Top 20 Tight Ends For 2011: Updated as of August 11

As training camps go into full gear and the first week of preseason games quickly approaches, there is likely going to be plenty of movement among all of our rankings.  All the moves are done, but injuries and inability are going to quickly become an issue.  Tight end is no exception, as a previous Top 10 option falls in the rankings.  Let’s take a look: 

  1. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
  2. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
  4. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers
  5. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
  6. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans
  7. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks
  8. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons
  9. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  10. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints
  11. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins
  12. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions
  13. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals
  14. Dustin Keller – New York Jets
  15. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
  16. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars
  17. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
  18. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans
  19. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers
  20. Kevin Boss – Oakland Raiders



  • According to Rich Campbell (via Twitter), “Shanahan: Cooley’s sore left knee is a concern.”  That one sentence causes a sizeable change to our tight end rankings.  If the Redskins are concerned about his health (he underwent surgery on his knee in the offseason), fantasy owners should be as well.  He has the potential to be a solid option, but right now he has to be considered more high risk, high reward and a low-end TE1.  If you opt to draft him, make sure you get another option for your bench just in case.
  • I know I’ve said it before, but the “sleeper” status of Jimmy Graham is completely out of control.  He’s currently sporting an ADP of 81.73 according to Mock Draft Central, meaning he’s going around Round 7.  Why select him there when you can get Owen Daniels or Zach Miller around 40 picks later?  He has a ton of upside, but when you gamble that early any potential gains from a breakout are completely lost.  It just makes too much sense to go after the safer option.  For more on my thoughts of Graham, click here.  
  • If you are looking for an actual tight end sleeper, try the Titans’ Jared Cook on for size.  For more on why I consider him a solid sleeper choice (especially now that Matt Hasselbeck has been signed on to be the QB), click here.  
  • Kevin Boss is not Zach Miller, but he has the potential to be a solid TE2 in all formats as he attempts to fill his shoes.  The Raiders wide receivers have the potential to be so weak, he is worth considering.

Make sure to check out all of the early rankings from Rotoprofessor:

Top 15 Defenses For 2011
Top 25 Quarterbacks For 2011: Updated as of August 9


  1. GT says:

    Are you not concerned about Dallas Clark’s wrist? I have read that he will have to play with a brace this year – don’t know how that will effect his production.

    • I can understand being concerned, but if he’s on the field it is hard to see him not producing. Maybe the injury drops him a spot or two (Witten is arguably the better option if both were healthy), but I wouldn’t send him spiraling too far.

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