Depending on how many players you’re allowed to keep in your league, you might be considering these 2013 Fantasy Tight End keeper rankings a little harder. (I already took a look at the QB Keepers, RB Keepers and WR Keepers.)
In general, if you are only allowed two or three keepers, then unless you have Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, you’re likely not considering a tight end among your keeper group.
But, if you’re able to keep five players, then you might dip a little deeper.
Another reason you might consider holding over a tight end is if you are in what’s called a “limited keeper league.” Basically, that’s a league that only allows holdovers drafted after a certain round. And even then, you might need to target running backs and wide receivers that are a little less valuable this season, but with much bigger upside than, say, a Vernon Davis.
With that said, the tight end position has been completely overhauled in recent years, starting with guys like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez. This position is scoring way more Fantasy points than ever before, which means the position is much deeper. Granted, Gates and Gonzo are in the twilight of their careers, but that doesn’t mean we’ll see a points shortage at the position.
After the young studs, like Graham and Gronk, there are plenty of good, young tight ends that are making a splash. Guys like Dwayne Allen, Tyler Eifert, Coby Fleener, Brandon Myers, Dennis Pitta and Kyle Rudolph, make this a very deep keeper group.
Fantasy Tight End Keeper History
Let’s take a quick look at my completely subjective top 5 Best Fantasy Tight End Keepers from the past 15 years:
- Tony Gonzalez
- Shannon Sharpe
- Rob Gronkowski
- Antonio Gates
- Jason Witten
And now, let’s check out my completely subjective 10 WORST Fantasy Tight End Keepers from the past 15 years:
- Aaron Hernandez
- Marcedes Lewis
- David LaFleur
- Jerramy Stevens
- Kellen Winslow Jr.
That was a fun little dash down memory lane – I expect to break these lists off into two separate blogs at some point and do a deeper dive.
2013 Fantasy Tight End Keeper Rankings
These 2013 Fantasy Tight End Keeper Rankings are for standard non-PPR leagues, scoring four points for a touchdown pass, starting 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 K and 1 DST. These rankings, powered by the folks at FantasyPros.com, will be adjusted throughout the summer. “ECR” stands for “Experts Consensus Rankings,” and it’s the average rankings of over 35 Fantasy Football writers/websites.
2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep
|Rankings: Top 200 Overall | QB | RB | WR | TE | K | DST | Sleepers|
|PPR Rankings: Top 200 Overall | RB | WR | TE | Offensive Line Rankings|
|IDP Rankings: Top 195 Overall | DL | LB | DB | Auction Dos/Don'ts|
|Rookie Rankings: Top 30 Overall | QB | RB | WR | TE|
|3rd-Year Wide Receivers: History | 3 to Target | The Big 3 | Avoid|
|All-Reliable Team: QB | RB | WR | TE | All-Risk Team: QB | RB | WR | TE|
|Injured Players on the Mend: QB | RB | WR | TE|
|NFL Coaching Changes: Pt 1 and Pt 2 | Strength of Schedule: 9 Players|
We will be updating our 2013 Fantasy Tight End Keeper Rankings throughout training camp and preseason, so make sure to check back frequently as roster news and injuries hit.
David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.