Chet Gresham Fantasy Rankings - Tight End

Published 8/15/2017 1:00 AM

By Chet Gresham

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  • 1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots. Bye: 9.

    Gronkowski's injury worries will take him out of the first round this year, but he's still the no-doubt best tight end in the league, and that's not a hot take.

  • 2. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs. Bye: 5.

    Kelce became much more consistent last season and should be able to keep that play up this year, especially with Jeremy Maclin no longer on the team.

  • 3. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings. Bye: 6.

    Rudolph has upside as a touchdown maker, and last season added a bit to that. He's not going to "Gronk" your socks off, but is a strong starter and one of the safest tight ends on the board.

  • 4. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Bye: 9.

    We'll need to keep an eye on Washington's receivers this offseason, because DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon could both be gone, which would boost Reed up even more, but he's already a top option and is probably the closest to Gronkowski in upside.

  • 5. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals. Bye: 9.

    Eifert couldn't get healthy last year, but was a force when he was healthy, with five touchdowns in six full games. His upside is up there with Kelce and Reed.

  • 6. Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers. Bye: 4.

    Bennett will have plenty of competition for targets, but will likely be a strong red-zone target with a great quarterback throwing it to him. I'd be happy with him as my starter in most leagues.

  • 7. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Bye: 7.

    The tight end position was horrid for fantasy last season, but Olsen ended up as the second-best fantasy tight end of the season despite a bad year for the Panthers all around. I do expect a better offense for the Panthers next season, which won't be that tough, and Olsen should remain a steady player in a shaky position.

  • 8. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions. Bye: 10.

    Ebron shows plenty of ability, but remains inconsistent. I think he's good enough to become a bigger part of Detroit's offense this year and should be a useful fantasy player.

  • 9. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans. Bye: 13.

    Walker has a ton of talent, but age and injuries continue to hamper his upside.

  • 10. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks. Bye: 5.

    Graham surprised me with how well he played last season, and even though he won't be the fantasy player he was in New Orleans, he should remain a solid option moving forward.

  • 11. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Bye: 4.

    Ertz had a strong run of games to end last season - much like the previous year -, which will get people on board again for 2017. I'm not as sold, but if he continues to see the targets he was over the last half of the season, he'll be a good fantasy tight end with upside for a better overall season.

  • 12. Jack Doyle, TE, Colts. Bye: 10.

    Doyle isn't a freak athlete, but does have sure hands. He will likely be a touchdown-dependent commodity in fantasy, but he could easily grab you around eight touchdowns this year.

  • 13. Coby Fleener, TE, Saints. Bye: 5.

    The loss of Brandin Cooks will help Fleener see a few more targets. He's not a great player, but still has decent upside in this offense.

  • 14. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    I love Henry's game, and even though Antonio Gates will return this year, I think Henry will be the No. 1 tight end and has great upside, especially if Gates continues to slow down.

  • 15. Antonio Gates, TE, Chargers. Bye: 11.

    Gates looked done to me last season, but he can still catch a touchdown pass when the ball is forced to him. I'm hoping he takes a back seat to Hunter Henry this year, but even if he doesn't, he's just not good enough anymore.

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