Fantasy football drafts are rapidly approaching. Here is an expanded first look at the Lester’s Legends 2015 tight end rankings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Next Batch
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
Also check out:
- 2015 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Team Defense Rankings
- 2015 Top Four Rookie Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
- 2015 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football Running Backs
- 2015 Top Five Rookie Fantasy Football Wide Receivers