Fantasy Football Tight End Drama

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Are you sick of the unreliable tight end position in fantasy football? Who knows what to expect from that position. Aaron Hernandez is getting ready for a murder trial and Gronkowski can't stay healthy.

How old is Tony Gonzalez? Did he retire yet? If you're not a fan of Charger's quarterback Phillip Rivers, then you can pretty much push aside the option of Antonio Gates.

It seems as if the tight end position, which used to stand as consistent foothold in fantasy production, offers no reliability anymore.

Who is a certain tight end option that will produce good fantasy numbers? Can fantasy football cheat sheets help you solve this gaping hole on your fantasy draft strategy as the 2013 season rapidly approaches?

Uncertainty in New England

Rob Gronkowski, when healthy, crushes stat lines with countless receiving touchdowns as a fantasy tight end option. He's a monster in your fantasy lineup that matches up well against any opponent.

But last season's injuries and his continuing failure to regain health leave fantasy owners uncertain about his selection. He received surgery on a broken forearm twice and now another procedure on his back to repair a herniated disc. Are the Patriots hiding any other injuries that fans don't know about?

Despite the injuries and health uncertainty, Gronkowski remains a worthwhile investment come draft day.

The other tight end Aaron Hernandez, who boasts incredible athleticism and skill, finds himself charged with murder in the first degree and most likely will never play football again. 

Jimmy Graham

If you pay attention to any fantasy football rankings, Graham stands at the top of the list among football tight ends. He experienced injuries last year, but they don't downplay his potential enough. He's tall, strong, fast, catches everything, and Drew Brees throws him the ball.

With one of the best fantasy quarterbacks at the helm, Graham offers the best option for fantasy production.

Other Viable Choices

The value in fantasy tight ends relies on their consist ability to produce enough to give the added 10-15 point advantage in matchups. Finding that consistency proves difficult, but viable options remain outside of New England and New Orleans.

Jason Witten in Dallas produces good numbers. He's Tony Romo's go-to guy. Yet the increased role of Dez Bryant in the passing game takes away from his fantasy value.

Tony Gonzalez sits close to the top among fantasy football rankings, but how much longer can his aging body handle the NFL? Besides age, his experience, Atlanta's ability to run, and with Matt Ryan by his side he should be capable of putting up good numbers.

Antonio Gates' value depends primarily on the success of Phillip Rivers. Rivers' play declined over the last two seasons. When he passes well, Gates gets plenty of opportunities to find the end zone. For Gates' and fantasy owner's sake, Rivers needs to step up his game.

Fred Davis remains the dark horse in the fantasy tight end position. After missing the majority of last season with an Achilles injury and past suspension for marijuana use, his reliability issues stay up in the air. But with the addition of RG3 complimenting Davis' great hands and athleticism, you could see an improvement in fantasy production.




Ted Levin is a writer, avid NFL fan, and fantasy football enthusiast. You can connect with him on Google+.


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