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. Thus, we kick things off with our 2022 NFL Wild Card round tight end rankings. Which TEs in our rankings are set for big games as they take fantasy football managers into the next round of the playoffs?
2022 Wild Card Round Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings | 1-10
The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. The prices noted for each player are from DraftKings. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups.
1. Travis Kelce ($6,700) | TE | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
2. George Kittle ($6,000) | TE | San Francisco 49ers @ DAL
3. Rob Gronkowski ($6,400) | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
4. Dallas Goedert ($4,500) | TE | Philadelphia Eagles @ TB
5. Dalton Schultz ($5,000) | TE | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
6. Zach Ertz ($4,700) | TE | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
7. Darren Waller ($5,700) | TE | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
8. Tyler Higbee ($4,100) | TE | Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI
9. Dawson Knox ($4,800) | TE | Buffalo Bills vs. NE
10. Hunter Henry ($3,700) | TE | New England Patriots @ BUF
11. Pat Freiermuth ($4,200) | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
12. C.J. Uzomah ($3,200) | TE | Cincinnati Bengals vs. LV
13. Cameron Brate ($ 2,800) | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
14. Jonnu Smith ($2,500) | TE | New England Patriots @ BUF
15. Foster Moreau ($2,900) | TE | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
16. Blake Jarwin ($2,500) | TE | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
17. Darrell Daniels ($2,500) | TE | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
18. Drew Sample ($2,500) | TE | Cincinnati Bengals vs. LV
19. Blake Bell ($2,600) | TE | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
20. Zach Gentry ($2,700) | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
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21. Tommy Sweeney ($2,500) | TE | Buffalo Bills vs. NE
22. Brycen Hopkins ($2,500) | TE | Los Angeles Rams vs. ARI
23. Demetrius Harris ($2,500) | TE | Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
24. Noah Gray ($2,500) | TE | Kansas City Chiefs vs. PIT
25. Derek Carrier ($2,500) | TE | Las Vegas Raiders @ CIN
26. Richard Rodgers ($2,500) | TE | Philadelphia Eagles @ TB
27. Matt LaCosse ($2,500) | TE | New England Patriots @ BUF
28. Jeremy Sprinkle ($2,500) | TE | Dallas Cowboys vs. SF
29. Kevin Rader ($2,500) | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers @ KC
30. Ross Dwelley ($2,500) | TE | San Francisco 49ers @ DAL
NFL Playoffs Tight End Streamers
As we look towards the Wild Card round of the 2022 playoffs, a few tight ends rise above the rest due to their involvement in their offense. There could even be a case to start multiple TEs in DFS this week, something that would normally be considered a suboptimal strategy.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will only go as far as two players take them — Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. If they hope to make it back to the Super Bowl to defend their title, they need a vintage Gronk performance starting in the Wild Card round.
There is no reason to suspect he cannot do this. 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. Other players have stepped up (like Cyril Grayson Jr.), but it all comes down to Gronkowski, especially in the red zone.
While he has 6 touchdowns, 4 came in the first two games of the season. I expect him to score against the Eagles, who have allowed more points to TEs than any other team in the NFL this season at 17.44 PPR per game and are No. 1 in TDs allowed (14).
While most managers will be plugging Travis Kelce and George Kittle into DFS lineups, I believe the pivot to Gronkowski is a great move given his TD upside and the savings that can be redistributed in other areas. He is a top-three TE in Wild Card fantasy rankings.
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Goedert might be the best value of any tight end in the Wild Card round on DraftKings. It’s between him and Dalton Schultz. Yet, for my money, Goedert means more to his team.
Since Week 7 (after Zach Ertz was traded to the Cardinals), Goedert leads the Eagles with 25.6% of the targets and 24.5% of the air yards. He is No. 2 in the NFL in target share among TEs over this time and is one of just eight TEs to have 24% or more of his team’s air yards. He is also fourth in average depth of target (aDOT) at 9.18.
Goedert has scored 13+ PPR points in three of his last four games, including two with more than 20 points. Over that stretch, he’s averaging 5.3 receptions for 84.5 yards per game and scored 2 TDs. For as great as DeVonta Smith can be, Goedert is the more consistent player for fantasy.
Tampa is a pass-funnel team (67% pass rate in neutral game scripts), and the way to attack them in the passing game is in the middle of the field or short (less than 15 yards aDOT). That places Goedert right into the window. Add in a negative game script, and Goedert is one of the highest upside TEs that seems to be going under the radar.