2014 Top 24 Fantasy Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham has a new contract and Rob Gronkowski hopes to play week one after a laundry list of injuries.  This position can get thin quickly when players start going down.

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1.  Jimmy Graham

The main target in an explosive passing offense.  Take him late round 1 early round two.

2.  Julius Thomas

With Decker gone, red zone opportunities should only increase.

3.  Rob Gronkowski

Gronk eyes a week one return after a nasty knee injury ended his season last December.  He’ll be Brady’s first look in the red zone and many times between the 20’s.

4.  Vernon Davis

He’s in camp.  TD’s should be in the double digits again.

5.  Jordan Cameron

Jordan had a breakout season in 2014.  He will have ups and downs this season due to the lack of weapons around him.  Cameron owners should hope Gordon plays this year.

6. Jason Witten

Dez Bryant will command attention from defenses.  This leaves more one on one opportunities for Witten.  Another good season for the Cowboys veteran is in store.

7. Jordan Reed

Reed’s rookie season was cut short with multiple concussions.  If he can avoid another injury plagued year I expect him to be a top TE.  He could have a very short career.

8. Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph along with most of the Vikings offense was terrible last season.  Patterson is in year two and should command more attention.  AP as always will be the focus.  Rudolph looks like he’s in-shape and ready to break out.  The red zone should be a big area for him as he bounces back.  The quarterback situation is better than a year ago.

9.  Charles Clay

Clay had 34 receptions and 5 touchdowns his first 2 years combined with Miami.  Last year he caught 69 passes and scored 6 times through air.  He even ran one in.  I think he continues to grow with Tannehill and the offense.

10. Ladarius Green

Gates is getting older and Green is coming into year 3.  I expect receptions, yard and touchdowns to double.  The 6’6” Green will be a nice red zone target.  Possible breakout candidate.

11. Zach Ertz

I expect Ertz to be more involved in the offense this year.  6-8 TD’s could be a reality.  Ertz could be a PPR steal

12.  Greg Olsen

Olsen is the only old face left over for Cam Newton.  He should benefit from Plenty of targets.

13.  Dennis Pitta

Pitta is back from a hip injury and will be a big target in the middle as he moves around the offense.

14. Martellus Bennett

Bennett is a solid Fantasy Tight end.  He’s a red zone threat with big receivers around him which hinders his value.  Grab another player to pair with Bennett.

15. Garrett Graham

Graham looks like the starter and is nice option for Fitzpatrick when checking off Andre Johnson.  A guy to draft late.  Wait and see how things are going in Houston

16. Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen when healthy is a very good tight end.  Can he play a full 16?  worth a draft pick but have a plan A.

17. Delanie Walker

The health of Locker will depend on everyone’s fantasy value in Tennessee.  Walker is a good piece to a young offense.  6-8 TD’s are the target if Locker is behind center.

18. Travis Kelce

Kelce was hurt most of last season as a rookie. He would be a huge help for the offense if he can contribute.  Kelce has had a great preseason so far.

19. Jared Cook

Cook owners thought they hit the lottery after his two touchdown game week one last year. seven weeks later he caught another one…  5-6 TD’s seem realistic.  He’s a good back up, fill-in.

20. Eric Ebron

Ebron is a big target who can play a versatile roll for the Lions.  With Calvin Johnson on the field Ebron should get plenty of 1 on 1 looks.

21. Heath Miller

Miller had a down year in 2013.  Any time a vet who’s had the same quarterback this long is capable of earning a roster spot or atleast a bye week or injury fill-in.

22. Tyler Eifert

Eifert’s rookie season wasn’t good from a fantasy stand point.  As a back up in deep leagues he could have value.  5 TD’s seems like the ceiling for him.

23. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

He’s a huge target along with Jackson and fellow rookie Mike Evans.  Something that quarterback Josh McCown thrived with in Chicago last season.  It’s always tough to guage rookies, but i would take a flyer on him late.

24. Antonio Gates

His best days are behind him as injuries have taken a toll.  He is a name some may jump on earlier than they should.  If that happens take Green.

 

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