Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Target – Number 2: George Kittle
Now we’ve arrived at one of the NFL’s biggest debates: Travis Kelce versus George Kittle.
Like most of these top five guys, you can’t really go wrong with either one, however, unfortunately for Kittle, you don’t get fantasy points for blocking. In all seriousness though, Kittle is probably going to lead his team in receiving again this season and have a fantastic fantasy season.
The biggest reason why Kittle lands behind Kelce on his list is out of both of their control and that is the quarterback factor. Kittle is catching passes from Jimmy Garoppolo versus Kelce catching passes from the best player in the league and playing in the best offense in the league in general.
However, Garoppolo is a fine quarterback and the 49ers offense is a little underrated as a whole, so Kittle will be more than okay this fantasy season.
With Kittle, you’re getting one of the most consistently productive tight ends in the league and despite missing two games last season there is not a big injury concern. Basically with Kittle, you’re getting a low-risk, high-reward player, but he’s going to cost you a second round pick.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Target – Number 1: Travis Kelce
As mentioned above, the top two spots are tightly contested, but Travis Kelce wins out because he’s slightly better as a receiver and is the favorite target of the best quarterback in the NFL.
Kelce has also proven to be a very low injury risk (knock on some wood) player, which is key to a good fantasy season, especially for a guy you’re going to be spending a second round pick on.
Kelce is the first tight end in NFL history to put up four straight 1,000 yard seasons and he will look to extend that to five this year. Speaking of five, that is also the number of touchdowns that Kelce grabbed last season, which is one stat that he should improve upon this season.
He had four touchdowns in the playoffs alone last season and 10 in 2018. It appears that if Mahomes is able to play at full health this season, Kelce’s numbers should only improve. He should finish as TE1 for the third straight season this year.
Whether you’re the kind of fantasy player who likes punt tight ends and grab one late in your draft or whether you are willing to spend a high pick on a top tight end, hopefully this list is helpful. What do you think of the rankings? Is there anyone that’s too high or someone who is being slept on?