There are very few slam-dunk picks in fantasy football. For years, owning LaDainian Tomlinson guaranteed you a spot in the playoffs.
At the tight end position, the debate in the fantasy world was always
Gonzalez may be the best tight end in
Gates missed six games last season, so he didn’t finish as the top fantasy tight end (based on
Now it’s very unlikely that Gates would have had that kind of crazy production over a 16-game season, but you can see how dominant he is at the position. You can expect his numbers to be similar to those of the 10th or 12th wide receiver at season’s end, and you should draft the
On to the tight end rankings…
1. Antonio Gates, Chargers: At 31, Gates will be following Gonzalez into the twilight in a couple of years. He's money now, though.
2. Jermichael Finley,
3. Jason Witten,
4. Dallas Clark,
5. Vernon Davis,
6. Owen Daniels,
9. Tony Gonzalez,
10. Jimmy Graham,
11. Rob Gronkowski,
13. Brent Celek,
16. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots: Will the Ocho and a healthy
18. Dustin Keller,
19. Tony Moeaki,
20. Jermaine Gresham,
If you really want to draft a rookie…
I guess it would be Jordan Cameron or
Three tight ends with sleeper potential…
1. Jimmy Graham: The Saints liked him enough to let
3. Owen Daniels: He was the top-ranked fantasy tight end when he went down in 2009. He's healthy now.
Three tight ends I'd draft with caution…
1. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: Like I said, he is old. And
2. Jeremy Shockey, Panthers: This is my annual disclaimer to not get your hopes up for Shockey.
3. The Patriots tight ends: Both guys were surprises last season, but how will the touches be distributed?