Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Tight Ends- Updated: Thursday, May 7th
Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards, four points per passing touchdown plus one point per 10 rushing/receiving yards and six points per rushing/receiving touchdown) and are for dynasty leagues.
rookie wide receiver dynasty rankings, there were three 1,000-yard rookie receivers in 2014, which set a record.
While it may be a little less difficult for rookie receivers to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark than in years past, it remains just as difficult as ever for tight ends.
In fact, the last rookie tight end to exceed the 1,000-yard mark was Mike Ditka (1961). As you might imagine, he's the only tight end to ever do so.
There were 10 tight ends drafted last season and seven of them were drafted in the first three rounds. Only one of them exceeded 250 yards -- Jace Amaro (38/345/2).
Here are my rookie dynasty rankings for tight ends from the 2015 NFL Draft:
1. Maxx Williams, Baltimore Ravens
Clearly the top tight end option in this year's class, Williams lasted until the end of Round 2, but he finds himself in a favorable situation within Marc Trestman's offense. Williams is a good, not great, athlete, but is a natural hands catcher that gets some comparisons to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. He led college football with nine receptions of 25-plus yards last season.
2. Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders
Walford finished with 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the 'Canes. Walford is a good athlete for the position, but he didn't seem to make many friends during team interviews.
(2/2) NFL TE coach said of Walford: “Acted like he was doing us a favor by even talking to us. Asked about an issue he had & he got pissy"— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 25, 2015
3. Tyler Kroft, Cincinnati Bengals
Kroft, the third tight end off the board, is a good athlete at the position. Playing more in-line last year, Kroft's production dipped to 24/269/0 after 43/573/4 in 2013. Kroft was also limited by the team's weak quarterback play as well.
4. Jeff Heuerman, Denver Broncos
Heuerman battled a foot injury last season, which led to a decline in production from 26/466/4 (17.9 Y/R) to 17/207/2 (12.2 Y/R). While Peyton Manning is nearing the end of his Hall of Fame career, the athletic Heuerman lands in a good spot in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense.
5. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers
With excellent size and length (6-7, 261, 33-inch arms) and leaping ability (37-inch vertical), James has the potential to develop into a nice red-zone target for the Steelers. Heath Miller will turn 33 years old this season.
6. MyCole Pruitt, Minnesota Vikings
An outstanding athlete (4.58 forty, 38-inch vertical, 4.37 20-yard shuttle), Pruitt was highly productive with 221 catches for 2,601 yards and 25 touchdowns, all of which ranks first or second in school history, over his four years at Southern Illinois. With plus athleticism and a good landing spot in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, Pruitt has plenty of long-term upside.
7. Wes Saxton, New York Jets
It was a bit surprising that Saxton went undrafted as I've seen mock drafts that projected Saxton as high as the second round. Saxton is an athletic move tight end that ran a 4.65 forty and posted a 36-inch vertical at the combine.
8. James O'Shaughnessy, Kansas City Chiefs
O'Shaughnessy generated quite a bit of buzz as a sleeper last month and he ran a 4.68 forty with a 35-inch vertical at his Pro Day (or technically, Northwestern's Pro Day). O'Shaughnessy finished with 29 catches for 544 yards and nine touchdowns, two of which he caught in the FCS National Championship game.
9. Nick O'Leary, Buffalo Bills
O'Leary tested poorly (4.93 forty) and has short arms (29 3/4 inches), but he has excellent hands and could be productive as a H-back at the next level. The grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, O'Leary won the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2014.
10. Blake Bell, San Francisco 49ers
The Belldozer will turn 24 prior to the start of 2015 season and has played tight end for just one year after converting from quarterback so he's raw due to his lack of experience at the position and a slightly older-than-typical prospect.
More rookie dynasty rankings:
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Quarterback Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Running Back Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Football Dynasty Rookie Tight End Rankings