2009 Fantasy Football Tight Ends Rankings (Updated)

Football ManiaxsSenior Writer IApril 2, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

When people think about drafting their fantasy teams they think about which back they are going to choose. Is it going to be Adrian Peterson or Michael Turner?  Matt Forte or Brian Westbrook? They also think about the "big name" wide receivers and quarterbacks.

However, one position that doesn't get a lot of attention is the tight end spot.
A lot of fantasy games can come down to five points. This year, I lost a championship game by three points.
Picking the right tight end can be huge. It can be the difference between winning and losing a close game. 

 1) Jason Witten (Cowboys) – Witten is Romo’s favorite target, and this is still an explosive offense without Terrell Owens. Witten was injured last year, and Romo’s injury did not help him either. His 81 catches, for 952 yards and four touchdowns isn’t a bad off-year for a tight end. We look for him to get back to his 2007 form next season.  

2) Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs) – The future Hall of Famer probably had his best year since 2003 and 2004. He had 96 catches, for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns. With Matt Cassel now under center, he should still be able to put up better numbers. The only concern is that he turned 33-years old in February, and is seeking a trade out of Kansas City.

3) Antonio Gates (Chargers) – He was really slowed by a toe injury last year. Gates had his fewest catches, yards and touchdowns since bursting onto the NFL scene in 2004. He is going to be 29-years old in August, but age is not the concern.

The concern with the emergence of Philip Rivers is that Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers and Darren Sproles will take away catches. If Gates stays healthy in 2009, we expect a rebound year.


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