2011 Fantasy Football Composite Staff Rankings: Tight End

Next stop on our NFL Tour is Tight End.  Over the years, Tight End appeared to be the thinnest fantasy position.  It was Shannon Sharpe then everyone else, Ben Coates then everyone else, or Tony Gonzalez then everyone else.  Nowadays things are quite different with Tight Ends morphing into Wide Receivers.  If you miss out on a top Tight End, don't fret; you have about 20 other useful Tight Ends available to draft.  2010 was full of usefulness: Antonio Gates went bananas until injuries de-railed his season, while a rookie Tight End (Rob Gronkowski) scored ten touchdowns.

2011 is scattered with potential breakouts, a strong upper tier of 5 tight ends and contributing veterans.

TE Rankings after the jump compiled by the best of the best: TJ Mahoney (mahoney1213), Evan Levine (eklevine),Scott Kaliska (dukeallstar) and Kenny Stein (Humbled Fan)...

If you're looking for other rankings, check out Fantasy Rundown, which provides rankings from other sources on the internet

 

TM

EL

SK

KS

1

Antonio Gates, Chargers

2

1

1

1

2

Jason Witten, Cowboys

4

4

3

2

3

Dallas Clark, Colts

3

2

2

8

4

Vernon Davis, 49ers

5

3

4

3

5

Jermichael Finley, Packers

1

5

5

7

6

Kellen Winslow, Bucs

9

12

7

5

7

Mercedes Lewis, Jaguars

10

6

13

4

8

Chris Cooley, Redskins

11

17

9

6

9

Zach Miller, Seahawks

7

9

12

16

10

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

16

10

6

12

11

Owen Daniels, Texans

6

8

8

23

12

Jimmy Graham, Saints

8

7

15

19

13

Dustin Keller, Jets

15

13

16

10

14

Aaron Hernandez, Patriots

13

11

11

20

15

Brandon Pettigrew, Lions

19

14

14

9

16

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

20

15

10

11

17

Greg Olsen, Panthers

12

16

24

21

18

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals

18

18

19

22

19

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs

22

19

22

14

20

Todd Heap, Cardinals

28

22

20

15

21

Jared Cook, Titans

14

23

23

26

22

Ben Watson, Browns

17

24

21

24

23

Heath Miller, Steelers

29

25

17

18

24

Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings

25

30

27

17

25

Kevin Boss, Raiders

21

27

25

27

26

Brent Celek, Eagles

-

21

18

13

27

Ed Dickson, Ravens

27

20

26

30

28

Jacob Tamme, Colts

32

26

28

28

29

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins

31

31

29

29

30

Fred Davis, Redskins

26

32

-

25

31

John Carlson, Seahawks

-

28

32

-

32

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

-

29

31

-

33

Lance Kendricks, Rams

23

-

-

-

34

Julius Thomas, Broncos

24

-

-

-

35

Shawn Nelson, Bills

30

-

-

-

36

Jeremy Shockey, Panthers

-

-

30

-

37

Tony Scheffler, Lions

-

-

-

31

38

Joel Dreesen, Texans

-

-

-

32

 

Not surprisingly, Antonio Gates lands number one as 3 of the 4 rankers agreed that Gates would have had a record-breaking season had he stayed healthy. The top 5 players appear on most "expert's" list in some variation.  You could be comfortable with any of the players in the top 12 as your starting tight end (Just keep an eye on Chris Cooley's knee if he becomes your starter).

My 2 cents: If you miss out on the upper tier, don't panic.  Value can be had even below the top 12.  Jared Cook is a popular break-out pick in Tennesee, and Greg Olsen goes from virtually unused in Chicago to a security blanket for Cam Newton in Carolina.  If a Tight End Run starts, don't join in because you think it's the thing to do.  Fill out your team otherwise.

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