2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends




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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends (May 24):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-45


  1. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots. Bye: 9.
    Rob Gronkowski had a season to forget. He missed the first couple of weeks with a back injury, and then was lost at the end of the year because he had to undergo back surgery. Gronkowski was dominant when healthy - 25 catches, 540 yards, three touchdowns in five full games - but a back issue is nothing to shrug off. Gronkowski is a very risky fantasy option, but he has the obvious, immense upside.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 75 catches. 1,070 yards. 11 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 188.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 263.

  2. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs. Bye: 10.
    Travis Kelce makes bone-headed plays from time to time, and he drops lots of passes, but he's extremely talented. He's a perennial top-five fantasy tight end, but it would be nice if his touchdown totals (5, 5, 4 in 2014-16) were higher. That would happen if the Chiefs develop Patrick Mahomes quickly, but Alex Smith will be the starter in 2017.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 82 catches. 1,110 yards. 5 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 141.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 223.



  3. Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Bye: 5.
    Jordan Reed would be a top-five fantasy tight end if he could stay healthy, but that hasn't been the case. He's never played all 16 games, missing 18 contests in his four NFL seasons. Reed is definitely a TE1, but you need a strong insurance option if you draft him.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 75 catches. 820 yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 135.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 210.

  4. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Bye: 11.
    Greg Olsen became the first tight end to ever accumulate 1,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons. There's no reason why it couldn't be four. Olsen's touchdown total dropped from seven to three in 2016, but that can be attributed to Cam Newton's injury. Olsen remains a top-five fantasy tight end, though there's some concern with Christian McCaffrey taking targets away from him.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 68 catches. 970 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 133.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 201.

  5. Martellus Bennett, TE, Packers. Bye: 8.
    Martellus Bennett caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, despite not being 100 percent all year. Bennett signed with the Packers, and he'll be a terrific intermediate target for Aaron Rodgers.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 70 catches. 840 yards. 8 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 132.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 202.



  6. Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks. Bye: 6.
    Jimmy Graham was just the second skill-position player ever to have a great season coming off a torn patellar tendon. The first was Robert Brooks, and he regressed rapidly following that year, so will the same thing happen to Graham? Perhaps, but if not, he'll continue to serve a potent fantasy TE1.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 68 catches. 910 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 127.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 195.

  7. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals. Bye: 6.
    MAY 24 UPDATE: Tyler Eifert told the media that he isn't sure if he'll be ready for training camp. Eifert is coming off back surgery, which is pretty scary. Eifert's durability is definitely a huge question mark, as he has missed 26 games over the past three seasons. There's no guarantee he'll be ready for Week 1, and even if he is, he may not be 100 percent.

    Tyler Eifert missed the first half of the season. He returned at full strength in Week 8, but suffered a back injury that required surgery. That makes him an obvious injury risk, but Eifert said he'll be ready to go by training camp. Eifert is a top-five (or perhaps even top-three) tight end if he can stay healthy.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 60 catches. 700 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 116.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 176.

  8. Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles. Bye: 10.
    Zach Ertz doesn't catch many touchdowns - just nine over the past three years - but he racks up tons of receptions; he's hauled in 75 and 78 balls the past two years. He developed a great rapport with Carson Wentz in the second half of the season, so his 2017 outlook is very bright.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 82 catches. 910 yards. 4 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 115.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 197.



  9. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings. Bye: 9.
    Sam "Captain Checkdown" Bradford turned Kyle Rudolph into a star this past season. Rudolph caught 83 of Bradford's weak-armed passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Rudolph has had issues staying healthy throughout his career - as has Bradford - so I would sell high in this situation. I wouldn't necessarily call Rudolph a bust, but the odds are against him in 2017.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 76 catches. 790 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 115.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 191.

  10. Delanie Walker, TE, Titans. Bye: 8.
    Delanie Walker has been terrific for the Titans the past three seasons, but he turns 33 in August and may regress. He could still catch half-a-dozen touchdowns, however, and should be a borderline TE1.

    Projected 2017 Fantasy Stats: 64 catches. 780 yards. 6 total TDs.
    Projected 2017 Fantasy Points: 114.
    Projected 2017 PPR Fantasy Points: 178.


2017 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends (May 24):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-45






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