We've covered the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Now our "Way Too Early" player ranking parade hones in on the tight ends.
Remember, we're calling them "Way Too Early" rankings for a reason. It's just a first glance at the 2011 prospects. A gut feel.
We haven't fully analyzed returning o-lineman for each school. We haven't yet plugged in the incoming stud recruits (Signing Day is Feb. 2).
We didn't account for all of the new coaching changes. And we haven't taken a peek at the upcoming fall schedules. All of that will come with due time.
So, without further ado, let's dive into the tight ends!
"Way Too Early" 2011 Tight End Rankings
2010 was not a banner year for college fantasy football tight ends. Only seven players at the position were able to crack 100 fantasy points on the season (three from BCS schools).
Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green tops our initial ranking. Despite missing a couple games due to injury, Green wound up being a Top 3 fantasy tight end in 2010. He posted a solid 44-794-7 statline.
Michael Egnew continued a tradition of fine fantasy tight ends hailing from Missouri. He had an outstanding season, hauling in 90 balls for 762 yards and 5 touchdowns.
But quarterback Blaine Gabbert is off to play on Sundays, which could hamper his production in 2011.
Rice's Vance McDonald entered last season with a lot of hype. An injury slowed him down the first half of the year (he missed most of five games) and most owners threw in the towel on McDonald and cut him loose.
Those who scooped him off the waiver wire were rewarded handsomely, as McDonald was white-hot down the stretch, scoring five touchdowns in his final three outings.
Some TE questions to chew on:
What position designation will Johdrick Morris have in your league in 2011? Last fall, the Southern Miss receiver was listed as a TE in some leagues, and a WR in others. He's a run-of-the-mill fantasy WR, but he holds tremendous value as a TE.
Perhaps no tight end in the country has more pure talent than Georgia's Orson Charles. But this athletic Dawg has yet to translate his vast potential into fantasy production.
With all-world WR A.J. Green off to the NFL, will this be the year he takes center stage and finally lives up to the hype?
What will new Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis do with Jordan Reed? Reed's value in 2010 was as a unique TE/QB hybrid.
He got most of his fantasy points running the ball in Wildcat situations. Reed is a complete fantasy wildcard until we see how he is utilized this spring.
A pair of up-and-coming Big Ten tight ends, Eric Lair (Minnesota) and Ted Bolser (Indiana) will be breaking in new quarterbacks this fall. How will this affect their production?
Can Oklahoma's James Hanna keep up his incredible catch-to-TD ratio? Last year he only snagged 18 balls, but 7 went for scores.
Here's we rank the tight ends at the moment....
CollegeFootballGeek.com's "Way Too Early" 2011 Tight End Rankings
1 Ladarius Green La-Lafayette 44-794-7 in 2010, missed 2 games with injury
2 Michael Egnew Missouri 90-759-5 in 2010, new QB at helm
3 Vance McDonald Rice 28-396-8 in 2010, was hurt 1st half of year
4 Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 27-352-2 in 2010, put up all stats in final 7 games
5 Johdrick Morris Southern Miss 46-663-4 in '10, likely listed as WR in most leagues
6 Drake Dunsmore Northwestern 40-381-5 in 2010, tailed off when Persa was hurt
7 Lucas Reed New Mexico 34-464-5 in 2010
8 George Bryan NC State 35-369-3 in 2010, will QB Russell Wilson return?
9 Orson Charles Georgia 26-422-2 in 2010, will he finally live up to hype?
10 Coby Fleener Stanford 28-434-7 in 2010, had monster bowl game
11 Jordan Reed Florida new coaching staff could mean new role in offense
12 Eric Lair Minnesota 39-526-2 in 2010, new QB & new coach in 2011
13 Joe Halahuni Oregon State 30-390-5 in 2010
14 Ryan Otten San Jose State 17-201-3 in 2010, only played in 4 games - injury
15 Ted Bolser Indiana 27-407-5 in 2010 as r-FR, new QB in 2011
16 David Paulson Oregon 24-418-4 in 2010, WR Jeff Maehl departs
17 Kyler Reed Nebraska 22-395-8 in 2010
18 Kyle Efaw Boise State 24-299-5 in 2010, stud WRs are gone
19 Luke Wilson Rice 33-425-3 in 2010
20 Gavin Escobar San Diego State 29-323-4 as frosh, stud WRs & coach gone, QB back
21 James Hanna Oklahoma 18-292-7 in 2010
22 Brandon Barden Vanderbilt 34-425-3 in 2010
23 Cooper Helfet Duke 34-380-2 in 2010
24 Josh Chichester Louisville 22-317-5 in 2010, TE Graham is gone
25 Nick Provo Syracuse 33-365-1 in 2010
26 Danny Noble Toledo 18-223-5 in 2010
27 Brian Linthicum Michigan State 18-230-1 in 2010, TE Gantt departs
28 Dwayne Allen Clemson 34-392-1 in 2010, needs to get into end zone!
29 Terrence Miller Arizona 29-345-0 in 2010
30 Ryan Griffin Connecticut 31-248-1 in 2010, new coaching staff
31 Justin Jones East Carolina 21-211-5 in 2010, might be listed as WR in leagues
32 Rhett Ellison USC 21-239-3 in 2010, missed 3 games to injury
33 Jack Doyle Western Kentucky 20-224-2 in 2010, only played in 7 games - injury
34 Chris Pantale Boston College 30-327-1 in 2010
35 David Blackburn Central Michigan 22-285-3 in 2010
36 Zach Ertz Stanford 16-190-5 in 2010, 2 top WRs gone
37 Tim Biere Kansas 19-228-4 in 2010
38 Jake Stoneburner Ohio State 21-222-2 in 2010
39 Colter Phillips Virginia 18-155-3 in 2010
40 Blake Hammond Western Michigan 9-113-3 in 2010, top WRs are gone
41 Kevin Koger Michigan 14-199-2 in 2010, new coaching staff
42 Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 15-185-5 in 2010, Cam Newton is gone
43 Trey Millard Oklahoma could be listed as FB. 24 car, 16 rec, 209 tot yds, 4 TD
44 Chris Gragg Arkansas 8-171-2 in 2010, TE DJ Williams is gone
45 Evan Rodriguez Temple 21-247-2 in 2010
46 Mike Cruz Pittsburgh 19-213-2 in 2010, new coaching staff
47 Alex Bayer Bowling Green 22-298-1 in 2010
48 Jordan Thompson Ohio 21-204-3 in 2010
49 Ryan Deehan Colorado 25-249-1 in 2010
50 Chaz Demerath Air Force 17-241-2 in 2010
51 Tim Erjavec Kent State 7-71-1 in 2010 as frosh
52 DC Jefferson Rutgers 10-166-1 in 2010
53 Huston Prioleau Texas A&M 9-58-1 in 2010
54 Kellen Bartlett Utah State 15-222-0 in 2010
55 Gabe Holmes Purdue sophomore to watch
56 Michael Williams Alabama Preston Dial moves on
57 Anthony Miller Cal stats declined from 2009 to 2010
Todd DeVries is the founder of CollegeFootballGeek.com, your premier destination for all things college fantasy football.
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