Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Top 10 Tight End (TE) Rankings
2015-08-19 11:00:00 EDT
All this week, we’ve been celebrating the return of the 2015 fantasy football season by checking out the top 10 names at each position. Today it’s time for tight ends, which is always a tricky spot to try and decipher.
There’s some can’t-miss talent at the top end of the TE spectrum, but after that things get pretty dicey. Let’s take a closer look at our first 10 names and see who you should be looking for at TE when you’re on the clock this month.
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: There’s no doubt that ol’ Gronkster will go first overall among tight ends at your draft, probably in the No. 15-16 range overall. He’s really the only guy without many question marks, and should provide double-digit scores with around 1,000 yards.
2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks: After Gronk, there’s a significant step down to Graham, who will go around No. 30 overall. No one knows what he’ll look like with his new team, so there should be some well-deserved trepidation here. Still, he should get around 800-900 yards with 10 touchdowns or so.
3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: The talented Kelce heads the rest of the pack at No. 3, and will try to build off a promising year in 2014. We see him getting 60-70 grabs with 800 yards and 6-8 touchdowns. He should go somewhere in the 50s overall at your draft.
4. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: We like Bennett a little better than most outlets, and think he’s a real value pickup at 65-70 overall. He should flirt with 90 catches and 900 yards again this year, but may not quite reach a half-dozen touchdowns. He’ll be a busy guy on the Bears offense.
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5. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: We feel like Olsen overproduced in 2014, and that’ll lead to some reaching in fantasy drafts. That said, if everything goes well he could bag 70 catches with 800-900 yards, which is nothing to sneeze at. If he’s sitting there around the No. 60 pick overall, he makes sense.
6. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins: Cameron is a big-time talent who saw his year derailed by injury in 2014. Now he’s with a new team and no one is really sure what to expect. On the positive end, he could hit 60 grabs with 700 yards and a half-dozen scores if things go well and he stays healthy.
7. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars: If he still played in Denver, Thomas would be right up there with Gronk and Graham. He’s down in Jacksonville now, though, so you should temper your expectations to 60 catches, 600 yards and 7-8 scores–that’s speaking optimistically, of course.
8. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Philly’s high-powered offense looks quite a bit different in 2015, but we think Ertz should put up similar numbers to what he did last season. 50-60 catcehs, 700 yards and five scores sound about right, and he’s a solid pickup at around the 110 overall mark.
9. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts: Allen will have to show us that he can stay healthy and consistent before we’re fully on board with him, but with all the preseason hype about Indy’s offense he’s hard to ignore. He might hit 40 catches for 500 yards and a red-zone-friendly 8-10 scores.
10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: Gates just doesn’t seem to age, as evidenced by his remarkable 2014 campaign. He won’t hit those numbers again, but could still perform as a top-10 TE in fantasy. We feel like 40 catches for 400-500 yards and a half-dozen scores seems just about right.
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