1. Rob Gronkowski
Number one tight end, nothing to see here.
2. Jordan Reed
Concussions and injuries are always a concern, but there is no denying the fact that Kirk Cousins love throwing to him.
3. Greg Olsen
4. Travis Kelce
5. Delanie Walker
6. Eric Ebron
I think I’m going to make it my life’s goal to own every single Detroit Lions’ passing game options in 2016. I’m very high on the offense as a hole, just not their run game. Ebron had a much better sophomore season compared to his rookie year, he caught 47 passes for 537 yards and 5 touchdowns. With Ebron, you’re banking on that he’ll be able to turn his freaky athleticism into fantasy success, and that he’ll pick up a lot of slack with Megatron gone. I think both those things happen.
7. Ladarius Green
Green always had one or two moments that had fantasy owners salivating at his potential, but it never materialized into anything because he was always blocked by Antonio Gates. Thankfully, now in Pittsburgh, Green can put his monstrous 6″6′, 240-pound frame to work as Heath Miller’s replacement. Miller always had a decent role in the Steelers’ offense, and especially without Martavis Bryant, and Le’Veon Bell for the first four weeks, Green could finally turn in a monster season.
8. Coby Fleener
Fleener has been a solid, unspectacular tight end for the Colts over the past four seasons. Now in New Orleans, he replaces Ben Watson’s 74 catches, 825 yards, and six touchdowns a year ago. Tight end has always had a big role in Drew Brees’ offense, that should be no different this year.
9. Gary Barnidge
10. Zach Ertz
11. Julius Thomas
12. Charles Clay
More was expected from Clay in 2015 after the Bills’ have him of the biggest tight end contracts in history, but he was only able to turn in a mediocre season. This year, Tyrod Taylor returns after an impressive season, and the Bills don’t have the most impressive group of receivers after Sammy Watkins. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Clay become a bigger piece of the offense in year two with the Bills.
13. Antonio Gates
14. Jason Witten
15. Jordan Cameron
Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller, and Julius Thomas have all had big seasons with Adam Gase as their offensive coordinator. Because of that, I am pretty high on Cameron, but he still may have a difficult time finding targets next to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker.
16. Jimmy Graham
17. Dwayne Allen
Coby Fleener is gone, and the Colts lack another legitimate redzone threat. A breakout could be coming.
18. Zach Miller
It had been three years since Zach Miller recorded a stat in the NFL, and in 2015, he surprised a lot of people with a decent showing. With Martellus Bennett gone, Miller could turn into Jay Cutler’s number two target.
19. Martellus Bennett
I’m likely skipping on Bennett, but there has always been a role for a second tight end in New England.
20. Clive Walford
21. Kyle Rudolph
Many people, myself included have drafted Kyle Rudolph expecting a breakout, and yeah, we’re still waiting. The Vikings have a heavily run-based offense, and if Kyle Rudolph is going to breakout then Teddy Bridgewater needs to throw the ball more.
23. Jared Cook
23. Vance McDonald
McDonald had a nice game here and there last year, and seemed to have a nice rapport with Blaine Gabbert. Vernon Davis is gone, and the 49ers don’t have the most loaded receiver group.
24. Virgil Green
I like Mark Sanchez more than most, and Virgil Green has mostly been a blocker in the past, but now he pretty much has the tight end job to himself. He has impressive athletic ability, and could catch a few touchdowns.
25. Cameron Brate
Brate came out of nowhere last year, and could once again thrive thanks to ASJ’s issues.
26. Jace Amaro
Amaro is someone that I will closely monitor and could definitely seem him being a top-15 tight end by the end of the season. Amaro has dealt with injuries, and has just always fallen out of favor with his coaching staff, but the potential is certainly there. Tight end has been a hole for the Jets for a few years now, and even with Geno Smith starting, Amaro could finally breakout.
27. Will Tye
28. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
He’s too good to be ranked this low, but his attitude and relationship with the staff could keep him from playing.
29. Lance Kendricks
30. Richard Rodgers
31. Hunter Henry
32. Larry Donnell