It’s fantasy football draft month, and you know what that means: countless ranking sheets that make you so dizzy that you end up drafting Chad Johnson in the 6th round. Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there. Granted, I’ve only been there when testing out what retired players are still available so I can troll mock drafts, but still, been there.
But don’t worry. I have, right here, the definitive rankings that will guarantee that you at least beat me in fantasy football. Whether or not that translates into beating anyone else is up for debate. This is Asinine Analysis.
We continue our rankings with the least of the point makers in drafts… for the most part: tight ends.
Captain Obvious: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
This past off-season began the battle for special circumstances with tight ends in contract negotiations thanks to Jimmy Graham.
The New Orleans Saints placed a franchise tag on Graham as a tight end, who topped the rankings of tight ends for the past two years. Graham appealed the labeling, arguing that he was used more as a wide receiver than a traditional tight end. The appeal was thrown out, but the Saints bumped Graham’s salary up, higher than the next tight end, Rob Gronkowski, but lower than the average wide receiver.
As tight ends are utilized like this more and more, you can be sure their value will go up, along with their contract issues.
Just There to Block: Anthony Fasano, Kansas City Chiefs
While Jimmy Graham may be used more as a pass-catching tight end than most, Anthony Fasano of the Kansas City Chiefs is a less traditional tight end on the opposite side of the talent spectrum.
Coach Andy Reid loves his running backs, and the game plan that pushed the Kansas City Chiefs into the playoffs was “Get Jamaal Charles the ball.” This means that Charles ran. When Charles didn’t run, he caught. Those catches are normally meant for receivers like Dwayne Bowe and tight end Anthony Fasano, both who used their talents to block instead.
Last Year’s Hype, This Year: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings was supposed to continue the tradition of a tight end being a quarterback’s safety valve. Instead Rudolph took a step back last season with only 3o receptions for 313 yards and 3 touchdowns all season.
Luckily for Rudolph and anyone who isn’t a quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Norv Turner is here as the new offensive coordinator. Last year, Norv utilized Jordan Cameron to the point of hospitalization. Kyle rudolph looks like he may be a bit more durable.
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