Underdog Fantasy has 2022 fantasy football drafts in the lobby right now, with our first 2022 best ball tournament coming shortly. So it's already time for 2022 fantasy football rankings from yours truly: Fantasy QBs - Fantasy RBs - Fantasy WRs - Fantasy TEs - Top 250 Overall.
The baseline for my rankings stems from Underdog Fantasy's 2022 ADP (you can always find them under the app's "Rankings" tab) and my 2022 NFL Depth Charts column. Check them out if you haven't already.
My 2022 TE fantasy football rankings are based on half PPR.
It’s very rare for a 33-year-old to be an elite producer at tight end, but Kelce has only missed two games since 2014, is in the No. 3 neutral pass rate offense, and is still attached to Patrick Mahomes. Kelce was 15th overall in Better In Best Ball Points Per Game last season, while seeing his yards per route run drop from 2.59 to 1.91 per PFF. A lower aDOT (8.9 to 7.5) is partly to blame. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE1.
With J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards back, the Ravens’ No. 6 neutral pass rate is somewhat unlikely to repeat. Andrews will also have to hold off the potential breakout of Rashod Bateman. Still, Andrews’ TE1 and 13th overall Better In Best Ball Per Game finish makes him a worthwhile bet in Round 3. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE2.
The Niners could be bottom-five in pass attempts with Trey Lance, and both Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are available to steal targets. Kittle has an elite ceiling, however. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE3.
The generational prospect became the first rookie tight end to clear 1,000 yards since the 1960s, and he did so while averaging 2.05 yards per route run. If he had converted more than one of his 12 red zone targets into touchdowns, then Pitts would be a Round 2/3 pick. I’m not missing out on a potential TE1 overall outcome when the floor is already in place. A Calvin Trade sends Pitts to Jupiter. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE4.
To bounce back, he’ll need better injury luck and Derek Carr to stay put in the final year of his contract (one that is very tradable). It’s nearly impossible to find elite tight end ceilings, however, so Waller deserves a second chance at a top-50 ADP. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE5.
My favorite low-end TE1 value, Knox could face his worst target competition of his three-year career in 2022. Cole Beasley’s release would save the Bills $6.1M against the cap and only comes with $1.5M in dead money, while Emmanuel Sanders hits free agency. Knox was the TE9 per game despite having a quality five-receiver rotation. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE8.
He has quietly eclipsed 615 yards and 63 receptions in two-straight seasons and has earned a massive pay raise heading into free agency. The Cowboys are tight against the cap, but Schultz’s receiving and blocking versatility is very important to Dallas’ scheme, likely making him an offseason priority. As a baseline, Schultz was the TE6 and 76th overall player in Better In Best Ball Points Per Game in 2021. Hopefully he stays. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE9.
In nine healthy games after the Zach Ertz trade, Goedert averaged 10.0 half PPR points, which would’ve been the TE6 if extrapolated to the entire season. The former second rounder is a slight negative regression candidate, however. He only saw 7.4 expected half PPR points over that same nine-game stretch, and Philadelphia is likely to bring in more pass-catching depth this offseason. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE7.
A fine possession tight end, Hockenson likely doesn’t have the juice to be an elite tight end at this point. He’s averaging just 6.9 yards per target with a ceiling of 48.6 yards per game through three seasons. More target competition at receiver could negatively impact Hockenson’s 2022 targets, too. He was 80th in Better In Best Ball Points Per Game last year. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE6.
The underrated second-round prospect was half PPR’s TE6 on TE7 fantasy usage over the last 10 weeks of the 2021 season. Freiermuth is a plus athlete with confident hands, and free agent Eric Ebron will be out of his way next year. If the Steelers can recruit a capable passer, Freiermuth has a tiny bit of a ceiling. Underdog Fantasy ADP: TE10.
TE11 Hunter Henry → NE’s best skill player. Just needs more volume to be a TE1.
TE12 Mike Gesicki → Franchise tag is possible if long-term deal isn’t reached.
TE13 Noah Fant → Baller when fed, but too many targets in DEN unless new QB.
TE14 Logan Thomas → QB upgrade is coming, and he has the ideal fantasy role.
TE15 Tyler Higbee → Volatile TE2 as non-center piece in McVay’s offense.
TE16 Zach Ertz → 31yo free agent. Re-signing in ARI makes most sense.
TE17 Irv Smith → Should be ready following an ACL tear. Conklin is a free agent.
TE18 Cole Kmet → Inefficient in first two seasons and needs Fields to break out.
TE19 C.J. Uzomah → Free agent with a near every-down role if he re-signs.
TE20 Rob Gronkowski → Free agent who is likely to retire with Brady.
TE21 Dan Arnold → JAX has few weapons and Arnold has the valuable slot role.
TE22 Evan Engram → A change of scenario was necessary for the good athlete.
TE23 David Njoku → A change of scenario was necessary for the rare athlete.
TE24 Austin Hooper → Njoku leaving and a potential QB upgrade are positives.
TE25 Robert Tonyan → Hits free agency coming off a torn ACL. GB in cap hell.
TE26 Gerald Everett → Free agent coming off highly inconsistent season.
TE27 Jonnu Smith → Would need to get better or have Henry get injured.
TE28 Blake Jarwin → Under contract. Schultz is a free agent. Some upside here.
TE29 Cameron Brate → Only TB tight end under contract. WRs likely weaker in ‘22.
TE30 Brevin Jordan → Post-hype sleeper receiving TE in HOU.
TE31 Tommy Tremble → Intriguing prospect profile going into year two as starter.
TE32 Donald Parham → Exclusive rights free agent. Likely back. Cook is a FA.
TE33 Adam Trautman → Inline TE who needs a QB upgrade. Vannett likely back.