2021 Tight Ends

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The fantasy football community is eager to start molding the shape of the upcoming 2021 season. After looking at the 2021 Wide Receivers and 2021 Running Backs, I want to give a look at the Tight Ends and some initial thoughts for the position in the 2021 season.

To start, lets recap our position leaders in Targets and Touchdowns for 2020 as it may be helpful as we look forward towards our Tight Ends of preference in 2021. Especially if we can compare previous years to see any trends. Again, keep in mind a players Ability, Availability, Opportunity, Consistency, Advantage/Upside and Matchup.

2020 Tight End Top 25 Targets

PlayerTargetsReceptionsReceiving YardsRushing YardsTotal Yards
Travis Kelce1451051,41601,416
Darren Waller1451071,19601,196
Logan Thomas110726705675
Evan Engram1096365426680
T.J. Hockenson101677230723
Noah Fant93626730673
Hunter Henry93606130613
Eric Ebron91565580558
Dalton Schultz89636150615
Mark Andrews88587010701
Hayden Hurst88565710571
Mike Gesicki85537030703
Rob Gronkowski77456230623
Zach Ertz72363350335
Austin Hooper70464350435
Dallas Goedert65465240524
Jonnu Smith65414484452
George Kittle634863417651
Gerald Everett62414172419
Tyler Higbee60445211522
Jared Cook60375040504
Tyler Eifert60363490349
Robert Tonyan59525860586
Anthony Firkser53393870387
Drew Sample53403490349

Above are your Top 25 Tight Ends in Targets for the 2020 NFL Season. Referencing some history with this Targets category Targets TE – 2019 Regular Season gives you some insight at what we anticipated going into 2020. So using the history, below are some Tight Ends that I would anticipate are in the mix of most Targets in the 2021 NFL Season:

2021 Tight End Top 25 Targets Projections

  • Travis Kelce
  • Darren Waller
  • George Kittle
  • Evan Engram
  • Logan Thomas
  • Kyle Pitts
  • T.J. Hockenson
  • Mark Andrews
  • Noah Fant
  • Blake Jarwin
  • Zach Ertz
  • Hunter Henry
  • Dallas Goedert
  • Jonnu Smith
  • Mike Gesicki
  • Eric Ebron
  • Adam Trautman
  • O.J. Howard
  • C.J. Uzomah
  • Hayden Hurst
  • Cole Kmet
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Jared Cook
  • Jimmy Graham
  • Austin Hooper

2020 Tight End Top 20 Touchdowns

Using the above yearly Touchdowns rankings I was looking from one year to the next to see how many of the previous years Tight Ends made the following year list. As you follow the colors (Grey – 2015, Green – 2016, Red – 2017, Blue – 2018 and Grey – 2019) it helps to pick out who stayed on the list from the previous year. In 2016, 8 tight ends from 2015 made it. In 2017, 7 tight ends from 2016 made the Top 20 list. While in 2018, 8 tight ends from 2017 made it. For 2019, 8 tight ends from 2018 made the Top 20 list. In 2020, 7 tight ends from 2019 made the list again.

Over the past few years it looks like the average of 8 players would be anticipated to make this list again in the 2021 NFL Season. Referencing some history with the Touchdowns category Tight End TDs – 2020 Outlook gives you some look at what we anticipated going into 2020 as well.

2021 Tight End Top 20 Touchdowns Projections

Utilizing the averages and picking 8 Tight Ends to find themselves on the Top 20 Touchdown list at the end of the 2021 season again I would currently lean to the following players: Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, T.J. Hockenson, Logan Thomas, Robert Tonyan, Irv Smith Jr. and one of either Jonnu Smith or Hunter Henry. I think Hayden Hurst, Jared Cook and Dan Arnold are some interesting names to keep in mind if any of the initial 8 above don’t find themselves in the Top 20 Touchdown list for Tight Ends at the end of the 2021 Season.

2020 Tight End 3 Touchdown Club

*Note this list is an extension from the above Top 20 Tight End Touchdown Image that goes from rank 15 and beyond for the 5 years. It shows all the Tight Ends that are tied in ranking with 3 Touchdowns.

I have found over the years that an average of 2-4 Tight Ends who scored 3 Touchdowns the previous year end up making the current year Top 20 Tight End Touchdowns ranking. As you can see last year 5 of those Tight Ends (who only scored 3 Touchdowns in 2019) ended up making the Top 20 in 2020. I highlighted a few guys that jump out to me as potential movers up the rankings for 2021. All 3 of Harrison Bryant, Noah Fant and Dallas Goedert have some great opportunity for growth and increased usage this year. I also believe that Evan Engram just gets too many Targets to not be spoken about as possibly getting back in the Top 20 Tight End Touchdowns. Ironically he only scored 2 Touchdowns last year and didn’t even make the 3 Touchdown Club in 2020.

Mercedes Lewis finds himself in a similar spot as Jimmy Graham did in 2019. The veteran that made the leap from the 3 Touchdown Club back into the Top 20 the next season. He is on a pretty offensive team and it may not take much to get him more than 3 Touchdowns in 2021. Something to think about for those deeper fantasy football leagues or ones that play Tight End premium scoring.

2020 Tight End Top 25 Receiving

PlayerTargetsReceptionsReceiving YardsRushing YardsTotal Yards
Travis Kelce1451051,41601,416
Darren Waller1451071,19601,196
T.J. Hockenson101677230723
Mike Gesicki85537030703
Mark Andrews88587010701
Noah Fant93626730673
Logan Thomas110726705675
Evan Engram1096365426680
George Kittle634863417651
Rob Gronkowski77456230623
Dalton Schultz89636150615
Hunter Henry93606130613
Robert Tonyan59525860586
Hayden Hurst88565710571
Eric Ebron91565580558
Dallas Goedert65465240524
Tyler Higbee60445211522
Jared Cook60375040504
Jimmy Graham76504560456
Jonnu Smith65414484452
Dan Arnold45314380438
Austin Hooper70464350435
Gerald Everett62414172419
Jordan Akins49374034407
Mo Alie-Cox39313940394

The chart above is nice because so often we hear about the Receiving Leaders at the Tight End position. Since over the years more often than not, the Tight Ends just caught the football. That is certainly something to keep in mind but not the only thing. Depending on the type of league you have, carries and rushing yards could be beneficial. There may not be a lot to come by but every little extra yard can add up!

2021 Tight Ends

So who are the guys at the Tight End position that I like for in the upcoming 2021 Fantasy Football Season? I still believe in Travis Kelce, Darren Waller and George Kittle. The rookie Kyle Pitts will get his this year. I can see myself being lower than most on T.J. Hockenson but his value isn’t horrible. I just don’t think he cracks the Top 5 in Tight Ends in 2021. I think Adam Trautman is in a nice spot on a team that likes to throw the ball. To get a full idea of where the Tight Ends are ranked initially and leading up to the beginning of the 2021 NFL season, click the link below.

2021 Tight Ends Final Thoughts

We are getting closer to the start of the 2021 Fantasy Football Season. Having the ranks at positions and overall thoughts come into focus as we start the Pre-Season is very exciting! Plenty will happen from now until then, so be flexible and look for the value when drafting your Tight Ends this year. Don’t forget to consider Ability, Availability, Opportunity, Consistency, Advantage/Upside and Matchup. We are closer to the start of the 2021 Fantasy Football Season! Who has opportunity for Targets? Who will have the chance for Touchdowns? If you believe a player is in line for either, you know I would be interested in them!

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Find players that will have: Ability – Availability – Opportunity – Consistency – Advantage/Upside – Matchup

If your players are on an offensive team that can get many Targets and Touchdowns, you know I would be interested in them! Statistics courtesy of The Football Database , a great resource for your NFL players statistics. If you enjoyed the article please share it with others (via the social media links).

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