Tight end is more than just red-zone targets and the occasional touchdown. Last season, four TEs had over 80 catches and 900 yards, and another four topped 60 catches and 700 yards. Perhaps surprisingly, however, only three tight ends had more than six TDs. Mark Andrews led that group with 10 scores, which is why he’s high in most sets of 2020 TE rankings, PPR or otherwise. But it’s worth noting that with 64 receptions, he ranked just seventh in that category. We always caution against overvaluing catches in PPR leagues, but it’s fair to wonder if Andrews can produce so many big plays again.
Andrews is a sure-fire starter no matter how you look at it, so whether you rank him third (as many do) or seventh (as we do), it ultimately doesn’t matter a ton. It’s possible he catches more balls with Hayden Hurst out of town, but it’s just as possible he scores fewer touchdowns and has fewer big plays. That’s why we put more consistently targeted TEs ahead of him. Evan Engram and Hunter Henry have valid injury concerns, but their respective paces last season would have yielded 88 and 73 receptions, respectively — noticeably more than Andrews and with just as much, if not more, big-play and touchdown upside.
2020 STANDARD FANTASY RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker | Superflex | Top 200
Ultimately, though, there isn’t much difference between standard and PPR tight end rankings. There isn’t the equivalent of third-down specialists or possession receivers (unless you count blocking TEs, who aren’t on the fantasy radar anyway), so the best are basically the best, just in a slightly different order. Jared Cook (16.6 yards per catch) and Noah Fant (14.1) are two other big-play TEs we moved down slightly (and we assume Rob Gronkowski will be TD-dependent), but if you still think they’ll do enough yardage/TD-wise to make up for the lack of catches, by all means take a shot with them.
As we saw last year with Andrews, a TE can finish in the top two of the PPR rankings as long as he gets yards and TDs, but the high-target consistency from guys like Darren Waller and Zach Ertz goes a long way, especially if you’d rather take higher-upside swings at other positions.
2020 Fantasy Sleepers:
6 QBs | 16 RBs | 14 WRs | 10 TEs | 5 D/STs | One from each team
We’ll continue to update our TE PPR rankings throughout the preseason, so check back for the latest player movement. For our standard TE rankings, click here.
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.
26 Greg Olsen, Seahawks
27 Dawson Knox, Bills
28 C.J. Uzomah, Bengals
29 Taysom Hill, Saints
30 Jimmy Graham, Bears
31 Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
32 David Njoku, Browns
33 Cole Kmet, Bears
34 Darren Fells, Texans
35 Devin Asiasi, Patriots
36 Will Dissly, Seahawks
37 Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
38 Trey Burton, Colts
39 Vance McDonald, Steelers
40 Logan Thomas, Washington
41 Albert Okwuegbunam, Broncos
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