It’s fantasy football draft month, and you know what that means: countless ranking sheets to add to your arsenal as you decide which players to pick during your draft, and when. There’s enough relevant fantasy football news and stats out there to fill over ten ginormous analytics websites, and it does. Matthew Berry wouldn’t be hawking RotoPass if that wasn’t the case.
My rankings act a little bit differently. You have your basic rankings list of who I would draft in what order, but I’ll also highlight certain players based on value, good or bad, and potential.
We continue our rankings with the least of the point makers in drafts… for the most part: tight ends.
Captain Obvious: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski was the top-shelf tight end of the league even before Tom Brady’s four game suspension was nullified. The idea was that, even with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing the ball, the New England Patriots had to score somehow while Brady hung out at courthouses. The easiest way to do that was to dump the ball off to Gronk and let him run over defensive ends, linebackers, and defensive backs alike. The other option is to throw the ball within six feet of Gronk.
With Tom Brady under center in “F-U” mode after Deflategate, Gronk could probably eclipse the record for touchdowns in a season by a tight end that he set himself in 2011 with 17. What’s to stop him from taking the record for touchdowns in a season by even a wide receiver this year? It’s only 23.
Just There to Block: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
In the ludicrous speed Chip Kelly offense that the Philadelphia Eagles are running, it’s probably that everyone on the offense will touch the ball. Maybe even some linemen if they check in as eligible. So to say that tight end Zach Ertz will just be on the team to block is a bit of an exaggeration.
But will Ertz be a stand-out tight end when even Darren Sproles is going to get pass-catching work? Definitely not good enough at his current ADP.
Last Year’s Hype, This Year: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Kyle Rudolph was expected to be the “It Guy” of tight ends last year. with offensive coordinator Norv Turner calling in plays, a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, and defenses paying close attention to Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph was going to sneak into the middle of the field and keep the chains moving. But injuries, AP’s suspension, and Patterson’s sophomore slump led to Rudolph being merely an “Also Ran” tight end.
With the band back together in Minnesota, Rudolph should have a chance to shine once again, but now he has to contend with AP’s reunion year. The hype is curtailed, but Rudolph could finally force himself into being the Mini-Gronk tight end that we believe he could be.
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Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings 2015 Tight End Updated: 9-06-2015 Player Team Rank Bye Week Rob Gronkowski NE TE1 4 Jimmy Graham SEA TE2 9 Greg Olsen CAR TE3 5 Travis Kelce KC TE4 9 Martellus Bennett CHI TE5 7 Jordan Cameron MIA TE6 5 Delanie Walker TEN TE7 4 Kyle Rudolph MIN TE8 5 Jason Witten DAL TE9 6 Tyler Eifert CIN TE10 7 Antonio Gates SD TE11 10 Dwayne Allen IND TE12 10 Zach Ertz PHI TE13 8 Owen Daniels DEN TE14 7 Larry Donnell NYG TE15 11 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB TE16 6 Eric Ebron DET TE17 9 Charles Clay BUF TE18 8 Jordan Reed WAS TE19 8 Veron Davis SF TE20 10 Jared Cook STL TE21 6 Benjamin Watson NO TE22 11 Josh Hill NO TE23 11 Ladarius Green SD TE24 10 Heath Miller PIT TE25 11 Julius Thomas JAC TE26 8 Brent Celek PHI TE27 8 Coby Fleener IND TE28 10 Mychal Rivera OAK TE29 6 Garrett Graham HOU TE30 9 Virgil Green DEN TE31 7 Jacob Tamme ATL TE32 10 Richard Rodgers GB TE33 7 Jeff Cumberland NYJ TE34 5 Andrew Quarless GB TE35 7 Tim Wright TB TE36 6 Rob Housler CLE TE37 11 Scott Chandler NE TE38 4 Crockett Gillmore BAL TE39 9 Gavin Escobar DAL TE40 6 Marcedes Lewis JAC TE41 8 Jermaine Gresham ARI TE42 9 Joseph Fauria DET TE43 9 Lance Kendricks STL TE44 6 Vance McDonald SF TE45 10 Dennis Pitta BAL TE46 9 Clive Walford OAK TE47 6 Ryan Griffin HOU TE48 9 Niles Paul WAS TE49 9 Jace Amaro NYJ TE50 5 fanosis.com