Early Top 10 Tight Ends for 2009

We’ve posted early rankings for Quarterbacks (click here to view) and Running Backs (click here to view), so now it is time to turn our attention to the Tight End position.  Things are likely to change as we get closer to the season, so we’ll continue to update and expand this list, but here’s my first crack at it:

1. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons - Everyone can say what they want, but this guy is still the best in the game at his position.  The move should not affect his value in the slightest, considering he should morph into the safety valve for Matt Ryan.

2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys - With Terrell Owens now in Buffalo, Witten can finally become Tony Romo’s go to guy.  Roy Williams will get his fair share of catches as well, so don’t expect him to suddenly jump to the 100-catch plateau.  Still, look for him to see the ball often this season.

3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers - He is no longer the main focus of the offense, but a huge threat all the same.  He’s a great red zone target and should be among the Top 3 tight ends in TDs.

4. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – Only 1 TD?  How could that be possible?  I would certainly expect him to get a few more this season, and considering his other numbers (he was second among TE in catches last season), his value is going to increase significantly.

5. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts - He’s always been a great option for Peyton Manning and with Marvin Harrison no longer in the mix, his touches could see an increase.

6. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers - In a new offense, he has the potential to be a major threat in the offense in general, but also in the red zone.  Yes, Tampa Bay always likes to use the running game, but with the contract they handed him it’s not going to be to hang around and block.

7. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – They have limited options on the outside and what they have are certainly no sure things.  Jay Cutler to Olsen has a great ring to it and he certainly should prove to be a solid option all season long.  Yes, Desmond Clark could steal some touches, but not enough.

8. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans - His 70 catches and 862 yards last season tells us a lot.  The one number that hangs over his head is 2 TD, but that should see an increase this season.

9. Vishante Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings - If Brett Favre signs there, his value is only going to increase.  As it is, he was third in the league among TE in TD with 7 last season and will provide stability for whoever is manning the QB spot.

10. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – He was eighth among TE in catches, but led the way with 16 of them going for 20 or more yards.  With that type of resume, how could he manage to score just once?  That’s what happens when you play for a poor offensive team, but things can only improve as JaMarcus Russell continues to improve.

What do you think?  Who got left out of the Top 10 that you feel should be included?  Who should be removed from the list?

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2 comments

  1. Solid list. I like Witten one and Keller and Carlson over Shiancoe. I think Harvin will steal some of his catches. To me though, unless you have one of the top dogs, their really isn’t much of a difference.

  2. Caleb says:

    I agree with your choice to include Zack Miller on the list, from what I hear some of the young Receivers in Oakland are starting to mature which should allow Zack Miller to keep excelling in the pass game.

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