Ranking fantasy tight ends by tier
Our August fantasy football ranking series concludes with the tight end position.
Note that these rankings assume non-PPR scoring.
1. Rob Gronkowski – NE
At this time last year, we told you that regardless of Gronkowski’s durability concerns, he was well worth a second-round pick because of his absurd upside. He went on to prove that logic correct, racking up 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns on 82 receptions. He was fantasy’s top-scoring tight end, beating out Antonio Gates by just over 30 points. Gronkowski handled a career-high 22 percent of the Patriots targets. Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has now scored 50 touchdowns in 56 games over the past four seasons. Still in his prime at age 26, and with Tom Brady under center (at least after Week 4), Gronkowski is, by far, the top fantasy tight end. Jimmy Graham’s value took a pretty significant hit when he was traded to Seattle, which only adds to Gronkowski’s value. Of course, with Brady suspended for four games, Gronkowski’s season may start slowly. He’s worth a look in the second round.
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