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Long-term TE rankings

Has Dallas found a long-term standout at tight end?

Jake Ferguson can be used as evidence that there is some value in watching the preseason games. Entering camp, it was up in the air whether Ferguson, Luke Schoonmaker or maybe even Peyton Hendershot would be the most productive tight end for the Cowboys.

The preseason games made it seem clear (to me at least) that Ferguson would be their No. 1 guy. He came out with their first-unit offense for their preseason opener, and they immediately went to him for 3 quick completions – as if confirming to themselves that he was going to be one of their core guys.

That made Ferguson a key player in August. I saw some ADP lists indicating he wouldn’t even be drafted in a typical 12-team league, but it was clear he had the potential to be a top-10 player at the position.

Ferguson for the most part has come through, catching 46 passes and 5 TDs in 12 games.

Grading him for dynasty purposes, on the other hand, gets tricky. Schoonmaker (a second-round pick) is still around, and he’s made it on the field regularly in his first season, typically catching about a pass per game. So it’s possible that in 2024 or 2025, Schoonmaker evolves into the better player.

Thinking out loud, Ferguson’s contract runs through 2025. At that time, he might merit a contract extension, with the Cowboys opting to shift to Schoonmaker. They went that route with Dalton Schultz. Or Dallas could use more formations with multiple tight ends next year.

If I were walking into a dynasty league draft today, I would be leery of going after Ferguson too early, worrying that he might not have long fantasy shelf life. He’s better than Kyle Pitts right now, for example, but I think I’d rather have 2026 Pitts rather than 2026 Ferguson.

My updated dynasty tight end rankings (and these are done off gut feel) appear below. I’m operating under the assumption that we’re in a 12-team league, with PPR scoring and teams holding the rights to player indefinitely. I’m thinking teams would be picking about three tight ends each, with the third guy perhaps a player who’s more of a project than somebody who needs to start games right now.

Rookies are tagged with black dots.

I turn my attention to dynasty leagues each Saturday, rotating between the four notable positions. For the most recent rankings at other positions, use the “past issues” navigation box.

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1.DET• Sam LaPorta22.9
2.MINT.J. Hockenson26.4
3.BUF• Dalton Kincaid24.1
4.BALMark Andrews28.2
5.KCTravis Kelce34.2
6.ARITrey McBride24.0
7.CHICole Kmet24.7
8.CLEDavid Njoku27.4
9.ATLKyle Pitts23.2
10.PITPat Freiermuth25.1
11.JACEvan Engram29.2
12.PHIDallas Goedert28.9
13.SFGeorge Kittle30.1
14.DALJake Ferguson24.9
15.GB• Luke Musgrave23.2
16.HOUDalton Schultz27.4
17.TBCade Otton24.6
18.LV• Michael Mayer22.4
19.NEHunter Henry29.0
20.NYGDarren Waller31.2
21.DENGreg Dulcich23.7
22.WASLogan Thomas32.4
23.BALIsaiah Likely23.6
24.LACGerald Everett29.4
25.TENChigoziem Okonkwo24.2
26.NOJuwan Johnson27.2
27.ATLJonnu Smith28.3
28.INDJelani Woods25.1
29.DAL• Luke Schoonmaker25.2
30.LARTyler Higbee30.9
31.SEANoah Fant26.0
32.BUFDawson Knox27.0
33.NYJTyler Conklin28.3
34.INDKylen Granson25.7
35.UFAZach Ertz33.1
36.CINTanner Hudson29.1
37.GB• Tucker Kraft23.1
38.JACLuke Farrell26.1
39.LACDonald Parham26.3
40.CARTommy Tremble23.5

—Ian Allan

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