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The 2016 free agent tight ends group is a bit weak.
Most of them are just looking to fill a roster spot with few that will make a real impact.
Of those few, there are even fewer who will make a fantasy impact in 2016.
This is especially true after we saw so many tight ends become valuable assets in 2015.
Here are some tight ends to look at this upcoming offseason.
2016 Free Agent Tight Ends
No. 1 Antonio Gates
One of the best tight ends to ever play the game, Gates was suspended for the first four games of the season, but (when healthy) was still a viable tight end option in 2015. However, he still had injury issues this season and wasn’t at full speed for the games that he played. He had 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns this season in 11 games. I see him going back to the Chargers this next season, but on the off chance he goes somewhere else, he could be productive if he stays healthy.
No. 2 Benjamin Watson
Coming off the best year of his career, Benjamin Watson proved he could be an effective player late in his career. He totaled 825 yards off 74 receptions and six touchdowns in his 12 season. He benefitted heavily from the departure of Jimmy Graham and being a reliable target for Drew Brees. His value comes into play by really staying with the Saints.
No. 3 Coby Fleener
His value was definitely hurt this year dealing with multiple quarterbacks under center. His production was steadily increasing year to year until Andrew Luck had to run for his life this year and ended up lacerating his kidney. I expect him to be re-signed by the Colts and be a top target for a healthy Luck if they address the line issues.
No. 4 Will Tye
This rookie was the top tight end for the Giants this year with 42 receptions for 464 yards and three touchdowns.
He’ll most likely be back with Giants this year and I think he’ll have good upside.
No. 5 Zach Miller
Zach Miller only became effective after Martellus Bennett went down.
Still, he produced in the games where he was the starting tight end and could have value if he could move to a team that starts him.
No.6 Marcedes Lewis
He did better in 2014 playing in only eight games than he did this season playing in 16. He has very low value and is not worth rostering.
No. 7 Vernon Davis
Was pretty much an afterthought on both teams he played for this year.
Those hoping he can return to the 2009 or 2013 Vernon Davis when he caught 13 touchdowns, can forget about it.
No. 8 Jermaine Gresham
Not effective at all this year, Gresham doesn’t add much value heading into next season if he’s still with the Cardinals.
Again, this is a really weak tight end free agent class. Only a few will make a real impact, but there could be some surprises.
Also please check out the rest of our 2016 Free Agent Reviews
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