Now that you have gotten your quarterback wide receiver, and running back situation under control, today we are going to discuss the power players. That’s right we are talking tight ends. While you are looking for a tight end there are three things to keep in mind. The first thing you should look for is how many times your wide tight end is targeted per game. Is your tight end one of your quarterback’s favorite targets or will they be blocking the majority of the time. You should also see if your tight end averages at least 8 yards per catch. That is important because you want your tight end to be a person who can get you at least 40 to 50 yards per game and a touchdown from time to time. Below I have compiled a list of the top 15 tight ends to grab in the fantasy draft.
Tight Ends You Want To Get In the First Round
Second Round Tight Ends
Third Round Tight Ends
1 – Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – No doubt he will be targeted more than most and he is the security blanket for Peyton Manning. Great pick up at the end of the third round but that’s still kind of high.
Fourth Round Tight Ends
2 – Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – Gates would normally be first on the board but with a few new receivers and a few new players on the offensive line, I expect Gates may have to help more with pass protection than in years past.
3 – Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – Expect big things from Celek as he will be the goal line threat for the Eagles. The running game will not be that great so Celek should get plenty of goal line opportunities.
4 – Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – Davis is the man for this team. He is a wide receiver trapped in a tight ends body.
5 – Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – No second guessing who the favorite target of Tony Romo is. Expect high numbers from Witten in all aspects of the game.
Fifth Round Tight Ends
6 – Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – Gonzalez is slowly becoming the favorite target of Matt Ryan. He is proven and is probably going down in history as the best tight end to ever play the game.
7 – Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – Finley has won his chance to be the best tight end on the most explosive offense in the league. I suspect that 2010 will be his break out year.
8 – Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – Shiancoe became a favorite target of Favre last year in the red zone. He would be higher but the Vikings will probably be pounding Peterson when they get near the goal line.
9 – Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – Daniels plus Schaub equals points in 2010. If he can stay healthy Daniels could very easily be the number one tight end this year in fantasy football.
10 – Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winslow is a constant threat to score points. He catches a ton of balls and he is almost always a go to target in the red zone. Look for that to continue in 2010.
Sixth Round Tight Ends
11 – Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – Davis will do great things again this year. Last season he was propelled into action when Chris Cooley went down. Expect more of the same as Cooley will probably take on more of a fullback role with the Skins.
12 – Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – Miller will have to adjust to life without Jamarcus Russell. That shouldn’t be too hard as he will probably be the favorite target of Jason Campbell. The kid can play so he should be just fine.
13. – Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – Olsen burst on the scene last year with a vengeance. This year people know what he is capable of and I suspect he will get more defensive attention than he did last year.
14 – Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – Gresham should get plenty of single coverage as defenses turn their attention to stopping the outside explosiveness of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Expect him to have some rookie highs and lows.
15 – Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers – I expect Miller to start slowly but pick it up as the year goes on. He is definitely the favorite target of Ben, but when the other guys play during the suspension I expect the Steelers to center their attack around the run.