Early Tight End Rankings for the 2014 Fantasy Season

1. Jimmy Graham
2. Julius Thomas
3. Rob Gronkowski
4. Greg Olsen*
5. Jason Witten
6. Vernon Davis*
7. Jordan Cameron*
8. Jordan Reed
9. Zach Ertz
10. Dennis Pitta
11. Martellus Bennett
12. Heath Miller
13. Eric Ebron*
14. Charles Clay
15. Kyle Rudolph*

 

*Greg Olsen

The high ranking of Olsen is certainly my boldest move on this list. The Panthers’ vet usually comes off the board in mock drafts as the 8th tight end overall. I’ll lead the hype train on Olsen since Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has no other targets left to throw to. He already has great chemistry with Olsen who has managed 142 catches for 1659 yards and 11 touchdowns in his last two seasons. I expect his production to rise this season as Cam looks for a familiar and reliable target.

*Vernon Davis

Davis has been widely regarded as part of the “Top 4” elite club along with Jimmy, Gronk and Thomas but has been slipping as of late in ADP. I’ve personally been a major fan of Davis for several seasons now and found myself reaching for him heavily last season. He did not disappoint and finished no.2 among tight ends in 2013. The only reason he’s dropping this season is due to contract conflicts with his team; he’s demanding more money and refusing to practice. He’ll be easier to rank closer to the start of the season when all of this has settled.

*Jordan Cameron

Cameron finished last season a little weak and is surrounded by a coaching staff that may not favor tight ends as heavily as former Browns coach Chudzinski. On the flip side, the Browns’ receiver issues may still net him some decent production. I’d just temper expectations – I think this’ll be a run heavy team in 2014.

*Eric Ebron

Detroit’s new weapon and first-round selection is being hyped up heavily and is nearing the top 10 tight end list on most mock draft boards. I’ve dropped him slightly as he is a severe ‘high-risk, high-reward’ case. Rookies aren’t usually used as much as people expect; also, there are a lot of mouths to feed in Detroit including fellow tight-end, Brandon Pettigrew. That being said, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford developed a great red-zone rapport with his tight end, Joseph Fauria, in 2013. Ebron could be due for a mass of touchdowns.

*Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph has been, on average, coming off the board as the 10th tight end overall. I can’t understand why! He’s never eclipsed 500 receiving yards and has finished 2 of his last 3 seasons with only 3 touchdowns. Minnesota still does not have a solid quarterback situation which certainly hurts Rudolph’s value. I’d avoid him, if possible.

 

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