Making Sense of the Tight End Position

Fantasy Football: Tight End Tango

8/18/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Nov 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) tries to break free from the grasp of Oakland Raiders safety Mike Mitchell (34) at the Coliseum. The Saints defeated the Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY SportsThe tight end position this year is a mess.  Well it always sort of is, but with the waning relevance of Antonio Gates, unpredictability of Rob Gronkowski’s back, and all the questions surrounding whether Vernon Davis will get his due diligence in targets this season, it’s especially hard to find a guaranteed steady producer in this year’s crop of tight ends.
Right now, Jimmy Graham is going near the end of the third, early fourth in standard 10-team drafts, and for about $30 in auction formats.  If Gronkowski stays healthy, he’s the best tight end on the board unquestionably, but that’s just about as big of an ‘if’ as you’ll come around in the fantasy game.  The Pats tight end is currently going about a round later and for $5 to $10 less.
I think both of those players are well worthy what they’re currently going for, if not slightly more, just because the rest of the field is so uninspiring.  It’s the next set of guys that really raises questions for me.
Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten are currently going in the 6th round/7th round area, a little under $10 in auction.  Vernon Davis about a round later for just over $6 and then there are a flurry of guys in the 9th to 10th round and $2 to $5 range: Kyle Rudolph, Owen Daniels, Greg Olsen, and Antonio Gates.
To make it easier, here are ESPN’s top 15 rankings along with overall rankings in parenthesis. Turn the page for the key questions regarding tight ends this season:
1. Jimmy Graham (29)
2. Rob Gronkowski (41)
3. Tony Gonzalez (57)
4. Jason Witten (61)
5. Vernon Davis (70)
6. Kyle Rudolph (83)
7. Owen Daniels (90)
8. Greg Olsen (93)
9. Antonio Gates (96)
10. Brandon Myers (106)
11. Jared Cook (115)
12. Jermichael Finley (126)
13. Martellus Bennett (135)
14. Brandon Pettigrew  (140)
15. Fred Davis (145)
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8/18/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'll need to bookmark this for my draft. Good job.