We are now firmly into the fantasy football season. Just under a quarter of most leagues’ regular seasons are finished, making every game more important than the last. In this week’s edition of tight end rankings, a rookie makes a huge jump into the top four, while the most popular NFL player of the week finds himself in the top spot, a place he knows “All Too Well.”
Week 4 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings
Tier 1: Week Winners
- Travis Kelce
- T.J. Hockensen
- Mark Andrews
With Taylor Swift in attendance, Travis Kelce was able to have another great performance. He headlines the tight end rankings yet again this week after catching seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. This year’s TE1, T.J. Hockensen has benefited greatly from Kirk Cousins’ tremendous play in 2023. He moves past Mark Andrews by virtue of his 17.0 fantasy points per game. Andrews was quiet in Week 3, but as Lamar Jackson’s number-one target, he remains a consensus top-3 tight end for week four.
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Tier 2: Solid Starters
- Sam LaPorta
- Evan Engram
- George Kittle
- Darren Waller
- Dallas Goedert
This may be drastic, but rookie Sam LaPorta has been extremely impressive. He’s increased his target total in every game and had 11 last week against the Cardinals. He’s been the clear second option for Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions and comes into week four averaging 14.2 points per game, sending him soaring in this week’s tight end rankings. Evan Engram hasn’t had any boom games but has been extremely consistent, something that is very rare at the tight end position this year.
George Kittle started this season slowly, but had a great game in Week 3, catching seven passes for 90 yards. The 49ers have so many options that Kittle will be inconsistent, but his talent allows him to be capable of big games. Darren Waller has struggled this season, but may be able to bounce back against a Seahawks defense that isn’t as strong as Dallas or San Francisco, Waller’s two worst games. Dallas Goedert remains a low-ceiling, but high-floor mid-tier TE1.
Tier 3: Back-end TE1s
- Hunter Henry
- Jake Ferguson
- Kyle Pitts
- Pat Freiermuth
- Luke Musgrave
He’s got a tough matchup and is coming off a poor game, but Hunter Henry was one of the highest-scoring tight ends in the league for the first two weeks. His target total wasn’t far off those weeks, and he should be expected to bounce back. Jake Ferguson is a player who has been trending up the weekly tight end rankings, and receives a lot of targets, though he has been fairly inefficient with them. Kyle Pitts had a solid game, but his floor is alarmingly low in the run-heavy Atlanta offense.
Pat Freiermuth has every-week touchdown upside, but with just nine targets on the season, he needs to start producing in other categories. Rookie Luke Musgrave caught six passes for 49 yards in week 3, and with Christian Watson still listed as questionable, Musgrave may continue to see a large number of opportunities.
Tier 4: Streaming Options
- Zach Ertz
- David Njoku
- Dalton Kincaid
- Tyler Higbee
- Gerald Everett
Zach Ertz was considered a very high-floor play before Week 3, but he had just two catches for six yards against the Cowboys after receiving his highest position of the year in the Week 2 tight-end rankings. His matchup doesn’t get much better this week, as the Cardinals play the 49ers, but Ertz may be able to return to the target hog he was in Weeks 1 and 2. David Njoku is attached to an improving Deshaun Watson, but he has yet to see more than four targets as Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore are the clear number one and number two options.
Bills rookie Dalton Kincaid had a very quiet game against the Commanders, but was solid in his first two NFL performances. Buffalo will have to score a lot of points to keep up with the Miami offense, so Kincaid has a good chance at a touchdown this week. Tyler Higbee scored 12.1 points in week three but only combined for that same total in the first two weeks. Gerald Everett may see some more work with Mike Williams injured, but Joshua Palmer seems more likely to receive most of the extra targets.
Tier 5: Dart Throws
- Hayden Hurst
- Cade Otton
Hayden Hurst had a huge week one game but has come back down to Earth since then. Andy Dalton only looked his way three times, but if Bryce Young can suit up, Hurst may be able to have a decent performance. Cade Otton has sandwiched a startable performance between two duds. However, he saw six targets in that game.
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