QB, and if the Texans can figure out their o-line problems then look for Watson to push for that QB2 spot.

5) Matt Ryan

Coming off a quiet season of fantasy domination Matt Ryan finds himself as number 5 in my rankings. Finishing as QB3 and only 2 points out of a QB2 finish it seems almost as if Matt Ryan was forgot about last year, and that is due to the fact of the lackluster season the Falcons had last year. Due to the poor season the Falcons had Ryan scored the majority of his points in garbage time in the 2018 season. Although this may seem scary for owners when they are deciding on if they should draft Matt Ryan, but owners should not worry about having Ryan as their QB1. With Julio still as the main offensive piece and Calvin Ridley who is only in his sophomore season there is no reason why Matt Ryan should put up poor passing numbers. Not only does he have amazing pieces surrounding him, but with Dirk Koetter running the offense the passing volume will not change. Yes the Falcons team in the big picture needs some work, but do not let that drive you away from taking Matt Ryan in the later rounds of your draft.

6) Jameis Winston

Coming in at my number 6 I have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. Coming off a frustrating season Winston, who will not be splitting time, is hoping to provide solid fantasy production for the 2019 season. I have no problem with putting Winston this high due to the fact that the only thing holding him back was Ryan Fitzpatrick last season. With a new head coach in Bruce Arians and a full offseason to clean some things up Winston is going to provide QB1 numbers next fantasy season. With what will most likely be a terrible defense in 2019 that only makes Winston more appealing as the Bucs will need to throw the ball to come from behind the whole game, and with an amazing supporting cast and a viable head coach Winston is an awesome value pick in the late rounds of drafts. He is one of my favorite quarterbacks I have been getting in mock drafts so far this off season.

7) Russell Wilson

Last year it seemed as if this man could do anything, and I have no reason to assume that is going to stop for the 2019 season. With doubts of having no for sure starting running back and the predicted worst o-line it looked as if Wilson was going to struggle putting up solid fantasy points. Needless to say he definitely proved everyone wrong and finished as a top 10 fantasy QB. The part that I think is crazy is not the fact that he finished top 10, but that he finished top 10 with his team ranking 32nd in passing plays per game. As a fantasy owner, I hope that this number will increase as if it does I only see Wilson producing higher than QB9 numbers. Hence why I have him as my QB7.

8) Drew Brees

I have had a hard time ranking this guy as he continues to confuse me every fantasy year. Coming off a streaking hot start that led to a cold finish I am hesitant when it comes to drafting Brees for the 2019 season. I do see some upside with Brees, as the Saints finished at 29th in team pass plays which I would expect to increase. If they can incorporate a couple more pass plays a game I can see Brees adding 5-6 more fantasy points per game which will keep him as a lock in the top 10 for the 2019 season.

9) Baker Mayfield

It’s Baker time in Cleveland baby, and I know that Browns fans and fantasy fans are excited for this new era to start. It is hard to find a reasonable spot for Baker’s floor and ceiling, but it only seems right to net him as a top 10 QB with Kitchens as the head coach. Mayfield provided QB1 numbers when Kitchens called the plays last year, and with a whole off season to develop I can only see Baker producing good enough numbers to put him as a QB1 on his respective team. I do not know if I will putting all of my shares in drafting Mayfield, but the excitement he brings will lead me to drafting him in one or two leagues. The only advice I can give with this is to have a backup plan in case the Browns return to original form.

10) Ben Roethlisberger

Coming in at number 10 I have the Pittsburgh Steelers veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger. Although I do have Big Ben in my top 10 I do fully expect a drop in production from previous years do to the almost guarantee that Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown will be leaving this off season. Without those two, who have carried him in the past, I do not expect Big Ben to be a top 3 QB even though the Steelers tend to lead the league in pass plays per game. It will be up to the young core of James Conner and Juju to help Ben in staying in the top 10 for the 2019 season. I will most likely not be drafting Big Ben for the 2019 season.

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