2017 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 35 Fantasy TEs

Training camp is right around the corner. In fact, rookies for the Dallas Cowboys report to camp tomorrow (July 17th).

Before you know it, the preseason will be here and it will be time for (the majority of) our fantasy football drafts. We will update our fantasy football rankings frequently throughout the rest of the offseason and our latest update was this morning.

Here are our 2017 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (standard scoring):

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. That said, Gronk has averaged nearly 70 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns in 88 career games.

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs: Expected to be ready for training camp after offseason shoulder surgery, Kelce set career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,125) and 100-yard games (six) and led the position in fantasy points scored despite scoring only four touchdowns. While Kelce has never scored more than five touchdowns in a season, he was targeted 16 times in the red zone last season -- only three TEs were targeted more inside the 20. With Jeremy Maclin now in Baltimore, Kelce should be the clear focal point of the passing offense and has a chance to finish as fantasy's TE1 even if Rob Gronkowski plays a full season.

3. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins: Durability, durability, durability. Like "location, location, location" being important in real estate, it's durability for Reed. Once again, Reed has missed multiple games -- four games -- and he was less than 100 percent in many others. If he were to maintain his per-game pace of the past two seasons over a full 16-game slate, Reed would post a 94/1,008/10 line.

4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: Olsen scored only three touchdowns, his lowest since his rookie season (2007). As steady as it gets, Olsen has finished with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and played all 16 games every year except his rookie season. Scoring more fantasy points last year than all tight ends not named Travis, Olsen has finished as a top-seven fantasy tight end in five consecutive seasons.

5. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks: In his comeback from a torn patellar tendon, Graham had 65 catches for 923 yards and six touchdowns. All three of his 100-yard games occurred in the first half of the season with a 38/545/3 split (compared to 27/378/3 over the final eight games). One more year removed from the injury, Graham has a chance to post similar (or even better) numbers in 2017.

6. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals: The good news: 18 touchdowns. The bad news: 22 games. Unfortunately, Eifert has missed more games (26) than he has played (22) over the past three seasons, but he has been a dominant red-zone target, when healthy, with 18 touchdowns during that stretch.

7. Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers: Going from Tom Brady to Aaron Rodgers won't hurt Bennett's fantasy value. In fact, his outlook is improved. Not that Rodgers doesn't spread the ball around, but I'd expect Bennett to see a larger share of targets in Green Bay than he saw in New England (13.27 percent) last season.

8. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph shattered previous career highs with 83 receptions (previous career high: 53) and 840 yards (previous career high: 495) while scoring seven touchdowns. Rudolph should come close to those numbers once again in 2017.

9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans: With more than 100 targets in each of the past three seasons, Walker has a minimum of 800 receiving yards each season with a total of 222/2,778/17 over that span. Walker will turn 33 in August and the team has invested in additional weapons for Marcus Mariota, but Walker should remain a solid and reliable TE1 in fantasy football for at least another season.

10. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles: Over the past two seasons, Ertz has a minimum of 75 catches and 816 yards each season and he once again closed the season strong. Over his final five games last season, Ertz caught 40 of 54 targets for 443 yards and three touchdowns. Ertz is a solid back-end TE1, but adding Alshon Jeffery (and Torrey Smith) to the receiving corps caps Ertz's upside some going into 2017.

11. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers: Henry finished his rookie campaign with 36/478/8 and he was especially productive during a four-game stretch early in the season (18/290/3 from Weeks 3 to 6). Even with Antonio Gates back, it's possible/likely that Henry leads the position group in targets and production. Worst-case scenario: Henry should build upon his rookie numbers and remain a red-zone force.

12. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions: With at least four catches in 11 of his 13 games played, Ebron set career highs in his age-23 season with 61 catches for 711 yards although he scored just two touchdowns -- one receiving and one "rushing." Going into his fourth NFL season, Ebron has missed multiple games every season, but he has a chance to take another step forward in 2017, especially if he can stay healthy for the full season.

13. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts: Finishing just outside the top-12 in fantasy points scored, Doyle signed a three-year deal worth $19 million with the Colts this offseason as the team traded away Dwayne Allen. Doyle's 59 catches, 75 targets and 584 yards were all second on the team to only T.Y. Hilton, who led the NFL in receiving yardage in 2016.

14. Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints: In his first season in New Orleans, Fleener set four-year lows in both receptions (50) and targets (81), but his 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns (three receiving and one rushing) were the second-most of his career. While he disappointed fantasy owners (compared to his ADP), Fleener scored the 12th-most fantasy points (15th-most in PPR) in 2016.

15. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans: As much as Houston's offense struggled last season, Fiedorowicz had an 11-game stretch with three-plus catches starting in Week 4 and set career highs across the board (54/559/4) in his third season. I could see similar production for the 25-year-old in 2017.

16. Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins: After two disappointing seasons in Jacksonville, the reunion with Adam Gase is certainly a positive for Thomas, who had 12 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons with Denver and Adam Gase (and Peyton Manning). In fact, Thomas (33) has the eighth-most receiving touchdowns over the past four seasons.

17. Antonio Gates, Los Angeles Chargers: With his next touchdown, Gates will break the all-time TD record for tight ends that he shares with Tony Gonzalez. Turning 37 years old (in June), however, Gates isn't even the best fantasy tight end on his own roster as Hunter Henry should build upon his solid rookie-season production.

18. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: With the exception of his rookie season (2003), Witten has a minimum of 64 catches every year without missing a game during that span. Better in PPR formats, however, the 35-year-old tight end has averaged less than 10.0 Y/R in three of five years, less than 45.0 YPG in three consecutive years and scored just three touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

19. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brate broke out in his third NFL season with 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns, second on the team to only Mike Evans. Not only did the Bucs upgrade their No. 2 wide receiver by adding DeSean Jackson in free agency, the team used its first-round pick on tight end O.J. Howard. Even though rookie tight ends tend to struggle, Howard has an elite skill set and his presence puts a damper on Brate's outlook.

20. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders: Cook goes from Aaron Rodgers and the high-powered Packers offense to Derek Carr and the high-powered Raiders offense. A mismatch waiting to happen with freakish athletic ability, Cook can also frustrate fantasy owners with his week-to-week inconsistency.

Here are the best of the rest:

21. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
23. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
24. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
25. Evan Engram, New York Giants
26. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
27. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
28. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
29. Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
30. Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots
31. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers
32. Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins
33. Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens
34. Adam Shaheen, Chicago Bears
35. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets

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