1. Rob Gronkowski
Nothing needs to be said, Gronk is the best tight end in fantasy football.
2. Jimmy Graham
Getting traded to the Seahawks after signing a big contract with the Saints isn’t necessarily a good look for Graham, but it doesn’t change his fantasy outlook. The Seahawks don’t have the best group of receivers, and Graham instantly becomes the top option for Russell Wilson. Graham probably won’t be finding himself being drafted in the first round again, but he is still the second best tight end.
3. Greg Olsen
Olsen had the best year of his career with 84 catches and 1008 yards. Despite the great year, Olsen isn’t getting any younger, and some minor injuries could begin to creep into bigger problems. Injuries aside, Olsen is the most reliable target the Panthers have, and it should be business as usual.
4. Martellus Bennett
Like Greg Olsen, Bennett had the best year of his career in 2014. This year should be no different as long as Jay Cutler is at the helm forcing the ball to Bennett and Jeffery. Also, the absence of Brandon Marshall opens up plenty of targets.
5. Travis Kelce
Kelce wasn’t at full strength after suffering a knee injury, but still posted solid numbers with 862 yards and five touchdowns. The Chiefs did sign Jeremy Maclin to improve their atrocious receiving group, but Kelce is still the number two guy, and best red zone target.
6. Jordan Cameron
After a breakout 2013, Cameron did nothing in 2014 due to injuries and horrible quarterback play. Fortunately for Cameron, as long as he can stay healthy, he’ll be playing with a legitimate quarterback for the first time in his career.
7. Julius Thomas
There is obviously going to be a lot of drop-off going from Peyton Manning to Blake Bortles, but I’m not so down on Bortles. While Thomas probably won’t surpass 800 yards, but a 600 yard season with 10 plus touchdowns is very good for a tight end.
8. Antonio Gates
One of these years Gates is going to fall apart, right? Until then you can’t assume otherwise, especially after Gates had his best year in five years, and really one of the best years he has ever had. As long as Philip Rivers is around you can expect he’ll continue to look Gates way. However, one has to wonder how long the team can keep LaDarius Green at bay.
9. Delanie Walker
Walker had a career year in his ninth season with 890 yards and four touchdowns. He’s a bit short for a tight end at 6’0, but his speed makes him a mismatch against most linebackers. The Titans have a lot of question marks at quarterback, and whether it be Zach Mettenberger or Marcus Mariota they should struggle a bit. Also, Walker and Mettenberger really never clicked except for a five catch, 155 yard game against the Eagles.
10. Jason Witten
Witten is the least sexy option, but you know exactly what you’re getting. He and the rest of the Cowboys’ passing attack had a somewhat down season because of how much they leaned on the run which led to Witten’s worst season since his rookie year. Still, Witten’s worst is better than most, but it’s time to start wondering when Gavin Escobar will get more looks.
11. Zach Ertz
12. Josh Hill
13. Kyle Rudolph
14. Dwayne Allen
15. Jordan Reed
16. Heath Miller
17. Owen Daniels
18. Larry Donnell
19. Mychal Rivera
20. Tyler Eifert