In 2014, Fantasy Football players were able to draft high-producing tight ends at bargain prices.
I predict that elite Fantasy tight end production will come at a much steeper price next year.
However, our Fantasy Football 2015 Tight End rankings will give you a preview of what to expect.
Think of it this way — you only have half a year to prepare! Between our 2015 wide receivers rankings and these tight end rankings, you’re well on your way to being ready!
The Usual “Top Tight Ends” Suspects
Even though Rob Gronkowski was eased into the 2014 NFL season, he finished the year as the highest-scoring tight end. Not only was Gronk the most dominant tight end in the league with 82 receptions, 1,124 yards and 12 touchdown catches, but in terms of Fantasy Football, he totaled more points than T.Y. Hilton (the 10th-highest scoring receiver in 2014).
Although, Jimmy Graham had a few fluky games down the stretch that now seem attributed to a nagging shoulder injury, Graham still finished the season with 10 touchdowns and the third-most Fantasy points among tight ends.
As a 34-year old tight end with a talented Ladarius Green chomping at the bit behind him, Antonio Gates scored the second-most touchdowns of his career in 2014 with 12. Gates is risky because of his age in 2015, but he will be one of the few high-producing tight ends from 2014 who will be available at a discount.
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) January 20, 2015
Once again, Greg Olsen still remained under the radar entering the season, but he finished with 1,008 receiving yards and six touchdown catches to finish as the fourth-highest scoring tight end.
Martellus Bennett rounded out the top five, but his production was sporadic throughout the year with seven games of nine or more points, but nine games of seven or fewer points.
Surprising, Disappointing and Perplexing Tight Ends
Tight ends ranking sixth through 10th are a strange cast of characters. On a high-powered offense, with his college roommate as quarterback, I’ve been waiting for a breakout from Coby Fleener (sxith) for the past two seasons. I still have my doubts around Fleener in 2015, as 32 percent of his points in 2014 came from two big games.
In standard scoring leagues, Julius Thomas (seventh) accumulated 79 points in his first five games. After that, he scored 37. I am weary of his future with the possible departure of Peyton Manning.
If you started Travis Kelce (eighth) in Daily Fantasy Football, you either had Tylenol or a shot of whiskey ready after his games. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, the Fantasy Football community is begging Andy Reid to try and find a way to get Kelce consistently involved in the passing attack. D
Despite inconsistent quarterback play, Delanie Walker (ninth) put together one of the best seasons of his career.
While Jason Witten’s numbers are on the decline, he still hauled in 703 yards and five touchdowns to rank seventh in Fantasy points.
Fantasy Tight Ends Ranked 11th-20th
Veteran Heath Miller (11th>) benefited from some of Ben Roethlisberger’s insane games, but he became a mostly-reliable option from Weeks 12-16.
New York Giants’ Larry Donnell (12th) was a hot pick off of the waiver wire, but once Odell Beckham Jr. returned from an injury, Donnell’s impact largely decreased.
Notes on Larry Donnell, Delanie Walker, ASJ, and more of 2014's least efficient tight ends. http://t.co/TN4X8ERrY6
— C.D. Carter (@CDCarter13) January 24, 2015
Dwayne Allen (13th) actually had several solid games, but he struggled to stay on the field, missing almost half of the season with injury.
Second-year player Zach Ertz (14th) was a hot prospect to start the year, but his block abilities (or lack thereof) prevented him from receiving playing time and cracking into the top 10.
The St. Louis Rams’ passing attack was all over the place, and Jared Cook (15th>) still strings along his Fantasy Football supporters with showcases of talent, mixed with mostly disappointing results.
Charles Clay (16th), Owen Daniels (17th), Jermaine Gresham (18th), Mychal Rivera (19th) and Scott Chandler (20th) round out the top 20 with similar Fantasy points.
Fantasy Football 2015 Tight End Rankings
You may have landed Gronkowski for a discount in 2014, but don’t expect that in 2015. You’re going to need to spend early-round picks to land Gronk and Graham this year.
- Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
- Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
- Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
- Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Analysis: If Cameron leaves the Browns, can stay healthy and land on a decent time, I think he could be a top-three option in 2015.
- Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
- Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
- Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
- Martellus Bennett , Chicago Bears
- Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
- Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: Allen has a nice blend of skills, but he needs to stay on the field.
- Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
- Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
- Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
- Larry Donnell, New York Giants
- Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
- Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: He could be a value, but I don’t see the 49ers offense getting in sync anytime soon.
- Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
- Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end with 4.56 speed has a chance to break out with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
If you wait on a tight end, you will need to draft two to make sure you hit on a reliable, weekly option. I think targeting a combo like Kelce and Gates can help you find the consistency you need at the tight end positon. You won’t find too many studs on the waiver wire, but you’ll find plenty in our early 2015 Tight End rankings. (Don’t forget to check out our Early 2015 Wide Receiver rankings, too!)
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