The only question worth talking about when it comes to tight end is whether there are more than a handful of players at the position who actually matter. Historically, the position has worked like this: If you've got one of the best players, you're set; if not, you're streaming. So, did Week 1 change that equation?
Not really. The big three still stand above the position, though maybe it's more like just Travis Kelce and Darren Waller at the top, with George Kittle below them; and maybe T.J. Hockenson is working his way into the Kittle tier. If what we saw in Week 1 continues, that very well could happen.
For now, however, there's still a gap between the top three and everyone else, and then there's a gap between the next three and everyone else beyond that. If you don't have one of those top six, there's a reasonable chance you'll be streaming at some point this season.
Here are my rankings for tight end in PPR leagues in Week 2, with my notes on a handful of players compiled while putting the rankings together. You can check out my quarterback, running back, and wide receiver rankings here.
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Week 2 TE Rankings
- Travis Kelce vs. Ravens
- Darren Waller vs. Steelers
- George Kittle vs. Eagles
- T.J. Hockenson vs. Packers
- Mark Andrews vs. Chiefs
- Kyle Pitts vs. Giants -- Pitts got exactly the role we were hoping for, and you should have no second thoughts about starting him this week. As expected, he's not really a tight end in this offense -- he lined up in the slot or split out wide on 32 of his 43 snaps.
- Logan Thomas vs. Giants
- Noah Fant vs. Jaguars
- Tyler Higbee vs. Colts -- Maybe the Higbee breakout is finally happening. He played every single snap for the Rams, while no other tight end played more than 14, and he ran a route on all but two of Stafford's dropbacks. The role is certainly here.
- Jonnu Smith vs. Jets -- If Smith plays, here's where I'd rank him. If he doesn't play, Hunter Henry would move into this slot.
- Rob Gronkowski vs. Falcons
- Dallas Goedert vs. 49ers -- Goedert was second on the team in routes with four more than Zach Ertz. He's the better option of the two, but isn't a must-start option in his current role.
- Hunter Henry vs. Jets
- Austin Hooper vs. Texans
- Jared Cook vs. Cowboys
- Robert Tonyan vs. Lions
- Will Dissly vs. Titans
- Zach Ertz vs. 49ers
- David Njoku vs. Texans -- Njoku played a very prominent role in Week 1, running more routes than Hooper while earning several deep targets from Baker Mayfield. He could end up being the tight end to stream here, and I don't mind him in this excellent Week 2 matchup.
- Juwan Johnson vs. Panthers -- Johnson will be a hot item on waivers heading into Week 2, but it's worth noting he only played 19% of the snaps in Week 1, so he's still very much a role player. I expect that to be higher when the Saints have to pass, because he's really more of a wide receiver in this offense, but it's something to keep in mind.
- Tyler Kroft vs. Patriots
- Anthony Firkser vs. Seahawks
- Cole Kmet vs. Bengals -- Kmet out-targeted Jimmy Graham 7-2, and he also out-snapped him by a significant margin, too. I don't know if you can trust him yet, but it's clear which way this is leading; now it's up to Kmet to take advantage of the opportunity.
- Dalton Schultz vs. Chargers
- Blake Jarwin vs. Chargers
- Adam Trautman vs. Panthers -- Trautman was the primary tight end for the Saints, and he surprisingly led the team in targets. Now, he also did a lot of blocking in Week 1, so I'm not ready to anoint him as a must-start option, but I'm willing to entertain him as a streamer.
- Kyle Rudolph vs. Washington
- Gerald Everett vs. Titans
- Mike Gesicki vs. Bills -- Gesicki ran a route on just 17 of Miami's 29 pass plays, and looks like a pretty fringe-y TE streamer in my eyes, especially with Fuller active.
- Hayden Hurst vs. Bucs
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