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Asinine Analysis Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings 2014

photo: Charles Krupa/Associated Press

photo: Charles Krupa/Associated Press

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

Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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

photo: Ed Zurga/Associated Press

photo: Ed Zurga/Associated Press

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.

Have questions about tight end rankings? Or just want to tell me how ridiculous my rankings are? Go ahead and comment, or email me at


Fantasy Football Rankings 2014
Tight End
Player Team Rank Bye Week
Jimmy Graham NO TE1 6
Julius Thomas DEN TE2 4
Rob Gronkowski NE TE3 10
Veron Davis SF TE4 8
Jordan Cameron CLE TE5 4
Jason Witten DAL TE6 11
Jordan Reed WAS TE7 10
Dennis Pitta BAL TE8 11
Martellus Bennett CHI TE9 9
Kyle Rudolph MIN TE10 10
Charles Clay MIA TE11 5
Greg Olsen CAR TE12 12
Delanie Walker TEN TE13 9
Antonio Gates SD TE14 10
Ladarius Green SD TE15 10
Jared Cook STL TE16 4
Coby Fleener IND TE17 10
Heath Miller PIT TE18 12
Zach Ertz PHI TE19 7
Zach Miller SEA TE20 4
Eric Ebron DET TE21 9
Levine Toilolo ATL TE22 9
Scott Chandler BUF TE23 9
Jace Amaro NYJ TE24 11
Tyler Eifert CIN TE25 4
Rob Housler ARI TE26 4
Anthony Fasano KC TE27 6
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB TE28 7
Andrew Quarless GB TE29 9
Marcedes Lewis JAC TE30 11
Brent Celek PHI TE31 7
Owen Daniels BAL TE32 11
Mychal Rivera OAK TE33 5
Jermaine Gresham CIN TE34 4
Ryan Griffin HOU TE35 10
Adrien Robinson NYG TE36 8


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Patrick is a self-proclaimed NFL analyst, critic, and lampooner, but he has also been known to provide commentary on baseball, basketball, hockey, MMA, and even cricket one time when he was delirious. Patrick is also a major homer when it comes to sports teams in his home state of NY, although he reserves the majority of his mockery to those teams. His heartbreaking teams are the New York Jets (football), New York Knicks (basketball), New York Islanders (hockey), Long Island Lizards (lacrosse), and evens it all out as a fan of the New York Yankees (baseball).