Cleat Geeks

FANTASY DOG’S PRE-SEASON TE RANKINGS

1. Rob Gronkowski NE – Even if Brady misses a few games Gronk will continue to dominate the TE ranks. There is a wide gap between #1 and #2. Gronk is THE te FF gem. No other compares.

2. Antonio Gates SD – Still at the top of the TE ranks. The more things change the more they stay the same. Draft Green late for insurance if you have room. But expect another certain top 5 te season from Gates.

3. Greg Olson CAR – Undervalued and super consistent. Imagine how good he wold be with a pocket passer? Still a solid TE in a solid position to remain in the top 5.

4. Martellus Bennett CHI – Marshall gone. Jeffrey and Bennett now lead the receiving corp in the windy city. Could feasibly challenge for the #2 spot. I expect Bennett to be the #2 receiver in Chicago in 2015.

5. Julius Thomas JAX – Julius will be a larger portion of the offense in JAX than he was in DEN. The only problem is there will be much less offense. Even in an anemic O he will retain top 5 FF value. Yardage and receptions replace TDs in his statistical scoring base.

6. Jimmy Graham NO – If SEA only passed the ball more frequently and consistently. For the offensive scheme alone Graham falls out of my top 5. Graham will most likely be the #1 REC in SEA, but that will not be enough to keep him in the top 5.

7. Travis Kelce KC – Only so much you can do in a short passing attack offense. But Kelce makes the most of his opportunities. Kelce will continue to progress even in a vertically challenged paradigm. Upside is very strong with this one.

8. Dwayne Allen IND – So many weapons in Indy. But this is the main redzone target. If he stays healthy he may find himself nipping at Gronk’s heels in value. Played in 9 games in 2014. Scored a TD in 8 of those 9.

9. Jason Witten DAL – DeMarco is gone. The big D O returns to a pass heavy incarnation. Witten has yet another top 10 TE campaign.

10. Zach Ertz PHI – One of two returning solidified targets. Expect an increase but do not be surprised if much of the newly available targets fall to Jordan Matthews and too a lesser degree Huff and Agholor.

 11. Delanie Walker TN – Walker is a very athletic TE. Loads of talent and a true downfield threat. Will the rook start or will Metz get a shot first in 2015? Either way I do not foresee a huge jump in production. You can do worse though.

12. Jordan Cameron MIA – New address for a downfield threat TE. The change of scenario will do Cam well. I expect him to push the top 10 in a suddenly weapon heavy attack. 

13. Josh Hill NO – So NOs plans to run more. So Hill is no Graham. Still going to see plenty of redzone targets. Still has incredible upside.

14. Eric Ebron DET – Ebron is going to get the targets needed to be a top ten TE in 2015. The question is what will he do with them? This is an upside pick. A bit of a gamble, but the payoff could be well worth it.

15. Virgil Green DEN – Another team reportedly taking some of the air out of the ball in 2015. Green is my pick to replace the athleticism lost with the exit of Julius. He will not reach Julius’ 2013 production but he could prove to be a pleasant surprise.

16-21. Heath Miller PIT, Larry Donnel NYG, Vernon Davis SF, Charles Clay BUF, Jared Cook STL, Jordan Reed WAS. They all have some potential. But they all have serious knocks. Whether durability or consistency they all comes up short. You should avoid this group. There is no game changers here.

 

Don’t See It

Coby Fleener IND – Barring injury unusable.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB – I saw nothing in 14 to show potential in 2015. Especially with a rook qb.

Jacob Tamme ATL/Tony Moeaki – Tamme has the mental but not the physical to be a difference maker. Moeaki the physical but not the mental.

Tyler Eifert CIN – Cannot stay or even get on the field.

Max Williams BAL – He has upside in an offense devoid of talent. But I think the BAL O struggles in 2015.

*If you are still looking at this point you are out of luck.

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