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Early Fantasy TE Rankings NFL Playoffs: What is the value of Rob Gronkowski, Dawson Knox, and Dallas Goedert?

As managers transition to NFL playoff formats, who are the top TEs in our 2022 NFL playoff tight end fantasy football rankings?

With redraft leagues over and champions crowned, the growing game of NFL playoff fantasy football gives us a few more weeks to enjoy filling out starting lineups. Let’s dive into our TE rankings for the 2022 NFL Playoffs. Which tight ends are more or less valuable for fantasy football than others due to the likelihood of making a deeper run into the playoffs?

2022 NFL Playoffs Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings | 1-10

The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. 

1. Travis Kelce ($6,700) | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
2. Rob Gronkowski ($6,400) | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
3. George Kittle ($6,000) | San Francisco 49ers @ DAL
4. Dawson Knox ($4,800) | Buffalo Bills vs. NE
5. Tyler Higbee ($4,100) | Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI
6. Darren Waller ($5,700) | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
7. Dalton Schultz ($5,000) | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
8. Zach Ertz ($4,700) | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
9. Pat Freiermuth ($4,200) | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
10. Hunter Henry ($3,700) | New England Patriots @ BUF

11-20

11. Dallas Goedert ($4,500) | Philadelphia Eagles @ TB
12. C.J. Uzomah ($3,200) | Cincinnati Bengals vs. LV
13. Cameron Brate ($2,800) | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
14. Blake Jarwin ($2,500) | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
15. Foster Moreau ($2,900) | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
16. Josiah Deguara (TBD) | Green Bay Packers vs. TBD
17. Anthony Firkser (TBD) | Tennessee Titans vs. TBD
18. Marcedes Lewis (TBD) | Green Bay Packers vs. TBD
19. Jonnu Smith ($2,500) | New England Patriots @ BUF
20. O.J. Howard ($2,500) | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI

2022 NFL Playoffs Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings | 21-30

21. Blake Bell ($2,600) | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
22. Geoff Swaim (TBD) | Tennessee Titans vs. TBD
23. Tommy Sweeney ($2,500) | Buffalo Bills vs. NE
24. Noah Gray ($2,500) | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
25. Brycen Hopkins ($2,500) | Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI
26. Zach Gentry ($2,700) | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
27. Derek Carrier ($2,500) | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
28. Demetrius Harris ($2,500) | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
29. Eric Ebron ($2,500) | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
30. Richard Rodgers ($2,500) | Philadelphia Eagles @ TB

31-40

31. Matt LaCosse ($2,500) | New England Patriots @ BUF
32. Jeremy Sprinkle ($2,500) | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
33. Darrell Daniels ($2,500) | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
34. Kevin Rader ($2,500) | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
35. Ross Dwelley ($2,500) | San Francisco 49ers @ DAL
36. Drew Sample ($2,500) | Cincinnati Bengals vs. LV
37. Devin Asiasi ($2,500) | New England Patriots @ BUF
38. Charlie Woerner ($2,500) | San Francisco 49ers @ DAL
39. Sean McKeon ($2,500) | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
40. Jack Stoll ($2,500) | Philadelphia Eagles @ TB

NFL Playoffs Tight End Streamers

As we look towards the 2022 NFL playoffs, prioritize players who are likely to play in multiple games. Even some of the best fantasy tight ends fall in our rankings as they are likely to be eliminated in the opening round.

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Aside from Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski will be the most important player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If they hope to make it back to the Super Bowl, it will take a vintage Gronk performance.

Over the last two games, with injuries and absences involving Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and now-former Buc Antonio Brown, Gronkowski posted 252 yards and 14 receptions on 20 targets. While Tampa Bay can use guys like Cyril Grayson, Breshad Perriman, and Tyler Johnson between the 20s, the red zone needs to be Gronkowski’s world.

While he has 6 touchdowns, 4 came in the first two games of the season. I expect a big playoff performance from Gronk, and because he and the Buccaneers have a chance at playing in three games, he comes in as the TE2 in the 2022 NFL playoff TE Rankings.

Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders

If Rich Bisaccia and the Las Vegas Raiders want to advance to the Divisional Round, they will do it on the back of Darren Waller. After missing the last five games due to an IT band injury, Waller returned in Week 18 and saw a 78% snap share and 9 targets. While that was below his typical snap rate (which usually hovers around 90%), it showed Waller should be good for a full workload in the opening round of the playoffs.

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The matchup couldn’t be better, either. The Bengals have allowed the second-most fantasy points to TEs (18.18 per game) over the last four weeks. In a game where the Raiders will likely need to play catchup, I would take Waller’s upside at $5,700.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.

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