Week 15 marks the start of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues, and for the owners who have struggled at tight end all season, hopefully this is the week you can identify a guy that who pay off. If you’ve been lucky enough to ride with a stud tight end all season, congratulations, but the rest of us will have to parse out the Week 15 fantasy TE rankings to find some worthwhile sleepers.
We’re done with bye weeks, so at least the pool of players is larger, but that won’t make these start-or-sit decisions significantly easier. Ultimately, the plentiful options could lead you to fall into a trap, so it’s important to weigh all the factors before picking a starter.
WEEK 15 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | D/ST | Kicker
Among TEs who can be reasonably found on waivers, Jared Cook (vs. Chiefs), Gerald Everett (@ Rams), Austin Hooper (vs. Raiders), and James O’Shaughnessy (@ Texans) draw some of the most favorable matchups. Naturally, none are completely safe (hence why they are free agents in most leagues), but as always, the position is scarce and you might feel the need to shoot for upside over safety at this point in the season.
WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Eagles) could ultimately have the highest floor and the highest ceiling of all the potential sleepers. Of course, he was a total bust against the Cowboys, but Washington’s passing game was a mess in general. The Eagles give up the most fantasy points to TEs, and RSJ proved to be a capable streamer when Logan Thomas was out earlier in the year. Since Thomas (knee) is now out for the season, RSJ has sneaky value for the rest of the year. It’s also worth noting the mediocre Tyler Higbee (vs. Seahawks) is playable in a top-five TE-friendly matchup, but he’s heavily owned, so this will only impact a small percentage of people.
Tyler Conklin (@ Bears), Cole Kmet (vs. Vikings), C.J Uzomah (@ Broncos), and Jack Doyle (vs. Patriots) have had their fair share of decent weeks this season, but they should ultimately remain on the shelf in some of the toughest tight end matchups.
Nobody wants to think about this, but Kyle Pitts (@ 49ers) is legitimately on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble. San Francisco boasts the second-best defense against fantasy TEs, and since Pitts has struggled recently, this is a scary spot. That said, we did say you might as well chase upside, so it’s an interesting decision since he has a higher ceiling than the mid-tier players at the position.
We know tight end is and always will be frustrating. Most weeks, more than a few guys with favorable matchups bust, but all we can do is make the smartest choice with the data at our disposal and hope the players come through. This position often comes down to a “lucky” touchdown, especially in standard leagues, but so no matter who you start, you’re at least somewhat at the mercy of the fantasy gods.
Note: We’ll be updating these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 15: Who to start at tight end
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring
|1||Travis Kelce, KC @ LAC|
|2||Darren Waller, LV @ CLE|
|3||Mark Andrews, BAL vs. GB|
|4||Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. NYJ|
|5||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. NO|
|6||George Kittle, SF vs. ATL|
|7||Hunter Henry, NE @ IND|
|8||Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. WAS|
|9||Zach Ertz, ARI @ DET|
|10||Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. TEN|
|11||Dawson Knox, BUF vs. CAR|
|12||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ NYG|
|13||T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. ARI|
|14||Kyle Pitts, ATL @ SF|
|15||Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. SEA|
|16||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. LV|
|17||Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS @ PHI|
|18||Jared Cook, LAC vs. KC|
|19||James O’Shaughnessy, JAX vs. HOU|
|20||Noah Fant, DEN vs. CIN|
|21||Gerald Everett, SEA @ LAR|
|22||Tyler Conklin, MIN @ CHI|
|23||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. MIN|
|24||Evan Engram, NYG vs. DAL|
|25||Ryan Griffin, NYJ @ MIA|
|26||David Njoku, CLE vs. LV|
|27||Jonnu Smith, NE @ IND|
|28||Josiah Deguara, GB @ BAL|
|29||Juwan Johnson, NO @ TB|
|30||C.J. Uzomah, CIN @ DEN|
|31||Jack Doyle, IND vs. NE|
|32||Mo Alie-Cox, IND vs. NE|
|33||Geoff Swaim, TEN @ PIT|
|34||Will Dissly, SEA @ LAR|
|35||Tommy Tremble, CAR @ BUF|