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Friday, August 26, 2011

2011 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED TIGHT END RANKINGS




Time to take another look at the 2011 fantasy football tight end rankings.  Lets see where they currently stand with the season two weeks away.

1.  Jason Witten
2.  Antonio Gates
3.  Dallas Clark
4.  Jermichael Finley
5.  Vernon Davis
6.  Brandon Pettigrew
7.  Owen Daniels
8.  Kellen Winslow Jr.
9. Tony Gonzalez
10. Rob Gronkowski
11. Dustin Keller
12. Greg Olsen
13. Jimmy Graham
14. Marcedes Lewis
15. Zach Miller
16. Aaron Hernandez
17. Brent Celek
18. Chris Cooley
19. Kevin Boss

-I know I am in the minority but give me Jason Witten over Antonio Gates every day of the week and twice on Sunday.  Witten is extremely durable which Gates is not and he is the only TE in the game who can hit the 90-plus catch region. 
-Dallas Clark and Jermichael Finley are both in the same boat in that if they stay on the field, they will post stellar seasons.  Clark will have more catches but Finley is just bursting with ability.
-Jimmy Graham and Greg Olsen are both very intriguing due to the offenses they play in.  Playing in the New Orleans juggernaut, Graham could continue with the solid finish he had to last season.  Of course things get spread around in that offense so don't count on anything huge as far as PPR is concerned is concerned.  Olsen on the other hand has joined the Carolina offense where offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is a former Miami TE who believes in getting the ball to the tight end. 
-Brandon Pettigrew is a guy I love and his potential is almost on par with Finley.  A great value. 
-Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have nice ability but they both cancel each other's value out which makes them borderline starting options in standard leagues.  If I had to pick one though, I would go with Gronkowski who is the better TD threat.
-Vernon Davis had a blockbuster year with Alex Smith as his QB a few years ago so don't destroy him based on his passer.  New coach Jim Harbaugh claims Davis will be featured in the offense so he will get his touches.

That's how I see them ranked.  Let me hear what you think.  Post below.  Keep it clean please.

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