Week 13 is a beautiful one for tight end byes, as none of the top-tier studs are out of action for that reason. Of course, not everyone has a must-start stud, so our Week 13 fantasy TE rankings can still help plenty of owners decide who to start at this tough position.
Again, it doesn’t get much prettier when it comes to byes, as Tennessee, Cleveland, Green Bay, and Carolina take the week off. If you’ve been relying on Austin Hooper, you’re probably checked out for the season anyway. There will still be some people looking for streamers, though, so we’re here to help.
Travis Kelce (vs. Broncos) is the only premier TE with a worrisome matchup, but obviously, worries don’t apply to him. Dalton Schultz (@ Saints) also looks to be in a tricky spot, but there aren’t many tight ends with more upside, especially in PPR leagues.
However, Dawson Knox (vs. Patriots) and Hunter Henry (@ Bills) are two productive TEs that realistically can be sat on the pine in Week 13, mainly because they tend to be more “touchdown or bust” than Schultz. Matchups with two of the strongest defenses in fantasy against tight ends might justify sitting them, but you better have some good alternatives. Zach Ertz (vs. Bears) also fits into this category of players, but his upside has been lower than Knox, Henry and Schultz.
Streamers this week include C.J. Uzomah (vs. Chargers), Evan Engram (@ Dolphins), Jack Doyle (@ Texans), Foster Moreau (vs. Washington), and Tyler Conklin (vs. Lions). Uzomah and Engram each face bottom-five teams against fantasy TEs heading into Week 12, we know Uzomah has big upside. Conklin’s matchup with Detroit and Moreau’s matchup with Washington aren’t necessarily favorable on paper, but with the steady targets and big-play upside we’ve seen from both at times this year, we consider them solid options against poor pass defenses.
In deep leagues, Mo Allie-Cox (@ Texans) and Ryan Griffin (vs. Eagles) are worth considering because of their top-three matchups. Notice we specified “deep leagues” because neither are even close to reliable, but they’re technically decent considerations if you’re forced to pick from the bottom of the barrel. Juwan Johnson (vs. Cowboys) can also be added to that discussion.
Because no tight end of consequence is on a bye and only one regular starter is dealing with injury (Darren Waller), you shouldn’t have much trouble picking up a decent streamer. This almost feels like a week without byes, so don’t overthink things too much.
Note: We’ll be updating these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis. For individual analysis of key TEs, click here.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 13: Who to start at tight end
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring