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:
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
- Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans
- Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons
- Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints
- Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
- Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
- Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers
- 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: