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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots had a season for the ages in 2011, setting an NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end with 17 while finishing as the top fantasy performer at his position by a wide margin.
However, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had quite the year himself, and with Robert Meachem no longer with the Saints, it's more likely that Graham will repeat his 90-plus catches and 1,300 yards than Gronkowski will repeat his ridiculous touchdown total.
It's incredibly close, but Graham gets the slightest of nods as fantasy football's top tight end in 2012.
1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
3. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
6. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
7. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
8. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
9. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
10. Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
11. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
12. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos
13. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
14. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
16. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
17. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans
18. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (R)
19. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
20. Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens