by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We are less than two weeks from the start of the season, meaning this is the prime time for fantasy drafts. How have our tight end rankings been shaken up given recent news? Let’s take a look:
1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints (1)
2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots (10)
3. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns (2)
4. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos (3)
5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers (4)
6. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins (5)
7. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers (6)
8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys (8)
9. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles (7)
10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings (NR)
11. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens (9)
12. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams (11)
13. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears (12)
14. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins (13)
15. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers (15)
- It’s easy to forget about Heath Miller, who struggled last season as he worked his way back from a torn ACL. Of course, it was just two years ago that he posted 71 receptions for 816 yards in 8 TD (in just 15 games) and the Steelers lost both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in the offseason. There’s a lot of reasons to think he’s in store for a bounce back season. For a more indepth look at Miller, click here.
- There are a lot of breakout candidates among tight ends, including both Zach Ertz and Kyle Rudolph. We’ve talked about Ertz, so regular readers of the site now how high I am on him this season. Rudolph, however, has a chance to be just as good after a broken foot limited him to 8 games in 2013 and he will also benefit from the arrival of Norv Turner. To find out why we like Rudolph, click here.
- There’s no question how good Rob Gronkowski can be, but will he be able to stay healthy for the entire season? Will he be ready for Week 1? There are a lot of questions and we will have just to continue to monitor his status.
- Will Greg Olsen be impacted by the status of Cam Newton? Of course he will, though it remains to be seen how limited the Panthers’ QB will actually be. Regardless, Olsen has proven over the past two seasons to be among the better tight ends in the league and should be the team’s best receiver once again. If Newton can’t move as well as we’ve become accustomed, it could actually make Olsen that much more important.
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Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: