2014 TE Rankings

Just Win Baby!

Just Win Baby!

The two most popular taglines regarding the tight-end position this year are: “top-heavy” and “weak”.  The first notion I’ll totally buy.  I won’t be surprised if a good number of championship squads feature either Jimmy Graham (ADP8, TE1) or Rob Gronkowski (ADP27 – and trending up, TE2) or BOTH!  Factoring league settings, roster construction and draft slot, a potentially dominate strategy is to grab both of these guys with your first two picks.  Not only do you give yourself a weekly top tight-end performance, you get elite production from your flex position too.

After the “Big Two”, there are only two other tight-ends with top 50 ADP’s: Julius Thomas (ADP27) and Jordan Cameron (ADP50).  After these guys come of the board the tight-end position gets a bit murky.  This is where average fantasy football players (and even mainstream ‘experts’) buy the lazily constructed “weak depth” storyline.  However, there are a good number of young players, whom admittedly have their flaws, that could pay nice dividends at their going cost.  Jordan Reed (ADP76), Greg Olsen (ADP86), Kyle Rudolph (ADP94) and Charles Clay (ADP117) should all finishes in the top-3 for targets in their respective teams.  In Olsen’s case, he is far-and-away Cam Newton’s most reliable pass-catching option.

There are also some potential difference makers to be had late (after the 10th round):  Travis Kelce (ADP174) – flashed some big time wheels on a long catch and run TD in the team’s first pre-season game; Coby Fleener (ADP183) – has been running with the first-team offense all camp (also just happens to be Andrew Luck’s Stanford homeboy); Joesph Fauria (ADP213) – all he does is catch touchdowns.

 

2014 Rankings: Tight Ends
Composite Player Rage Ginger
TE1 Jimmy Graham 1 1
TE2 Rob Gronkowski 2 4
TE3 Julius Thomas 4 2
TE4 Jordan Cameron 3 3
TE5 Vernon Davis 5 5
TE6 Jason Witten 7 6
TE7 Greg Olsen 6 8
TE8 Kyle Rudolph 9 7
TE9 Zach Ertz 8 10
TE10 Dennis Pitta 10 11
TE11 Martellus Bennett 13 9
TE12 Jordan Reed 11 12
TE13 Ladarius Green 18 13
TE14 Dwayne Allen 15 16
TE15 Charles Clay 12 20
TE16 Tyler Eifert 20 15
TE17 Coby Fleener 22 14
TE18 Garrett Graham 14 23
TE19 Eric Ebron 16 21
TE20 Heath Miller 19 18
TE21 Antonio Gates 17 22
TE22 Jared Cook 24 17
TE23 Delanie Walker 23 19
TE24 Owen Daniels 26 24
TE25 Ryan Griffin 21 31
TE26 Richard Rodgers 25 28
TE27 Levine Toilolo 27 26
TE28 Tim Wright 30 25
TE29 Brandon Pettigrew 31 27
TE30 Austin Seferian-Jenkins 28 30
TE31 Andrew Quarless 29 29
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