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Ladd Biro’s Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

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A ranking of NFL tight ends heading into the regular season. Rankings will be updated throughout the preseason.

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RNK NAME TM REC YD TD COMMENT
1 Antonio Gates SD 81 964 13 An unbeatable combo of size, speed and leaping ability; but no longer a secret weapon.
2 Tony Gonzalez KC 102 1258 7 Once a man among boys, he has competition at the top for the first time in years.
3 Dallas Clark IND 25 423 5 No longer forced to share the job with Pollard, Clark will give Gates a run for his money. Stokley's shoulder injury helps.
4 Todd Heap BAL 27 303 3 Healthy again, with WRs that must be respected, he'll return to the top of the…
5 Alge Crumpler ATL 48 774 6 The only proven receiver on the Falcons, he actually catches Vick's passes.
6 Jeremy Shockey NYG 61 666 6 Injury-prone and slightly over-rated, but can put up good stats when Eli looks his way.
7 Jason Witten DAL 87 980 6 His stats, and value, drop with Dan Campbell back on the field, but Parcells and Bledsoe both like him. Still better than most.
8 L.J. Smith PHI 34 377 5 Imagine what he could do if he just stayed healthy? Pinkston's loss moves him up a notch.
9 Jeb Putzier DEN 36 572 2 Sure-handed receiver is poised for a breakout season.
10 Bubba Franks GB 34 361 7 Always a red-zone threat, Franks just needs to improve his consistency to move into the elite.
11 Jermaine Wiggins MIN 71 705 4 Would be in the top 5, but Kleinsasser's return will cost him air time.
12 Daniel Graham NE 30 364 7 Should be Brady's second option, after Branch.
13 Randy McMichael MIA 73 791 4 A threat to score, or land in jail, on any given Sunday.
14 Eric Johnson SF 82 825 2 Will suffer while his rookie QB learns the ropes. Too bad, because he deserves better.
15 Ben Troupe TEN 33 329 1 The second-year player could be a star if he didn't have to share snaps with Kinney.
RNK NAME TM REC YD TD COMMENT
16 Chris Cooley WAS 37 314 6 Put up good numbers in just 9 starts, despite the Skins' QB woes.
17 Steve Heiden CLE 28 287 5 Easy to overlook in such a weak offense, but Heiden is the best of their healthy TEs.
18 Jerramy Stevens SEA 31 349 3 Why should you count on him when the Seahawks don't?
19 Doug Jolley NYJ 27 313 2 With a new address, maybe the talented but underachieving TE will find a comfort zone.
20 Marcus Pollard DET 29 309 6 No longer sharing the job with Clark, but no longer catches passes from Manning either.
21 Heath Miller PIT * * * Cream of the rookie class landed in a beautiful spot, but will take time to develop.
22 Mark Campbell BUF 17 203 5 A risky pick given the Bills' QB situation and after blowing out his knee late in '04.
23 Matt Schobel CIN 21 201 4 Another Bengal with high expectations. Will be good for spot duty.
24 Courtney Anderson OAK 13 175 1 Has secured the starting job after returning strong from a serious knee injury in '04. Has serious sleeper potential.
25 Kris Mangum CAR 34 323 3 With Freddie Jones' unexpected retirement, Mangum takes over as the Panthers' unchallenged starter.

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