2021 TE Profiles

TE is really a position like no other. There is a clear top tier, and then outside of that you are looking at a single TD covering several ranking places. Have a look at the profiles below before you make your decisions! We have included our 2021 projections for each player!

TE Profiles

Tyler Higbee (Los Angeles Rams)

TE13

KCR 6.7

Higbee has been the more-reliable fantasy TE on the Rams in recent seasons. There is no reason for that to change after the team allowed Gerald Everett to leave.

The team has upgraded their QB position with the acquisition of Matthew Stafford in a blockbuster trade, and Higbee could become a more reliable fantasy option as a result. 

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
85
68
741
4
2020
12%
60
44
521
5

Jonnu Smith (New England Patriots)

TE14

KCR 7.1

Jonnu Smith has been an efficient option in his NFL career. The Tennessee offense was built around Derrick Henry pounding the ball, before the team released something on playaction.

In the offseason, Smith left the Titans and was immediately signed up by New England. The coaching staff has been a fan of his for a while, so they clearly have a plan for him. Even on an offense that had limited scoring opportunities, Smith should have value at least as a streaming option.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
78
55
622
6
2020
16%
65
41
448
8

Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears)

TE15

KCR 5.9

Kmet is starting to get hype in the offseason and for good reason. Currently, he is behind Jimmy Graham in the depth chart (at least on paper) but Graham isn’t the player that he used to be. Kmet looked good on the field in spells and should be able to be a relaible option for the offense. 

There is the question over the QB situation with the team, but given the lack of receiving options outside of Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney, Kmet has a good opportunity to be fantasy relevant this season.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
87
59
620
5
2020
10%
44
28
243
2

Austin Hooper (Cleveland Browns)

TE16

KCR 7.1

Hooper was brought across to the Browns, but is yet to reach the heights he reached in Atlanta. The team have really emphasized the running game, with their duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Combining that with a badly timed injury, really limited his production in 2020. 

Hooper is going to be a streaming option, with upside if he manages to stay fit.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
79
59
602
5
2020
18%
70
46
435
4

Hunter Henry (New England Patriots)

TE17

KCR 7.7

Henry was picked up at the start of free agency, and its likely to step into a similar role as he had with the Chargers. The team don’t have a clear receiving option, but New England have also struggled to create scoring opportunities- limiting his upside.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
78
55
633
4
2020
16%
93
60
613
4

Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)

TE18

KCR 7.2

Ertz used to be part of the top tier at the position, but that situation has really changed. The Eagles offense isn’t as potent as it used to be, and time seems to be catching up Ertz. With Carson Wentz now out of town, he has to develop chemistry with a new QB. There will be times when Ertz is worth playing, but he isn’t going to be an every-week starter.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
16%
92
60
606
4
2020
19%
72
36
335
1

Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins)

TE19

KCR 6.7

Gesicki struggled last season with the change in QB. That, combined with additional receiving talent being brought in, is going to limit his opportunity to be a reliable option for fantasy.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
13%
74
52
624
4
2020
15%
85
53
703
6

Anthony Firkser (Tennessee Titans)

TE20

KCR 6.1

Firkser is the starting TE for teh Titans, after Jonnu Smith left for the Patriots.He was able to show his ability at times, but at the moment he isn’t a must-draft player. More of a waiver-wire player to monitor as he develops chemistry with Ryan Tannehill.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
15%
72
54
545
5
2020
12%
53
39
387
1

Adam Trautman (New Orleans Saints)

TE21

KCR 6.3

Trautman has a good opportunity to really step up in the Saints offense this season. Stuck behind Jared Cook he never really got involved in the offense. Cook has left,which should mean more time on the field, but this offense still flows through Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, limiting his upside.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
13%
70
53
578
4
2020
5%
16
15
171
1

Blake Jarwin (Dallas Cowboys)

TE22

2019 KCR 6.9

2020 Season Omitted, due to play time

Jarwin had a decent amount of hype going into the season, but his season only lasted a handful of snaps.  Injury risk, and the emergence of CeeDee Lamb on the offense are the reason he is this low.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
10%
61
52
536
4
2019*
8%
40
31
365
3

* 2019 shown as 2020 season was limited to a single game and reception

Logan Thomas (Washington Football Team)

TE23

KCR 7.7

Thomas was one of the team’s leading targets last season but didn’t score TDs to give him headlines. He is the type of player that is going to be a fine streaming option but isn’t going to be a target at draft time. 

Washington have upgraded at QB, but Fitzpatrick has typically looked to his WRs rather TEs.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
13%
76
57
513
4
2020
19%
109
72
670
6

O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

TE24

KCR 6.7

Let me be absolutely clear here. This isn’t an ‘I don’t think Howard is going be good this season’ it’s more that the team has so many mouths to feed on offense.

The TE position is so tight at this point, a TD extra could push him up the rankings easily.

Receiving
Season
Tgt %
Tgt
Rec
Yards
TD
Proj 2021
12%
70
47
536
4
2020
13%
19
11
146
2