This is a golden age of the tight end, the freakish 6'6", 265-pounders who can run 4.5 40s and dunk the football through the goal posts. More and more teams are capitalizing on these basketball-skilled athletes in wide-open passing offenses, making the position more popular than ever in fantasy football.
Jimmy Graham is even projected to be a top-eight pick by the Fantasypros.com analyst consensus rankings. Unless you are prepared to pull the earliest trigger on a tight end in fantasy history, you are going to miss out on Graham in a potential 27-year-old contract year.
That makes this slideshow ranking the top 12 fantasy starters at the position a very, very important read. There other monsters to be had if you can assume the injury risk (Rob Gronkowski) or anticipate the breakthroughs (Jordan Reed and Coby Fleener). Those are just appetizers of our early breakdown of the tight end position for fantasy 2014. Enjoy.