2016 Draft Kit

Fantasy football week 1 rankings: Tight ends top 35

I play in quite a few fantasy football leagues — redraft, dynasty, keeper, daily. I hope you diversify too.

One thing that really stood out this season were the options at tight end. I went out of my way to get Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham in some leagues. Took them both in one league that has one mandatory tight end and five flex spots. Sometimes I feel like my life is an I have no idea what I’m doing meme.

My rosters also have Greg Olsen, Jordan Cameron, Heath Miller and Jordan Reed. There seemed to be a tight end for every drafting situation this season. One week won’t make or break us, but I’m excited to see what the lower-end guys on that list can do. Cameron is going to an offense that turned Charles Clay into a $38 million man. Miller is old, but you can get him and his 60-600-3 with your last pick. That’s not bad.

Reed was available in even more leagues, at least early. After Niles Paul‘s injury and with the naming of Kirk Cousins as the starter for week 1, Reed’s average draft position climbed out of the undrafted rankings. He is an injury risk, but there’s also quite a bit of upside.

Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) has been dropping knowledge on Twitter all preseason. Two of the more recent nuggets: Reed’s career average catches and yards — 4.7 and 48.2 — and that Cousins and Reed played in only two games together last season. In those games, Reed had a combined 13 catches for 146 yards.

As with any rankings or advice, you want to check player statuses right up until game time. We’re never always right and players can be scratched from lineups unexpectedly.

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Week 1 tight end rankings

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