With two weeks of the NFL season now behind us, it’s time for fantasy football managers to set their lineups and dive into each position for Week 3. At a position with a tendency to lack weekly upside, here are our TE tiers for Week 3, along with streamers for fantasy football.
Week 3 TE Tiers
While individual rankings will always be valuable for weekly decisions, using a tier-based approach at TE can help find similar production ranges.
The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. The Week 3 TE rankings are consensus rankings from PFN Senior Fantasy Analyst Eric Moody and Fantasy Analyst Tommy Garrett.
1. Travis Kelce | Kansas City Chiefs vs. LAC
2. Darren Waller | Las Vegas Raiders vs. MIA
3. George Kittle | San Francisco 49ers vs. GB
4. Mark Andrews | Baltimore Ravens @ DET
5. T.J. Hockenson | Detroit Lions vs. BAL
6. Noah Fant | Denver Broncos vs. NYJ
7. Kyle Pitts | Atlanta Falcons @ NYG
8. Logan Thomas | Washington Football Team @ BUF
9. Rob Gronkowski | Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ LAR
10. Dallas Goedert | Philadelphia Eagles @ DAL
11. Tyler Higbee | Los Angeles Rams vs. TB
12. Robert Tonyan | Green Bay Packers @ SF
13. Jonnu Smith | New England Patriots vs. NO
14. Jared Cook | Los Angeles Chargers @ KC
15. Cole Kmet | Chicago Bears @ CLE
16. Gerald Everett | Seattle Seahawks @ MIN
17. Mike Gesicki | Miami Dolphins @ LV
18. Hunter Henry | New England Patriots vs. NO
19. Austin Hooper | Cleveland Browns vs. CHI
20. Tyler Conklin | Minnesota Vikings vs. SEA
21. Zach Ertz | Philadelphia Eagles @ DAL
22. Blake Jarwin | Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI
23. Anthony Firkser | Tennessee Titans vs. IND
24. Adam Trautman | New Orleans Saints @ NE
25. Dawson Knox | Buffalo Bills vs. WAS
26. Eric Ebron | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CIN
27. Dalton Schultz | Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI
28. Hayden Hurst | Atlanta Falcons @ NYG
29. Juwan Johnson | New Orleans Saints @ NE
30. Kyle Rudolph | New York Giants vs. ATL
31. C.J. Uzomah | Cincinnati Bengals @ PIT
32. Tyler Kroft | New York Jets @ DEN
33. Jack Doyle | Indianapolis Colts @ TEN
34. Dan Arnold | Carolina Panthers @ HOU
35. Jordan Akins | Houston Texans vs. CAR
TE streamers for Week 3
Rather than focusing on the top-tier fantasy football players, we are looking at the tight ends who might be going under the radar for Week 3. For this, we are using FleaFlicker and their availability percentage with a cut-off at 60%, meaning many of these TEs should be available in your fantasy football league.
Before we go into potential tight end streamers for fantasy football in Week 3, let’s be honest with ourselves — outside the top 10, finding production at TE is about as brutal as it gets. It is a low-volume position, and most TEs will likely struggle for weekly relevance if they don’t score a touchdown.
Also, keep an eye on Evan Engram in your fantasy leagues. While he is not below the 60% threshold on FleaFlicker, odds are managers have grown frustrated and possibly dropped him as he has not yet played in 2021. However, he was practicing on Monday, and there is a chance we see him make his debut in Week 3. Given his athleticism, it is worth looking to see if he is available on your waivers.
Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns
This is just as much about Austin Hooper’s usage as it is Cleveland’s current pass catcher depth chart. While we might see Odell Beckham Jr. make his return from his ACL recovery in Week 3, the Browns are without Jarvis Landry (MCL sprain) for several weeks. We likely see Hooper take on a more prominent role in the passing game.
After a 3-target, 27-yard game in Week 1, Hooper saw an uptick in Week 2, recording catches on all 5 targets (team-high) for 40 yards. Believe it or not, that was enough to finish as the TE14, which says a lot about the lack of options at the position. The Bears are No. 8 vs. TEs in fantasy points allowed at 7.1 per game, but it is worth taking a shot on Hooper as a TE streamer in Week 3 for fantasy football.
Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are enamored with their second-round rookie. Freiermuth is viewed by many as Heath Miller 2.0, and he has steadily seen his workload increase. After a single catch for 24 yards in Week 1, Freiermuth bested fellow Steelers TE Eric Ebron with 4 receptions (4 targets) for 36 yards in Week 2. He also out-snapped Ebron 33 to 24 on Sunday. With Diontae Johnson nursing an injury, we could see Ben Roethlisberger look to Freiermuth more often, allowing the rookie to top his 10.8% target share in Week 2.
Pittsburgh takes on the Bengals in Week 3, and getting in early on Freiermuth might be the smart move for fantasy managers.
Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals never use their tight ends, right? Not so fast, my friend. Maxx Williams was an integral part of Arizona’s dominance in Week 2, catching all 7 of his targets for 94 yards against the Vikings. Even without finding the end zone, Williams finished as the TE4 in PPR with 16.4 fantasy points.
While I am not saying he will see 7 targets in Week 3, Williams has as good a shot as anyone on Arizona’s roster to succeed against the Jaguars, who are 24th in points allowed to TEs at 16.05 per game.
Dan Arnold, Carolina Panthers
If they wear a Panthers jersey, start them in Week 3. Carolina takes on Houston on Thursday Night Football Week 3, and the matchup could prove beneficial to Dan Arnold.
Arnold had a decent showing against the Saints on Sunday, securing 3 receptions for 55 yards. He’ll never be the focal point of Carolina’s offense, but he could find the end zone this week.