2011 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

Jul 22, 2011

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Here’s an expanded and updated look at my 2011 tight end rankings.
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1.  Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers:  Gates was limited to ten games last year, but his ten touchdowns and 782 yards were enough maintain the top slot.
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2.  Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys:  Steady as they come. He’s topped 90 catches and 1000 yards in three of the past four years. His “off” year was still 81 and 952.
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3.  Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers:  His ability is not an issue. Durability is a different story. High risk, high reward pick.
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4.  Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers:  In 2009 he proved he wasn’t a bust with 965 yards and 13 touchdowns. Last year he proved he wasn’t a fluke with 914 yards and seven scores.
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5.  Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts did not miss a beat when Dallas went down. That shouldn’t take anything away from Clark though. He’s big and fast, runs clean routes, and has great hands.
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6.  Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks:  Miller’s move to Seattle costs makes his value dip, but he doesn’t slide in the rankings.
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7.  Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints:  Jimmy proved to be a nice red zone threat thanks to his 6’6″ frame. Consistency could be an issue because Brees likes to spread the ball around, but there will be catches to be had if Reggie Bush is shown the door.
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8.  Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Winslow regressed a bit, but his 730 yards and five scores were still solid.
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9.  Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions:  Pettigrew had 722 yards and five touchdowns. He didn’t finish strong with 36 or fewer yards in four of his last five games, but the talent is clearly there.
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10.  Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots:  I had Gronkowski ranked higher initially, but upon further review it’s Aaron Hernandez that I prefer of the Patriots’ tight ends. He is a nightmare to cover while Gronkowski is the goal line specialist.
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11.  Owen Daniels, Houston Texans:  If he’s healthy he’s a TE1.
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12.  Dustin Keller, New York Jets:  Depending on what happens with the Jets’ wide receivers, Keller could jump up the ranking to top ten territory.
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13.  Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles:  Vick is saying the right things about getting Celek involved more, but what restores his value to me is wide receiver situation. Maclin and Steve Smith likely won’t contribute early, which should open things up for Celek.
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14.  Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers:  Olsen escapes Martz’s system, which restores his value big time. Shockey doesn’t present much of a threat.
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15.  Kevin Boss, Oakland Raiders:  His move to Oakland gives him fantasy life.
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16.  Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons:  The addition of Julio Jones means there is likely another option ahead of Gonzo on the pecking order.
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17.  Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars:  I’m skeptical when someone blows up in a contract year. If the holdout lingers, he’ll slip big time.
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18.  Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots:  Gronkowski caught ten touchdown passes last year as a rookie. Aaron Hernandez  will have more yards, but Gronkowski is the better red zone option.
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19.  Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Miller’s value depends on how well the line protect Big Ben.
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20.  Fred Davis, Washington Redskins:  Cooley’s knee has me concerned. With the depth of tight ends in the league right now, I can’t see gambling a pick on him.
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. GOR
    August 8th, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    LL,

    I have a quick question for you. I have the fifth pick in a 14 team league. As with most, the order flips so essentially I have the 5th and 24th, 33nd etc… I was planning on drafting RB, QB, WR, TE, and then best available as I fill in the rest. What are your thoughts on draft order? It’s a PPR league.

    Thanks

  2. LestersLegends
    August 8th, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I guess it depends on which QBs have gone before your second pick. I
    might lean towards taking a wr in the second and securing your qb with
    that third pick.

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