1. Rob Gronkowski
After leading the NFL with 17 touchdown receptions, Gronkowski has revolutionized the tight end position in fantasy football.
When the New England Patriots are in the red zone, everyone knows the ball is going to Gronkowski—and still no one can stop him. If you were to combine the wide receiver and tight end positions for fantasy football, Gronkowski would be in the top five.
I would seriously consider drafting Gronkowski at the end of the first round if your fantasy league requires you to start a tight end each week. The tight end position has a major drop-off after Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, unlike the wide receiver position.
2. Jimmy Graham
Similar to Gronkowski, Graham was just as dominant at the tight end position. Graham led all New Orleans Saints in receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions. I would definitely consider drafting Graham towards the end of the first or beginning of the second round.
3. Antonio Gates
If Gates can stay healthy for an entire season, then he has a great chance of joining Gronkowski and Graham in that elite tier of tight ends. With Vincent Jackson gone, Gates is now going to be Philip Rivers' go-to target in the San Diego Chargers offense.
4. Vernon Davis
Even though the San Francisco 49ers added Mario Manningham and Randy Moss this offseason, Davis will still be a top-five fantasy tight end.
Before the 49ers made these additions, Davis was the only legit receiving threat on the team. Defenses had no trouble covering him because no one was worried about receivers like Michael Crabtree or Ted Ginn. With Manningham and Moss there now, Davis is going to be open much more.
5. Jacob Tamme
Any starting tight end who has Peyton Manning throwing to them is automatically going to be a top-five tight end. Look what Manning did with Dallas Clark when he was in Indianapolis.
When Clark went down with an injury, Tamme filled in for him and put up similar statistics, catching 67 of Manning's passes for 631 yards in only 10 games. He and Manning are together now in Denver, and that will make Tamme one of the top receiving targets.