The fantasy baseball season is right around the corner but I am already looking forward to the 2015 fantasy football season. Below, are my 2015 “very early” fantasy football tight end rankings. With free-agent signings, trades, the NFL draft, and injuries, many things can change over the next few months. For this reason, leading up to the start of the 2015 football season I will release numerous updates.
My rankings are based on a 12-team league using a points-per-reception scoring system. Passing yards are worth one point for every 25 yards, rushing and receiving yards are worth one point for every 10 yards, receptions are worth one point each, and touchdowns are worth six points. Normal starting lineups include one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, and one tight end.
After the rankings I will highlight a few of my choices from my list. Over the next couple weeks I will release my rankings for wide receivers, running backs, and finally quarterbacks. I will not be doing kickers and defense/special teams yet, but will release those rankings in the summer. Let’s get started!
|Rank||Name||NFL Team||NFL Season||'14 Fantasy Points|
|1||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||6th||266|
|2||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||6th||234|
|3||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos *||5th||164|
|4||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||9th||221|
|5||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||3rd||183|
|6||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||8th||218|
|7||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||13th||223|
|8||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||13th||164|
|9||Delanie Walker||Tennessee Titans||10th||176|
|10||Dwayne Allen||Indianapolis Colts||4th||117|
|11||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns *||5th||78|
|12||Coby Fleener||Indianapolis Colts||4th||176|
|13||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||3rd||146|
|14||Jordan Reed||Washington Redskins||3rd||97|
|15||Tyler Eifert||Cincinnati Bengals||3rd||7|
|16||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||10th||63|
|17||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2nd||55|
|18||Heath Miller||Pittsburg Steelers||11th||160|
|19||Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota Vikings||5th||59|
|20||Charles Clay||Miami Dolphins||5th||137|
|21||Eric Ebron||Detroit Lions||2nd||56|
|22||Mychal Rivera||Oakland Raiders||3rd||135|
|23||Richard Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||2nd||55|
|24||Jace Amaro||New York Jets||2nd||85|
Rob Gronkowski suffered through a forgettable 2013. It started with numerous arm surgeries early in the off-season, followed by back surgery in the summer. He was finally cleared to play in late October, but his season was ended prematurely when he tore his ACL and MCL in December. After off-season surgery to repair his knee, Gronkowski started the 2014 season off slowly. He averaged just three receptions and 37 receiving yards a game through the first four games. He was able to score a touchdown in three of those games, keeping him ranked in the top-10 amongst fantasy tight ends. From week five on, Gronkowski more than doubled his production. He averaged six receptions, 89 receiving yards, and scored nine touchdowns to finish the season. He led all tight ends in receiving yards and tied for the lead in touchdowns. Gronkowski appears healthy heading into the 2015 season and will continue to dominate.
2014 Stats: 82 receptions, 1,214 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns
Travis Kelce was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 National Football League but missed his entire rookie season due to knee surgery. In 2014, he led the Chiefs in receptions, receiving yards, and tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns. He finished last year as the 6th ranked tight end in fantasy football. Kelce was only on the football field about 50 percent of the time last season but that will increase in 2015 with the release of fellow tight end Anthony Fasano.
2014 Stats: 67 receptions, 862 receiving yards, 5 touchdowns
Antonio Gates will be 35 years old when the 2015 season starts, but based on his 2014 stats he’s not slowing down or ready to hang up his cleats just yet. Gates finished second on the San Diego Chargers in receptions and yards and led the team in touchdowns. He also finished the season tied for the league lead in touchdowns by a tight end and was the number three ranked fantasy football tight end behind only Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. While he probably will not repeat his top-three finish, I have no doubt he can be a top-10 tight end this fantasy season.
2014 Stats: 69 receptions, 821 receiving yards, 12 touchdowns
Jordan Cameron finished the 2013 fantasy football season as a top five tight end and expectations were high for him in 2014. He only played in 10 games last year, scoring 74 points. Injuries hurt his value and was a disappoint to many fantasy owners who drafted him. He’s a free agent and was not re-signed or tagged by the Cleveland Browns. Cameron will be highly pursued and if he can stay healthy–could be a top tier tight end in 2015.
2014 Stats: 24 receptions, 424 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns