Week 4 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

Few things have made sense at tight end this year. Travis Kelce is still dependable, Jonnu Smith, Noah Fant, and Mike Gesicki seem to be this season’s “big breakouts” (with Hayden Hurst knocking on the door), and…well, and that’s about it. Sure, you’re always gonna play Mark Andrews, George Kittle, and Darren Waller — and there are some other interesting sleepers, like Logan Thomas and Mo Alie-Cox, who could work their way into the every-week starter conversation — but it’s ultimately been a down year for the position, and that makes putting together our Week 4 fantasy TE PPR rankings all the more tedious.

Notice our choice of the word “tedious.” We didn’t say “difficult” because after a week where mostly oddball TEs scored, there wasn’t much reason to drastically move around players in our rankings. For PPR purposes, someone like Jimmy Graham creates a headache. He caught two TDs in Week 3, which isn’t that big of a deal moving forward, but his 10 targets might suggest a bigger workload with Nick Foles at QB. Of course, he had one target the week before, and it’s not as if the Bears are running a different offense, so how should we view Graham against the Colts? We’re basically looking at him as a TD-or-bust sleeper, but he could prove us wrong with another high-usage day. Dalton Shultz (vs. Browns) and Drew Sample (vs. Jaguars) went from heavy targets to virtually no targets between Weeks 2 and 3, so their trajectory is going in the opposite direction.

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

Logan Thomas (vs. Ravens) continues to see seven-plus targets every week, making him a potential PPR darling. It would be nice if he had a better QB, but he’s a sleeper to file away. T.J. Hockenson (vs. Saints) has also seen steady work and is virtually a must-start in PPR formats. 

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

Zach Ertz (@ 49ers) should also get back to his PPR roots with Dallas Goedert (ankle) likely out. Ertz can’t crack our top five because of the tough matchup, but he certainly has more upside in PPR leagues after seeing 10 targets in Week 3.

Once again, though, our TE PPR rankings aren’t too much different than our standard set. Some players move around within the top 12, but the starters remain the starters. Unless you have a good feeling about Thomas or another sleeper, there’s no need to take any big risks this week.

We’ll continue to update our TE PPR rankings to throughout the week, so check back for updates.

Week 4 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues

Rank Player
1 George Kittle, SF vs. PHI
2 Travis Kelce, KC vs. NE
3 Mark Andrews, BAL @ WAS
4 Darren Waller, LV vs. BUF
5 Noah Fant, DEN @ NYJ
6 Zach Ertz, PHI @ SF
7 Hunter Henry, LAC @ TB
8 Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. PIT
9 T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. NO
10 Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. NYG
11 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. SEA
12 Evan Engram, NYG @ LAR
13 Hayden Hurst, ATL @ GB
14 Logan Thomas, WAS vs. BAL
15 Eric Ebron, PIT @ TEN
16 Jared Cook, NO @ DET
17 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. CLE
18 Jimmy Graham, CHI vs. IND
19 Drew Sample, CIN vs. JAX
20 Jordan Akins, HOU vs. MIN
21 Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ CHI
22 Greg Olsen, SEA @ MIA
23 Austin Hooper, CLE @ DAL
24 Chris Herndon, NYJ vs. DEN
25 O.J. Howard, TB vs. LAC
26 Tyler Eifert, JAX @ CIN
27 Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. LAC
28 Jack Doyle, IND @ CHI
29 Taysom Hill, NO @ DET
30 Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ HOU
31 Ian Thomas, CAR vs. ARI
32 Dan Arnold, ARI @ CAR
33 Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ HOU
34 Dawson Knox, BUF @ LV

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