2013 DRAFT GUIDE
By Jeff Paur
Senior Fantasy Writer
Realtime Fantasy Sports

Tight Ends:

It is becoming more and more evident that the tight end position isn't overlooked these days. Just look at the last few seasons with Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham posting huge numbers, point totals as high as any position. These are players that can carry a team to the playoffs. Needless to say, a top No. 1 tight end that produces similar to an elite receiver can be a huge plus for fantasy teams.

There are about five or so tight ends capable of having a monster season this year. If you want one of those guys, act quickly. You'll likely have to use a pick in the first five rounds.

But there remains a lot of talent after those top options. Guys like Dennis Pitta, Jared Cook and Owen Daniels can be had fairly late in drafts but still produce solid starting tight end numbers for fantasy teams. All guys seem setup for solid seasons and are good reasons why some fantasy teams wait on a tight end while loading up on other positions.


Updated: 02/26/14
 #1  Jimmy Graham$24  Yr: 2012  TDs: 9  Yds: 982  Recpts: 85New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Graham didn't have quite the huge season as his previous year but still played well as a top option in the Saints passing game. Graham finished just short of 1,000 yards and had 85 receptions with nine touchdowns. He had two 100-yard games and at least four receptions in 14 of 15 games. Needless to say, he was a consistent threat in the offense. Over the past two seasons, Graham averages 92 receptions for 1,146 yards and 10 touchdowns per season. Graham is the complete package at tight end. He is a big target with top speed and the ability to make the tough catch. His route running improved a bunch the last few seasons but can still get even better because he remains relatively new to the position. He also is an improving blocker but isn't used much in that role. Graham is a top athlete that plays more like a No. 1 receiver than tight end.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Graham is our No. 1 rated tight end. He is a difference maker at tight end. He is worth an early-round pick come draft day. He is consistent and productive in a high-powered offense. We look for him to get back to 1,000 yards this year and score double-digit touchdowns with around 90 receptions. Graham is the real deal at tight end.

 #2  Julius Thomas$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Recpts: 0DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Thomas didn't catch a pass in four games last season and has a reception in two NFL seasons. The Broncos aren't giving up on him, though. They hope he is more involved in the offense this year. He has a chance to move up the depth chart some with a good camp and preseason. Thomas is a good athlete that can get down the field in a hurry. Thomas has strong hands but drops some passes. He also isn't much of a blocker or route runner just yet. This could be a make or break year for him.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Thomas is an intriguing talent but just has too much to compete with for playing time to make much of an impact. He could catch some passes this season but not enough to be worth a roster spot.

 #3  Rob Gronkowski Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 790  Recpts: 55New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gronkowski was his usual productive self last season but a broken forearm derailed his season and career. He suffered the injury and re-injured it late in the season. He has endured several surgeries on the forearm and an infection is putting the start of his season in jeopardy. Gronkowski is no sure thing to be ready for 2013. He had 790 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games last season. He had two 100-yard games and three multiple touchdown games. Gronkowski is the go-to target in the Patriots' offense right now, getting tons of looks in the red zone for a high-powered offensive team. Gronkowski might be the most complete tight end in the league right now. He isn't a flashy receiver, but has the speed to stretch the field and the strength to make the tough catches underneath. He has great hands. Gronkowski isn't a great blocker, but willing and usually does a good job.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
His injury is a concern but if he proves to be healthy for the start of the season, he is worth an early-round pick. Gronkowski might have more upside than any other tight end in the game, especially with Wes Welker gone. He'll get tons of looks in this offense and is almost a sure bet for double-digit scores. If he can play a full season, expect 1,000 yards and 15 or so touchdowns. But watch his progress closely in camp and preseason action to gauge his status for the start of the year.

 #4  Vernon Davis$10  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 548  Recpts: 41San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Davis had one of his least productive seasons to date, catching just 41 passes on 61 targets. It broke a streak of three straight seasons with at least 90 targets. Davis just wasn't a big part of the offense most weeks, serving as a decoy or a blocker. He topped 50 yards just four times all season. The positive was his big showing during the 49ers playoff run, having 100-yard games two of three games. He was a bigger part of the offense, which could be a sign of things to come for 2013 but nothing is guaranteed for Davis. He has 900-plus yards three of the last four seasons and at least five scores all four of those seasons. Davis has the speed of a receiver, but the size of a tight end. He is a great athlete, making a ton of plays with the ball in his hands as well as making the tough catch in key situations. He is a big mismatch for the opposition.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Davis has a ton of ability but he disappears too much to be considered an elite fantasy tight end. He can still produce like one with the chances but has some concerns after last season. He isn't a sure thing to rebound. We would take him as a low-end No. 1 and get some decent insurance as a backup. He is a good buy-low candidate, though, especially if you think he can build on his big playoff run. If all goes well for him, he could get around 60 receptions for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.

 #5  Jordan Cameron$4  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 226  Recpts: 20ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Cameron got more work his second season in the league, catching 20 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. He didn't top 50 yards in a game but had multiple receptions six times. Cameron has a chance to play a much bigger role this season. He is going to get first shot to be No. 1 tight end for the Browns. And the Browns have a new offense this season that will utilize the tight end often. Cameron seems to have the makeup to be a starter in this league. He is a top athlete. Cameron has good speed, can jump and the size to be a legit starter. He remains a bit raw but is improving in all facets of the game. He still needs to refine his route running and improve as a blocker if he hopes to be the starter from day one.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
Cameron is a top sleeper at tight end. He could get a ton of targets in this new offense and have a breakout season. You can't draft him as a No. 1 but he could end up being a low-end No. 1 before the season is out. Cameron can get around 60 receptions for 650 yards and five touchdowns.

 #6  Jason Witten$15  Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 1039  Recpts: 110DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Witten had maybe his best season to date last year, setting a career high in receptions with 110. He was the most reliable target in the Cowboys passing game and produced consistent weekly numbers, having multiple receptions every single game last season. He even had two games with double-digit receptions. Witten also topped the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth time in his career. The only disappointment for Witten was a lack of scores, having just three touchdowns. Witten has 90-plus receptions four of the last six seasons. He remains a big part of the Cowboys' offense. He has never been a top red-zone target, though, never reaching double-digit touchdowns for his career. Witten is a favorite target of Tony Romo. Witten is an athletic tight end with above-average speed. He does well in traffic and has very good hands. And at age 31, Witten hasn't shown signs of slowing down just yet as evident by his huge season last year. He should be able to play at a high level a few more seasons.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Witten remains an elite tight end but isn't going to lead all fantasy tight ends in scoring. His lack of scores is the one thing that holds him back. His yardage and reception totals will be among the best at tight end. He should get around 90 receptions for 950 yards and five or so touchdowns. He is a steady option at a top-heavy position.

 #7  Greg Olsen$10  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 843  Recpts: 69CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Olsen had a career season with the Panthers last year, serving as their No. 2 target in the passing game. He had career highs in receptions and yards, catching 69 passes for 843 yards and five touchdowns. His previous career high in yards was 612, so he bested that number by a lot. Olsen had eight games of 16 games with 50 or more yards, posting very consistent numbers. Olsen has more than 500 yards four of six seasons in the NFL. He also has at least 39 receptions every season. Olsen is a good athlete at the tight end spot. He has top speed and very good hands, making him a surprising big-play option at tight end. He is just a so-so blocker, though, which causes him to miss out on some playing time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Olsen emerged as a legit No. 1 fantasy tight end last season. He might have a hard time matching those numbers but can come close in an offense that likes to use the tight end. Olsen can get 65 receptions for 750 yards and six or so touchdowns. He is a good guy to grab after all the top tight ends go early in the draft. He has plenty of big-game potential in this offense.

 #8  Charles Clay Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 212  Recpts: 18MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Clay played more tight end for the Dolphins his second season and posted decent numbers in a reserve role, catching 18 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He averages 17 receptions per season in two NFL seasons. Clay is the favorite to be the top backup to starting tight end Dustin Keller this season. Clay will get sporadic work in this role. Clay is a good blocker with big-play ability at tight end. He has good speed to stretch the field and can make plays after the catch.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Clay can do a little better than last season but not too much better in his current role. He could get 25 receptions for 300 yards and a few scores, making him a No. 3 tight end for fantasy teams.

 #9  Martellus Bennett$4  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 626  Recpts: 55ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Bennett had a career season, finally getting his chance to start from day one on an NFL team. He posted career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He had more than 50 receptions and 626 yards. Bennett had four games with 70-plus yards, showing his big-game ability. Bennett failed to top 300 yards in any season before last year. He gets another chance to start this year, but with a different team, signing with the Bears in the offseason. He'll be their No. 1 tight end, giving the Bears a top option in the passing game at tight end for the first time in several seasons. Bennett is a huge target that is very athletic. He can make big plays because of his size and speed. Bennett isn't much of a blocker, though, and his work ethic has been questioned in the past.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Bennett should be able to finish with similar numbers to last season and could even improve on those in an offense looking for playmakers in the passing game. He can get around 60 receptions for 700 yards and six touchdowns.

 #10  Antonio Gates$8  Yr: 2012  TDs: 7  Yds: 538  Recpts: 49San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Gates was able to play 15 of 16 games last season, which was a big positive, but he didn't seem himself while playing, lacking some of his usual explosion. Gates had 538 yards, his lowest total since his rookie season. He topped 50 yards just three times all season. Gates has battled all sorts of injuries the last few years and it seems he is finally starting to slow down. Plus, the Chargers struggled throwing the ball last season, which didn't help matters for Gates. But Gates is 33 years old and has a long injury history, so his best days do seem behind him. Gates did scores seven touchdowns last season and has at least seven scores nine straight seasons. He remains a top red-zone target for the team. Gates remains a tough cover at tight end. He has plus speed for the position, great hands and seems to always put himself in position to make the catch.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gates isn't near the option of past seasons. He is a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end. He isn't a bad buy-low candidate, though, as the Chargers seems setup for a better season throwing the ball. His stats could improve some on last season. We could see a season with around 700 yards and eight touchdowns. Just don't spend the high draft pick on him from past seasons. He isn't that tight end anymore.

 #11  Jordan Reed WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Reed played all over the place in college, being used as a quarterback and running back before landing as a tight end. He excelled in that role and will get his chance to play that position for the Redskins in the NFL. Reed isn't likely to start his rookie season but is the future starter for the team. He'll learn the ropes this season before getting his chance to start in 2014. Reed is a top athlete with speed and plus hands. He also runs good routes and does a good job of finding the soft spot in coverage. Reed also is a pretty willing blocker and should continue to improve in this area.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Reed won't get a ton of work his rookie season but will get some chances in a reserve role. He can get 30 or so receptions for 400 yards and a few scores. He'll be a bigger fantasy factor in a few seasons when Fred Davis isn't around.

 #12  Dennis Pitta Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 669  Recpts: 61BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Pitta emerged as the top pass-catching tight end for the Ravens last year, setting career highs across the board. He had 61 receptions and nearly 700 yards. Pitta also scored seven times, emerging as a top red-zone option for the Ravens. Pitta had six games with 50 or more yards, posting pretty consistent numbers for the Ravens. He also was targeted nearly 94 times, which is another good sign for this coming season. Pitta is a big part of the passing game and should be the next several seasons. Pitta isn't much of a blocker but does very well as a pass-first tight end. He is athletic enough to line up as a receiver, making him a tough cover for opposing defenses. He has speed to stretch the field and size to make him a tough cover in the red zone.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Pitta fractured his hip during training camp and is done for the season. He was setup for a big season, so this is a huge loss for the Ravens and fantasy owners.

 #13  Zach Ertz PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Ertz will challenge for the starting job in Philadelphia his rookie season. And even if he doesn't start, Ertz should get his chances in the Eagles new up-tempo offense. They will utilize his abilities. Ertz isn't really a speed demon at tight end but runs very good routes for a young player and has solid hands. He also blocks pretty well but could improve some in that area. He does lack a little speed to create big plays down the field. Ertz is the future at the position for the Eagles at tight end.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ertz has some upside for big games his rookie season. He'll be hit or miss as he has a lot to compete with for targets but he'll have some good showings. We think a season with about 40 receptions for 500 yards and a few scores. He'll probably be a better fantasy option in a few years.

 #14  Jermichael Finley Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 667  Recpts: 61Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Finley had a career high in receptions last season with 61 but he scored just two touchdowns. And his yardage numbers weren't off the charts despite all the work, having 667 yards. His season high in yards was just 72, which was the last game of the season. Finley continues to post similar numbers in the Packers' offense, averaging 57 receptions for 703 yards and five touchdowns the last three full seasons he has played. Finley has a lot of ability but hasn't lived up to the hype. He is a speedy, athletic tight end, making him a tough cover for oppositions. Finley has similar moves to a receiver but with a lot more size. He isn't a great blocker, but improving some in that area. Finley should get plenty of targets in the Packers pass-happy offense.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Finley is a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end. He'll have a few big games but post mediocre numbers most weeks. Don't overvalue him based on name. His past history doesn't suggest he is an elite option at the position and we don't see a sudden change in stats. Expect a season with around 55 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns.

 #15  Jared Cook$7  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 523  Recpts: 44St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Cook missed three games because of injury but produced pretty well when playing, catching 44 passes for 523 yards and four scores in 13 games. He has two straight seasons with 40-plus receptions. Cook wasn't a huge part of the Titans' offense but had a few big games, having four games with 50-plus yards. He should be a bigger part of the Rams' offense this season after signing a big offseason contract with the team. Cook has a ton of talent but hasn't produced quite as expected to date. But in fairness to Cook, he hasn't had good quarterback play throughout his career, which hasn't helped his growth. Cook has a lot of upside because of his athleticism. Cook has plus speed and decent hands. He isn't going to help much as a blocker, but catches passes and runs routes like a receiver. He should be a big part of a Rams' offense that is looking for playmakers in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Cook's move to St. Louis should help his value some. We wouldn't expect a huge jump in production but a little jump should happen. He should get plenty of chances. We like Cook for a season with around 60 receptions for 800 yards and seven touchdowns, making him a low-end No. 1 tight end.

 #16  Luke Willson SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Willson will serve a reserve role with the Seahawks his rookie season. He is a top athlete with a lot of ability. He runs well and jumps well. He has the makeup of a top pass-catching tight end. But he is a bit raw and could use plenty of seasoning. It might also take some time for him to catch up with the speed of the pro game. He is likely the No. 3 tight end for the Seahawks this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Willson has ability but isn't likely to see the field enough this year to help fantasy teams. He is a few years away from being a factor for fantasy teams. He'll be lucky to get double-digit receptions his rookie year.

 #17  Delanie Walker Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 344  Recpts: 21TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Walker got his usual workload in the 49ers' offense last season, catching 21 passes for 344 yards. His numbers have been very similar the last few seasons as the top backup at tight end for the 49ers. He gets a chance for a little bigger role offensively this season, moving to the Titans. He could challenge for the starting job and is likely the top pass-catching tight end on the team even if he doesn't start. Walker is a well built tight end with decent speed. Once he gets the ball, he is tough to bring down at around 240 pounds. Walker will struggle at times with dropped passes.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Walker can see his stats improve a little with a move to Tennessee but don't expect any huge season. He could get around 40 receptions for 450 yards and a few scores, making him a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy tight end.

 #18  Timothy Wright Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
 #19  Kyle Rudolph$6  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 493  Recpts: 53MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Rudolph didn't have big reception or yardage totals last season but his touchdown total were among the best at tight end, scoring nine times last year. He was a top red-zone target in the passing game for the Vikings. He did fail to top 500 yards, though, but did have 53 receptions, doubling his total from his rookie season. Rudolph will be the top tight end in the Vikings' offense for years to come. His development into a bigger offensive player will hinge on Christian Ponder. If he makes strides, Rudolph can improve his numbers. Rudolph isn't much of a blocker but a top pass catcher. He has plus speed, very good hands and the ability to make the tough catch.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rudolph has touchdown potential and his reception and yardage numbers could rise, but don't expect him to be a No. 1 fantasy tight end just yet. He remains more of a spot starter for fantasy teams. He will be up and down in this offense. Rudolph can finish with around 60 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns.

 #20  Owen Daniels$4  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 716  Recpts: 62BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Daniels had one of his better seasons as a pro last year, topping 700 yards for the third time. He had 62 receptions, which was the third best total of his seven-year career. Daniels didn't have huge weekly numbers for the Texans but was consistent, having six games with 50-plus yards. He had at least two receptions in every game played. Daniels remains a big part of the Texans passing game. The big issue for Daniels is staying healthy, failing to play a full season since 2008. When healthy, he has as much talent as any tight end out there. Daniels runs good routes and has solid hands, making him a nice possession receiver. He gets a lot of chances in the offense and is the second option in the passing game behind Andre Johnson.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Daniels is an injury risk but his upside is very high. His reception and yardage totals should be solid but his lack of scores hurts his value. His career high in touchdowns is six (last season). Consider him a low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams, capable of getting around 60 receptions for 700 yards and five touchdowns.

 #21  Scott Chandler$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 6  Yds: 571  Recpts: 43BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Chandler took another step forward last season as the starter for Buffalo. He had a career-high 43 receptions and topped 500 yards for the first time in his career. He also scored six touchdowns for the second straight season. Chandler is a top red-zone threat for the Bills. He should continue to start and get his chances in the offense, an offense that seems primed to be improved. Chandler is a huge target at tight end and uses his big frame well, especially in the red zone. He also doesn't have bad speed for his size and runs pretty good routes.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Chandler has value because of his touchdown potential. Don't consider him an every-week starter but a good spot play. His numbers could improve some on last season. A year with around 50 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns is very possible.

 #22  Brandon Pettigrew$7  Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 567  Recpts: 59DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Pettigrew had a bit of a down season last year, failing to top 70 receptions for the first time in a few seasons. He caught 59 passes but did miss two games because of injury, causing his numbers to drop some. He does have three straight seasons with 100-plus targets, though, so he is a big part of the Lions passing game. He had multiple receptions all but one of the games he played last season. Pettigrew is the complete package at tight end. He is a huge tight end with plus hands and top athleticism. His size makes him a tough cover for the opposition. He also is a willing blocker, which helps the Lions rushing attack.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Pettigrew isn't in that elite group of tight ends but just outside of them. He has just 14 touchdowns in four seasons, hurting his fantasy value. But he has high upside for receptions and yards. Pettigrew is usually good for around 70 receptions and 700 yards with four touchdowns.

 #23  Tyler Eifert$1  CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Eifert was the first tight end taken in this year's draft and will push Jermaine Gresham for playing time his rookie season. Eifert is a better big-play threat at tight end and should get plenty of chances even if Gresham remains the starter. Eifert is a tall tight end that is very athletic. He can stretch the field with his speed and has good hands to make the tough catch. He lacks a little bulk, though, and isn't much of a blocker for the tight end spot just yet.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Eifert might not start but still has some upside as another weapon in the Bengals passing attack. His numbers won't be off the charts but he can help as a spot starter for fantasy teams. He has big-game ability. He can get around 45 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns.

 #24  Coby Fleener$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 281  Recpts: 26IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Fleener was slowed by an ankle injury his rookie season, which hampered his numbers down the stretch. He had just a reception each of his last five games of the season. Fleener had more than 50 yards just once all year, which was the first game of the season. Even before the injury, Fleener wasn't a huge, consistent part of the offense. He had 26 receptions for 281 yards in 12 games. He is the top target at tight end for the Colts, though, and should be a part of the passing game for years to come. Fleener is a big kid that runs good routes and has the athletic ability to make plenty of plays in the passing game. He lacks a little strength, though, and isn't a great blocker for a tight end.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His rookie year was a disappointment but Fleener can improve and help fantasy teams. He probably isn't a top No. 1 tight end but can be a spot starter this season. He should get his targets in a pass-heavy offense. Fleener can get 50 or so receptions for 600 yards and around six touchdowns.

 #25  Brent Celek$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 684  Recpts: 57PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Celek had some big games last season but was a little up and down as was the entire Eagles passing game. Celek had a 100-yard game and three others with 50-plus yards but seven games with fewer than 40 yards. He finished with 684 yards, giving him 684 or more yards three of four seasons. His role with the Eagles isn't a sure thing this season with a new coach in place. Celek will have to prove he is a good fit for the new offense, an offense that will push the ball downfield. Celek isn't flashy, but runs good routes and has reliable hands. He has big-play ability at tight end. Celek also is a solid blocker, making him an even bigger asset for the offense. Injuries have slowed him some in recent years but he avoided the injury bug the last few seasons, which is encouraging going forward.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Celek is more backup material than anything for fantasy teams, especially after scoring just a touchdown last season. He has five or fewer scores three straight seasons. He has some reception and yardage potential, though, especially in a pass-first offense. He could get around 50 receptions for 600 yards and a few scores.

 #26  Marcedes Lewis$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 540  Recpts: 52JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Lewis rebounded some from a poor 2011 but still wasn't hugely productive, mainly because of inconsistent quarterback play. He caught 52 passes for 540 yards, giving him 13 more receptions than the previous season. He had more than 50 yards just four times all season, so he was productive at times but not off the charts by any means. His best game came the last one of the year, catching seven passes for 103, padding his stats. Lewis has 500-plus yards three of the past four seasons. At 29 years old, Lewis is in the prime of his career. He is a big target with speed and athleticism. He is an ideal fit for the red zone because of his size and leaping ability. He needs to get more consistent quarterback play if he hopes to see his numbers rebound.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Lewis can do better than last season but don't expect him to reach '10 levels. He isn't going to be a consistent fantasy producer. He is a spot starter for fantasy teams. Lewis can get 55 or so receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns.

 #27  Joseph Fauria DetroitBye: 9 
 
 #28  Heath Miller Yr: 2012  TDs: 8  Yds: 816  Recpts: 71PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
It was a bit of a surprise after the last few seasons but Miller had arguably his best season as a pro last year, setting career highs in yards (816) and touchdowns (8). He topped 70 receptions for just the second time in his career. Miller had 50 or more yards eight of 16 games. He was a big part of the Steelers new offense, an offense that gave Miller more than 100 targets for the first time in his career. Miller also got increased work in the passing game because of injuries, though, so keep that in mind for this season. He is returning from a major knee injury and is no sure thing to be ready for 2013. He could even miss some of the season. But when healthy, Miller will continue to start at tight end for the Steelers. Despite his size (6-5), Miller is quick and runs good routes, making him a tough cover. Plus, he is tough to bring down once he gets the ball.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Miller had a surprise season last year but is a concern because of the knee injury. He could be missing some time. He is worth a look as a No. 2 fantasy tight end, though. He has upside if he can get healthy. He certainly looked good in this offense last season.

 #29  Jermaine Gresham$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 737  Recpts: 64CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Gresham had his best season as a pro last year, setting career highs in receptions and yards. He had 64 receptions for 737 yards. He had at least three receptions in all but the last game of the season, a game the Bengals rested their starters much of the game. Gresham had a 100-yard game and five others with 50-plus yards. He has 50-plus receptions three straight seasons to begin his career. His career high in touchdowns is just six, though, which is a bit of a surprise but he has the makeup to be a good red-zone target. Gresham doesn't have great speed at tight end, but is a top athlete that runs good routes. Gresham is a huge target at receiver. He still needs to work on his blocking, but has made some strides in that area. But the addition of rookie Tyler Eifert will cut down on some of Gresham's targets this season. He could be more of a blocker and safety valve for the Bengals this season.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Gresham is a backup fantasy tight end with the addition of Eifert to the Bengals. He doesn't have much touchdown upside but will get some receptions and yards. We think he can get around 50 receptions for 550 yards and a few scores.

 #30  Mychal Rivera OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Rivera could be in the mix for playing time his rookie season. The Raiders don't have much on the depth chart at tight end, and Rivera might be the top pass-catching tight end on the team. He has some ability for the position. He really isn't a big-play threat but runs good routes and has plus hands. He does lack a little speed for the position, though, and isn't a great blocker despite his size.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Rivera has a chance to grab some playing time his rookie season but even if that happens, he isn't going to post big numbers. The Raiders don't use the tight end a whole lot. So he could get around 20 receptions and a score or two if all goes well.

 #31  Dwayne Allen Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 521  Recpts: 45IndianapolisBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Allen turned out to be the more productive of the two rookie tight ends for the Colts last season, catching 45 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He had four games with 50 or more yards and his season high in yards was 75 yards. He didn't have a huge season but was a consistent presence in the Colts pass-first offense. Allen should continue to get plenty of chances going forward for the Colts - even if he doesn't start. Allen is a solid pass catcher with a knack for picking up first downs. He has enough speed to stretch the field and is a tough cover because of his size. He isn't a great blocker but is making strides in that area.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Allen might have a hard time repeating last year if Coby Fleener can stay healthy all year. But even if Fleener is healthier, Allen will get his work. He can get around 40 receptions for 500 yards and a few scores. A bit of a dip in production wouldn't be a surprise.

 #32  Zach Miller Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 396  Recpts: 38SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Miller had another mediocre season as the starter for the Seahawks. His numbers went up a little his second season with the team but not a whole lot. He still finished just shy of 400 yards and caught 38 passes. But his finish to the season was encouraging, having a 142-yards performance against the Falcons in the playoffs. It still isn't certain his role is expanding in the Seahawks' offense but it is possible. Miller could get some more targets in a more pass-heavy approach for Seattle. Miller had 680-plus yards three straight seasons with the Raiders but hasn't topped 400 yards in two seasons with the Seahawks. Miller is a gifted athlete with plus hands. He also has good speed for the position and blocks pretty well.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Miller is worth a look as a No. 2 fantasy tight end. He has some upside, especially in an emerging offense. And his finish to the season was encouraging, so he has some late-round upside. Miller has a chance to get 50 or so receptions for 500 yards and a few touchdowns.

 #33  Rob Housler$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 417  Recpts: 45ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Housler was the top pass-catching tight end for the Cardinals last season and set career highs across the board, more than doubling his numbers from the previous season. He had 45 receptions for 417 yards but failed to score a touchdown. He is expected to be the starter for the Cardinals this season, playing in a pass-first offense that should be much improved this season. Housler has plus speed for the tight end spot and his size makes him a big target over the middle in the passing game. He is a top athlete that could be the starter in Arizona for years to come. He does need to improve his blocking, though, if he hopes to be on the field on a regular basis.

Fantasy Outlook: Sleeper
Housler can improve some on last season but don't expect him to be anything more than a fantasy backup. He won't produce big enough numbers to be a weekly starter. He could get around 55 receptions for 500 yards and a few scores.

 #34  Jeff Cumberland Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 359  Recpts: 29New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Cumberland saw an increase in playing time last season and even got some starts because of injury. He showed he could handle a starting role, catching 29 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns. He had three games with 50-plus yards and nine of 15 games with multiple receptions. Cumberland is going to be given a shot to start from day one this year. He has good size and strength for the position. He isn't very fast, though, and doesn't have much big-play ability. He is more of a possession receiving option at the position.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Cumberland seems likely to start but that doesn't mean he is a great fantasy option. He won't have many big games but could get consistent targets and yardage. A season with around 50 receptions for 500 yards and a few scores seems about right for Cumberland. He is a low-end No. 2 for fantasy teams.

 #35  Garrett Graham Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 263  Recpts: 28HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Graham saw a big increase in playing time his third season in the league, serving as the top backup for the Texans much of the year. He set career highs across the board, catching 28 passes for 263 yards. He had just one reception coming into last season. He should once again serve as the top backup for the Texans this year after doing well in that role last season. Graham is an athletic tight end and solid pass catcher. He can make plays behind the defense and does well in finding space in the secondary. He doesn't have great size, though, making him just a so-so blocker.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Graham might have a hard time topping last season unless Owen Daniels gets hurt. If Daniels goes down, Graham is a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end. But with Daniels healthy, Graham can get around 30 receptions for 300 yards and a couple scores.

 #36  Gavin Escobar DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Escobar will be the top backup for the Cowboys his rookie season but should get his chances in the passing game as the Cowboys implement more two tight-end sets. Escobar isn't much of a blocker or very physical but excels in other areas. He has speed to stretch the field and good hands to make the tough catch. He plays more like a receiver than a tight end, making him a tough cover for the opposition. He'll be groomed to eventually be the replacement for Jason Witten.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Escobar doesn't have a ton of value with Witten around but will get some chances. He is a playmaker, so the Cowboys should utilize his abilities. He can get around 30 receptions for 425 yards and a few scores.

 #37  Jacob Tamme Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 555  Recpts: 52DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Tamme enjoyed getting reunited with Peyton Manning last season, posting good numbers in his first season with the Broncos. He had 52 receptions for 555 yards and two scores. His numbers were the second best of his career. He had four games with 50 or more yards, so his big games were a little few and far between. He'll get his chances in the offense but might get even fewer targets this year with Wes Welker around. But even with that said, Tamme is the top pass-catching tight end in the offense. Tamme is a solid receiver with the speed to stretch the field. He plays more like a receiver than a tight end, making him a tough cover for the opposition. Tamme isn't much of a blocker, but he isn't needed to fill that role much in this offense.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Tamme isn't an elite tight end or sure starter but a good spot play for fantasy teams. He is more of a top No. 2 for fantasy teams. His numbers could dip a little this season, getting around 45 receptions for 500 yards and a few scores.

 #38  Brandon Myers$2  Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 806  Recpts: 79Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Myers won the starting job before last season and had a breakout year as a starter for the Raiders. Myers never had more than 20 receptions in a season before last year but managed to grab 79 passes for 806 yards last season. Myers had nine of 16 games with 50-plus yards. He was a consistent force in the offense and the most reliable target for the Raiders. Myers signed a deal with the Giants in the offseason to take over as their No. 1 tight end. He should fit the role well. Myers has good size and strength for the position. He lacks a little speed but makes up for that well because of good route running and solid hands.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Myers is going to have a hard time repeating last season with his new team. The Giants don't have a big history of producing big fantasy tight end seasons. And Myers has a lot to compete with for targets on the Giants. He could get around 60 receptions for 650 yards and five touchdowns. He is spot start material for fantasy teams.

 #39  Travis Kelce Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Kelce will compete for the starting tight end job his rookie season with the Chiefs. He has plenty of upside but carries some baggage after missing his entire senior college season because of suspension. But if he gets his act together, Kelce has plenty of upside. He is a big target with speed, athleticism and plus hands. He also is a good blocker. He really is a complete package at tight end. Kelce can work on his route running some but should improve in that area over time.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Kelce is a guy to take a chance on come draft day. He has a lot of talent and could be the starter in a pass-first offense. He is capable of the big game. We wouldn't be surprised to see him get 50 receptions for 600 yards and six or so touchdowns. He is worth a late-round grab as a No. 2 fantasy tight end.

 #40  Ed Dickson$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 225  Recpts: 21CarolinaBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Dickson didn't get quite the targets as the previous season, seeing a dip in production. He caught 21 passes in 13 games after having 54 receptions in 16 games in 2011. Dennis Pitta emerged as the top passing target for the Ravens at tight end. Dickson still got his work but played second fiddle at the tight end spot most weeks. Dickson is a talented pass catcher at tight end. He has speed to stretch the field and is a top athlete. He runs solid routes and can create mismatches in coverage. Dickson will drop some passes, though, and still isn't much of a blocker. He is the starter in Baltimore for this season, though, because Dennis Pitta is out for the season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Dickson sees a big bump in value with Pitta out. He could get a lot of target and be a solid spot starter for fantasy teams. We would see him getting 65 or so receptions for around 700 yards and six touchdowns.

 #41  Tony Scheffler Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 504  Recpts: 42DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Scheffler isn't the starter for the Lions but gets plenty of work in their offense at tight end. He topped 500 yards last season for the first time since joining the Lions. He also had 42 receptions, giving him 40-plus receptions two of three seasons with the Lions. He should continue to play a similar role with the team this season, getting plenty of work as the No. 2 tight end in a pass-heavy offense. Scheffler has big-play ability at the tight end position. He is a great athlete with good speed and the ability to make plays after the catch. Scheffler is a tough cover over the middle as evident by his career 12.5 yards per reception average.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Scheffler is a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 tight end for fantasy teams. He'll have some big games but won't be quite as consistent as other fantasy tight ends because he isn't a starter on his team. We look for a season with around 40 receptions for 450 yards and a few scores.

 #42  Tom Crabtree Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 203  Recpts: 8Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
 #43  Benjamin Watson Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 501  Recpts: 49New OrleansBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Watson had another productive season for the Browns last year, topping 500 yards for the second time in three seasons with the team. He caught 49 passes for 501 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 51 receptions in three seasons with the Browns. Watson signed with the Saints this season to serve as the No. 2 tight end. He moves to a much better passing attack but likely gets a few less targets as he has a lot to compete with for playing time. Watson is a big, fast target over the middle and a nice deep threat, considering his size. He isn't much of a blocker, but his pass-catching skills are what get him on the field.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Watson probably can have similar numbers to last year and maybe a few more scores but don't expect a bump in receptions and yards. Expect a season with around 40 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns.

 #44  Anthony Fasano Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 332  Recpts: 41Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Fasano posted similar numbers the last several seasons with the Dolphins, averaging 35 receptions for 421 yards and five touchdowns in five seasons with the team. He had a career-high 41 receptions last season but his yardage was down some, having 332 yards. He heads to the Chiefs this season to serve as the No. 2 tight end for the team. He'll likely have a similar role to his seasons with the Dolphins, getting similar work. His biggest asset remains as a blocker, but he continues to make plays as a receiver when given the chance. Fasano has little speed, but pretty good hands and runs decent routes. He is a top blocker at his position, though, and a big asset for the running game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Fasano is worth some spot starts (has some touchdown potential), but count on about 35 catches for 450 yards and five scores, which isn't a huge asset for fantasy teams. He is a decent backup but expect anything more than that. A move to Kansas City isn't going to lead to a spike in stats for him.

 #45  Tony Gonzalez$15  Yr: 2012  TDs: 8  Yds: 930  Recpts: 93AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Gonzalez was supposed to retire after last season but he is going to give it another go after playing at a very high level once again in 2012. He had as good of a year as ever, catching 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns. This was his best season in four years with the Falcons. He had at least three receptions in all but a game and nine of 16 games with 50-plus yards. Even at age 37, Gonzalez hasn't shown much signs of slowing down. He keeps himself in great shape and just keeps chugging along. He should once again be a big part of the Falcons passing game. Gonzalez remains a great athlete and an extremely tough cover at tight end. He makes the tough catch in traffic because of his size, but can also outrun defenders because of his speed. He also knows his limitations at this point and plays to his strengths.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gonzalez remains an elite fantasy tight end. He isn't a top-five option anymore but just outside that group. You can't expect him to repeat last season but you can come close. He can get around 80 receptions for 800 yard and seven touchdowns. He might have a few more down games at this stage of his career but he'll continue to be a productive player in a great passing game.

 #46  Lance Kendricks Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 519  Recpts: 42St LouisBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Kendricks took a step forward his second season in the league, about doubling his production from his rookie year. He caught 42 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Kendricks topped 50 yards just once but that was a huge showing Week 16, catching four passes for 119 yards. He had touchdowns two of the last three games. Jared Cook is on board and will be the No. 1 tight end for the Rams, but St. Louis plans to continue to use Kendricks, going with a lot of two tight-end sets. Kendricks is a big-time athlete at tight end. He has plus speed for the position and decent hands despite his issues with drops last season. He also is a willing blocker that continues to get better and better in that area.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Kendricks might have a hard time matching last year with Cook around. He might still have a few big games but won't be much of a fantasy factor, serving as a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy tight end. He could get around 35 receptions for 450 yards and a few scores.

 #47  Andrew Quarless Green BayBye: 4 
 
Player News:
Quarless got little work in a reserve role for the Packers, catching just three passes for 10 games. He was targeted just four times all season. Quarless has 24 receptions in 21 games as a pro. He'll challenge for the top backup role in Green Bay this season. Quarless is a big target that does well to find the soft spot in zones and make the tough catch. He isn't much of a blocker despite his size, though, which doesn't help his case for added playing time.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
As long as Jermichael Finley is healthy, Quarless isn't worth a roster spot. He won't get enough targets to help fantasy teams in a reserve role. If Finley goes down, Quarless could be worth a spot start or two in a good Packers' offense.

 #48  Michael Hoomanawanui Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 109  Recpts: 5New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Hoomanawanui signed with the Patriots before the start of last season and had five receptions in 14 games for the team. He didn't get much playing time, having a lot to compete with for tight end. He did make some big plays with his catches, though, totaling 109 yards (21.8 yards per catch). He has some ability but injuries have plagued his career. He is yet to play a full season and his career high in receptions is 13. He could get a little more playing time early in the season with the Patriots because of injuries at the tight end position. Hoomanawanui is an above-average pass catcher with good athletic ability and the knack for making the tough catch. Hoomanawanui also is a top blocker and asset to the running game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Hoomanawanui might be worth a look as a reserve early in the year but that is about it. Once the Patriots are healthy at tight end, he is going to have a very hard time finding the field. He could get around 20 receptions for 250 yards and a few scores.

 #49  Michael Egnew Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Recpts: 0MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Egnew had a very disappointing rookie season. He was inactive most weeks and played just two games, failing to catch a pass his rookie season. He still has time to get his career going but the Dolphins don't seem too high on him going forward, especially after signing Dustin Keller to be their No. 1 tight end. Egnew will serve a reserve role with the team. Egnew is a big target with plus speed and good athleticism. Egnew is a tough cover for the opposition because he plays more like a receiver. But he is a poor blocker and his route running needs a lot of work.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Egnew could finally get some work this year but don't expect him to get enough to help fantasy teams. He is going to be hit or miss in a reserve role. He might get around 15 receptions.

 #50  Vance McDonald San FranciscoBye: 9 
 
Player News:
McDonald gives the 49ers another option in the passing game. He lined up in the slot often in college and did well in that role. He will backup Vernon Davis but should be a nice compliment to him. McDonald can stretch the field with his speed and can make plays after the catch. He runs routes pretty well for a young player and should get better as he learns behind Davis. McDonald isn't a great blocker, though, so his playing time could be limited to passing downs until that improves.

Fantasy Outlook:  
The 49ers don't use the tight end a whole lot these days, so McDonald doesn't have great value his rookie season. He will replace Delanie Walker, who was good for about 20 receptions for 300 yards and a score or two. Expect the same for McDonald this season, making him a bit of a stretch for fantasy teams.

 #51  Logan Paulsen Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 308  Recpts: 25WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Paulsen found his way into the starting lineup late in the season because of injury and didn't do too badly in a starting role. He had 25 receptions for 308 yards and a touchdown, setting career highs across the board. Paulsen had five games with multiple receptions and two games with 50-plus yards. Paulsen will return to No. 2 on the depth chart this season with Fred Davis back. Paulsen is a solid blocker and has some pass-catching ability but isn't going to do a ton of damage in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Paulson might have a hard time repeating last season if Davis can stay healthy all year. He could get around 20 receptions for 250 yards with a score or two.

 #52  Dion Sims MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Sims is a huge tight end that is a solid blocker and big target in the passing game. He isn't a big-play threat but a good safety valve and move the chains type-receiver. Sims won't be the starter in Miami his rookie season but likely the No. 2 or 3 tight end. He'll get some work in the passing game but might help more as a blocker his rookie year.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Sims doesn't have a ton of value his rookie season. He won't get a lot of targets this season. He might get around 20 receptions for 200 yards and a score.

 #53  Craig Stevens Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 275  Recpts: 23TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Stevens emerged as a legit threat in the Titans passing attack last season, finishing with career highs across the board. He had 23 receptions for 275 yards and a touchdown. He had just a game with more than 50 yards but did have multiple receptions six times. He should play a bigger role in the offense from day one this year but likely loses out on passing situations to Delanie Walker. Stevens is a better blocker than pass catcher but improving in that area. He is a top blocker at the position, though, which gets him plenty of playing time even if he isn't starting.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Stevens might set career highs in receptions and yards with more chances in the passing game but probably isn't a fantasy option just yet. He could get around 30 receptions for 300 yards and a few scores.

 #54  Nick Kasa OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Kasa is a bit of a project for the Raiders. He started his collegiate career as a defensive end before moving to tight end. Kasa has some upside but probably won't get a ton of work in the passing game. The Raiders are looking for a starting tight end but Kasa might not be ready for that role just yet. It could be his in a few seasons, though. Kasa is a solid blocker for the position and has pretty good speed. He can make some big plays down the middle. He needs plenty of work on his route running, though, and is hands are a little so so.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Kasa is a project that might get more work than he should his rookie season but that doesn't make him a good fantasy option. He might get 20 receptions for 250 yards and a score or two.

 #55  Niles Paul Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 152  Recpts: 8WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Paul moved to tight end last season but didn't get a big bump in playing time. He did play a little more and made some plays with his chances but had just eight receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown. He did average an impressive 19 yards per reception, though, showing his big-play ability at the tight end position. Paul has 10 receptions in two seasons. He is about No. 3 on the depth chart at tight end, which doesn't bode well for a huge increase in playing time. Paul is a strong tight end with plus hands. He lacks some speed and isn't a great route runner but has plenty of speed to make big plays in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Paul might get a few more chances to play but don't expect a huge jump in production. He'll be lucky to get 20 receptions. He is a reach at tight end unless injury occurs for the Redskins.

 #56  Rhett Ellison Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 65  Recpts: 7MinnesotaBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Ellison didn't get a ton of work in the passing game, having seven receptions for 65 yards, but made his mark as a blocker and special teams player. He should see his role increase some this season. The Vikings like Ellison and will give him chances at tight end and fullback. Ellison is a willing blocker and solid receiver. He runs pretty good routes and can get separation because of his speed. Ellison does lack a little speed, though, but seems to have enough for the tight end spot.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ellison should get more work and could really increase his totals but probably not enough to be much of a help for fantasy teams. We could see a game with around 25 receptions for 300 yards and a score or two.

 #57  Tony Moeaki Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 453  Recpts: 33BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Moeaki returned from his torn ACL last season and started slow but showed some signs of life down the stretch. He had multiple receptions six of the last eight games. He finished with 33 receptions, which was 14 fewer than his rookie year. But the Chiefs had a terrible passing attack last year, impacting Moeaki's targets. He should get more chances this year in an offense that should be better and pass heavy. Moeaki will battle Anthony Fasano for playing time but is the better pass-catching option of the two. Moeaki is a well-rounded tight end. He is a solid and willing blocker, which helps the running game. But he can also catch the ball and makes plays after the catch. He is a big target with decent speed and good pass-catching skills.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Moeaki is a good buy-low candidate as a No. 2 fantasy tight end. He is worth a gamble, especially if you have a solid starter on your team. Andy Reid doesn't have a history of posting huge fantasy numbers for tight ends but does utilize them in his pass-first offense. Moeaki can get you around 60 receptions for 650 yards and five touchdowns.

 #58  Levine Toilolo AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
He won't be starting his rookie year for the Falcons but is the future at the tight end position. If all goes well, he'll be the replacement for Tony Gonzalez. For now, he'll be the No. 2 or 3 tight end for the Falcons. Toilolo is a great athlete that does well making plays downfield. He also is a top red-zone threat because of his great size and athleticism. Toilolo will struggle with consistency some, though, and didn't always live up to his potential in college.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Toilolo has little upside as a rookie as he won't see the field much with Gonzalez around. But he has some potential down the road. If he can learn the ropes from Gonzalez this year, he could be a big factor for fantasy teams in another year or two.

 #59  Zach Sudfeld$2  New York JetsBye: 10 
 
 #60  Kellen Winslow Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 12  Recpts: 1New York JetsBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Winslow played just a game last season with the Patriots and caught a pass for 12 yards. This was after catching 75 passes for the Bucs the previous season. His career could be nearing an end despite big production when getting his chances. He is just 30 years old but multiple knee injuries have derailed his career. He just lacks the burst of previous years and looks a shell of himself. When healthy and on his game, Winslow has good speed and can run routes like a receiver. And his size makes him tough to bring down in the open field. He is going to try to win a roster spot this season with the Jets but nothing is guaranteed for him at this point.

Fantasy Outlook:  
His days of being an elite fantasy tight end are over. At this point, he probably isn't worth a roster spot - even if he wins the starting job in New York. Unless he makes a remarkable comeback, Winslow won't be worth using at any point this year.

 #61  D.J. Williams Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 57  Recpts: 7New EnglandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Williams got a little more work his second season in the league but not much. He had seven receptions for 57 yards in 13 games. He remains pretty low on the depth chart for the Packers. He has nine receptions in two seasons. He might have a hard time moving up the depth chart this season but has a chance with a strong offseason and training camp. Williams isn't a very big tight end, but has all the other attributes. He is a big-time athlete with speed and the knack for making tough catches in traffic. He does a good job of finding the soft spot in the secondary.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Williams might get a few more chances but he isn't going to be getting enough work to be a fantasy factor. He could get around 15 or 20 receptions for 200 yards with a score.

 #62  Luke Stocker Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 165  Recpts: 16Tampa BayBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Stocker was the backup and primary blocking tight end much of his second season in the league, which was similar to his rookie year. He got little action in the passing game, catching 16 passes for 165 yards. Stocker has 28 receptions in two seasons. He has a chance for a bigger role from day one this year and could even be the No. 1 tight end for the Bucs. Stocker has the size and strength to do well as a blocking tight end, but lacks some speed and needs to improve as a route runner to be a legit NFL starter.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Even if he starts, Stocker isn't much of a fantasy option. He isn't going to be a big-time receiver. He might get around 30 receptions for 300 yards and a few scores if all goes well for him. He is a bit of a reach even as a No. 2 fantasy tight end.

 #63  Dallas Clark Yr: 2012  TDs: 4  Yds: 435  Recpts: 47BaltimoreBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Clark saw an increase in production his first season with the Bucs, catching 47 passes for 435 yards. He was able to stay healthy for the first time in a couple seasons, though, which played a big part in his better numbers. Clark wasn't a big-time factor in the passing game most weeks, topping 50 yards just three times. He was more of a role player than anything, something you should expect more from Clark at age 34. His days of being a top pass-catching tight end are about over. Clark is a fast, athletic tight end and a good route runner. He has a knack for making big plays, especially in the red zone.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Clark isn't going to produce big numbers at this stage of his career. He is a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy tight end. He hasn't topped 500 yards since 2009. He could get around 400 yards with a few scores.

 #64  Joel Dreessen Yr: 2012  TDs: 5  Yds: 356  Recpts: 41DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Dreessen served as a starter much of his first season with the Broncos. He had a career high in receptions, catching 41 passes. He didn't top 400 yards but had multiple receptions 13 times. He wasn't a big yardage threat but got his catches and was a part of the offense on a weekly basis. He is expected to serve a similar role this season with the Broncos. Dreessen has four straight seasons with 300-plus yards but has topped 500 yards just once in his career. Dreessen isn't flashy, but has pretty good hands and finds space in the secondary. He is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Dreessen is worth a look in PPR formats more than anything else. He won't get you a ton of yards or many touchdowns. But another season with around 40 receptions for 400 yards and a few scores is very possible.

 #65  John Phillips Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 55  Recpts: 8San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Phillip had eight receptions in 16 games for the Cowboys last season. He has 30 receptions in three seasons, serving as the backup to Jason Witten the last few years. He has a chance for a little bigger role this season with the Chargers. He'll be the top backup to aging tight end Antonio Gates. Phillips might get a few more chances in the passing game this year. Phillips is best suited as a blocking tight end. He is a big kid with good size and strength. Phillips also has pretty good hands, but needs to improve his route running and lacks some speed.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Phillips might get a few more targets this year but won't get enough to help most fantasy teams. He might get around 20 receptions for 200 yards in a backup role. His value remains more so as a blocker.

 #66  Ladarius Green Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 56  Recpts: 4San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Green was inactive much of his rookie season, catching four passes in four games. He has some work to do to move up the depth chart and seems likely to serve as the No. 3 tight end this season. But Green could be the future at the position and move up in another year or two. He has a great mentor to learn from in Antonio Gates. Green is a big-time athlete. He has size, speed and leaping ability. Green is really raw, though, and needs a lot of work in all areas.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Green could get a few more chances this year but don't expect a breakout season. He might get around 15 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown.

 #67  Virgil Green Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 63  Recpts: 5DenverBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Green caught five receptions in 12 games in a reserve role for the Broncos. He has eight receptions in two NFL seasons. Green is stuck as the No. 3 or 4 tight end for the Broncos having quality options ahead of him on the depth chart. He'll continue to play a reserve role with the Broncos this season.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Green isn't likely to do a whole lot this season once again. He has too much to compete with for playing time. He might get more targets than last season but probably not a whole lot.

 #68  James Hanna Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 86  Recpts: 8DallasBye: 11 
 
Player News:
Hanna got little work as the third tight end for the Cowboys his rookie season, catching eight passes for 86 yards. But he has a chance to be the top backup this season, moving up the depth chart to a more prominent role. He is the favorite to backup Jason Witten. Hanna has some talent but isn't an explosive player. His biggest plus is a great set of hands. He catches the ball well. He isn't a great athlete, though, and lacks some explosion.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Even if he is the top backup for the Cowboys, he doesn't have much fantasy value. Hanna could double his output from last season, giving him around 20 receptions for 250 yards with a score or two.

 #69  Richard Gordon Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 9  Recpts: 2Kansas CityBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Gordon had two receptions last season and has three catches in two seasons. He remains pretty low on the depth chart. He is a help as a blocker and special teams player, though. He is likely to play a similar role this season. Gordon probably doesn't offer the complete package at tight end to be a starter in this league but can help in spot duty as a blocker and possession target.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Gordon has a chance to improve on last season but that isn't saying much. He isn't going to get enough playing time to help fantasy teams at this point. He'll be lucky to finish with double-digit receptions.

 #70  Michael Williams DetroitBye: 9 
 
 #71  Justice Cunningham St LouisBye: 11 
 
 #72  Ryan Griffin HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Griffin is likely to be the No. 3 tight end for the Texans his rookie season. He has some good players to learn from as he grows into the position. Griffin is a good athlete with decent speed and plus hands. He jumps well and is a tough cover because of his athleticism. Griffin needs work blocking, though, if he hopes to play a big role at tight end going forward.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Griffin is pretty low on the depth chart, so we don't expect much just yet. He might get around 10 receptions. Go with better options.

 #73  Clay Harbor Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 186  Recpts: 25JacksonvilleBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Harbor got the most action of his career last year, having a larger role in the passing game. He caught 25 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Harbor even topped 50 yards in a game. He is likely the top backup for the Eagles at tight end this season. He could get a few more chances in the passing game as the Eagles are expected to use a few more two tight-end sets. Harbor has some pass-catching skills and is a willing blocker. He has good size and strength, and athletic ability. He has the speed to stretch the field, but still needs some work on his route running.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Harbor has some potential in a good passing attack, but his production is likely to be very hit or miss in a backup role. He isn't worth drafting just yet, but could be worth a pickup if Brent Celek gets hurt.

 #74  Chris Gragg BuffaloBye: 12 
 
 #75  Matt Spaeth Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 28  Recpts: 6PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Spaeth had six receptions his second season with the Bears, giving him 13 in two seasons with the team. He has fewer than 10 receptions all but one of six seasons in the NFL. Spaeth is a top blocking tight end, which will continue to earn him some playing. He also is a good red-zone target because of his 6-7 frame but his chances in the passing game are few and far between. He is a blocker first and foremost.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Spaeth has a little touchdown potential, but his work as a receiver will be very sporadic. He is a very risky draft choice because of his inconsistent targets.

 #76  Taylor Thompson Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 46  Recpts: 6TennesseeBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Thompson didn't get much action his rookie season, catching six passes for 46 yards. He was converting from defensive end to tight end, though, so he made obvious progress. The Titans like his upside and he could emerge this season with a good offseason of work. He has some upside going forward. Thompson has great speed and all the intangibles to make him a solid pro tight end. He obviously still needs a ton of work but is at least progressing. He still might be a season away from making a big impact with the Titans.

Fantasy Outlook:  
The Titans have some openings at tight end, so Thompson could emerge. He isn't worth drafting but keep an eye on him on the waiver wire. If he starts getting consistent playing time, his numbers could be help in a reserve role for fantasy teams.

 #77  Adrien Robinson Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Recpts: 0New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Robinson played two games his rookie season and didn't catch a pass. He has a chance to move up the depth chart this season but likely serves as the No. 3 for the Giants. He won't get a ton of chances in this role unless injury occurs. Robinson is a big target with speed and athleticism. He also has pretty good hands. He isn't a polished blocker, though, and his route running could use a little work.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Robinson should get his first receptions of his career this season. We don't see him playing a huge role but he could get around 20 grabs for 300 yards with a score or two. This gives him little value to fantasy teams, though.

 #78  Leonard Pope Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 9  Recpts: 3ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Pope had just three receptions his first year with the Steelers but two were for touchdowns. He made the most of his chances. Pope has three seasons with 20 or more receptions but his season high in receptions is 24. He has never topped 300 yards in a season. Pope was once projected to be a starter in this league but has played his way into a backup role at tight end. Pope is a huge target at 6-8, but also runs pretty well and has decent hands. He does a pretty good job of using his huge size to shield defenders and make plays. Pope is an adequate blocker at best and lacks consistency.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Pope isn't going to suddenly have a breakout season. He'll be lucky to get 20 receptions, making him a guy to avoid for fantasy teams.

 #79  Todd Heap Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 94  Recpts: 8ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Heap had eight receptions the first two games of last season but didn't play another game. He hurt his knee and was eventually released by the Cardinals before the send of the season. Heap has 32 receptions the last two seasons, getting less and less work. At age 33, Heap is nearing the end, especially if you consider his injury history. Heap could help still in a reserve role as a solid pass-catching tight end but that is about it. He is fast, athletic and a big target (6-5), but also a more than adequate blocker, an area he really improved on throughout his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Heap was a top fantasy tight end back in the day but those days are long gone. He'll be lucky to get 20 receptions. He isn't worth a draft pick at this stage of his career.

 #80  David Paulson Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 51  Recpts: 7PittsburghBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Paulson had seven receptions in 16 games his rookie season with the Steelers. He has a chance to play a bigger role this season because of injury to Heath Miller. He could even open the season as the starter for the Steelers. Paulson has good size for the position. He doesn't have great speed or is an explosive player but has pretty good hands and does well getting open.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Paulson isn't going to produce huge numbers even if he is starting but could help on a spot start basis early in the year. He has a little upside in an offense that uses the tight end pretty well. Paulson could get around 30 catches for 300 yards and a few scores.

 #81  James Casey Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 330  Recpts: 34PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Casey continues to play a lot of fullback, getting him on the field plenty. He had just a carry in this role last season but caught a career high 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He had receptions in all but two games. Casey has 52 receptions the last two seasons. Casey runs well and can makes plays with the ball in his hands, but struggles some with his route running and isn't a great blocker despite being a fullback/tight end. He is making strides across, though, and as long as he keeps catching passes, he should continue to find the field.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Casey might have a hard time improving much on last season. He remains a stretch for fantasy teams unless you are in a PPR format. He has a little value there. His work is too sporadic to be dependable for standard leagues. His overall numbers should be around 25 catches for 300 yards and a score or two.

 #82  Brad Smelley Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 3  Recpts: 1HoustonBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Smelley played two games and caught a pass his rookie season. He played fullback and tight end for the Browns and seems best suited for that role with the team going forward. He blocks pretty well and isn't a bad pass catcher. He has a chance to impress a new coaching staff this year, which could help his chances for playing time from day one in 2013. He'll compete for a backup role with the team.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smelley seems a reach to get much playing time this season. He could find the field more but more so on special teams and as a blocker. Don't expect much in terms of offensive production.

 #83  Randy McMichael Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 51  Recpts: 9San DiegoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
McMichael saw a big dip in production in his reserve role with the Chargers last season, catching just nine passes. This was the lowest total of his career. At age 34, McMichael could be about done in the NFL. He might be able to help as a backup but his days of starting are over. McMichael is an athletic player with pretty good speed and a tough cover for a linebacker, but lacks the explosiveness of past seasons. He is an improved blocker, though, which gets him on the field a little more.

Fantasy Outlook:  
McMichael has never been a great fantasy option, so don't expect a sudden change at this stage of his career. He is just trying to win a roster spot.

 #84  Evan Moore Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 6  Recpts: 1PhiladelphiaBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Moore played with the Seahawks and Eagles last season and had just a catch in 15 games. It was a big drop in production after having 34 receptions the previous season. Moore has topped 20 receptions just once in his career. He has some upside but hasn't been able to sustain playing at a high level. At this point, he is fighting for a NFL roster spot. Moore probably isn't suited as a starter because he isn't much of a blocker. He is a great athlete and talented pass catcher. If he makes a roster, his athletic ability should continue to get him some playing time in obvious pass-catching situations.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Moore is an intriguing talent, but won't see the field enough to help fantasy teams. His production is going the wrong way right now. He could have a rebound season this year but that still won't do much to help a fantasy roster.

 #85  Kellen Davis Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 229  Recpts: 19New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Davis probably had his chance for a breakout season last year but didn't take advantage of a chance to be the starter for the Bears. He caught 19 passes for 229 yards. Both totals actually were career highs for Davis, though. Davis heads to Cleveland this season to serve as a backup in their offense. His biggest asset remains as a blocker, which helps get him on the field. Davis has so-so pass-catching skills for a tight end but is a big target at 6-7. He can help in the red zone.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Davis has some touchdown potential but don't expect his reception and yardage totals to take much of a spike. He might get 15 or so receptions for 200 yards and a few scores. He isn't going to help many fantasy teams.

 #86  Chase Coffman Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 12  Recpts: 1AtlantaBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Coffman caught on with the Falcons last season and caught a pass in five games with his new team. Coffman has just four receptions for his career, getting little playing time since joining the league 2009. He has a chance to be the top backup for the Falcons this season, though. Coffman seems a good fit for the Falcons' offense. Coffman isn't much of a blocker at all, which has held him back throughout his career, but can be a top pass catcher at tight end. Coffman isn't a speed burner, but has plus hands and is a good athlete.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Coffman seems setup for his best season to date. He can set career highs across the board. Coffman still won't get a ton of work with Tony Gonzalez around. He can finish with around 20 receptions for 200 yards and a score or two.

 #87  Visanthe Shiancoe Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 0  Recpts: 0TennesseeBye: 8 
 
 #88  Jake Ballard ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Ballard didn't play at all last season because of a major knee injury. He will battle for a roster spot this season. If he can prove he is healthy, Ballard could have a fairly big role with the Patriots, especially early in the season. Ballard has plenty of upside, especially if you consider he caught 38 passes for 604 yards as a rookie. Ballard doesn't have great speed but runs pretty good routes and makes plays in the passing game. He also is a willing blocker that should improve in that area over time.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Ballard is worth a late-round look. He could get some increased playing time early in the season with the Patriots dealing with injuries at tight end to their top two tight ends. If healthy, he could be a factor in a passing game that utilizes the tight end. He is going to be a boom or bust pick, though.

 #89  Daniel Fells Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 85  Recpts: 4New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
A move to New England didn't exactly provide a big boost in statistics for Fells. He caught just four passes in a reserve role for the Patriots. He served as a blocker for the Patriots more than anything, a role he should serve again this year. He has a lot to compete with for playing time. Fells has 20-plus receptions two of five years in the NFL. Fells has the makeup of a solid tight end. He makes the tough catch and has good speed.

Fantasy Outlook: Cold
Fells could have the occasional big game in this offense but will be too hit or miss for fantasy teams this season. It wouldn't surprise to see him better last season but not by much. He could get 20 or so receptions for 20 yards and a few scores, getting a little more playing time early in the season as the Patriots tight ends get back to health.

 #90  Dante Rosario Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 95  Recpts: 10ChicagoBye: 8 
 
Player News:
Rosario had 10 receptions in a reserve role for the Chargers last season. He has 17 receptions the last two seasons, getting few chances in a reserve role. Rosario does have two seasons with 25 or more receptions but his career high in catches is 32. He has never topped 350 yards in a season. Rosario is likely to be a No. 3 tight end for this season, getting sporadic work. Rosario is a solid pass-catching tight end with above-average hands and good athleticism . He isn't much of a blocker, though, serving more as a pass-catching threat.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Even when he was at his best, Rosario still wasn't much of a help to fantasy teams. And we have a hard time believing he'll set career highs this season, so go with more exciting options come draft day.

 #91  David Ausberry Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 92  Recpts: 7OaklandBye: 7 
 
Player News:
Ausberry got a little more work his second season in the league but that isn't saying much after getting two receptions his rookie season. Ausberry caught seven passes for 92 yards last year. He was No. 3 on the depth chart much of last season. He could be the top backup for the Raiders this season at tight end but that job won't be handed to him. He'll have to earn it. Ausberry has the size for the position but needs to work on his blocking if he hopes to be a consistent producer at tight end. He runs pretty good routes and has the speed to stretch the field.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Ausberry has some intriguing talent but will be hit or miss for fantasy teams. He won't be a consistent producer. He could set career highs, though, and finish with around 25 receptions for 300 yards with a score or two.

 #92  John Carlson Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 43  Recpts: 8ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Carlson had the worst season of his career last year, catching just eight passes for 43 yards in 14 games with the Vikings. He was No. 2 on the depth chart at tight end and got very few chances. Carlson was targeted just 14 times all season, averaging a target per game. He remains the top backup in Minnesota this season and could get a few more targets if the passing game makes strides, which it should. Carlson has two of four years that he has played with 50-plus receptions. He has the ability to be a big part of the passing game at tight end. Carlson has good hands, runs solid routes and has decent speed. He has a knack for making plays, but lacks some of the physicality you would hope from the tight end spot.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Carlson should do better than last season. We can't see him having a repeat of 2012. But even with that said, Carlson isn't going to be able to get enough work to help fantasy teams on a regular basis. He is a backup tight end on a bad passing team, which isn't a great combo. He could get around 25 receptions for 300 yards and a touchdown.

 #93  Jeff King Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 129  Recpts: 17ArizonaBye: 9 
 
Player News:
With Rob Housler emerging for the Cardinals, King saw a decrease in playing time last season and served a reserve role much of the year. He had 17 receptions after having 27 the previous season with the Cardinals. King has more than 300 yards just once during his career but 20-plus receptions four seasons. King should continue to serve a reserve role this coming season. King is improving as a pass catcher but his biggest strength remains as a blocker. King has good size and decent speed. He isn't outstanding in any one area, but makes plays when given the chance.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
King isn't much of a fantasy option. He'll get around 15 catches for 150 yards and a score or two. His current numbers aren't helping many fantasy teams. There are a lot more exciting options out there for owners.

 #94  Lee Smith Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 13  Recpts: 4BuffaloBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Smith had four receptions for the second straight season, giving him just eight receptions for his NFL career. Smith has a good chance to be No. 2 on the depth chart this season for the Bills but that doesn't mean a huge increase in pass chances. Smith is more of a blocker than pass catcher. He is a big, physical tight end that can be an asset in both the rushing and passing games as a blocker. He doesn't have a whole lot of speed or burst, though, which limits his ability to do much as a receiver.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smith is likely to help more as a blocker than receiver once again but could get some receptions if heis the No. 2 tight end for Buffalo all season. He might get 20 or so receptions for 250 yards and a few scores, which isn't helping many fantasy teams.

 #95  Will Heller Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 150  Recpts: 17DetroitBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Heller had his second best season as a pro, catching 17 passes for 150 yards. He got a little more work as the No. 3 tight end for the Lions, mainly because of injury at tight end for the Lions. Heller has double-digit receptions just four times in 10 seasons. He has more than 100 yards just twice in his entire career. He is a deep reserve for NFL teams. Heller remains more of a blocking tight end. He should continue to play a reserve role, getting a few chances in the passing game.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Heller reached his peak a few years back. He isn't likely to return to that status in the near future. He'll be fortunate to have double-digit receptions, giving him next to no value for fantasy teams.

 #96  Chris Cooley Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 8  Recpts: 1WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
Cooley had just a reception in nine games with the Redskins. He was pretty low on the depth chart despite injuries at the tight end position. This doesn't bode well for his future. Cooley has just nine receptions the last two seasons. He was once a top pass-catching tight end but those days are over. Injuries have zapped his ability some the last few seasons. Cooley is about done in the NFL. Cooley isn't a huge tight end, but he has pretty good size and runs well for his size. And he has plus hands, catching nearly everything thrown his way.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Cooley was once a dependable fantasy option but those days are gone. He retired this offseason.

 #97  Jim Dray Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 15  Recpts: 2ClevelandBye: 10 
 
Player News:
Dray caught two passes in 13 games last season and has seven receptions in three seasons. Dray continues to do a good job on special teams and as a blocker at tight end but not much else. Dray likely remains the No. 3 tight end for the Cardinals. Dray needs to improve as a receiver if he ever hopes to start in the NFL some day.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Dray isn't likely to improve much on his first three seasons. He'll be fortunate to get double-digit receptions.

 #98  Dustin Keller Yr: 2012  TDs: 2  Yds: 317  Recpts: 28MiamiBye: 6 
 
Player News:
Keller played just half a season because of injury but was productive while on the field last year 0 even in an offense that really struggled. Keller was a consistent target in the passing game for the Jets, catching 28 passes for 317 yards in eight games. He had 680-plus yards two straight years before last season's injury plagued year. Keller signed a big deal with the Dolphins in the offseason to take over as their No. 1 tight end. He should get his chances in this pass-first offense, an offense that should be much more explosive than his past teams. Keller has plus speed for the tight end spot and very good hands. He has a good feel for finding the soft spot in the middle of the field. He has improved as a blocker, but still lacks some in that area.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Keller suffered a terrible, possible career-threatening knee injury during the preseason. Take him off your draft board.

 #99  Anthony McCoy Yr: 2012  TDs: 3  Yds: 291  Recpts: 18SeattleBye: 12 
 
Player News:
McCoy got some work as the No. 2 tight end for the Seahawks last season. He set career highs across the board, about doubling his totals from his first season playing. McCoy didn't top 300 yards but showed his big-game ability, having three receptions for 105 yards in Week 14. McCoy is an athletic tight end with good pass-catching ability. He has some off the field concerns but has put those behind him for now. And his work ethic has improved since joining the league. McCoy suffered a torn Achilles' in preseason workouts. He isn't likely to play this season after being cut by the Seahawks after the injury.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
McCoy isn't worth a roster spot this year. He isn't expected to play and even if he does return, it won't be until late in the season.

 #100  Bear Pascoe Yr: 2012  TDs: 1  Yds: 35  Recpts: 4New York GiantsBye: 9 
 
Player News:
Pascoe caught four passes in 15 games last season. He has yet to top 15 receptions in a season and his season high in catches is 12. Pascoe has 26 receptions in four seasons. His value is more so as a blocker. He should continue to get playing time as a tight end and fullback, serving a reserve role with the Giants. He has a chance to be the No. 2 tight end this season but that shouldn't lead to a huge increase in targets.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Pascoe could improve a little on last season but don't expect much of a jump. He won't get enough consistent playing time to help fantasy teams.

 #101  Alex Smith Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 47  Recpts: 13CincinnatiBye: 12 
 
Player News:
Smith had some receptions last year but didn't find much room to run once he caught the ball. He had 13 receptions but just 47 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per catch. Smith hasn't topped 20 receptions since 2008. He heads to Cincinnati this season and is the favorite to be the top backup at tight end for the Bengals. Smith is big and strong, and can stretch the field because of his plus speed at the tight end spot. He isn't a great blocker, though, which hurts his case for playing time. Smith also has struggled consistency throughout his career, a reason his playing time hasn't increased since early in his career.

Fantasy Outlook:  
Smith isn't likely to top 20 receptions with his new team. Expect similar production to the last few years, getting around 15 catches for 140 yards. His days of helping fantasy teams seem about over.

 #102  Fred Davis$1  Yr: 2012  TDs: 0  Yds: 325  Recpts: 24WashingtonBye: 5 
 
Player News:
An Achilles' injury cut short Davis' season after just seven games. He produced before the injury, though, having 24 receptions for 325 yards, averaging 46 yards per game. He gets about 750 yards if he plays a full year. Besides the injury, the downside with last year was he didn't score a touchdown. He doesn't get a whole lot of looks in the red zone just yet. As long as he is healthy, Davis remains the No. 1 tight end for the Redskins. Davis is a gifted athlete with good speed and pass-catching ability. He isn't much of a blocker, though, which hurts his playing time some. He has excelled when given a chance to start and should get that chance once again this season.

Fantasy Outlook: Injury Concern
Davis is a bit of a risk because of the injury situation, but he can be a big-time fantasy factor if healthy. Consider him a low-end No. 1 or top backup tight end. Davis can get 800 or so yards and six touchdowns in this offense.


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