Week 15 Fantasy TE Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end
After a week of spotty streamers at the tight end position, things are looking a little bit better for the second round of the fantasy playoffs. The position will always be a bit hit or miss thanks to the TD-dependent options that make up a good chunk of the streaming tier, but our Week 15 fantasy TE rankings look deep and have some sleepers to trust among the ranks.
Our top-10 TEs will stay pretty much status quo for another week, give or take the order. Eric Ebron (@ Bengals) and Rob Gronkowski (@ Falcons) do see a bump up and will get top-five consideration based on their matchups, but those are the only big jumps among the top options.
Beyond the top 10, there are some riskier plays, but there is still a plethora decent sleepers. This week, Jordan Reed (@ Cowboys) figures to be one of the best streamers available, as he is getting consistent targets and is playing against one of the NFL’s worst defenses. Irv Smith Jr. (vs. Bears) also has a nice matchup, as the Bears have struggled quite a bit against TEs this year. With Kyle Rudolph (foot) banged up, Smith could draw most of the targets at the tight end position for the Vikings.
Dan Arnold (vs. Eagles) is also a boom-or-bust option thanks to his recent penchant for getting into the end zone, and both Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett (vs. Jets) have upside against the Jets’ awful TE defense.
Though Jonnu Smith (vs. Lions) and Jordan Akins (@ Colts) have had some good outings in recent weeks, it’s hard to trust them against two teams that have played well against tight ends this year. There are better options to trust on the waiver wire this week , especially since both have seen up-and-down target totals most of the year.
Here’s one more thing worth watching: George Kittle (foot) is hoping to come back and play this year, and Week 15 would likely represent the earliest he can return to action. While it’s not likely that Kittle will be back — and he won’t be included in our rankings — it’s worth tracking his progress if he returns to practice this week.
Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.
Week 15 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)
These rankings are for non-PPR leagues