1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Gronkowski revolutionized the tight end position in 2011. He led the entire league with 17 receiving touchdowns and managed to grab 90 receptions.
In 2012, Gronkowski is a top-10 receiving option. He could very well be your team's No. 1 receiver. He is only entering his third season and is poised to continue to show why he is one of the most dominant players in the league.
Not only does Brady look to him often, but he is almost guaranteed to score every time the Patriots get in the red zone. Gronkowski should go in the first three rounds of fantasy drafts.
2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Along with Gronkowski, Graham was the other tight end who dominated last season. Graham had 99 receptions, 1,310 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2012, expect huge things from Graham. He became Drew Brees' favorite target, being targeted 149 times. Also entering his third season, Graham will be one of the most dominant players in the league.
He will be gone in the first three rounds of fantasy drafts.
3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates' biggest problem is his health. He cannot manage to stay healthy for a full season, and when he plays, he is not playing at 100 percent.
With Vincent Jackson gone, Gates is going to be getting a lot more targets than he has ever had.
4. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
The other part of the Patriots' two-headed tight end monster, Hernandez became one of the top tight ends in 2011.
Heading into 2012, Hernandez will continue to improve, but he doesn't get targeted in the red zone like Gronkowski does.
5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis has not been able to recapture the magic he had in 2009, when he scored 13 touchdowns. However, Davis is still a top-tier tight end in the NFL and continues to put up impressive numbers.
Going into the second year under Jim Harbaugh, expect quarterback Alex Smith and Davis to improve their chemistry.
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