In 2016, Rob Gronkowski is ranked as the number one Tight End in many fantasy football rankings. Gronk will be off the board quickly, although his style of play has come with significant injures. In the beginning of the seasons Gronk has proved that he can put up significant numbers, but towards the end of the season the Patriots Tight End begins to decline. It may not be worth reach, pulling the trigger on Gronk in the first round based upon his ADP. I’ll give you a few names that you can consider besides Gronk, while still getting a quality Fantasy Football Tight End
Jordan Reed – In 2015, Jordan Reed was right behind Gronkowski in most statistical categories, had more receptions, and had the same amount of catches. Reed does have a little bit of an injury problem as he has missed 14 games in the past 3 seasons and has had multiple concussions. Reed is coming into this season on a new 5 year/46.5 million dollar contract with 22 million guaranteed. If he can stay healthy, look for Reed to be a mismatch against most defenses and a primary target for the developing Kirk Cousins. In standard leagues, many have an ADP of 4.07 (Round 4, pick number 7 in a 12 team draft) while PPR has him at 4.05.
Greg Olsen – Greg Olsen has become one of Cam Newton’s favorite targets. Although the loss of Kelvin Benjamin helped Newton find the sure handed receiver a lot more, Olsen should be able to thrive in Carolina’s offense in 2016. Olsen is 31 years old but is still able to add value to any fantasy roster. Leagues has Olsen’s ADP in standard leagues 5.02 while in PPR leagues he stands at 4.11 ADP.
Delanie Walker – Since arriving in Tennessee, Delanie Walker has proven that he is a solid starter on any fantasy football team. Walker has led the Titans in receiving these past 2 seasons and happens to be the favorite target of developing quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The Titans are projected to enter this season a bit more physical, while catering to the running game so Walker may be faced with more blocking situations than usual. Possibly resulting in a decrease in his numbers. Walker’s ADP for standard leagues stands at 7.03 while his PPR ADP is at 6.06
Tyler Eifert– The Bengals have lost some of their receiving core due to free agency and this will help boost Eifert into the forefront of the Bengals receiving core. Listen, I know you may be concerned about his injuries, but what fantasy player isn’t subject to an injury at any point during the season? Eifert could even make the case to challenge Gronk for the number one spot in regards to fantasy Tight Ends.
Martellus Bennett– Although Bennett does not stay consistent throughout the season, it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at New England’s second TE option. If New England decides to use a two TE set like they have in the past, Bennett might be a strong option as Gronk will garner a lot of attention from opposing defenses. I predict Bennett having a 40+ reception season and being a threat in Red Zone situations. You can find Bennett’s PPR ADP around 12.10 while his standard ADP is found around 12.01.
Coby Fleener – Fleener is stepping into the same role that Jimmy Graham once had, catching passes from Drew Brees while exploiting size mismatches on defense. Although Fleener has been a letdown in past seasons, I predict he will have more value in New Orleans, he could be a valuable late round pick for fantasy owners. With the loss of Marques Colston, the Saints will be looking for a playmaker in their offense, so look for Fleener to be one of Brees favorite targets. His standard and PPR ADP is at 7.07 and 6.12.
Travis Kelce – In 2015 Kelce was in position to challenge Gronk as one of the premier tight ends in the NFL, yet he only slightly improved his stats from 2014. He had 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns on 101 targets last year. I foresee Travis being a top 10 TE pick but not reaching the top 5 quite yet. Kelce’s ADP for standard leagues is 6.09 while his PPR is at 6.08.
Gary Barnidge – The Browns believe that Barnidge has another strong season in him as he attempts to follow up his 1,000yd, 9 touchdown season. As RGIII attempts to get back into the reigns as a solid NFL quarterback, look for him to be one of the quarterback’s favorite targets. Barnidge has a ton of athletic ability and he should yield similar results from last year. His ADP for both Standard and PPR leagues is 8.11 and 8.08.
Zach Ertz – Zach Ertz finished his year with 75 catches for 853 yards and received a five year extension with 20 million dollars guaranteed. His number of catches ranked 6thamongst tight ends and he ranked 7th in fantasy points. Ertz finished out 2015 strong, so look for him to carry over the production into 2016.
Ladarius Green – Ladarius Green will be replacing the retired Heath Miller in the Steelers offense. After signing a 4 year deal worth 20 million dollars expect Green to make a significant impact this fantasy season. Green has yet to have his moment while being behind Antonio Gates, but has definitely showed some flashes while Gates was serving a four game suspension last season. During the time Gates was away from the team, Green played in three of those contest putting up 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Both Greens ADP for standard and PPR are at 8.06 and 9.01.