Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Here is the first look at the 2016 fantasy football tight end rankings:

1.  Rob Gronkowski:  Same story as always.  First round talent who is among the bigest risk/reward guys in the game. 
2.  Jordan Reed:  Exploded to serve as the most vauable tight end in fantasy last December.  Very high ceiling but like with Gronk, Reed is always hurt and there is major bust potential given the rapidly increasing draft price. 
3.  Greg Olsen:  Best value among top three as Olsen has durability the two guys above him don't have.  Return of Kelvin Benjamin will only help open more space. 
4.  Travis Kelce:  Held back a bit by the lack of passing game in K.C. but Kelce as tremendous receiver. 
5.  Delanie Walker:  Was a monster value in 2015 as we said he would be due to rookie QB looking to him constantly.  Could inch back the numbers a bit but Walker's draft price getting a bit elevated which cuts down on the value a bit. 
6.  Coby Fleener:  Classic case of a good player who could be great entering into a new offense.  Jimmy Graham was the best tight end in fantasy football with the Saints and now is nothing in Seattle.  Fleener could be primed for 80-plus catch season and near double-digit scores but everyone will be in on this in your league. 
7.  Tyler Eifert:  Likely to miss the first week to two weeks of the season as he recovers from surgery which keeps Eifert out of top five.  Did a great Gronkowski impersonation last season with massive TD total but overall reception numbers just all right.  Don't overvalue. 
8.  Zach Ertz:  Second season in a row we saw flashed but not overall consistency out of Ertz.  That should change with Chip Kelly out of town.  Love the value here as Ertz is becoming sort of old news with the rise of guys like Reed, Fleener, and Ladarius Green. 
9.  Gary Barnidge:  Not going here as Barnidge could be a bust waiting to happen.  Never did a thing until 2015 and could easily slide back into irrelevancy.  Also already battling injury.  Overhyped. 
10. Ladarius Green:  Yes please.  Athletic tight end entering into a prime passing offense in Pittsburgh with a TE-loving QB.  Just has to stay on the field to yield incredible value. 
11. Antonio Gates:  Still getting it done but injury bug showed up again in 2015.  Now 35 and with the Chargers bringing in new offensive toys, name brand likely to outstrip production. 
12. Julius Thomas
13. Jimmy Graham:  Huge bust last season and now recovering from serious knee injury.  Avoid at all costs. 
14. Jason Witten:  Listen if you want to wait until the last few rounds to draft a tight end, Witten would be a terrific selection.  Still very effective for the Cowboys and you know he will be out there every week. 
15. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
16. Martellus Bennett:  Remember the Pats have had two fantasy football-worthy tight ends in the same offense before. 
17. Dwayne Allen
18. Jared Cook
19. Charles Clay
20. Eric Ebron:  Can improve a bit more but still just a backup option.
21. Richard Rodgers
22. Zach Miller
23. Jordan Cameron
24. Clive Walford
25. Ben Watson

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