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2013 Player Rankings: Tight Ends
Updated: September 4, 2013   Print this page Print 
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Zach Ertz - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 13
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj PHI   38 400   3      

(+Upside) Ertz was the 2.03 pick by the Eagles and at 6-5, 249 pounds the ex-Stanford tight end is an accomplished receiver. If not to the detriment of his blocking skills. Ertz was the leading receiver for the Cardinal last year when he hauled in 60 catches for 898 yards and six scores. His long-term outlook with the Eagles is better than year one since there are already so many other receivers and a new offense is being installed. James Casey and Brent Celek should be the starters leaving Ertz to have an uneven, less productive rookie season but he's one to watch in training camp. Better as a dynasty pick than a redraft this year.

07-27-13 Update: The loss of Jeremy Maclin may end up benefiting Ertz more than anyone else. The set of remaining wideouts are average at best and no talented free agent is sitting by a phone. That probably means the tight ends figure in a bit more and Ertz should end up the best receiver of the bunch.

Dwayne Allen - IND YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012 IND 16 45 521 11.6 3 3 5  
Avg   16 45 521 11.6 3 3 5 0
Proj IND   32 380   3      

Allen was drafted to be the blocking tight end and yet he ended as the best receiver for the position. Coby Fleener struggled with injuries and missed several games. Allen filled in well but his role is not planned to be any more of a receiver than he has already been. He can help out when called on but should not be the preferred tight end on passing plays.

Zach Miller - SEA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 28
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 OAK 15 60 685 11.4 5      
2011 SEA 15 25 233 9.3        
2012                  
Avg   15 43 459 10.4 3 0 0 0
Proj SEA   35 360   3      

Even with all the offensive success last year, the Seahawks still do not use their tight ends as receivers much. Miller's productive ways in Oakland have given way to being a blocker in Seattle. He settled for 38 catches for 396 yards and three scores last year and that dwarfed his first year in Seattle in 2011. Seattle also added a rookie tight end in Luke Wilson who should eventually become a receiving tight end (runs a 4.5/40) but this year still belongs to the veteran Miller who has no real upside in Seattle, much less any fantasy startability. The addition of Percy Harvin may actually decrease the role of Miller.

Joel Dreessen - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 16 36 518 14.4 4      
2011 HOU 16 28 353 12.6 6      
2012 DEN 16 41 356 8.7 5      
Avg   16 35 409 11.9 5 0 0 0
Proj FA   30 300   4      

Dreessen was the lesser used tight end in Denver and while he only had 41 catches for 356 yards, he did score five times to lead all Denver tight ends. Like Jacob Tamme, his role will decrease with the addition of Wes Welker and the reduction of two tight end sets.

Luke Stocker - TBB YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 TBB 14 12 92 7.7        
2012 TBB 16 16 165 10.3 1      
Avg   15 14 129 9.0 1 0 0 0
Proj TBB   35 390   2      

The Buccaneers let Dallas Clark go after his one-year stint and now turn to Stocker who enters his third season with only 28 career catches and just one touchdown. The Bucs were already 27th in tight end yardage last year. HC Greg Schiano said he was confident that Stocker could step up and be the starter but even in the best case, he won't be fantasy relevant in this offensive scheme that uses the position primarily as a blocker for Doug Martin.

Heath Miller - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 46
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 PIT 14 42 512 12.2 2      
2011 PIT 16 51 631 12.4 2 1 6  
2012 PIT 15 71 816 11.5 8      
Avg   15 55 653 12.0 4 0 2 0
Proj PIT   32 300   3      

(-Risk) Miller produced career best marks last year with 71-816-8 for a stat line. But he also tore his MCL and ACL in week 16 and is still recovering. He's expected to start the season on the PUP list and at the age of 31, he may not come back as strong when he is able to play. Curiously, the Steelers did not really replace him despite his significant role in the offense.

Tony Scheffler - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 DET 15 45 378 8.4 1      
2011 DET 15 26 347 13.3 6 1 5  
2012 DET 15 42 504 12.0 1      
Avg   15 38 410 11.2 3 0 2 0
Proj FA   40 350   2      

Scheffler was improved last year with 42 catches for 504 yards but only scored once and he had the benefit of Brandon Pettigrew spraining his ankle and yielding a bit more work to him. Scheffler had around 350 yards in his first two seasons with the Lions and is more likely to return to that level.

Dallas Clark - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 IND 6 37 347 9.4 3      
2011 IND 11 34 352 10.4 2      
2012 TBB 16 47 435 9.3 4      
Avg   11 39 378 9.7 3 0 0 0
Proj FA   32 350   2      

Clark just signed with the Ravens but at 34 years of age and declining stats for the last three years, he's not likely any savior to fill in for Dennis Pitta. Clark is familiar with the Jim Caldwell offense of course, but he'll add more to depth and the locker room than on the field.

James Casey - PHI YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 16 8 98 12.3        
2011 HOU 14 18 260 14.4 1 1 11  
2012 HOU 16 34 330 9.7 3 1 6  
Avg   15 20 229 12.1 1 1 6 0
Proj PHI   30 330   2      

Casey spent four years in Houston and never gained more than 330 yards in any season. He'll play H-back and once again may end up a problem being termed a running back in one league manager software and a tight end in another. Casey was signed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract and at 6-3, 243 pounds he makes a very good receiver with more speed than most tight ends. HC Chip Kelly intends on using both Casey and TE Brent Celek on the field at the same time. Problem is once again - there are only so many passes to spread around and Casey won't likely ever be better than the 4th or 5th option for a team that intends to run more.

David Paulson - PIT YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012 PIT 16 7 51 7.3        
Avg   16 7 51 7.3 0 0 0 0
Proj PIT   30 310   2      

With both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth injured, Paulson becomes the #1 tight end to open the year but that doesn't make him fantasy relevant.

Vance McDonald - SFO YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 48
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO   30 310   2      

McDonald was the 2.23 pick in the draft and the fourth tight end overall. The Rice product stands 6-4 and runs a credible 4.6/40. He played as both a tight end and a wideout in college and is an experienced route runner. Behind Vernon Davis means that McDonald has no value this season but he could end up as a replacement for him in a few years. No value this year and only marginal value in a dynasty league.

Garrett Graham - HOU YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 HOU 6              
2011 HOU 7 1 24 24.0        
2012 HOU 15 28 263 9.4 3      
Avg   9 10 96 11.1 1 0 0 0
Proj HOU   20 180   4      

Garrett made a name for himself in his third season when he ended with 28-263-3 but some of that was related to the struggles of Owen Daniels staying healthy and the lack of a credible #2 wideout which should be cured with the drafting of DeAndre Hopkins. No reason to expect any uptick in use of Graham this year.

Gavin Escobar - DAL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DAL   25 270   2      

(+Upside) The Cowboys drafted the San Diego State leading receiver with their 2.15 pick this year. He was the third tight end taken overall and comes in as more of a hybrid player - both WR and TE. He lined up as such for the Aztecs and at 6-6 offers a generous target over the middle. Better yet, he's considered a natural pass catcher with great hands and leaping ability. His speed is not elite at all but everything else in his game speaks to being a future receiving tight end in the NFL - perhaps to eventually replace the aging Jason Witten. The Cowboys are also planning on more two tight end sets which should allow the rookie to see the field this year. Escobar is not even a decent blocker - he is a receiver too big to be a true wideout.

Travis Kelce - KCC YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011                  
2012                  
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj KCC   20 230   2      

Kelce was taken with the 3.01 pick and the Cincinnati product is a prototypical receiving tight end. He'e 6-5 and 255 pounds and considered not only an NFL-ready blocker but a sure-handed receiver. He had better measureables than either Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz who went before him. Kelce fell because of concerns about him off-the-field. He was only a one-year starter in college and missed the entire 2010 season for violating team rules thought to be drug related. He'll likely need a year or two to come into his potential assuming his problems in college do not persist. Kelce has the potential to be a very good tight end in the NFL if he doesn't undermine his own effort. A much better dynasty pick than for this year.

Lance Kendricks - STL YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 45
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010                  
2011 STL 15 28 352 12.6   1 -8  
2012 STL 16 42 519 12.4 4      
Avg   16 35 436 12.5 2 1 0 0
Proj STL   20 220   2      

Kendricks comes off a decent enough second season when he caught 42 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns. While he will still be involved, the Rams acquired Jared Cook to become the heavily used receiving tight end and with that sends Kendricks' fantasy fortunes into the trash. No reason to draft now that he'll primarily block.

Ben Watson - NOS YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 46
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 CLE 16 68 763 11.2 3 1 -1  
2011 CLE 13 37 410 11.1 2      
2012 CLE 16 49 501 10.2 3      
Avg   15 51 558 10.8 3 0 0 0
Proj NOS   15 140   3      

Watson takes the #2 spot for Saints tight ends but at the age of 33, his three-year contract isn't about challenging Jimmy Graham for more catches. What Watson brings in is a good blocker and a capable receiver if needed. Watson is just another average tight end but Dave Thomas did end up with four scores last year despite having only catching 11 passes. Watson won't have fantasy relevance unless Graham is injured.

Kellen Winslow - FA YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 47
Keeper: 49
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 TBB 16 66 730 11.1 5      
2011 TBB 16 75 763 10.2 2      
2012 NEP 1 1 12 12.0        
Avg   11 47 502 11.1 2 0 0 0
Proj FA   26 240   1      

(-Risk) Winslow finally found a team willing to give his creaky knees a shot. The Jets have a desperate need for receivers to be sure, but that is no guarantee that Winslow even makes the final 53 man roster. Barring a wildly impressive training camp, he won't be draftable for fantasy teams. Winslow signed a one-year contract for only $840,000 with no guarantees. He can be released at any time with no penalty.

Gary Barnidge - CLE YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 48
Keeper: 47
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 CAR 16              
2011                  
2012 CAR 16 6 78 13.0 1      
Avg   16 3 39 6.5 1 0 0 0
Proj CLE   20 230   1      

No analysis available.

Scott Chandler - BUF YEAR TM GMS CAT CYD YPC CTD CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 49
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2010 DAL 13 1 8 8.0        
2011 BUF 14 38 389 10.2 6      
2012 BUF 15 43 571 13.3 6      
Avg   14 27 323 10.5 4 0 0 0
Proj BUF   20 200   1      

(-Risk) Chandler suffered a torn ACL in week 16 last year and may not be ready to play by week one of this season. Surprisingly the Bills did not opt to bring in a veteran replacement and did not draft a tight end until their final pick in the seventh round. That means Chandler will be the best tight end on the roster once he is healthy but in fantasy terms, he's hands off in the draft. It doesn't help either that he's missing out on installing a new offense.

   
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