Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 PPR Tight Ends

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2011

Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 PPR Tight Ends

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    These are, in my opinion, the top 10 fantasy football wide receivers in point-per-reception format leagues.

    These rankings are based on last season's statistics as well as expectations for the upcoming season.

    Keep in mind that these rankings are for leagues with PPR scoring, so tight ends with more catches have more value than in standard scoring leagues.

10. Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins

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    77 REC, 849 YDS, 3 TD

    Sure, the Redskins don't even know who their quarterback is yet, but that shouldn't matter too much. When Cooley is healthy he's as reliable as they come. Owners would like to see a few more touchdowns but the catches and yards are very respectable for the tight end position.

9. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

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    71 REC, 722 YDS, 4 TD

    There was no sophomore slump for Pettigrew in 2010, surprising fantasy owners with some decent numbers despite a less than desirable quarterback situation in Detroit. It would be nice to see Pettigrew get a few more looks in the red-zone, but he's still an attractive option at tight end. 

8. Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    66 REC, 730 YDS, 5 TD

    The Buccaneers offense is young but extremely talented, Winslow is no exception. He became one of quarterback Josh Freeman's favorite targets once Freeman got the starting nod. With a year of experience in the books and a developing rapport, expect Winslow's success to continue for the Bucs.

7. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks

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    60 REC, 685 YDS, 5 TD

    Usually you want to stay away from anyone on the Seahawks, but Zach Miller is a nice pick for tight end. He doesn't have eye-popping numbers and will be getting used to a new playbook and new quarterback, but he's proven he can be one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

6. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    58 REC, 700 YDS, 10 TD

    Lewis had what was by far a breakout season in 2010. He tied for the league lead in touchdowns among tight ends with ten. His previous high was two for a season. The most appealing aspect of Lewis's game is that he is looked at a lot in the red-zone. He earned quarterback David Garrard's trust in 2010 and shouldn't be losing it anytime soon.

5. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

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    21 REC, 301 YDS, 1 TD (Only played in five games)

    Finley was primed to have a monster season in 2010 before a season-ending injury just five games into the season. Even with all the options the Packers have on offense, Finley was still one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' go-to-guys, especially in the red-zone. If Finley can stay healthy for 16 games he can have some Antonio Gates-like numbers. 

4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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    56 REC, 914 YDS, 7 TD

    We didn't really expect Davis to duplicate his 2009 season, which he didn't, but he came close. His 914 yards were second in the league among tight ends and the 16.3 yards per catch average was tops at the position. The receptions could be higher but the yards and touchdowns make up for it.

3. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts

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    37 REC, 347 YDS, 3 TD (Only played in six games)

    Triple Clark's numbers in just six games last season and you get over 90 catches and 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. He could be the number one option at tight end if the injuries weren't such a concern. Still, having Clark for six games and backup tight end Jacob Tamme for the rest of the season isn't a bad situation for fantasy owners. Remember, their quarterback is Peyton Manning.

2. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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    50 REC, 782 YDS, 10 TD (Only played in 10 games)

    Gates hauled in ten touchdowns in only ten games in 2010. The numbers he posted last season would be considered a pretty great season for most other tight ends. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued him over the years. 

1. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    94 REC, 1,002 YDS, 9 TD

    Witten led all tight ends in catches (which wasn't even close) and yards even without Tony Romo at quarterback and was second in touchdowns with nine. He is undoubtedly Romo's favorite target and should have fantasy owners excited at the prospect of a full season with a healthy Romo at the helm.