Top Ten Tight Ends for 2009

Mar 13, 2009
This is my preseason top ten. Totally didn’t see Vernon Davis coming.

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#1  Antonio Gates
Gates dealt with nagging injuries last year, but still managed 704 yards and 8 TDs.  Those numbers, which are solid by any Tight End’s standards were the lowest for Gates since his Rookie season back in 2003.  As long as he’s healthy I see know reason Gates won’t be the #1 fantasy Tight End in 2009.
#2 Tony Gonzalez
Gonzo reclaimed the top Tight End spot last year, and despited turning 33 recently he should be able to stay in the top two.  He has a new Offensive-minded Coach in Todd Haley and a new QB in Matt Cassel, both of which should be upgrades from years past.  You can pretty much pencil him in for 1000 yards and 7+ TDs.

#3  Jason Witten
T.O.’s departure could actually hurt Witten a bit.  No, not emotionally, but T.O. did draw the opposing Defenses’ attention.  With T.O. gone Defenses will be able to key in on Witten more. He’s still going to produce, but I think his numbers will look more like last year than 2007.

#4 Dallas Clark
Clark is also losing a WR from the 1996 NFL Draft as a teammate as Marvin Harrison won’t be back.  For Clark I think that works in his favor.  The Colts have a variety of weapons to keep Defenses honest, but Peyton Manning will have one less mouth to feed.
#5 Chris Cooley
Cooley had a great year for the Redskins with 83 catches for 849 yards.  He only managed to score once though.  He had averaged around 7 TDs in his first four years.  They’ will come back in 2009, along with his ranking.

#6  Owen Daniels
Owen finished as the sixth highest scoring Tight End despite having just two TDs.  He hasn’t exactly shown the ability to reach paydirt consistently yet, but I could see him improve in that area in 2009.  If he can score five or six TDs and maintain the 800 yard average he has the past two years, he could possibly crack the top five.

#7 John Carlson
John had a very impressive Rookie season catching 55 passes for 627 yards and 5 TDs.  With a healthy Matt Hasselbeck and T.J. Houshmandzadeh on board, Carlson should be able to avoid a Sophomore slump.

#8  Zach Miller
Zach nearly doubled his yardage last year going from 444 as a rookie to 778 in his second year.  He only scored one TD last year, which was down from three in his rookie season.  As he and JaMarcus Russell continue to build their rapport, I see that TD number going up next year.  800 yards and 4 or 5 TDs isn’t out of the question.

#9 Greg Olsen
Greg was one of the Bears’ top targets in the passing game.  He should be utilized even more next year as he continues to develop into one of the game’s best pass-catching Tight Ends.  I see him leading the Bears in receptions next year.  He should rack up at least 700 yards and four scores.

#10 Dustin Keller
With Kellen Clemens likely taking over the starting Quarterback job, Dustin Keller is going to be a big security blanket.  He caught 48 passes for 535 yards and 3 TDs as a rookie.  He had 388 yards in the second half last year.  He should build upon that success in his second year.

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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    gotta show the love for Cooley! sweet list, gonna pick Chris out of them all though LOL!

  2. LestersLegends
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    LOL. He’s good, but the others are a smidge better. Winslow could crack this list.

  3. CK0712
    March 13th, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    agreed re: winslow!

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    March 17th, 2009 at 6:02 am #

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  5. Eric
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Why no love for Visanthe Shiancoe?He had more fantasy points than Witten,Cooley,Daniels,Carlson,Miller,Olsen and Keller.Shiancoe was fourth in fantasy points for tightends and will have Rosenfels throwing to him this year.

  6. LestersLegends
    April 1st, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    He’ll be solid. I just don’t expect him to repeat.

  7. Anonymous
    September 13th, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    health miller??????

  8. LestersLegends
    September 13th, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Fantasy TEs. Miller is top ten all-around TE no doubt. However, he just doesn’t get enough targets typically to be a reliable fantasy TE.

  9. loooooooool
    September 25th, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    LOL. Kellen clemens most likely getting the job…wtf is this guy smoking? He wasn’t going to get teh starting job even if mark sanchez wasn’t here

  10. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    In March it looked like he was going to get the job. He’s the backup QB now, so yes he was going to get the job if Sanchez didn’t run with it.

  11. mbiezy!
    September 28th, 2009 at 12:11 am #

    wtf! how can you forget vernon davis!
    he is clearly top ten!
    this list sucks ass!

  12. LestersLegends
    September 28th, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    Vernon Davis easily has top five talent. he was always an underachiever. sorry I couldn’t endorse him as top ten before the season. He had two below average games to start the season and because he had one big game my list sucks. Sounds fair. Let’s judge him at the end of the year

  13. LestersLegends
    October 27th, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    OK. Vernon Davis has proved me wrong. He’s a beast and finally reaching his immense potential.

  14. nintendost
    November 17th, 2009 at 12:32 am #

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  15. John Gallenstein
    January 21st, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    You got to be kidding me! Where is Vishante Shiancoe??? He might be #1! All he does is score TD’s… You need to revise the list…

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