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Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL TIGHT END RANKINGS

1.  Greg Olsen:  Threatening a holdout but Olsen most dependable and durable tight end in fantasy football.
2.  Travis Kelce:  While Alex Smith holds back some big play potential, Kelce should be right behind Olsen when it comes to being the top picks among this group.
3.  Rob Gronkowski:  No one ever questions the supreme talent but Gronk quite possibly is the most injury-prone "name" player in all of fantasy football.
4.  Jordan Reed:  Call Reed "Baby Gronk" in terms of tremendous natural ability but a non-stop penchant for getting hurt.
5.  Zach Ertz:  Ertz always seems to start blow before turning into a monster in the second half but count on him being the best receiving friend of second-year QB Carson Wentz this season.
6.  Delanie Walker:  Walker predictably failed to match his 2015 numbers last season but his floor seems safe for another year.
7.  O.J. Howard:  The top receiving tight end in the 2016 draft, Howard has off-the-charts ability.
8.  Jimmy Graham:  Yes Graham has see his numbers dive since leaving New Orleans but he also remains a solid and now quite affordable buy.
9.  Kyle Rudolph:  Always an annual big TD threat, Rudolph took off in the receptions department with Sam Bradford last season.  Like with Jimmy Graham, Rudolph comes cheaper then he should and always seems to supply decent value.
10. Evan Engram:  I like Engram more than most and it is due to the fact Eli Manning always loves throwing to his tight ends.  Also Engram has wide receiver speed and could pile up the numbers in a hurry.
11. Eric Ebron:  Still waiting on that breakout from Ebron who has as much physical talent as anyone at the position but it won't cost much to find out if this is the season it happens.
12. Hunter Henry:  Antonio Gates is back for one more year which caps the 2017 upside of Henry a bit but he was still fantasy football useful last season even with the future Hall of Famer around.
13. Martellus Bennett:  It is always interesting when any type of receiver heads to Green Bay and hooks up with QB Aaron Rodgers as Bennett did this past winter.  While Rodgers likes to spread it around, he always seems to look his tight end's way in the red zone.
14. Zach Miller:  Injury interrupted what was looking like a nice breakout season from the smooth-receiving Zach Miller in 2016 but the lack of receiving targets for QB Mike Glennon should ensure another nice haul of targets.
15. Antonio Gates:  Now more name brand than actual production.
16. Tyler Eifert:  Just can't stay on the field as Eifert already is facing an uphill climb for the second year in a row in terms of being ready to go for Week 1.
17. Jack Doyle:  I think Doyle could quickly move up this list given his nice rapport with QB Andrew Luck.
18. Cameron Brate:  The arrival of O.J. Howard really put a hurting on what was to be expected out of Brate this season.
19. David Njoku:  Another freakish tight end who can really catch the football.

THE REST

20. Jason Witten
21. C.J. Fiedorowicz
22. Julius Thomas
23. Charles Clay
24. Dwayne Allen
25. Coby Fleener
26. Vance McDonald
27. Ladarius Green


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