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Sunday, August 30, 2015

2015 FANTASY FOOTBALL UPDATED TIGHT END RANKINGS

Last but not least we check out he updated tight end rankings as the all-important third preseason game is in the books for most. 

1.  Rob Gronkowski:  At least for now Gronkowski is healthy and back to his monster production both in the receptions and TD department.  With Jimmy Graham now in a run-centric offense with Seattle, there is no longer any debate over who the top fantasy football tight end is. 
2.  Jimmy Graham:  Perhaps no big name receiver saw a bigger negative drop in potency of offense as Graham goes from the New Orleans Saints explosive passing attack to the run-dominant unit of the Seattle Seahawks.  90 catches is now firmly out of the question for Graham in that offense and he also has an ongoing shoulder problem that could flare up at a moment's notice. 
3.  Greg Olsen:  Now that Kelvin Benjamin is out for the season, Olsen is going to get a ridiculous amount of passing attention from QB Cam Newton.  So much so that he can hit the 90-catch mark which combined with his ultra-durability make Olsen one of the very best tight end buys. 
4.  Travis Kelce:  With the Kansas City Chiefs operating the biggest dink-and-dunk passing game in the NFL, the athletic Kelce seems primed for his first 80-catch season in 2015.  Firmly on the upswing but the price will be high. 
5.  Martellus Bennett:  It was a shockingly great season for Martellus Bennett in 2014 with 90 catches which was far and away his most productive pass-catching season.  However the departure of Marc Trestman and the re-emphasis of the run game will likely push the reception totals back down to around 80 this season which is still very good. 
6.  Julius Thomas:  Like with Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas faces a huge dropoff in QB ability moving from Peyton Manning to second-year man Blake Bortles.  There is no chance Thomas will catch double-digit touchdowns and his receptions were never great to begin with.  Price is still high here though so Thomas is not a great investment. 
7. Jordan Cameron:  I am very interested in the severely downgraded draft price of Jordan Cameron this season as only injury knocked his numbers down a year ago for the Cleveland Browns.  Now Cameron is healthy and entering a potent passing attack in Miami which could easily get him back to top five tight end status.  Buy, buy, buy. 
8.  Tyler Eifert:  Eifert has been tremendous all preseason as he looks primed for a major breakout campaign.  The hands are terrific and QB Andy Dalton is looking his way often in preseason games.  Moving up quick. 
9.  Antonio Gates:  Already facing a four-game suspension, you can handcuff the still productive Gates with backup and very capable Ladarius Green and do very well.  The draft price will be much cheaper and in turn quite attractive under that scenario. 
10.  Zach Ertz:  The 15-catch Week 15 performance from Ertz a year ago won some league titles and hinted at how good Ertz can be, especially in a PPR format.  He is slated for a much higher workload this season and 70-plus catches is very possible.  Trending upward. 
11. Owen Daniels:  Daniels inherits the Julius Thomas role in the Denver Broncos passing attack but the veteran has never been a big TD guy.  Guard against overpaying here as Daniels is not anywhere near the athlete Thomas is. 
12. Jason Witten:  A longtime favorite of this site, we do have to admit that perennial PPR monster Jason Witten is declining sharply.  Witten's past receiving numbers dropped for the third straight year in 2014 which is a clear trend.  The only caveat is that the Dallas Cowboys will likely throw more in 2015 which could ensure a small uptick in receptions this season. 
13. Delanie Walker:  Walker is a good but not great fantasy football tight end.  He has been the victim of terrible QB play in his career but the ceiling seems to be the 65-catch mark which again is good but not great. 
14. Larry Donnell:  It looked like Larry Donnell would be the tight end breakout of 2014 as he went wild in September.  However the sudden rise to stardom of Odell Beckham Jr. negated Donnell's effectiveness to the point he is not looking like a backup guy. 
15. Jordan Reed:  No longer has the threat of Niles Paul to bother him, Jordan Reed just has to have his own perennially injured body cooperate for him to make good on solid potential. 
16.  Josh Hill:  We told you from the very beginning how foolish it was that many had Hill as a top ten fantasy football tight end just simply because he would be starting in place of the traded Jimmy Graham.  Well Sean Payton came out and said veteran Ben Watson would be the main receiver among tight ends, while Hill will block more.  That one was obvious to this peanut stand. 
17. Coby Fleener:  Tough to depend on any Indianapolis Colts tight end due to the massive amount of pass reception sharing involving their group and the wideouts.  Fleener had a very good season in 2014 but Dwayne Allen is back to siphon some work away from his bottom line. 
18. Mychal Rivera:  Derek Carr looks like a player and Mychal Rivera has very good hands that can translate to weekly fantasy football usage in 2015.  Another late round upside option. 
19. Heath Miller:  Old veteran Miller is always there for bye week usage but that is where his value ceases. 
20. Vernon Davis:  As vastly an overrated tight end the last few seasons, the super-athletic Davis is now known more for his physical ability than what he does as a receiver. 
21. Ben Watson:  Even though Watson has been said to be the one who will catch the most passes among tight ends on New Orleans, I have to see it to believe it. 
22. Kyle Rudolph:  Rudolph has shown a nose for the end zone but his health has been disastrous the last two seasons.  Tough to depend on. 
23. Charles Clay:  The Buffalo Bills grossly overpaid for Charles Clay who is another decent but not fantasy football-worthy receiver. 
24. Dwayne Allen:  Has now lost the starting tight end spot in Indy to Coby Fleener which alone makes Dwayne Allen a guy to pass by in your draft. 
25. Jared Cook:  Has shown flashes of ability but zero consistency in his career. 

 

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