Fantasy Football 2012: Which Tight Ends Are Worth an Early Draft Pick?

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Fantasy Football 2012: Which Tight Ends Are Worth an Early Draft Pick?
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Rob Gronkowski is the NFL's most dominant tight end.

With mandatory team minicamps starting up, it’s time to start thinking about how to spend those early round draft picks in your fantasy football league.

Quarterbacks, running backs and even wide receivers make popular early round picks, while tight ends, flex players, kickers and defense/special teams are typically reserved for the later rounds. 

However, the NFL is a copycat league and it may currently be going through an offensive makeover.

Big, freakishly athletic tight ends are becoming a trend in the NFL.  Incredible size and strength along with blazing speed make this new breed of tight end a matchup nightmare.  Some teams, like the New England Patriots, have had so much success utilizing their tight ends that the two-tight-end offensive set is making a comeback in the NFL.

In 2011, 10 different tight ends scored at least 100 points on the season (according to ESPN.com’s standard fantasy football scoring).  In 2012, that number has a very good chance of going up.

With tight ends receiving a larger role in many offenses in the coming season, you may want to consider drafting a dominant tight end with an early round pick.  This article will pick out which tight ends are just too valuable to pass up.

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