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Fantasy 2014: TIGHT ENDS

Aug. 04, 2014
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Fantasy 2014: TIGHT ENDS

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This is an article from the Aug. 4, 2014 issue

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RANKNAME TEAMBYEAUCTIONRECYDYPC20+100-YD GTDTGT
1Jimmy GrahamSaints6$42861,21514.119616144
He isn't just the best at the position—he's the rare tight end worthy of a first-round pick in fantasy leagues.
2Rob GronkowskiPatriots10$253959215.2103467
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.
3Julius ThomasBroncos4$206578812.11021289
The converted college basketball forward will be the primary beneficiary of WR Eric Decker's departure.
4Vernon Davis49ers8$145285016.31611384
Given the similarity of the next eight TEs, it's hard to justify snagging Davis with a higher pick.
5Jordan ReedRedskins10$124549911.131359
In just his second season, he has all sorts of upside, and the Washington offense could be sneakily dangerous.
6Jason WittenCowboys11$127385111.71338111
He inherited the reigning veteran-TE belt from Tony Gonzalez in the off-season. Witten always turns a profit.
7Greg OlsenPanthers12$97381611.21206109
This should be the best season of his career, thanks mostly to an utter lack of receiving weapons in Carolina.
8Dennis PittaRavens11$9201698.400133
Last year's right hip injury, which kept him out of 13 games, could make him the biggest steal at the position.
9Jordan CameronBrowns4$88091711.51127111
Don't overpay; 39% of Cameron's yards and 71% of his touchdowns last year came in the first four games.
10Kyle RudolphVikings10$63031310.460346
Despite hauling in 12 TDs in his last 24 games, Rudolph often flies below the fantasy radar. Pounce on him.
11Zach ErtzEagles7$63646913.080457
A major sleeper, he should have an expanded role in Year 2 of Chip Kelly's breakneck offense.
12Martellus BennettBears9$66575911.7110596
He isn't a star on his own, but he should be considered a TE1 because of the potency of Chicago's attack.
13Charles ClayDolphins5$56975911.01016103
The fourth-year man will again be a big part of Miami's offense after receiving more than 100 targets last year.
14Ladarius GreenChargers10$51737622.190330
San Diego's TE torch has been passed. (Nice knowing ya, Antonio!) Green will gain fantasy prominence in 2014.
15Eric EbronLions9$46297315.7NA333
This far down the list is murky territory, so why not take a shot on a high-upside rookie in a strong offense?
16Tyler EifertBengals4$43944511.450259
The bet here is that in Year 2 Eifert becomes the primary TE, supplanting Jermaine Gresham. No guarantee, though.
17Delanie WalkerTitans9$3605719.550686
Walker isn't going to be a big-yardage guy, but he had a career-high six touchdowns one season ago.
18Dwayne AllenColts10$3120201012
He's perfectly capable of owning the middle of the field for Indianapolis, but he needs to avoid the injury bug.
19Heath MillerSteelers12$35859310.280178
Having followed up his breakout campaign in 2012 with a dud last year, he should be considered a backup.
20Jared CookRams4$35167113.291583
His potential is unquestioned, but he has yet to deliver on it—and the St. Louis offense around him is poor.
21Jace Amaro*Jets11$21061,35212.8NA67NA
If one player ranked this low can become a fantasy starter, it's Amaro, who set NCAA records at Texas Tech.
22Antonio GatesChargers10$27787211.31124113
Sadly, it's hard to get excited about the eight-time Pro Bowler given Green's presence (No. 14) in San Diego.
23Travis Kelce†Chiefs6$14572216.0NA28NA
Kelce's size (6' 5", 260 pounds) makes him a potentially lethal weapon for QB Alex Smith in the red zone.
24Tim WrightBuccaneers7$15457110.650576
He's no better than the fourth option in Tampa's passing game and has to fend off Austin Seferian-Jenkins (No. 27).
25Garrett GrahamTexans10$14954511.181588
His path is clear with Owen Daniels gone, but Houston lacks a proven starter at quarterback.
26Coby FleenerColts10$15260811.771488
Fleener's fantasy value is nonexistent if Allen (No. 18) stays healthy for the entire season.
27Austin Seferian-Jenkins*Buccaneers7$13645012.5NA08NA
He could be a potent fantasy weapon one day, but that day likely won't come in 2014. (See: Wright, Tim)
28Marcedes LewisJaguars11$12535914.470447
Quite frankly, you want to stay as far away from Jacksonville's passing game as possible.
29Levine ToiloloFalcons9$111555.000214
Toilolo takes over for the venerable Gonzalez but isn't half the fantasy threat that his predecessor was.
30Mychal RiveraRaiders5$13840710.750460
Quite frankly, you also want to stay as far away from Oakland's passing game as possible.
31Owen DanielsRavens11$12425210.530340
He only becomes a fantasy option if the starter, Pitta, goes down with an injury (which wouldn't be too surprising).
32Andrew QuarlessPackers9$1323129.830254
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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PHOTOGRANT HALVERSON/GETTY IMAGES (GRONKOWSKI)WHAT ABOUT ROB? Remember Gronkowski, who shattered records for his position two years ago? He's back and—fingers crossed tightly—healthy again.