by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
A few months ago we likely would’ve been discussing Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham as the guaranteed Top 3 tight end options as we entered 2013. How things have changed dramatically. Who are the best tight end options as we head into the season? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings
- Brandon Myers – New York Giants
- Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans
- Jermaine Greshem – Cincinnati Bengals
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers
Just Missed – Fred Davis – Washington Redskins
- With Everything hanging over Aaron Hernandez and the concerns regarding the health of Rob Gronkowski, is there any question who the top tight end in the league is? The fact is, entering the season no one is even close to Jimmy Graham.
- Speaking of Gronkowski, the injury is hanging over him, but even if he does miss the first few weeks (which is not a lock), he has the potential to out produce the rest of the field with just 10-12 games played. There definitely is a lot of risk and I certainly can understand being apprehensive in making the necessary investment to get him. That said, we can’t ignore the talent.
- No one would argue with Jason Witten as an elite TE if he scored more touchdowns. That said, he’s a virtual lock for 90/900 and could easily go 100/1,000 once again. I will take consistent production.
- Someone will pickup extra, short yardage looks with Anquan Boldin now in San Francisco. Chances are, while they should be split amongst a few players, Dennis Pitta likely gets the biggest jump in value. As it is Pitta tied for ninth among TE with 61 receptions last season (and also scored 7 TD). Seeing 75+ seems extremely likely at this point.
- Kyle Rudolph scored 9 TD last season. That’s definitely more than enough of a reason to consider him a good option, isn’t it?
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings: