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Fantasy owners will have to endure another offseason and preseason pondering Rob Gronkowski's draft position.
OK, we admit, we blew it listing Jimmy Graham as one of the potential busts of the tight end position, particularly because he was in a contract year. We didn't miss the boat on the overriding belief that "tight end has proven to be a position loaded with risk."
Even Graham's owners might have been embittered this season. Despite 86 catches for 1,215 yards and a remarkable 16 touchdowns (211 fantasy points in standard leagues), Graham was good for just two catches for 25 yards in Week 15.
That week was the fantasy football semifinals in most standard leagues. That is a bad, bad time to have your second-worst week (he was shut out in Week 6 against the New England Patriots).
Graham was also marginalized in Week 10 (five points) and 11 (four points). Those weeks represented the stretch run in the fantasy regular season for owners who needed a big performance out of their star to make the playoffs.
But enough of ripping the clear No. 1 tight end in fantasy, even if Vernon Davis and Julius Thomas had strong seasons. Overall, Graham was good enough to remain a potential second-round pick next fall.
It is the rest of the tight ends we are angry with. Rob Gronkowski took too long to come back from his back and arm surgeries, and then he went out for the year with a torn ACL. Early-season breakouts Jordan Cameron and Jordan Reed faded in the second half. Tony Gonzalez is retiring and Antonio Gates, 33, just might consider doing that, too.
If you don't get Graham in Round 2 or early in Round 3, you should wait a long, long time to pick your tight end next year. Yes, this is a broken record, and not one of the Peyton Manning variety.