Fantasy Football 2012: Rob Gronkowski and the Top 15 Tight Ends

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJune 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots gets tackled by Kenny Phillips #21 and Chase Blackburn #93 of the New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Here's an updated and expanded look at the LestersLegends' fantasy football tight end rankings. 


1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

He put up 1327 yards and 17 TDs (plus a rushing score). Gronk is ridiculous. He got paid, but I don’t think that will slow him. 


2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

Hard to argue with 1310 yards and 11 TDs. He’s become Drew Brees’ favorite target, which is always a good thing. 


3. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

Davis really blossomed during the NFL playoffs. He’s too big for defensive backs and too fast for linebackers. There are more mouths to feed offensively this year, but that should only make it tougher to key in on Davis. 


GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:   Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Get
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4. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

Hernandez put up 910 yards and seven scores. He is versatile and an amazing complement to Gronk. 


5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Ho hum. Expect another 900-plus yard season for Witten. 


6. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

He just keeps on churning. You can expect Julio Jones to take on a bigger role in the offense, and Roddy White will still get his. As a result, Gonzo could suffer a little, but he’s still solid. 


7. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Given his age in comparison to Gonzo, I never thought he’d be a riskier option. However, that just isn’t the case. If he can stay healthy, he can produce. That just seems to be too big of a challenge, though. 


8. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

The potential remains, but it’s put-up-or-shut-up time if he wants to be considered elite. Staying healthy would be a start.


9. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew made big strides last year, catching 83 balls for 777 yards and five scores. He’s not explosive, but he’s steady. 


10. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins

Davis emerged last year before his suspension. He should be a security blanket for RG3. 


11. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

He caught 56 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns. Should continue to improve along with QB Andy Dalton. 


12. Dustin Keller, New York Jets

Keller has scored five TDs in each of the past two years, but his yardage grew to 815 in 2011. He’ll be better off as long as Tebow doesn’t take over the QB gig. 


13. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

Bounced back from a disappointing 2010 season with 811 yards and five scores. Sometimes gets overlooked in Philly’s offense. 


14. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans

Cook has crazy athleticism. He blew up for 759 yards last year. Plenty of potential for more. 


15. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

The talent is there, but so is the injury risk. Daniels is a TE2 at best at this point.

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