NFL 2012 Fantasy Football Top 10 Tight Ends

My favorite position to speculate on, the tight end.  Last year we saw the finale of what has been an emergence of the tight end as an offensive weapon that should be feared as strongly as any other.  More defensive coordinators across the league are game planning for individual tight ends than ever before.  Their task is tough, how do you stop a 6’7” 275 pound player that can run like a wide receiver and could dunk a basketball if the hoop was 11 feet high or higher?  I say good luck to them and good job to the tight ends who are bringing sexy back to the position.

1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots: The man who set the record for receiving touchdowns and yards in a season by a tight end is 23 years old and will be for the remainder of the season.  He plays a cupcake schedule (not that it matters much with the mismatch he creates against any team) and plays in a system that caters to its strength, which he is.  Well, next to Tom Brady he is the team’s strength.  I could see him coming very close to repeating his numbers.

2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints: Second best among tight ends last year, ranks second this year.  He is 25 years old and is entering his third season in the NFL.  He is also a mismatch nightmare, using his incredible size and basketball background to shield defenders when going up high to snag passes.  He has one of the best pure passers in the game throwing him the ball and a system that lines him up all over the field.  Graham should be drafted higher than most top ten wide receivers.

3. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots: Playing “behind” Rob Gronkowski in New England’s offense suits Hernandez well.  The Patriots utilize the double tight end set as much or more than most other teams in the league.  When they aren’t in the double tight end formation they sometimes line Hernandez up as the fullback, running back or slot receiver.  With all of the attention being paid to Gronkowski Hernandez is able to find holes in the defense, and Brady is usually able to find Hernandez.  Aaron’s ability to run the ball is part of why he is ranked so high here.

4, Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers: Gates is also a former college hoops player and one of the best tight ends of his era.  He fit the mold outlined by Tony Gonzalez with the Kansas City Chiefs and then some.  Gates plays in a pass happy system with not many proven talented pass catchers around him.  If Ryan Mathews can stay healthy (which seems pretty much impossible) not only will that help the Chargers as a team but it will take away from Gates potential productivity.  Gates as well as Hernandez (and of course any tight ends listed from here on) are not worth drafting ahead of any elite wide receivers or running backs.

5. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers: San Fran’s leading receiver by far last season faces some competition in the game of catching passes from Alex Smith.  Future HOF’er Randy Moss has been added to provide depth to a less than stellar receiving corps.  Michael Crabtree is finally playing in a preseason and the team drafted A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois in the first round of the most recent NFL draft.  These are just a few of the prospective reception stealers from Vernon Davis.  I would recommend taking him no earlier than the sixth round.

6. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals: I have seen many rankings where Gresham is not this high, and for good reason.  Gresham landed this high in these rankings based off of his attendance on the field on Sundays and the potential for promising second year quarterback Andy Dalton to make better decisions and go through his progressions more smoothly and find Gresham in the seam more often than he has.  Jermaine is an amazing talent and has the potential to be in the top 5 of fantasy tight end point producers.

7. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins: I cannot see this man’s name without thinking about the charges recently filed against him and Davis’s poor decision to represent himself.  For more details check out what Mike Florio of NBC Sports Network had to say here.  Davis is another young player that has the potential to make his team better, if he can play consistently play up to his own talent level.  The arrival of Robert Griffin III should only help Davis, rookie quarterbacks like a safety valve and Fred is their best option in that regard.

8. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons: As of right now the best tight end in the history of the NFL can still produce at a high level.  The question begging is do the Falcons need him to perform?  Atlanta has a slew of talented playmakers on offense and Gonzalez is in the twilight of his career.  With age comes the increased risk of injury, and Gonzalez has problems staying on the field.  Because of this he is a risk I would not take, but if healthy he will be a top tight end point man.

9. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions: Detroit has a rough schedule and Pettigrew will most likely have a rough time getting targets with Megatron on the field.  Not to mention the emergence of young Titus Young and the play of sound veteran Nate Burleson.  If Calvin Johnson will share the ball with his teammates it is possible Brandon will see his fair share of the wealth.  His fantasy owners would sure appreciate it.

10. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers: The most talented tight end on the most talented offensive system in the entire league.  A healthy season for him could be a winning season for the people smart enough to draft him.  His main issue is his attitude, he feels extremely entitled and runs his mouth more than anyone else on his team.  That will not make friends with modest, humble and all-around nice guy quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  If Rodgers does throw Finley the ball, his owners would do best to pray that he catches it.

 

Some other tight ends that could fight their way into the top ten of tight end fantasy point men.

Dustin Keller – New York Jets: Lack of talent at wide receiver opens Keller up for more targets from Mark Sanchez.  If Tim Tebow wins the starting job all bets are off.  Also do not look for a lot of touchdowns from Tebow, as rumblings from the Jets sound as if Tebow will be running the offense near the goal line.

Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys:  Could be in the top five if he plays the whole season.  Everything hinges on his spleen.

Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers: The undisputed #1 tight end on the Carolina Panthers now that Jeremy Shockey is no longer with the team.  Cam Newton should find Olsen in the end zone a lot this season.

Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans: Talented young player who is coming into his own.  Some stability at quarterback would give us a better idea of how his season will play out.

Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills: Came on strong for the Bills late last year.  It is hard to tell who will emerge as the #2 threat beside Steve Nelson, but Chandler looks as promising as any other Bills pass catcher.

 

And below, the ratings.                                                                                               #NFLFF2012

 

 

Schedule

Injury

System/Teammates

Recent

Total

Rob Gronkowski

1

1

1

1

4

Jimmy Graham

2

2

1

1

6

Aaron Hernandez

1

2

2

1

6

Antonio Gates

1

3

2

2

8

Vernon Davis

1

2

2

3

8

Jermaine Gresham

3

1

1

3

8

Fred Davis

2

1

2

3

8

Tony Gonzalez

2

3

3

2

10

Brandon Pettigrew

3

2

3

2

10

Jermichael Finley

3

3

3

2

11

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One Response to NFL 2012 Fantasy Football Top 10 Tight Ends

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