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.
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.
Also check out:
- 2012 Fantasy Football QB Rankings
- 2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- 2012 Early Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- 2012 Early Fantasy Football DEF Rankings