Depth is so good that there’s no need to panic to fill your tight end slot. To land one of the top four TEs, you’ll probably have to spend an early pick in the first five rounds, the first round for Jeremy Graham and a third-rounder for Julius Thomas.
1. Jimmy Graham, NO ($34): His stats speak for themselves (86 receptions, 1,215 receiving yards, 16 TDs).
2. Julius Thomas, Denver ($24): He was a star last year (788 yards, 12 TDs) and could be better this season.
3. Rob Gronkowski, New England ($22): Gronk’s injury issues make him a risk, but he scored 17 TDs two years ago.
4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco ($16): Don’t reach for his 13 TDs last season. He scored five and six the previous two years.
5. Jason Witten, Dallas ($15): He always makes a run at 80 catches and 1,000 yards. Last year he finally found the end zone (8 TDs).
6. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland ($12): Johnny Football’s top target is coming off a solid rookie season (80 catches, 917 yards, 7 TDs).
7. Jordan Reed, Washington ($10): He was putting up Pro Bowl numbers before a concussion forced him to miss seven games.
8. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore ($7): A hip injury limited him to four games but he had 669 yards, 7 TDs two years ago.
9. Greg Olsen, Carolina ($6): The 29-year-old veteran is consistent (800 yards, 5 or 6 TDs).
10. Eric Ebron, Detroit ($6): The 10th overall pick in the draft will steal most of Brandon Pettigrew’s stats.
11. Charles Clay, Miami ($2): TU product was very good last season (69 catches, 760 yards, 6 TDs).
12. Zach Ertz, Phil. ($2): Coming off a solid rookie season (36 catches, 469 yards, 4 TDs), he should be even better this year.
13. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota ($3): He’s less effective in PPR leagues but is probably good for six or seven TDs.
14. Ladarius Green, San Diego ($3): Blossomed last year and could evolve into a beast, especially if Gates suffers another injury.
15. Antonio Gates, San Diego ($2): Amazingly played in all 16 games but he’s now age 34 and he missed 10 games the previous three seasons.
Others: 16. Martellus Bennett, Chi.; 17. Dwayne Allen, Indy; 18. Delanie Walker, Tenn.; 19. Timothy Wright, TB; 20. Garrett Graham, Hou.