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Fantasy football drafts are rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowksi finished 2014 with 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. It was the fourth time in five years that he had double-digit touchdowns.  Gronk scored in his final three games of the regular season and in all three playoff games.
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2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
In 2014 Jimmy Graham had 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 receptions for 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns. Graham’s value gets bumped a little going from Drew Brees to Russell Wilson, but he remains his team’s primary threat.
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3. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen set career-highs in 2014 with 84 catches for 1,008 yards. Over the past three seasons he has averaged 75.3 receptions for 889 yards and 5.7 touchdowns. With Kelvin Benjamin going down Olsen remains Cam Newton’s primary target.
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4. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce quietly finished with 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 coming off a knee injury. Look for him to take a step forward in his second full year.
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5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett finished 2014 with 90 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Over the past three years he has averaged 767 yards and 5.3 touchdowns.
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6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
There are a lot of targets up for grabs following the departure of Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Zach Ertz caught 58 passes for 702 yards and three touchdowns in his second season. Look for Ertz to breakout in Year 3.
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7. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
Jordan Cameron was limited to 10 games in 2014, which yielded 24 catches for 424 yards and a pair of scores. In 2013 he caught 80 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Charles Clay averaged 682 yards over the past two seasons with Ryan Tannehill. As long as Cameron can stay healthy, he should be able to surpass those numbers.
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8. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
In 2014 Delanie Walker had 890 yards and four touchdowns. He should be a nice security blanket for Marcus Mariota in his rookie year.
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9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten caught 64 passes for 703 yards and five touchdowns. His production has slipped the past few seasons, but remains a heavily targeted option.
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10. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Julius Thomas had 489 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 with Peyton Manning. Blake Bortles represents a major downgrade at quarterback, but Thomas should be heavily targeted. He can score any given week, but he’s a risky play than some of the other top options because he relies so heavily on touchdowns. Thomas will miss the start of the year so he’s merely a borderline top ten tight end.
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11. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
12. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
13. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
14. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
17. Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints
18. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
19. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
20. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
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Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Gausman is 2-6 with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He’s 1-1 at home with a 2.19 ERA
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Season Totals: 37-42, 620.2 IP, 496 Ks, 3.96 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.28 WHIP (600 hits, 193 walks)
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Stephen Gostkowski Throwback
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 kicker rankings.
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1. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
2. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
3. Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
6. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
7. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
8. Josh Scobee, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
10. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers
11. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
12. Matt Prater, Detroit Lions
13. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
14. Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills
15. Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
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Jonathon Niese, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Jonathon Niese is 8-9 with a 3.95 ERA. He’s 2-0 against the Phillies with a 2.79 ERA.
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Season Totals: 36-42, 612.2 IP, 487 Ks, 4.01 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (596 hits, 192 walks)
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Bartolo Colon Mets
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Bartolo Colon, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Bartolo Colon is 11-11 with a 4.65 ERA, but he has a favorable matchup. He’s 3-0 against the Phillies with a 3.32 ERA. Colon is 6-4 at home with a 4.12 ERA.
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Season Totals: 36-42, 612.2 IP, 487 Ks, 4.01 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (596 hits, 192 walks)
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Dez Bryant
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Fantasy football drafts are here or rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 wide receiver rankings.
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1. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant finished 2014 with 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.  He had a touchdown and/or 100 yards in 12 of 16 games and had four multiple touchdown games.
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2. Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
Odell Beckham, Jr. took the league by storm in 2014 finishing with 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the final 10 games of the season the rookie averaged 123.3 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game.
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3. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Antonio Brown caught 129 passes in 2014 for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 90 yards and/or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games. His worst performance in standard leagues was eight catches for 74 yards.
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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas had 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and has averaged 1,494.3 yards and 11.7 touchdown per game over the past three seasons. He remains Peyton Manning’s favorite target.
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5. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson was limited to 13 games in 2014 and finished with 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past five seasons he has averaged 1,466.8 yards and 10.6 touchdowns.
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6. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones returned to form in 2014 with 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 153.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his last four games.
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7. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green was limited to 13 games in 2014, but still managed 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Through four seasons he has averaged 1218.5 yards and 8.8 touchdowns per year.
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8. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb caught 91 passes in 2014 for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. With Jordy Nelson out, look for Cobb to be heavily targeted.
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9. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffery posted 85 catches for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. With Brandon Marshall playing for the New York Jets, look for a steady dose of targets for Jeffery.
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10. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans also had a fabulous rookie season finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.  He should continue to shine with Jameis Winston.
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11. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson going to the Indianapolis Colts, DeAndre Hopkins is now the primary option. He had 1,210 in 2014 and could be poised for an even more productive 2015.
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12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton finished 2014 with 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven scores. He has averaged 1,096.3 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in three years.
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13. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. With Jimmy Graham gone, look for more from Cooks.
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14. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Matthews had 872 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. Jeremy Maclin had 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as the number one option and DeSean Jackson had 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns as the number one option in 2013.
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15. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
It is no surprise that Emmanuel Sanders broke out in his first season with Peyton Manning. He finished with 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns.
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16. Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts
17. Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
18. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
19. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
20. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
21. Golden Tate, Detroit Lions
22. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
23. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
24. DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins
25. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
26. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
27. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings
29. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
30. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
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Kris Medlen Royals
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Kris Medlen, Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays
Kris Medlen is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
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Season Totals: 35-41, 599.2 IP, 475 Ks, 4.02 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (590 hits, 185 walks)
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