Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Top 10 Tight End (TE) Rankings
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Tight Ends in the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft
August 7, 2014
All this week, we’ve been checking out each position in this year’s fantasy football draft. Today it’s time for tight ends, which is always an interesting position for hopeful fantasy owners.
The TE slot features a few familiar names at the top ranks, but then things get a little sketchier as we move through the top 10. There’s some good value mixed in there, though, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at each player and see what might intrigue you about that particular selection.
1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints: There’s little argument here; Graham is the top dog in the TE world and will go very high (probably second round, depending on your setup) in your draft. He’s been durable over the past few years and consistent as well--you can’t really ask for much more here. He’ll snag another 1200 yards and 14-15 touchdowns this year.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: We’re not super-jazzed about putting Gronkowski here, given all the trouble he’s had with injuries over the past couple of seasons. Still, he’s supposedly healthy now and enters the draft season as one of the only top-shelf names at TE. He’s coming off a torn ACL/MCL but the reports out of camp have been favorable.
3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos: Rounding out our top three, we have Thomas, who is coming off a monster breakout season in Denver. He posted 788 yards on 65 receptions with 12 touchdowns in just 14 starts, and looks primed to repeat the feats once again. He’s as safe a play as any.
4. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens: Some people aren’t as bullish on Pitta as we are, but we’re taking the optimistic route. He was headed for a major breakout last year before he got hurt (hip), and the indications so far this season is that he’ll be picking up where he left off. He’ll be a huge part of the offense and if he can stay healthy he’ll put up huge numbers.
5. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Here’s another player that we have ranked higher than a lot of others out there. We believe in Cameron, however, and feel like he’s got a good shot at replicating his 80-catch, 917-yard 2013. He was dogged by injuries and QB problems last year, but if things stay calm on those fronts he should be okay. Also watch that shoulder issue he’s had in camp.
6. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Here’s another perennial name that always shows up among the top TE candidates each summer. Witten posted 73 grabs for 851 yards and eight scores last season, and we like his chances at bagging another good year. That Cowboys offense will have to toss often in order to make up for what should be a shoddy defense.
7. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: Here’s yet another guy who you’ll find ranked a little lower on most boards. Still, we’re super optimistic about the Redskins offense, and if Reed can keep it together (that is, stay healthy), he should get in on the action often. There’s some injury risk here, but he could pay off handsomely.
8. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers: Davis usually seems to perform up to standards each week, so that’s good news for owners wanting to get a consistent name at a reasonable price. He posted 52 catches for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns in 15 games last year, and looks poised to reach those numbers (or at least close) once again.
9. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph was poised for a breakout season last year, but ran into some injury issues. He ended up finishing with 30 grabs for 313 yards and three scores in eight games. He’s poised for a bigger offensive role in 2014 and should be able to live up to the hype. A nice pickup here.
10. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Much has been made of Carolina’s lack of a quality receiving corps heading into the season, and Olsen is just about the only solid option the team has right now. He posted 73 catches for 816 yards and six scores last year, and should be right around there once again in 2014. He’s a pretty good pickup as well here.
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