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2011 Tight End Rankings

           In 2010 the top five tight ends scored a respectable 101-133 points in a standard, non-PPR league.  Antonio Gates and Jermichael Finley would have probably been significantly above that if they hadn’t been injured.   Players ranked 6-17 were all between 70-88.   What this tells you is that if you get a top tight end you’re going to pick up about 30 points on the average tight end.  Since there should be about 5 on the high end, one strategy is to wait and draft the 5th guy from Tier 1.  Another strategy, and we like this one equally as well, is to wait until about  15 tight ends have been picked and draft numbers 16-17 (which in our current rankings could be Zach Miller and Tony Gonzalez) who will in all probability score about as many points as the TE7 drafted 5 rounds earlier.  An even better strategy is to wait on the Tier 2 guys and draft one who produces like a Tier 1.  We’ve got a couple who might fit the bill.  Jimmy Graham, Owen Daniels, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Pettigrew and Greg Olsen all have the potential to put up 900 yards and 9 touchdowns.  In all likelihood, only one will do it, but if you happen to get him in the 10th round you’ll be playing at a significant advantage on the competition who used a 5th rounder on Dallas Clark.  If your league does NOT require a tight end, the top guys score around the 25th ranked receiver, so insert them on your board there.  Jermichael Finley is the one exception as a player we think can put up high end wide receiver numbers, but he’s coming off a major knee injury so we have to curb our enthusiasm a bit.

Tier 1-  You’re looking for 800-900 yards and 8-9 TDs.

1. Jermichael Finley, Packers

2. Antonio Gates, Chargers

3. Jason Witten, Cowboys

4. Jimmy Graham, Saints

 

Tier 2-  They can vary between 600-700 yards and 6-7 TDs with the potential to be Tier 1's.

5. Dallas Clark, Colts

6. Vernon Davis, 49ers

7. Owen Daniels, Texans

8. Kellen Winslow, Bucaneers

9. Greg Olsen, Panthers

10. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots

11. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions

Tier 3-  Same as Tier 2 but without the upside.

12. Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars

13. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

14. Kevin Boss, Raiders

15. Dustin Keller, Jets

16. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

17. Lance Kendricks, Rams

Tier 4- The same as Tier 3 but with a few more question marks.

18. Jared Cook, Titans

19. Zach Miller, Seahawks

20. Chris Cooley, Redskins

21. Ben Watson, Browns

22. Todd Heap, Cardinals

23. Brent Celek, Eagles

24. Julius Thomas, Broncos

25. Jermaine Gresham, Bengals