Who are the Top 10 Fantasy Football Tight Ends for 2016? This list will change fast, and there are a number of players that ‘just missed the cut’, so know that those players are below (and many are worthy).
Top 10 TEs for 2016
1. Rob Gronkowski – There isn’t anything to argue here, as Gronk stands as the only fantasy football tight end even close to worthy of a first-round pick. If healthy, there is no reason to think Gronk won’t post at least 70-80 receptions fro 1,150-1,200 yards and 10-14TDs.
2. Greg Olsen – He is turning 31 here in March, but he just posted back-to-back 1,000-yard, 6TD seasons. He has never pulled in double-digit touchdowns during his nine seasons, so he doesn’t sniff Gronk’s No. 1 overall TE ranking, but he easily rivals anyone for the second spot. Others command consideration, like Jordan Reed, sure, but Olsen is a high-end TE1 in 2016 and maybe 2017… then we need to consider a slight decline.
3. Jordan Reed – Injuries are always a concern with Reed, as he has never played more than 14 games in his three NFL seasons (9, 11, 14 and in that order). Still, his 87 receptions for 952 and 11TDs last year is proof this kid is top 2-5 worthy for the long-term (especially if Kirk Cousins gets locked up by Washington).
4. Travis Kelce – Easily top 2-5TE upside. To be honest, he disappointed a bit in 2015, as I expected a bigger jump from his rookie season, but his first two years are pretty solid: 64/862/5TDs and 72/875/5TDs… I think that he can make that leap this year and could drop something along the lines of 70+ receptions for 900-950 yards and something close to 8-10TDs.
5. Gary Barnidge – What a breakout season last year, as the TE pulled in 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and 9TDs. He did that with a mess at the QB position, so that gives hope for consistency. However, keep in mind that he turns 31 in September, so his dynasty value has a touch of concern. Sell high in dynasty, draft as a top 3-6TE in redraft!
6. Tyler Eifert – Like Kelce, this guy could take a big step forward this year. He enters his fourth season and just dropped 52/615/13TDs in 2015. I think 8-10TDs is what one should count on, or hope for, in 2016, but any dip in TDs will be made up by receptions and yards, and I think 65 receptions for 750-800 yards sounds about right. Breakout!
7. Delanie Walker – The guy turns 32 this year, which is a bummer, because he never got things going (or had a passer that targeted him enough) until now. He dropped 94 receptions for 1,088 yards and 6TDs in 2016. In dynasty, I sell high, but in redraft, I think he drops 75-80 receptions for 900 or so yards and 5-6TDs.
8. Zach Ertz – Chip Kelly really slowed his growth. He was a breakout of Smitty’s two years ago, but Chip Kelly refused to use him (and use him down field). He showed signs of life near the end of last season with Kelly out the door… If any TE past the top 5-6 have top 3-5 upside, it’s Ertz.
9. Austin Seferian-jenkins – Big upside, but he has to stay healthy.
10. Julius Thomas – Tough to count on, but big talent.
Just missed the cut: Martellus Bennett, Jimmy Graham, Eric Ebron, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, Charles Clay, Jordan Cameron, Ben Watson, Heath Miller