Welcome to the 2017 Tight End PPR Cheat Sheet. Here is my Top 26 Rankings with 2017 Projection and Outlook insight. Please feel free to like, share, and subscribe to my content as we here at fantasyisntfun aim to produce free fantasy football content for you every day. Keep in mind this is for point per catch formats – my standard scoring cheat sheets will be releasing soon! Also be on the lookout for the Top 250 cheat sheet, created to help you dominate your drafts.
1. Travis Kelce, KC
2017 Projection: 86 receptions / 1152 yards / 7 touchdowns (243 points)
Outlook: Kelce hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year and is Alex Smith’s #1 target. Far and away the best player on this offense, Kelce will be targetted all over the field, early and often. A lock for Top 3 production at a pretty volatile position, Kelce is firmly in his prime and the centerpiece of the offense. Draft with confidence at #1.
2. Rob Gronkowski, NE
2017 Projection: 72 receptions / 1008 yards / 10 touchdowns (232 points)
Outlook: The guard is changing at tight end as Gronkowski is another year older and even less durable. He hasn’t played a full season’s worth of games since 2011. With many mouths to feed in the New England offense, it’s still clear that Gronkowski will get his. I just think he will miss at least one game, and with a just-as-talented and more durable option in Travis Kelce available, I think it’s risky to take Kelce behind Gronk. Still one of the best tight ends in league history, but he will be banged up and disappear some weeks.
3. Jimmy Graham, SEA
2017 Projection: 71 receptions / 979 yards / 6 touchdowns (204 points)
Outlook: Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson seem to finally have it all together. Last year represented Graham’s best season in a Seattle uniform, and the offense has shifted a little bit to feature him more at the expense of a running game that has all but disappeared since the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. Graham returns to Seattle another year removed from his devastating patella tendon tear, and in an offense built for him. He has a lot of opportunity to terrorize his divisional opponents, and I believe he continues his dominance at the position this year in a Seattle offense that will need him badly.
4. Greg Olsen, CAR
2017 Projection: 75 receptions / 975 yards / 5 touchdowns (202 points)
Outlook: Greg Olsen has been one of the best tight ends in the game for almost a decade now, and it’s because he does it all: blocking, receiving, and making plays. Cam’s favorite target, Olsen is aiming for a fourth-straight 1,000 yard season and a new contract on top of that. While I don’t think he quite makes it there with the influx of youth on the Carolina offense, a Top 5 finish at the position is guaranteed for Olsen barring any serious injury.
5. Kyle Rudolph, MIN
2017 Projection: 78 receptions / 780 yards / 6 touchdowns (192 points)
Outlook: 2016 was the year for Kyle Rudolph: the young tight end seemingly put it all together and flashed the promise that the Vikings were hoping to see when they selected him in the first round a few years back. A perfect fit for the conservative Sam Bradford, Rudolph was a big time red zone threat last year en route to a year that may go down as his best as far as statistics go. Never a big threat for YAC, Rudolph makes his money on short conversions and in the red zone. He will be trusted again in this role and I believe the rapport with Bradford is real. A great option that you can find later in the draft.
6. Jordan Reed, WSH
2017 Projection: 66 receptions / 726 yards / 8 touchdowns (188 points)
Outlook: There isn’t a more athletic tight end in the NFL than Jordan Reed. If health was guaranteed in this game, he would be the #1 overall tight end each year without question. Unfortunately, he never plays a full season, and those injury concerns are built into this projection. If he plays every game, he will threaten for Top 3 production at the position. It’s just that he won’t. Still a good option, but be sure to back him up with someone reliable if you end up with Reed.
7. Jack Doyle, IND
2017 Projection: 70 receptions / 714 yards / 7 touchdowns (183 points)
Outlook: Jack Doyle came out of nowhere in 2016 to become a pretty reliable target for Andrew Luck. It seems as if the trust was built more and more each week, and their season culminated in the release of longtime tight end Dwayne Allen. Doyle returns as the #1 option at tight end on an offense that loves throwing the football. Luck has always loved his starting tight end, so the targets will be there for Doyle. The unquestioned #1 and no longer in a time share, Doyle will produce and could be the bargain tight end of the year. His ADP is currently pretty low, and he is a somewhat proven player. I expect him to be a great piece on many fantasy teams this year.
8. Eric Ebron, DET
2017 Projection: 68 receptions / 816 yards / 5 touchdowns (179 points)
Outlook: We’ve been waiting for Eric Ebron to break out for years now. I think this is the year. Anquan Boldin’s departure frees up a lot of red zone targets, and Ebron is entering his fourth year in the league. It’s so hard to make the transition from college to the pros at the tight end position, but the light usually comes on in this year. Still only 23, I project Ebron to finally cement himself as a top tight end in the game and begin to dominate in the red zone. This touchdown projection could be a little too low.
9. Delanie Walker, TEN
2017 Projection: 68 receptions / 782 yards / 5 touchdowns (176 points)
Outlook: One of the most reliable tight ends of this generation, Walker returns to an offense he seemed to own for the last two years. Unfortunately, Tennessee has brought in a ton of offensive talent this offseason, and Walker stands to suffer the most from Eric Decker’s arrival in Nashville. Still the surest pair of hands that Marcus Mariota has, I don’t expect Walker to fall off completely, but I don’t expect him to have as great of a year as he had last year. He’s still a low-end TE1.
10. Tyler Eifert, CIN
2017 Projection: 56 receptions / 728 yards / 8 touchdowns (176 points)
Outlook: Coming off of a career best year in 2015, Eifert struggled with injury and inconsistency in 2016 and tumbled down the tight end ranks as a result. The offense introduces many young playmakers in 2016, and Eifert stands to lose some targets as a result. A beast in the red zone, Eifert will still get his, but will struggle for consistency. A great targetted play against teams weak against the tight end for sure, but he will bite you some weeks as well.
11. Zach Ertz, PHI
2017 Projection: 72 receptions / 777 yards / 4 touchdowns (173 points)
Outlook: Much like Eric Ebron, it seems like we have been waiting forever for the Ertz breakout. I don’t think it’s as likely as Ebron, but I do expect Ertz to be a significant weapon. A player who usually comes on at the end of the year, Ertz has demonstrated clear rapport with Carson Wentz. However, in an offense full of weapons, I don’t expect the consistency to quite be there. He’s a great player in a loaded offense, which is hard to bank on when the quarterback situation isn’t elite. Right now in Philadelphia, it isn’t.
12. Martellus Bennett, GB
2017 Projection: 61 receptions / 732 yards / 6 touchdowns (170 points)
Outlook: The tight end position always seems like it should be awesome in Green Bay. However, it rarely is. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers add their best weapon at the position since Jermichael Finley (remember him?) in Martellus Bennett. A capable blocker and receiving threat, the Packers upgraded to Bennett from Jared Cook in the offseason. I don’t really expect the tight end role to be too huge this year in Green Bay, but much like Jared Cook last year, Bennett will get his. I think his name will cause him to be a bit overdrafted, but Bennett will be a solid TE2 if you find that he fell to you at a comfortable round.
13. Hunter Henry, LAC
2017 Projection: 56 receptions / 705 yards / 7 touchdowns (168 points)
Outlook: Hunter Henry really looked good at tight end last year for Los Angeles. The problem, if you want to call it that, is the presence of Antonio Gates. Henry still made some noise with his opportunities though, and flashed playmaking ability similar to the Antonio Gates of years past. He will still be in a time share at the position, however I feel as if Henry will seize the larger piece of the share and take the next step in his development this year. Gates will break the record for tight end receiving touchdowns this year, but after that, I can see Henry taking over the majority of the passing down snaps. He is a great weapon for this team.
14. Jason Witten, DAL
2017 Projection: 65 receptions / 617 yards / 4 touchdowns (150 points)
Outlook: Jason Witten went from being Tony Romo’s famous security blanket, to becoming the exact same thing for rookie Dak Prescott in 2016. Firmly in the twilight of his career, Witten is no longer a downfield threat at tight end, but still offers reliable hands on short-yardage downs. He will grab a few scores, but the upside on Witten is clearly limited. Let someone else draft him on name value.
15. Zach Miller, CHI
2017 Projection: 51 receptions / 550 yards / 7 touchdowns (148 points)
Outlook: A weapon inside the red zone and nowhere else, Miller is attempting to come back from a season-ending foot injury. As injury prone as any player in the league, he must now compete for his job with second-round raw rookie Adam Shaheen. I think Miller wins and becomes a red zone threat for the yougn quarterbacks on Chicago’s roster, however I don’t think he is consistent or trustworthy in any sense this year.
16. Coby Fleener, NO
2017 Projection: 52 receptions / 676 yards / 4 touchdowns (143 points)
Outlook: Coby Fleener is not a smart football player. He is inconsistent, has bad hands, and just isn’t a very good player. However, he is in one of the best offenses for tight ends in New Orleans, which means automatic production some weeks. I would not rely on him in any sense. Josh Hill is a better player and will factor in to the tight end position in New Orleans. I’d avoid this situation for fantasy purposes. Fleener has tantalizing size and upside, but I just don’t think he can put it all together.
17. Julius Thomas, MIA
2017 Projection: 43 receptions / 516 yards / 8 touchdowns (142 points)
Outlook: Julius Thomas isn’t a player with much heart. It doesn’t seem as if he likes the game much. However, he is back with old friend Adam Gase, who figures to use him a lot in the red zone. Outside of that area, I don’t feel like Thomas will have much value outside of the red zone. I’d avoid for fantasy purposes.
18. C.J. Fiedorowicz, HOU
2017 Projection: 57 receptions / 604 yards / 4 touchdowns (141 points)
Outlook: Fiedorowicz was useful at a lot of times last year, as Brock Osweiler made plenty of use out of him in the early to middle parts of the season. The offense turns to Tom Savage this year, which I think destroys his value. I think Deshaun Watson will make some use out of him, as he actually is a good tight end, however I don’t expect much from the Houston passing attack until Savage hits the bench.
19. Cameron Brate, TB
2017 Projection: 52 receptions / 546 yards / 4 touchdowns (130 points)
Outlook: I actually love Cameron Brate as a player. The Bucs, apparently, aren’t as high on him as I am. They drafted OJ Howard in the first round this year, the top tight end in the class. Brate and Jameis Winston have obvious rapport, especially in the red zone, and I think there is a chance that both Brate and Howard figure into the offense as the year goes on. I just don’t think Brate will be as trusty as he was last year. He’s a better blocker than Howard, but that isn’t saying much. I expect his production to fall from 2016.
20. Antonio Gates, LAC
2017 Projection: 45 receptions / 441 yards / 6 touchdowns (125 points)
Outlook: Antonio Gates, one of the three best tight ends to ever do it, is near the end. This year, he will break the record for receiving touchdowns by a tight end, tack on a few more, and that will be it. I expect Hunter Henry to be the tight end to own in Los Angeles, but after that, I expect Gates to chip in a few receptions per game. He doesn’t exist outside of the red zone and for that reason, he is impossible to rely on. Thank you, Antonio.
21. Jesse James, PIT
2017 Projection: 45 receptions / 450 yards / 5 touchdowns (120 points)
Outlook: The Steelers admitted their mistake by releasing Ladarius Green earlier this offseason, leaving Jesse James as the de facto #1 tight end on the Pittsburgh depth chart. However, Xavier Grimble poses a threat as he had a few flashes last season. In an offense that loves to throw, I expect James to be a reliable piece of it, and chip in with his fair share of chain-moving receptions and red zone scores. I just don’t think there is enough production there to warrant consistent fantasy consideration.
22. Jared Cook, OAK
2017 Projection: 42 receptions / 504 yards / 5 touchdowns (122 points)
Outlook: The Oakland offense has never really made much use out of the tight end. They have had athletes at the position before, but the consistency is rarely there. A distant 4th in line for opportunities in this offense, Cook has never been the picture of consistency. He will have a big game or two this season, and everything else, as always, will leave much to be desired. Avoid Jared Cook’s name and game on draft day.
23. Charles Clay, BUF
2017 Projection: 50 receptions / 500 yards / 3 touchdowns (118 points)
Outlook: There isn’t a more overpaid player in the league than Charles Clay. He makes too much and simply is not an effective player. Combine that with a quarterback who doesn’t like throwing to tight ends, and you get a horrible fantasy situation. Avoid Charles Clay. I’m talking to you, Bills fans.
24. Austin Hooper, ATL
2017 Projection: 35 receptions / 490 yards / 5 touchdowns (114 points)
Outlook: An ascending player who isn’t quite there yet, Hooper is a great dynasty hold and a dart-throw daily fantasy proposition. As far as season-long goes, he’s going to struggle for consistency in an Atlanta offense full of weapons. He will be good soon, just not this soon.
25. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
2017 Projection: 34 receptions / 510 yards / 4 touchdowns (109 points)
Outlook: ASJ is a good player. He’s cleaned up his act and has all of the opportunity in the world. Unfortunately, he’s the starting tight end for the Jets. With bad quarterbacks aplenty filling out the Jets roster, ASJ will struggle hard. However, he will have his own share of bright spots as well. A good building block for a Jets team low on playmakers.
26. O.J. Howard, TB
2017 Projection: 28 receptions / 476 yards / 3 touchdowns (93 points)
Outlook: The first-drafted tight end in this year’s NFL draft, Howard lands in a situation where he has all of the opportunity in the world. Unfortunately, he enters an offense where there are a ton of weapons and plays at a position where the transition to the NFL is the toughest. With incumbent Cameron Brate still in the fold, I expect Howard to be brought along slowly. Too slowly for fantasy purposes.