by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Is there a reason to reach for Rob Gronkowski? Who belongs in the tier just below him? Does it make more sense to sit and wait for some high upside options (like a Zach Ertz or Coby Fleener)? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look with Week 1 growing closer and closer:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
- Jordan Reed – Washington Nationals
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles
- Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints
- Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns
- Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
- Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions
- Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks
- Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
- Zach Miller – Chicago Bears
- Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals
- Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills
- Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Vance McDonald – San Francisco 49ers
- With the injury to Tony Romo, could Jason Witten become an increasingly important cog to the Cowboys passing game? Or will Dallas go the other way, asking the veteran to run fewer routes and instead stay in to add extra protection for their rookie quarterback? That unknown is a bit of a problem and keeps him out of being a TE1, especially given the depth at the position.
- There’s a lot of love for Tyler Eifert, and there certainly is potential, but he’s going to miss the first few weeks of the season (due to an ankle injury) and who knows how long it’s going to take him to become fully incorporated in the offense once he is deemed ready. While he’s well worth stashing, there are too many alternatives available to select him as a Top 10 option.
- Eric Ebron was consistently solid last season (47 receptions, 537 yards, 5 TD) and should see his role expand thanks to the retirement of Calvin Johnson. The former first round draft pick could finally realize his full potential, as he’s followed the typical slow development of tight ends in the NFL.
- If Ladarius Green were healthy he’d find himself much higher on this list. However he appears primed to miss the start of the season and that has got to drag down his ranking.
- We talked about Vance McDonald as a potential breakout performer, which you can read by clicking here.
Make sure to check out all of our updated preseason rankings: