Fantasy Football Focus: Tight End 2012 Season Review

Expert Advice from Brian Music - 2011 Inaugural Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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Tight ends may not be the most important fantasy football position, as there are multiple players (many undrafted) that can give you 6-7 fantasy points when called upon. The top rankings for 2012 finds many tight ends that could have been picked up on waivers / free agency throughout the season. However, having one of the fantasy studs (if they could stay healthy) was a huge plus for your fantasy teams and results. So, in preparing for the long fantasy offseason, I wanted to take a look at the important statistics that will help fantasy managers start their 2013 rankings.

Fantasy Points Scored (Full Season) - based upon Yahoo! standard fantasy leagues:

1) Jimmy Graham NO (152.20 fantasy points); 2) Rob Gronkowski NE (143.00); 3) Tony Gonzalez ATL (141.00); 4) Heath Miller PIT (131.60); 5) Jason Witten DAL (121.90); 6) Greg Olsen CAR (114.30); 7) Dennis Pitta BAL (108.90); 8) Owen Daniels HOU (107.60); 9) Kyle Rudolph MIN (105.30); 10) Brandon Myers OAK (104.60); 11) Jermaine Gresham CIN (101.70); 12) Antonio Gates SD (95.80); 13) Martellus Bennett NYG (92.60); 14) Scott Chandler BUF (91.10); and 15) Vernon Davis SF (84.80).

Fantasy Points / Game Average (Full Season):

1) Rob Gronkowski NE (13.00 fantasy points / game - 11 games played); 2) Jimmy Graham NO (10.15 - 15 games played); 3) Tony Gonzalez (8.81); 4) Heath Miller PIT (8.77 - 15 games played); 5) Aaron Hernandez NE (8.76 - 9 games played); 6) Jason Witten DAL (7.62); 7) Dennis Pitta BAL (7.26 - 15 games played); 8) Owen Daniels HOU (7.17 - 15 games played); 9) Greg Olsen CAR (7.14); 10) Kyle Rudolph MIN (7.02 - 15 games played); 11) Brandon Myers OAK (6.54); 12) Antonio Gates SD (6.39 - 15 games played); 13) Jermaine Gresham CIN (6.36); 14) Scott Chandler BUF (6.07 - 15 games played); and 15) Martellus Bennett NYG (5.79).

Fantasy Points Scored (Last 4 Weeks):

1) Aaron Hernandez NE (48.40 fantasy points); 2) Jason Witten DAL (44.90); 3) Jimmy Graham NO (44.70); 4) Dennis Pitta BAL (42.60); 5) Heath Miller PIT (42.00); 6) Lance Kendricks STL (39.50); 7) Greg Olsen CAR (37.40); 8) Antonio Gates SD (35.00); 9) Tony Gonzalez ATL (33.80); and 10) Martellus Bennett NYG (29.10).

Receiving Yards (Full Season):

1) Jason Witten DAL (1,039 yards receiving); 2) Jimmy Graham NO (982); 3) Tony Gonzalez ATL (930); 4) Greg Olsen CAR (843); 5) Heath Miller PIT (816); 6) Brandon Myers OAK (806); 7) Rob Gronkowski NE (790); 8) Jermaine Gresham CIN (737); 9) Owen Daniels HOU (716); and 10) Brent Celek PHI (684).

Receiving TDs (Full Season):

1) Rob Gronkowski NE (11 TDs); 2) Jimmy Graham NO and Kyle Rudolph MIN (9); 4) Heath Miller PIT and Tony Gonzalez ATL (8); 6) Antonio Gates SD and Dennis Pitta BAL (7); 8) Owen Daniels HOU and Scott Chandler BUF (6); and 10) 7 players (5).

Receptions (Full Season):

1) Jason Witten DAL (110 receptions); 2) Tony Gonzalez ATL (93); 3) Jimmy Graham NO (83); 4) Brandon Myers OAK (79); 5) Heath Miller PIT (71); 6) Greg Olsen CAR (69); 7) Jermaine Gresham CIN (64); 8) Owen Daniels HOU (62); and 9) Jermichael Finley GB and Dennis Pitta BAL (61).

As you are analyzing this position for next year's draft, Gronkowski's performance in only 11 games should jump out to you. If you adjust his numbers to account for a full season (assuming he can stay healthy, which is a big assumption), his numbers would be off the board. He should be the #1 TE to go in next season's draft. After that, you will probably see familiar names such as Graham, Gonzalez, and Witten (particularly in PPR leagues), Hernandez, H. Miller, Olsen, and Daniels. Then you have newer names like Pitta, Rudolph, Myers, Gresham, and Bennett. It will also be interesting to see how players such as Gates and V. Davis will be ranked after sub-par years for them.

While you are suffering from fantasy football withdrawal in the coming weeks, make sure to take a few minutes and do some early 2013 rankings. Of course, players will be traded, rookies will be drafted, and players will retire or move on, but this ranking now will at least give you a place to start when making these adjustments. Also, be sure to check out my other articles reviewing the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions.

Brian Music is one of five inaugural inductees to the 2011 Toyota Legends of Fantasy Football Hall of Fame on Yahoo! Sports. He has participated in fantasy football for 23 years and began playing Yahoo! fantasy football in 2001, winning trophies in 20 of the 29 leagues that he has played (including 10 League Championships), and placing in the Top 3 in Fantasy Points in 27 of the 29 leagues.

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