Thursday, September 5, 2013

FAABulous: Fantasy Football 2013 Pre-Season Ranks - TE

Jimmy Graham remains the only dominant TE in Week 1. (zimbio.com)

Only a couple of years ago the tight end position was having a renaissance. Weapons were emerging from the Tony Gonzalez/Antonio Gates mould. With the new rules the NFL implemented regarding player safety, some teams - notably the New England Patriots - looked to exploit these rules by sending 6'3+ 235+ tight ends all over the field which now were a match up problem for safeties and linebackers who usually cover them as the threat of taking their head off during a crossing pattern was no more.

Seemed like a great and winning strategy, but due to some legal stuff or some rookies that didn't pan out or injuries or some vets that just dried up, as we look to kick off the 2013 football season, there remains only one, clearly dominant TE and that's Jimmy Graham. It's even worth noting that the discrepancy between Graham and the 2nd ranked TE Rob Gronkowski is the largest gap in any fantasy position. This is due to Gronk being injured for anywhere for the first month or so of the football season, but you can't downplay football players that get constantly injured.

Overall, there are some proven vets out there you can count on, and some under the radar guys who could emerge, but rookies who won't and of course, Jermichael Finley. The bane of any fantasy footballer.

So with not much to dig into, let's run the Chip Kelly no huddle for our TE ranks.

1. Jimmy Graham, NO
2. Rob Gronkowski, NE
3. Jason Witten, DAL
4. Tony Gonzalez, ATL
5. Owen Daniels, HOU
6. Greg Olson, CAR
7. Kyle Rudolph, MIN
8. Vernon Davis, SF
9. Antonio Gates, SD
10. Jermichael Finley, GB
11. Brandon Myers, NYG
12. Martellus Bennett, CHI
13. Fred Davis, WAS
14. Jordan Cameron, CLE
15. Jared Cook, STL

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