Fantasy TE Rankings for 2022

by Chris Lollis | Published: May 10, 2022 | Updated: May 18, 2022

While tight end has been a dumpster fire in recent fantasy football seasons, it feels as if some offseason moves have brought life back to the position. Will Kyle Pitts make the jump everyone expects and finish this season as a top 3 fantasy tight end? Will Noah Fant or Albert O finish with a better fantasy season? Will either Gerald Everett or Evan Engram emerge for the Chargers? And can George Kittle get some targets, please?

These are only a handful of the questions swirling around the fantasy community as we head into the 2022 season. To try to provide some answers, we have our TE rankings ready for your consumption. Check out our favorite sleepers and rookies at the position below the rankings:

Rank QB Team Bye
1 Travis Kelce Chiefs 8
2 Kyle Pitts Falcons 14
3 Mark Andrews Ravens 10
4 George Kittle 49ers 9
5 T.J. Hockenson Lions 6
6 Dallas Goedert Cowboys 9
7 Dalton Schultz Cowboys 9
8 Pat Friermuth Steelers 9
9 Dawson Knox Bills 7
10 Hunter Henry Patriots 10
11 Mike Gesicki Dolphins 11
12 Rob Gronkowski Buccaneers 11
13 Irv Smith Vikings 7
14 Zach Ertz Cardinals 13
15 Noah Fant Seahawks 11
16 Albert Okwuegbunam Broncos 9
17 Cole Kmet Bears 14
18 David Njoku Browns 9
19 Logan Thomas Commanders 14
20 Robert Tonyan Packers 14
21 Evan Engram Chargers 8
22 Austin Hooper Titans 6
23 Tyler Higbee Rams 7
24 Jonnu Smith Patriots 10
25 Gerald Everett Chargers 8

Who is our Favorite Sleeper Tight End for 2022?

The word sleeper means something different to everybody, so we are going to give you two sleeper picks. One to target as your TE1 and another to target as your high-upside TE2. Here are our favorite sleeper tight ends for 2022:

Our Favorite Sleeper to Finish as a Top 3 Tight End

Our favorite tight end currently being drafted outside of the top 10 is Dalton Schultz, who currently has an ADP of 14. Schultz was TE5 in FPPG last season and that was a full 17-game sample size. With both Amari Cooper and Blake Jarwin now out of Dallas, Schultz could see even more targets in 2022. Even 16 more targets last season would likely have moved him into the top 3, so this pick is far from a stretch.

Our Favorite Deep Sleeper Tight End

Our favorite deep sleeper tight end for 2022 is David Njoku. The Browns used their franchise tag on him this offseason, and are actively trying to sign him to a long term deal. They are too invested in him to continue to under-utilize him in the offense.

Offseason moves should play into Njoku's favor here as well. With Jarvis Landry out, a massive hole has opened up in the Browns short-to-intermediate passing game. Additionally, if the Browns somehow get a full season out of Watson, Njoku will move from having one of the worst starting QB's in the league to one of the best.

Who Will Be the Best Rookie Tight End?

There are a handful of rookies that could contribute this season, but will any be fantasy-relevant? Likely not, but if we had to pick one it would be Jelani Woods. While we considered both Trey McBride and Greg Dulcich, Woods has a much clearer path to playing time this season.

Not only is the depth chart favorable for Woods, but the Colts signed Matt Ryan, who's skill-set should blend perfectly with a 6'7" tight end with 4.6 speed.

Woods played for 3 years at Oklahoma State, who seldomly utilizes the tight end position, before transferring to Virginia. In his lone season with the Cavaliers, Woods put up 598 yards and 8 touchdowns on 44 receptions. It should be noted this was a pretty lethal Virginia passing attack and Woods had to compete with the likes of Dontayvion Wicks for targets.

We don't think any of the rookie tight ends are draftable in 2022, but if forced to pick one, Woods would be the guy.

Chris Lollis

Chris has a background in DFS that spans nearly a decade. He launched his first DFS website in 2012 and has been sharing winners ever since. Find him on Twitter at @_Chris_Lollis.

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