Fantasy 2014: TIGHT ENDS

August 04, 2014

2013 STATS

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RANK NAME TEAM BYE AUCTION REC YD YPC 20+ 100-YD G TD TGT
1 Jimmy GrahamSaints 6 $42 86 1,215 14.1 19 6 16 144
He isn't just the best at the position—he's the rare tight end worthy of a first-round pick in fantasy leagues.
2 Rob GronkowskiPatriots 10 $25 39 592 15.2 10 3 4 67
If you're willing to roll the dice on his health, all the power to you. He's just a shade behind Graham when he plays.
3 Julius ThomasBroncos 4 $20 65 788 12.1 10 2 12 89
The converted college basketball forward will be the primary beneficiary of WR Eric Decker's departure.
4 Vernon Davis49ers 8 $14 52 850 16.3 16 1 13 84
Given the similarity of the next eight TEs, it's hard to justify snagging Davis with a higher pick.
5 Jordan ReedRedskins 10 $12 45 499 11.1 3 1 3 59
In just his second season, he has all sorts of upside, and the Washington offense could be sneakily dangerous.
6 Jason WittenCowboys 11 $12 73 851 11.7 13 3 8 111
He inherited the reigning veteran-TE belt from Tony Gonzalez in the off-season. Witten always turns a profit.
7 Greg OlsenPanthers 12 $9 73 816 11.2 12 0 6 109
This should be the best season of his career, thanks mostly to an utter lack of receiving weapons in Carolina.
8 Dennis PittaRavens 11 $9 20 169 8.4 0 0 1 33
Last year's right hip injury, which kept him out of 13 games, could make him the biggest steal at the position.
9 Jordan CameronBrowns 4 $8 80 917 11.5 11 2 7 111
Don't overpay; 39% of Cameron's yards and 71% of his touchdowns last year came in the first four games.
10 Kyle RudolphVikings 10 $6 30 313 10.4 6 0 3 46
Despite hauling in 12 TDs in his last 24 games, Rudolph often flies below the fantasy radar. Pounce on him.
11 Zach ErtzEagles 7 $6 36 469 13.0 8 0 4 57
A major sleeper, he should have an expanded role in Year 2 of Chip Kelly's breakneck offense.
12 Martellus BennettBears 9 $6 65 759 11.7 11 0 5 96
He isn't a star on his own, but he should be considered a TE1 because of the potency of Chicago's attack.
13 Charles ClayDolphins 5 $5 69 759 11.0 10 1 6 103
The fourth-year man will again be a big part of Miami's offense after receiving more than 100 targets last year.
14 Ladarius GreenChargers 10 $5 17 376 22.1 9 0 3 30
San Diego's TE torch has been passed. (Nice knowing ya, Antonio!) Green will gain fantasy prominence in 2014.
15 Eric EbronLions 9 $4 62 973 15.7 NA 3 3 3
This far down the list is murky territory, so why not take a shot on a high-upside rookie in a strong offense?
16 Tyler EifertBengals 4 $4 39 445 11.4 5 0 2 59
The bet here is that in Year 2 Eifert becomes the primary TE, supplanting Jermaine Gresham. No guarantee, though.
17 Delanie WalkerTitans 9 $3 60 571 9.5 5 0 6 86
Walker isn't going to be a big-yardage guy, but he had a career-high six touchdowns one season ago.
18 Dwayne AllenColts 10 $3 1 20 20 1 0 1 2
He's perfectly capable of owning the middle of the field for Indianapolis, but he needs to avoid the injury bug.
19 Heath MillerSteelers 12 $3 58 593 10.2 8 0 1 78
Having followed up his breakout campaign in 2012 with a dud last year, he should be considered a backup.
20 Jared CookRams 4 $3 51 671 13.2 9 1 5 83
His potential is unquestioned, but he has yet to deliver on it—and the St. Louis offense around him is poor.
21 Jace Amaro*Jets 11 $2 106 1,352 12.8 NA 6 7 NA
If one player ranked this low can become a fantasy starter, it's Amaro, who set NCAA records at Texas Tech.
22 Antonio GatesChargers 10 $2 77 872 11.3 11 2 4 113
Sadly, it's hard to get excited about the eight-time Pro Bowler given Green's presence (No. 14) in San Diego.
23 Travis Kelce†Chiefs 6 $1 45 722 16.0 NA 2 8 NA
Kelce's size (6' 5", 260 pounds) makes him a potentially lethal weapon for QB Alex Smith in the red zone.
24 Tim WrightBuccaneers 7 $1 54 571 10.6 5 0 5 76
He's no better than the fourth option in Tampa's passing game and has to fend off Austin Seferian-Jenkins (No. 27).
25 Garrett GrahamTexans 10 $1 49 545 11.1 8 1 5 88
His path is clear with Owen Daniels gone, but Houston lacks a proven starter at quarterback.
26 Coby FleenerColts 10 $1 52 608 11.7 7 1 4 88
Fleener's fantasy value is nonexistent if Allen (No. 18) stays healthy for the entire season.
27 Austin Seferian-Jenkins*Buccaneers 7 $1 36 450 12.5 NA 0 8 NA
He could be a potent fantasy weapon one day, but that day likely won't come in 2014. (See: Wright, Tim)
28 Marcedes LewisJaguars 11 $1 25 359 14.4 7 0 4 47
Quite frankly, you want to stay as far away from Jacksonville's passing game as possible.
29 Levine ToiloloFalcons 9 $1 11 55 5.0 0 0 2 14
Toilolo takes over for the venerable Gonzalez but isn't half the fantasy threat that his predecessor was.
30 Mychal RiveraRaiders 5 $1 38 407 10.7 5 0 4 60
Quite frankly, you also want to stay as far away from Oakland's passing game as possible.
31 Owen DanielsRavens 11 $1 24 252 10.5 3 0 3 40
He only becomes a fantasy option if the starter, Pitta, goes down with an injury (which wouldn't be too surprising).
32 Andrew QuarlessPackers 9 $1 32 312 9.8 3 0 2 54
If any TE emerges for Green Bay, it will be Quarless. But none has topped 770 yards or 61 grabs in the McCarthy era.

*2013 college stats

†2012 college stats

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