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For the past couple of seasons, fantasy football owners have been talking about a tight end resurgence, but to me, there is no position shallower than tight end. Last year, there were five tight ends drafted by the 7th round. With so many question marks, depth at tight end is going to be key at this position all season long. With that being said, let’s take a look at my top five fantasy tight ends.
1. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots/Bye week 4) – He finally stayed healthy for the first time since 2011 and had a great 2014 season (82 catches/1,124 yards 12 touchdowns) but his number may take a small dip in the first four games since Tom Brady might be serving his four game suspension. Gronk is the best at this position and is worth an early 2nd round pick.
2. Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks/Bye week 9) – Jimmy disappointed his fantasy owners last season, but still gave good production (85 catches/889 yards, 10 touchdowns) for a tight end. Now, he’s in Seattle as Russell Wilson’s main target. Expect the same numbers as last season, which would still make Graham the 2nd tight end drafted.
3. Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers/Bye week 5) – Olsen is coming off a career year last season (84 catches/1,008 yards 6 touchdowns). With Kelvin Benjamin is out for the year, he fantasy numbers should improve even more now that Cam Newton will have to target him more frequently.
4. Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs/Bye week 9) – After missing all of 2013, Kelce took the field for the first time last season and established himself as a potent weapon. He caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns, emerging as Alex Smith’s favorite target. Expect similar numbers this year.
5. Martellus Bennett (Chicago Bears/Bye week 7) – With Kevin Whiite potentially out for the year, Bennett will continue to be heavily targeted by Jay Cutler. He had a great fantasy season with 90 catches for 916 yards and five touchdowns. He should be the 5th tight end taking in all draft formats.
Here are my sleepers:
1. Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings/Bye week 5) – Last season, Rudolph missed the majority of the season with a broken foot and sports hernia. The potential is there due to his big play ability and great hands. He just need to stay healthy.
2. Owen Daniels (Denver Broncos/Bye week 7) – Daniels is no Julius Thomas, but as long as Peyton Manning is the quarterback, expect good numbers (60 catches/700 yards and 6 touchdoowns).
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bucs/Bye week 6) – Jenkins had a disappointing rookie season, but a lot was due to factors out of his control (Poor quarterback play and offensive coordinator changes). Now he has a better quarterback and a new coordinator, he could deliver some good numbers in 2015.
4. Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals/Bye week 7) – Eifert was off to a good start in Week 1 before dislocating his elbow and being out for the season. The Bengals have an improving offense and Eifert is ready to contribute in a big way.
5. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers/Bye week 10) – Remember this guy???? There’s no way Davis can have two straight bad seasons right?? He’s just too talented and if Colin Kaepernick can distribute the football, Davis can have a great season.