Fantasy Football TE Rankings for 2013

Aug 02 3:48pm

Jimmy Graham is the safest tight end pick this season, but he comes at an extremely high price. If you miss on him I’d want to grab two tight ends who you like for their upside. A pair like Jordan Cameron and Martellus Bennett would be nice. And streaming tight ends is not at all out of the question this year. So for the most part I am waiting on them.

Jimmy Graham — The Reverend Jimmy Graham is preaching to the choir if he says to pick him in fantasy.

Rob Gronkowski — Right now he’s in question for week one, and back problems aren’t clear cut and easy to fix for good. I’m wary, but the upside of even 12 games is hard to pass up.

Vernon Davis — I always rank him too high because he’s just too good to have as many low target games as he has, but with Michael Crabtree out it will be tough for him not to see the looks he needs.

Jason Witten — He’s aging and doesn’t score a lot of touchdowns, but he’s solid week in and week out, especially in PPR leagues.

Tony Gonzalez — He could be 50 and still be a top 10 tight end.

Martellus Bennett — The Black Unicorn will gallop his way into Chicago fans hearts and the end zone.

Kyle Rudolph — He’s the best red zone target the Vikings have and he and Ponder should be on the same page more often this season.

Fred Davis — It looks like Fred will be ready to go week one. After Pierre Garcon, who has his own injury concerns, he’s the most talented receiver on the Redskins.

Greg Olsen — He’s never going to be elite, but he does find the end zone and has a nice rapport with Cameron.

Jared Cook — Cook has a ton of ability and of the guys you can get later than the top 3-4, he’s the one with the most upside.

Brandon Myers — Myers is an efficient TE that will be a nice consistent receiver for Eli Manning, who likes using his TEs.

Jermichael Finley — Finley continues to underachieve, but still has enough upside for me to take him as a #2 TE.

Owen Daniels — He’ll continue to see red zone looks.

Jordan Cameron — The hype train is full throttle for Cameron and as a #2 TE I like his upside in a Norv Turner offense.

Antonio Gates — Hey, I’m sure he’ll be in the best shape of his life in camp and set for a comeback year, but I’m not drafting him.

Brandon Pettigrew — His offense is just too pass happy not to like him at least a little and the Lions didn’t upgrade in the draft.

Jermaine Gresham — Gresham is a pretty steady presence, but his upside in that offense is lower than others and he could be undervut by Tyler Eifert.

Dustin Keller — The Dolphins offense should be improved and be able to get into TD range for Keller.

Robert Housler — Housler is another high upside young guy on a team that should put up some fantasy points in a pass first offense.

Dwayne Allen — I like him more than Fleener and I think the Colts do as well. I think he and Hilton take a step forward this season.

Jacob Tamme — He didn’t live up to expectations last season with Dreessen taking away a lot of red zone looks and now Welker will most likely take away even more targets.

Delanie Walker — He has a little upside as the starter in Tennessee, but Locker has a lot of mouths to feed now.

Marcedes Lewis — He’s their starter, but that’s as far as I’ll go.

Zach Miller — Could carve a decent role out for himself in what should be a better offense this season, but will be fighting Lynch and Harvin for TDs.

Coby Fleener — I like Allen more, but the Colts offense can handle multiple fantasy players, so keep an eye on him.

Heath Miller — He’s hurt and it will be tough for him to see as many TDs this season as he did last.

Jeff Cumberland — The Jets starter at the moment. His upside is on the lowside.

James Casey — The Eagles have too many tight ends for me, but Casey is extremely versatile and could prove his worth in Kelly’s offense.

Brent Celek — There are a lot of tight ends in Philly. I’ll probably let others sort through them.

Jake Ballard — The loss of Hernandez and injury to Gronkowski make him more relevant, but he’s not even in the same realm as they are in ability.

Zach Sudfeld — He’s extremely raw and may not play much this season, but if he can get on the field, his upside is much higher than Ballards.

Travis Kelce — I like Kelce to show some fantasy value at some point this season in Reid’s offense, but he’s more of a dynasty pick up.

Zach Ertz — If all clicks for him and Kelly’s offense he could have value this season.

Joel Dreessen — Manning seems to like him in the red zone, but he won’t get enough targets to be consistent.

Scott Chandler — He’s still hurting and s really only worthwhile for his occasional touchdowns.

Ladarius Green — Green has a lot of ability and if Gates gets hurt, which is a distinct possibility, he could have value this season.

Tyler Eifert — I don’t trust Dalton to be able to support too many receivers after AJ Green this season.

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