TOP FANTASY TIGHT ENDS- Time for another KCFU (Kickoff Coverage Fantasy Update). When it comes time to draft a tight end in this years fantasy draft I think you couldn’t do much better than Jimmy Graham. With head coach Sean Payton back in the fold I expect he will get a lot of targets and turn those targets into points, especially in PPR leagues. Graham was second in the league in tight end targets behind only Jason Witten. Speaking of Witten, will this guy ever slow down? You can’t keep him off the field and I don’t expect him drop off very much at all as he is Tony Romo’s go to guy.
You can’t say tight end without talking about Rob Gronkowski but there is still a question about if he will be ready for the start of the season. Even if he is will he be able to stay healthy? We already know Hernandez may never see the field again and that leaves Jake Ballard as the most likely first string TE for the Pats.
Tony Gonzalez was talked out of retirement by the Falcons. Rumor has it that Arthur Blank had him in his keeper league too. His production should be close to what it was a year ago baring injury. He has stayed predominately healthy through out his career.
Antonio Gates should have a decent season. I look for the Chargers to play with a sense of urgency after last season and Gates will factor into that plan.
Kyle Rudolph really turned some heads last year. He’ll only get better for the Vikings this year. They will really miss Percy Harvin and will have to rely more on Rudolph to contribute to the offense and help take pressure off Adrian Peterson.
I was really high on the Colt’s Coby Fleenor before the start of last season but it was Dwayne Allen who impressed me the most as the season went on. I expect Allen to get most of the balls from Luck at the TE spot this year.
Look for Tony Moeaki to have a good year with Alex Smith at QB and Andy Reid as head coach. He could potentially be a top 5 fantasy TE when it’s all said and done.
If I’m being honest I’d have to say that I didn’t see Brandon Meyers coming last year. If you did then you indeed are a guru. Now with his new team the New York Giants I believe he will continue to put up some good numbers. It’s no secret that Eli Manning likes getting the ball to his tight ends and this will bode well Meyers and the Giants.
Vernon Davis will at minimum have an average season. The possibilities are endless with his talent and with Kaepernick having a whole season under center.
Greg Olsen will continue to get targets with everything being status quo in Carolina. I still don’t know how the Bears let him get away. Martellus Bennett I don’t believe will be the answer for the Bears as they are still trying to find a TE to fill Olsen’s shoes.
Questions remain about other TE’s. Heath Miller, injured at end of last season. Jermichael Finley, insert your own question. Owen Daniels, is the end near? Jacob Tamme, will he get enough targets in that Bronco offense? Brandon Pettigrew, would like the league to allow stick-um to be used again. Brent Celek, last year was a down year. This should be an up year right? Mercedes Lewis, consistency? Jared Cook, Dustin Keller and Delanie Walker, new teams.
Sorry for anyone that I didn’t mention but there will be plenty more to talk about as the season approaches. I know there are some rookies worth talking about and we will know more about them as training camps get underway.
A lot is still to be decided for fantasy tight end rankings what I can say though is if the fantasy draft were today I’d be selecting Jimmy Graham above all other tight ends.
-Submitted by Curtis Strong
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