Gonzalez, in his 15th-year, absolutely balled out in 2012. (USAT)
For the first time in the fantasy era, a pair of tight ends were weighed by drafters at the Round 1 turn. In the eyes of millions, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, off historic 2012 campaigns, were position titans equal to or better than some of the virtual game's most established wide receivers. Unfortunately, injuries and inconsistency hindered the duo in the follow-up. Overall, after a year of unprecedented production, the position as a whole slipped. Though still deep, only four TEs finished the season with at least 120 total points in traditional formats, the lowest total since 2008. Below is our recap of this season's TE flames and lames with a quick look at what notable names could bring rags or riches in 2013. Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Who is most deserving of MVP honors?
Andy – JASON WITTEN. Yeah, I realize the touchdown total is a little light, but the man now owns the single-season tight end reception record, plus he showed up in the fantasy playoffs. Tony Gonzalez could have claimed this award, but he was nearly shut out in the most important week of the season (one catch, nine yards in Championship Week).
Brad – TONY GONZALEZ. At an age (36) when most players are wielding Big Berthas, the position revolutionary continued to plug away. Though his near no show in Week 16 hurt many, he was a primary reason why supporters advanced to the second season. Gonzo's 9.1 per game average in standard formats was his highest output since leaving KC in 2008.
Brandon – TONY GONZALEZ. I admit that I was among those that felt that Gonzo was headed for the "career cliff" this season. Instead of hitting the wall, Gonzo crashed through it with two middle fingers held high. If there was a question as to who the greatest tight end of all-time was coming into this year (and there really wasn't), there's not much of an argument anymore.
Dalton – TONY GONZALEZ. He's the No. 1 fantasy tight end who was widely available in the middle rounds of drafts. Remarkable for a 36-year-old.
Scott – I'm still giving it to ROB GRONKOWSKI, no matter that he played in just 10 games. His points-per-game count is far ahead of the pack, so Gronk + any fill in put you in a good place.
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