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Tight End Rankings - Standard Leagues

In standard leagues you want yardage and touchdowns. Let's ignore the receptions for now!

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It will be an interesting exercise to compare these ranks with my ranks from a month ago. Since then, Zach Ertz has had groin surgery and was initially expected to be out 6-8 weeks. The latest reports suggest Ertz could make the season-opener but that seems ambitious to me. With the recent surgery and with Celek retaining blocking duties, I am growing more skeptical of an Ertz breakout by the day. These rankings will reflect that sentiment.

Josh Hill has also fallen out of favor with most pundits, though I may allow him to land a little higher than most. I still think he has a solid opportunity in front of him this year. The Saints are not overflowing with quality receivers, after all. Finally, one big change from my initial rankings is moving Dwayne Allen up eight spots. The injury-risk scared me away but now that we are down to crunch-time and he's healthy, I am buying. I want a piece of that Luck-lead offense, and the tight end pool thins out quickly. I feel similarly about Jordan Cameron. The concussions are scary but if I am drafting assuming health, I have to move him up the rankings.

1 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
2 Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks
3 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs
4 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers
5 Jordan Cameron Miami Dolphins
6 Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears
7 Julius Thomas Jacksonville Jaguars
8 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys
9 Dwayne Allen
Indianapolis Colts
10 Delanie Walker Tennessee Titans
11 Owen Daniels Denver Broncos
12 Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals
13 Josh Hill
New Orleans Saints
14 Larry Donnell New York Giants
15 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles
16 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings
17 Antonio Gates
San Diego Chargers
18 Coby Fleener
Indianapolis Colts
19 Ladarius Green
San Diego Chargers
20 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers
21 Eric Ebron
Detroit Lions
22 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
23 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins
24 Charles Clay
Buffalo Bills
25 Richard Rogers Green Bay Packers
26 Jared Cook
St. Louis Rams
27 Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers
28 Maxx Williams Baltimore Ravens
29 Virgil Green Denver Broncos
30 Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders