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 Rankings/Projections > Dynasty Rankings  
Updated: 2/16/17
Doug Orth | Archive | Email |



Considerations for TE
  • Talent
  • Three years of solid (or better) production remaining
  • Age
  • Durability
  • Proven consistency
  • Age/skill of supporting cast
  • Coaching/scheme stability/situation
These rankings are for PPR leagues, where each touchdown is worth six points. I will release my next set of rankings after the NFL Draft and then update the rankings again before the start of the 2017 regular season.

Upside = Upside   Risk = Risk
TIGHT ENDS
Chg Rank Player Tm Age
  1 Rob Gronkowski NE 28
  2 Travis Kelce KC 27
  3 Jordan Reed WAS 26
Tier 2
  4 Tyler Eifert CIN 26
  5 Greg Olsen CAR 32
  6 Kyle Rudolph MIN 27
  7 Jimmy Graham SEA 30
  8 Hunter Henry SD 22
  9 Zach Ertz PHI 26
  10 Eric Ebron DET 24
  11 Delanie Walker TEN 32
Tier 3
  12 Cameron Brate TB 25
  13 Jared Cook GB 30
  14 C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU 25
  15 Austin Hooper ATL 22
  16 Coby Fleener NO 28
  17 Martellus Bennett NE 30
  18 Ladarius Green PIT 26
Tier 4
  19 Trey Burton PHI 25
  20 Jack Doyle IND 27
  21 Zach Miller CHI 32
  22 Charles Clay BUF 28
  23 A.J. Derby DEN 25
  24 Clive Walford OAK 25
  25 Vance McDonald SF 26
  26 Jesse James PIT 22
  27 Dennis Pitta BAL 31
Tier 5
  28 Gary Barnidge CLE 31
  29 Julius Thomas JAC 28
  30 Dwayne Allen IND 27
  31 Antonio Gates SD 36
  32 Jason Witten DAL 35
  33 Vernon Davis WAS 33
Tier 6
  34 Tyler Higbee LAR 24
  35 Jerell Adams NYG 24
  36 Maxx Williams BAL 23
  37 Ryan Griffin HOU 27
  38 Stephen Anderson HOU 24
  39 Erik Swoope IND 25
  40 Ben Koyack JAC 24
  41 Josh Hill NO 27
  42 Lance Kendricks LAR 29
Tier 7
  43 Dion Sims MIA 26
  44 Jermaine Gresham ARI 28
  45 Luke Willson SEA 27
  46 Richard Rodgers GB 25
  47 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ 26
  48 Will Tye NYG 25
  49 C.J. Uzomah CIN 24
  50 Demetrius Harris KC 25
 
COMMENTS
  Rob Gronkowski, NE: Unstoppable when healthy, but how much longer can he keep overcoming major injuries?

  Travis Kelce, KC: Jeremy Maclin injury freed up Kelce; hasn't shown great TD upside, but has been very durable.

  Jordan Reed, WAS: Basically a smaller and less durable version of Gronk.

  Kyle Rudolph, MIN: Finally stayed healthy and thrived in Vikings' small-ball offense.

  Hunter Henry, SD: Could emerge as a top-five option in all leagues as early as next season.

  Zach Ertz, PHI: Can't seem to find the end zone or turn it on consistently until December.

  Eric Ebron, DET: Keeps improving counting numbers, but only scored once in 2016 and hasn't ever played more than 14 games.

  Cameron Brate, TB: Average talent who benefits from Jameis Winston's love for tight ends.

  Jared Cook, GB: Doubters finally saw a glimpse of his ceiling during playoff run.

  Austin Hooper, ATL: Prime buy-low candidate who could emerge as top-10 option in next 1-2 years.

  Ladarius Green, PIT: Same old song: top-five talent with huge durability concerns.

  Trey Burton, PHI: Simply needs to be more involved in Eagles' offense.

  A.J. Derby, DEN: Big upside hindered by average QB play and stud WRs.

  Jesse James, PIT: May be long-term answer in Pittsburgh, but he's a poor man's version of Heath Miller at best.

  Dennis Pitta, BAL: Prime release candidate (durability/salary); if he stays, this ranking is about 10 spots too low.

  Gary Barnidge, CLE: QB situation leaves 2015 breakout star in uncertain spot.

  Tyler Higbee, LAR: Among WRs/TEs,expect Tavon Austin and Higbee to benefit most from HC Sean McVay's arrival.

  Erik Swoope, IND: Next in line to be high-volume target opposite Dwayne Allen should Doyle leave town.


Doug Orth has written for FF Today since 2006 and been featured in USA Today’s Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He hosted USA Today’s hour-long, pre-kickoff fantasy football internet chat every Sunday in 2012-13 and appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, including Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive”. Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.