2015 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Tight Ends- Updated: Tuesday, July 7th
Scoring: These rankings are based on PPR (point per reception) scoring (one point per 10 rushing yards, six points per rushing touchdown plus one point per every reception with one point per 10 receiving yards and six points per receiving touchdown) and are for the 2015 season only.
These rankings are from Kevin Hanson (follow him on Twitter).
More Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings:
- 2015 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (Standard Scoring)
- 2015 Fantasy Football Half-PPR Tight End Rankings
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
When it comes to fantasy tight ends, he's in a tier all by himself. Named the 2014 AP Comeback Player of the Year after two injury-plagued seasons, Gronkowski posted an 82/1,124/12 stat line over 15 games. Scoring 266.4 fantasy points (PPR), Gronk had 36.5 points (or 15.88 percent) more than Jimmy Graham, who had the second-most among tight ends. Not only dominant over a full season, but Gronk was consistent as well finishing as a top-five weekly scorer at the position in eight of 15 games and a top-11 scorer in all but one game (Week 2).
2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Slowed by a shoulder injury, Graham had 54 yards or less in six of his final seven games last season and finished with only 889 yards, a four-year low. Over his past four seasons, however, Graham has averaged 89 catches, 1,099 yards and 12 touchdowns per year. With his trade to the Seahawks, Graham goes from an offense that averaged 41.2 pass attempts per game, second-most in the NFL last year, to one that averages the fewest (28.4/G).
3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce played only 52.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps from Weeks 1 to 10, but that percentage jumped to 86.7 percent from Weeks 11 to 17. Despite his snap-count limits during the first half of the season, Kelce still finished with 67 receptions, 862 yards and five touchdowns and the ninth-most fantasy points (sixth-most in PPR formats) among tight ends last season. With good health, the sky is the limit for Kelce in 2015.
4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Posting career highs of 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, Olsen now has at least 69 receptions and 816 yards while finishing as a top-seven fantasy tight end in each of the past three seasons. Over that three-year span, Graham (3,086) is the only tight end with more yards than Olsen (2,667) and only Graham (256) and Jason Witten (247) have more receptions than Olsen (226). He's never scored more than eight touchdowns in a season, but he has at least five scores for seven consecutive seasons. In addition, Olsen is extremely durable having played all 16 games in seven consecutive seasons.
5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Setting career highs across the board in 2014 with 90 receptions, 916 yards and six touchdowns, Bennett finished as a top-five scorer among tight ends and led the position in receptions. With the Bears trading Brandon Marshall to the Jets, Bennett has the potential to match those numbers this season.
6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz saw a year-over-year jump from 36 catches and 469 yards as a rookie to 58 catches for 702 yards, 11th-most among tight ends last season. With Jeremy Maclin leaving Philadelphia for Kansas City, however, Ertz should become even more involved in the passing game.
7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Other than his rookie season, Witten's 64 receptions and 703 yards last year set or tied career lows. Witten lacks upside at this point in his career, but he's a solid option that should come close to last year's top-10 performance once again.
8. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins
In 2013, Cameron had a breakout season with 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns. When healthy, he is clearly a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Unfortunately, Cameron missed six games last season and has a history of concussions. Perhaps no injury is more worrisome from a fantasy outlook given the greater susceptibility and unpredictability of a recurrence. If Cameron plays 16 games in 2015, however, he has top-five upside.
9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Walker set career highs in both receptions (63) and yards (890) and led the team in both categories last season. It may be difficult for Walker to repeat that production with a rookie quarterback, but the team's quarterback situation was less than ideal last year and Marcus Mariota has generated positive reviews during offseason workouts.
10. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars
Slowed by injuries, Thomas followed up a breakout 2013 season with only 43 catches for 489 yards, but he once again scored 12 touchdowns. Signing a massive free-agent deal with the Jaguars, Thomas is unlikely to approach that red-zone success again this year. Aside from the Browns (12), no other team threw fewer touchdowns than the Jaguars (15) last season.
11. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller parlayed 91 targets last season into a 66/761/3 stat line, which was good for the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends in 2014. While he only has four touchdowns in 30 games over the past two seasons, but he's one of 10 tight ends I have projected for 60-plus catches in 2015.
12. Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
Once again, Daniels is reunited with Gary Kubiak. Daniels had 48 catches for 527 yards and four touchdowns last season in Baltimore. While I don't expect 12 touchdowns from Daniels, which is something that Julius Thomas has done in back-to-back years in Denver, I would expect an improvement across the board over his 48/527/4 line from last season.
13. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
In two NFL seasons, Reed has played nine and 11 games, respectively, and that's the biggest concern (durability) with Reed. That said, he's been reasonably productive in those 20 games -- 95 receptions for 964 yards (plus 18 rushing yards) and three touchdowns. I like Reed's upside if he can stay healthy, but he also was invisible in too many games last season as he had 25 yards or less in five of his final seven games and didn't score a single touchdown last season.
14. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Fleener finished with 774 yards and eight touchdowns, both of which were career highs, on 51 receptions last season. Unsurprisingly, Fleener's best games last season came in games that Dwayne Allen was out. In the four games that Allen missed or left early due to injury, Fleener had 355 yards and four touchdowns. In the other 12 games, he had just 419 yards and four touchdowns. Assuming that Fleener and Allen are healthy for the entire season, I prefer Allen over Fleener.
15. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
With eight touchdowns on only 29 receptions in 13 games, Allen is one of the league's better red-zone options at the position. In weeks he doesn't score, however, Allen's lack of volume (2.23 catches per game) will lead to mostly boom (scores a touchdown) or bust (doesn't score a touchdown) outcomes.
16. Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
Despite Sam Bradford playing just seven games over the past two seasons, Cook has exceeded 50 receptions and 600 yards and finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end in both of his seasons with the Rams. There has been some boom or bust to his game in the past, but he was one of just nine tight ends to have at least three receptions in 12 games last season.
17. Rob Housler, Cleveland Browns
Under-utilized within Arizona's offense, Housler has averaged just 1.9/20.6 per game with only one touchdown in 55 games over four seasons with the Cardinals. With Josh Gordon suspended for the 2015 season, the Browns have one of the least-talented groups of pass catchers, which could lead to the athletic Housler setting new career highs in his first season with the Browns. He enters 2015 as a high-upside TE2.
18. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert's 2014 season ended almost as soon as it began with a dislocated elbow injury in Week 1. As a rookie and part of a timeshare with Jermaine Gresham, Eifert posted a solid 39/445/2 line in 2013. With Gresham now gone, Eifert will be counted on to be a significant part of their passing attack if he can stay healthy.
19. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Although his targets (98), receptions (69) and yards (821) were down year over year, Gates finished with 12 touchdowns, the second-most of his career, and scored the third-most fantasy points among tight ends in PPR formats. That said, he enters the 2015 season facing a four-game suspension for PEDs and turned 35 years old last month.
20. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph has failed to reach double-digit games in each of the past two seasons. While he has the potential to excel in the red zone (nine touchdowns in 2012), Rudolph has just five touchdowns in 17 games over the past two years. While Norv Turner runs a tight end-friendly offense, Rudolph actually posted three-year lows on a per-game basis in receptions (2.67/G) and receiving yards (25.7/G) in his only season with Turner.
21. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Disappointing those that expected an expanded role for him within the offense last season, Green had just 19 receptions for 226 yards and no touchdowns in 2014. Meanwhile, Antonio Gates finished second among all tight ends in fantasy points in his age-34 season. For at least the first four games of the season, however, Green will see his role expand with Gates suspended.
22. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
Although he started the season slowly, Clay averaged 4.56 catches for 51.0 yards per game and scored all three of his touchdowns from Weeks 7 to 17. The concern for Clay's outlook -- and that of the other Bills' skill players -- is the team's quarterback situation.
23. Larry Donnell, New York Giants
At this point last year, nobody projected that Donnell would finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end, but that's exactly what he did in 2014. Donnell was especially good in the first four games (25/236/4 and fourth-most TE fantasy points). After scoring 45.6 fantasy points in the first four games of the season, however, Donnell scored only 44.7 fantasy points (3.73/G) in the final 12 games. Coincidentally, Odell Beckham missed the first four games of the season and Victor Cruz expected back in Week 1 from his patellar tendon injury.
24. Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints
Trading Graham (and Kenny Stills) should open up opportunities for Hill, but ESPN beat reporter Mike Triplett recently wrote that he doesn't expect a "major breakthrough" for Hill in a mailbag response to a fantasy question. Targeted just 20 times last season, Hill turned those targets into 14 receptions for 176 yards and five touchdowns.
25. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
After a 4/44/2 game to open the season, it was all downhill for Davis from there. Last season's 245 yards, 9.4 Y/R and two touchdowns either set or tied career lows for Davis, who had 792-plus yards in four of his previous five seasons with a total of 44 touchdowns during that span.
Here are the best of the rest:
26. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27. Jace Amaro, New York Jets
28. Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
29. Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
30. Mychal Rivera, Oakland Raiders
31. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
32. Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
33. Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
34. Tony Moeaki, Atlanta Falcons
35. Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams
36. Maxx Williams, Baltimore Ravens
37. Niles Paul, Washington Redskins
38. Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints
39. Virgil Green, Denver Broncos
40. Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders
41. Dion Sims, Miami Dolphins
42. Gavin Escobar, Dallas Cowboys
43. Luke Willson, Seattle Seahawks
44. Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
45. MyCole Pruitt, Minnesota Vikings
46. Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets
47. Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
48. Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens
49. Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
50. Darren Fells, Arizona Cardinals
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