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The tight end position remains top heavy with the most talented option a risk of his own due to injury history. Whether you are checking out new betting sites or trying to figure out which keepers you should hold on to, a little research is needed. Here’s a look at the tight end landscape
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The Elite
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – When healthy and not making White House press briefing appearances, he is in a league of his own. Gronk was limited to eight games last year, finishing with 540 yards and three touchdowns. Every season that he plays in at least ten games he has had double-digit touchdowns. He has to be the first tight end to come off the board, but he is accompanied by a massive risk.
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The Next Tier
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks – Returned to form with 65 catches for 923 yards and six scores. Graham is capable of even more.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs – Led all tight ends with 1,125 yards and finished second with 85 receptions. A little light on the touchdowns (4) to share a spot with Gronk in the elite status.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers – Like Kelce he was light on the TD front (3), but caught 80 passes for 1,073 yards. This while Cam Newton was not at his best.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins – 66 catches for 686 yards and 6 touchdowns. Limited to 12 games. Has never played a full season. Huge talent with health risks.
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Strong Options
Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers – 55 catches for 701 yards and seven TDs. Going from Brady to Rodgers won’t hurt his value.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati  Bengals – Limited to 8 games. Finished with 394 yards and five TDs. Strong bet for double-digit scores if he stays healthy.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles – 78 catches for 816 yards and four touchdowns. Should continue to be on the rise.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Jived with Sam Bradford to the tune of 83 catches for 840 yards and seven scores.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans – 65 catches for 800 yards and seven scores.
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Up and Coming
Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots – Just 35 catches for 406 yards and 6 TDs. Brady will likely make him a star.
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 57 catches for 660 yards and eight TDs.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions – 61 catches for 711 yards and a touchdown.
Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers – 18 catches for 304 yards and a touchdown in six games.
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers – 36 catches for 478 yards and eight scores. Ready to surpass Antonio Gates.
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Veterans
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints – 50 catches for 631 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers – 53 catches for 548 yards and seven TDs.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens – Quietly led all TEs with 86 receptions to go along with 729 yards and a pair of TDs.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – 69 catches for 673 yards and three TDs.
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Here are some Wide Receivers and Tight Ends putting up serious preseason numbers.  Let’s take a look and see if they have a chance to translate some of that preseason production into fantasy worth in regular season play. 

Jonathan Stupar, Buffalo Bills - Stupar leads the NFL with 15 preseason receptions for 155 yards and a TD.  He’s third on the Bills’ Tight End depth chart so don’t get any thoughts of fantasy worth.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans - Now Cook is a TE with some fantasy value.  The Rookie out of South Carolina has 12 catches for 120 yards in the preseason.  With Tennessee’s limited options in the passing game, Cook could become one of their more reliable targets.  He’s worth taking as a TE2.

Chris Henry, Cincinnati Bengals - As long as he can stay out of Roger Goodell’s office, Henry has a chance to really break out this year.  He has 11 catches for 155 yards and 2 TDs.  Now that he seems to have put his troubles behind him, he could put up huge numbers in a full season.  He is going in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, and could end up putting up WR2 or WR3 numbers. 

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Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
- For all the talk of Bowe not fitting into the Chiefs’ system or being at odds with Todd Haley, he has looked good in the preseason games with 8 catches for 107 yards and a TD. If you moved him down in your WR rankings, you may want to move him back up.

Troy Williamson, Jacksonville Jaguars - The former #1 bust leads the NFL with 221 preseason receiving yards on 7 caches.  He caught a pair of deep balls for the bulk of the yardage. It’s great to see him make some plays, but I wouldn’t trust him to continue to produce.  His hands have long been a question mark.

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Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals
- Ocho has 142 yards on 5 catches.  He even added an Extra Point.  More importantly he has kept relatively quiet.  If he can avoid being a distraction, he should be a real nice WR2 this year.

David Clowney, New York Jets - Clowney is hoping to be the next third year WR to break out.  He has five receptions for 135 yards and 2 TDs this preseason.  He is fighting with Chansi Stuckey to start opposite Jerricho Cotchery.

Justin Harper, Baltimore Ravens - Harper has been productive in the preseason games with 6 catches for 119 yards, but has dropped too many passes in practice.  For a team with a limited passing game, dropping passes is a good way to be buried on the depth chart.

Laurent Robinson, St. Louis Rams - Laurent has taken advantage of Donnie Avery’s foot injury by catching 7 passes for 117 yards.  He is going to start for the Rams so he’s worth grabbing in deep leagues, but he likely won’t be a viable fantasy option this year.

Robert Meachem, New Orleans Saints - Meachem has been a sleeper candidate the past two years now.  He has 5 catches for 106 yards, including a 64-yard TD.  If he can get on the field, he has a great chance to be productive in that offense.  Draft him as a fantasy reserve and hope for the best.

Legedu Naanee, San Diego Chargers – This list is littered with third-year WRs.  Legedu has 5 catches for 84 yards and 2 TDs.  He is buried as the Chargers #4 WR behind Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers, and Malcom Floyd.  It’s also an offense that throws heavily to TE Antonio Gates and RBs LT and Darren Sproles.  Don’t expect much from a fantasy perspective from Naanee this year.

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