Prior to the 2011 Fantasy Football season, most experts urged their readers not to reach for a Tight End in the draft due to the value you could find throughout the draft. Why reach for a Gates or a Finley when you can grab a Graham, Gronkowski or Hernandez 5-8 rounds later? As of the fantasy season's mid-point, those experts proved to be correct (I mean they are experts after all) as 15 Tight Ends are in the Top 100 Rank for standard leagues. The most notable names missing from the top 100 are Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark, 2 of the top fantasy Tight Ends coming into the season. If you waited on Tight End, odds are your TE spot has been relatively consistent.
After the jump, we'll have TE Mid-Season Awards and Week 9 Ranks...
Tight End Mid-Season Awards
MVP - Jimmy Graham, Saints - 49 catches, 713 yards, 5 touchdowns
Runners-Up: Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Fred Davis
Steal of the Draft - Rob Gronkowski, Patriots - 36 catches, 495 yards, 5 touchdowns
Runners-Up: Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Aaron Hernandez
Waiver Wire Wonder - Fred Davis, Redskins - 36 catches, 517 yards, 2 touchdowns
Runners-Up: Scott Chandler, Jake Ballard, Heath Miller
LVP (Non-Injury) - Dallas Clark, Colts - 26 catches, 266 yards, 2 TD's
Runners-Up: Kellen Winslow, Jermichel Finley, Mercedes Lewis
LVP (Injury) - Antonio Gates, Chargers - 17 catches, 201 yards, 1 TD (4 games)
Touchdown Whore Award - Scott Chandler, Bills - 15 catches, 6 of which have gone for Touchdowns.
Players I Like This Week: Owen Daniels, Dustin Keller
Players I Don't Like This Week: Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark
Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.
For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian.
|1. Jimmy Graham||Saints||Bucs|
|2. Jason Witten||Cowboys||Seahawks|
|3. Jermichel Finley||Packers||Chargers|
|4. Rob Gronkowski||Patriots||Giants|
|5. Antonio Gates||Chargers||Packers|
|6. Aaron Hernandez||Patriots||Giants|
|7. Owen Daniels||Texans||Browns|
|8. Fred Davis||Redskins||49ers|
|9. Vernon Davis||49ers||Redskins|
|10. Tony Gonzalez||Falcons||Colts|
|11. Heath Miller||Steelers||Ravens|
|12. Dustin Keller||Jets||Bills|
|13. Brent Celek||Eagles||Bears|
|14. Jared Cook||Titans||Bengals|
|15. Jermaine Gresham||Bengals||Titans|
|16. Ed Dickson||Ravens||Steelers|
|17. Kellen Winslow||Bucs||Saints|
|18. Dallas Clark||Colts||Falcons|
|19. Jake Ballard||Giants||Patriots|
|20. Scott Chandler||Bills||Jets|