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Week 13 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

With the Taysom Hill TE era officially coming to an end before Week 12, some normalcy returned to the tight end position. Ahead of Week 13, it’s looking fairly strong with a few high-volume targets emerging, and our Week 13 fantasy TE PPR rankings are stronger than they’ve been in some time thanks to those higher-floor options.

Despite an unusually late bye week eliminating Rob Gronkowski from this week’s rankings and Mark Andrews going on the COVID list, there is still good depth there. That’s thanks in part to the expected return of Zach Ertz from an ankle injury, but in PPR formats, it has to do more with certain TEs getting more targets.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Normally, the TE position is very TD dependent. That’s how Jonnu Smith has produced value the last month or so despite averaging fewer than two catches per game. That’s been true again for most of this year, but a handful of guys are getting consistent opportunities to catch passes. Heading into Week 12, 16 players at the position were averaging at least five targets per game, and nine had been seeing at least six per contest. Those high-target threats will certainly move up in PPR rankings.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Notably, Evan Engram (@ Seahawks), Hunter Henry (vs. Patriots), and T.J. Hockenson (@ Bears) will all be on the rise. They all have seen at least six targets per game and should have higher floors in PPR leagues. They may all be in difficult-looking matchups, but if they continue to get targets, they should be top-10 producers.

As for players that move down, Jared Cook (@ Falcons) has a favorable matchup, but he has averaged fewer than four targets per game this season. Mike Gesicki (vs. Bengals) and Jonnu Smith (vs. Browns) also move down a bit, as they haven’t consistently seen targets throughout the season. They are in good matchups and have plenty of TD upside, but it’s far from a guarantee that they will produce.

Check back for updates to these TE PPR rankings throughout the week.

Week 13 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

1Darren Waller, LV @ NYJ
2Travis Kelce, KC vs. DEN
3Austin Hooper, CLE @ TEN
4Noah Fant, DEN @ KC
5T.J. Hockenson, DET @ CHI
6Eric Ebron, PIT vs. WAS
7Evan Engram, NYG @ SEA
8Jordan Reed, SF vs. BUF
9Hunter Henry, LAC vs. NE
10Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. CIN
11Zach Ertz, PHI @ GB
12Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. JAX
13Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. NO
14Trey Burton, IND @ HOU
15Logan Thomas, WAS @ PIT
16Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. CLE
17Dallas Goedert, PHI @ GB
18Dalton Schultz, DAL @ BAL
19Jared Cook, NO @ ATL
20Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. DET
21Jordan Akins, HOU vs. IND
22Robert Tonyan, GB vs. PHI
23Tyler Higbee, LAR @ ARI
24Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. NYG
25Drew Sample, CIN @ MIA
26Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. CLE
27Will Dissly, SEA vs. NYG
28Tyler Eifert, JAX @ MIN
29Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ HOU
30Gerald Everett, LAR @ ARI
31Dawson Knox, BUF @ SF
32Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND
33Dan Arnold, ARI vs. LAR

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