Top Ten tight ends:
1. Rob Gronkowski
Rob Gronkowski did amazing last year, and he is, unquestionably, the number one tight end this year. But be wary, last year everyone was saying that he would get injured early on in the season, and just because he managed to stay healthy for a year, doesn’t mean he’s not injury prone. I get the feeling that Gronk will get injured this year, so if you draft him in your league, maybe you should grab a backup.
2. Greg Olsen
I know that I probably seem crazy for putting Greg Olsen as the number 2 tight end this year, but I really think that Olsen is the safest pick this year. He doesn’t really get injured, he always has a good season, and while he may not finish as the number 2 tight end, I can guarantee that he will finish as a top 5 tight end.
3. Jimmy Graham
For me, Jimmy Graham is on par with Greg Olsen except for the fact that he is probably the riskiest tight end this season. He’s on a new team, with a new quarterback who is less experienced and doesn’t have as great an arm as Jimmy’s old QB, Drew Brees. I believe that Graham either becomes an absolute star player on the Seahawks and finishes as the number 1 tight end this year, or he flops and becomes the number 7 tight end. The main issue is that Russell Wilson hasn’t ever had a go-to receiver, and he will be getting one in Graham. Problem is, Jimmy Graham will be double covered quite a bit. Overall, if you like to take risks, go with Graham, but if you want a safe and reliable receiver, wait a round or two and grab Olsen.
4. Travis Kelce
After Kelce, the quality of tight ends kind of plateaus, so Kelce is basically your last chance to get a leg up on your opponents when it comes to tight ends. A lot of people think Kelce is gonna break out this year, and catch a crazy amount of balls, but I don’t think he can keep his catch percentage over 80% like he did last year. He will be thrown the ball more often so his catch percentage will go down, but I still think he will be great, and I think he is likely to be a top 5 tight end, come season’s end.
5. Martellus Bennett
Bennett, or, as he likes to be called, the Black Unicorn, finished as a top 5 tight end last year. I believe he will repeat as the number 5 tight end, this year. The Bears did lose Brandon Marshall, but they also gained Kevin White, an impressive rookie, and Eddie Royal, an old buddy of Jay Cutler. These two might combine for as much, or even more, of what Brandon Marshall accomplished, last year. So, the Black Unicorn is little bit risky, but he is still a quality tight end that you can get a bit later than other quality tight ends.
6. Dwayne Allen
Dwayne Allen is another high risk, high reward tight end this year. He missed a couple games last year, and finished as a top 15 tight end, but this year, I have a really good gut feeling about him, and they always say trust your gut. One issue I have with Allen, however, is that he has a lot of competition when it comes to other receivers. He has to compete against: T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Coby Fleener, and Donte Moncrief. That’s quite a bit of competition. But, I still like Allen, this year.
7. Jason Witten
Jason Witten was committed to the run last year, and he blocked for Murray, most of the time. This year is a different story. The Cowboys will be throwing a lot more and Murray isn’t there anymore, which means that Jason Witten is guaranteed to do better than last year, and last year, he finished as the number 10 tight end. So if you grab Witten, you have a guaranteed top 10 tight end on your hands. Although, being a top 10 tight end doesn’t really say much. I’m sure he will be higher than number 10, though.
8. Julius Thomas
Julius Thomas is on a new team, with almost zero competition for receptions. Awesome! Unfortunately he has gone from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles. Now, I believe that Bortles will be a star QB one day, but for now, he’s one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the NFL, unless he proves us wrong. Thomas is in an awkward situation where he is the best receiver on the team, but he has a bad quarterback. Sometimes this can work out, like with Mike Evans, and sometimes it doesn’t work out, like with Kendall Wright. I’m very excited to see how Thomas plays this year, but I’d rather not be relying on him to do great.
9. Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels is a talented, veteran tight end, who just replaced Julius Thomas in Denver. I don’t think he will be as successful as Thomas was with the Broncos, but I still like him this year.
10. Delanie Walker
Even though Walker has a new QB in Marcus Mariota, I believe that he will play about as well as he played last year. I’m not sure if Mariota will be great with the Titans but, I still think Walker finishes as a top 10 tight end this year.
And with that, I’m finally done with the “Top Ten Fantasy QBs, RBs, WRs, and TEs”. Hope you all have a great fantasy season this year!