by Shamin Shah, June 24 2020 – 10 minute read
Creating TE tiers will definitely help you draft smart and avoid surprises. A rule of thumb for creating tiers for any position is ensuring you don’t have players in the same tier that you wouldn’t draft over any other players in the same tier. For example, if Kelce and Kittle are available and you have to draft a TE, is there any scenario you would draft one over the other? Probably not. Therefore, they should belong in the same tier. It is okay to have one player in a tier by himself, and it is okay to have as many tiers as you need. Alternatively, if you see Ertz and Waller available, and you would always take Ertz over Waller in all circumstances, they should belong in different tiers. In essence, your tiers don’t need to have any rankings within them. You don’t need to rank Kittle and Kelce against eachother because you would be satisfied drafting either of them.
In a draft, you can see how this can be useful. If multiple players are still available in a specific tier, you may be able to wait to draft that position in the next round. This will give you the flexibility to draft some other positions earlier and the confidence to not panic and draft players too early. Before we get into the tiers, I want to note that this is my personal opinion. Please use the guidelines above to create your own tiers as they may differ from mine which is fine. With that being said, here are my TE tiers for players I believe are draftable, along with where I believe their value starts (in 12 team leagues) along with where I think the line is on whether you should draft a backup TE or not.