There are three tight ends – Rob Gronkowski of New England, Jimmy Graham of Seattle and Greg Olsen of Carolina – that should be selected in the first three rounds of the 2015 fantasy football drafts
Gronkowski is No. 7 on the 2015 Fantasy Football Top 10 List. Graham was the No. 1 tight end on last year’s draft list, but will be playing for a new team and a new offense this year. Olsen caught a career-high 84 paases in 2014 and finished with over 1,000 yards receiving.
Graham is not the only tight end who changed teams after the 2014 season. Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas are among the top 10 tight ends and will be playing for Miami and Jacksonville respectively.
This year we are including a video of Hall of Fame players who excelled at the position being covered in this draft list article. Today the spotlight is on Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders who died of cancer on July 2nd.
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No. 1 – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is ranked No. 1 among the NFL tight ends in this year’s fantasy football draft, because he consistently completes at a high level. “Gronk” (the shortened form of his last name) has averaged almost 62 catches per season despite missing 15 games during his five-year career. Last season he and Carolina’s Greg Olsen were the only tight ends with over 1,000 yards receiving. Though Gronkowski was No. 4 among tight ends in receptions, he was No. 1 in total yards with 1,124 and had 12 touchdown catches.
No. 2 – Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
One of the reasons Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham is No. 2 is 40 of his 51 career touchdowns have come in the “red zone.” However, according to espn.com, Graham is “coming off a disappointing year during which he played through a serious shoulder injury.” He also has to contend with the fact that, unlike the Saints, the Seattle Seahawks had the second-highest rate of running plays in the NFL during the 2014 season. It’s doubtful that Graham will catch 80 passes this year, but he, Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen are clearly the top three tight ends in this year’s fantasy draft.
No. 3 – Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Carolina’s Greg Olsen was No. 2 in receiving yards as a tight end in 2014 and is ranked No. 3 in this year’s fantasy football draft. Olsen has been a durable and productive tight end and has been trending upward statiscally during his eight-year career. In his four years with the Panthers, his number of catches has increased from 45 in 2011 to 84 in 2014. He finished last season with 1,008 yards and six touchdown catches.
No. 4 – Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce is No. 4 and completed his first full year as Kansas City’s starting tight end in 2014. He caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns. Kelce is also an excellent run blocker, which is essential for the Chiefs who are a run-driven team.
No. 5 – Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett of Chicago led all tight ends in pass catches with 90 in 2014 and is No. 5 on this list. Bennett had 916 yards receiving and caught six touchdown passes. It was a significant improvement from 2013 when he caught 65 passes for 759 yards. There shouldn’t be any slippage in Bennett’s fantasy football number as long as Jay Cutler is the Bears’ starting quarterback.
No. 6 – Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles and No. 7 – 10
- No. 6 – Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
- No. 7 – Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
- No. 8 – Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
- No. 9 – Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
- No. 10 – Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Charlie Sanders Dies at 68
Detroit Lions great Charlie Sanders has died at 68.