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Fantasy football rankings 2015: Tight ends

SB Nation's team of fantasy writers break down the best fantasy football tight ends. Gronk will be the first off the board, but there are other values at the position. Good players can still be found in the middle to late rounds.

There's Gronk and then there's everyone else. The fantasy world has seen some dominant talent at the tight end position, but no one compares to Rob Gronkowski. I've seen him go as high as the second pick in some expert drafts this season and that's not even surprising. If you have the chance to grab him after the first round, don't even second-guess yourself. The Tom Brady mess and potential suspension shouldn't have any effect on the numbers that Gronk will put up.

The second and third tier contain value at the tight end position, but you're smart to wait until after you grab your running backs and wide receivers. Jimmy Graham may not have Drew Brees throwing him the ball, but it's not a complete loss having Russell Wilson as your quarterback. He'll be the main target in the Seattle Seahawks' passing game but may need some time to get acclimated to the offense. Travis Kelce is like Gronk Lite. If Kelce was part of the New England Patriots' offense, he would be the second tight end off the board. His upside is limited by the Kansas City Chiefs' offense, but I think he'll surpass his fantasy numbers from last season.

Greg Olsen is a mainstay in the Carolina Panthers' offense. Cam Newton loves his reliability and having Kelvin Benjamin taking some of the pressure off certainly helps reduce the double teams. You know what you're going to get with Olsen and you don't have to spend a high draft pick to get him. Martellus Bennett should have another great year, as long as Adam Gase uses him like he did Julius Thomas. Bennett doesn't have to carry the passing game with Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery and the addition of Kevin White.

One last strategy is to stream your tight end position. This strategy opens up your roster to more receivers and running backs, while leaving the tight end position until right before defense and kicker. If you have the roster space, grab two tight ends late and then play the matchups. Also, you have the waiver wire to back you up. If the matchups are bad one week, grab a high-upside tight end off the wire. Jacob Tamme, Jared Cook and Eric Ebron should all be available late and would be perfect streaming targets to start the season.

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; AW: Alex Welch; JD: John Daigle; KA: Kenneth Arthur; SK: Scott Kaliska; MG: Michael Gallagher)

Rank Consensus Team DK DC AW JD KA SK MG
1 Rob Gronkowski NE 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Jimmy Graham SEA 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Travis Kelce KAN 4 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 Greg Olsen CAR 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 Martellus Bennett CHI 8 5 5 7 13 5 5
6 Jason Witten DAL 6 10 6 5 5 9 8
7 Jordan Cameron MIA 9 7 8 9 6 7 7
8 Zach Ertz PHI 17 6 7 6 12 6 6
9 Delanie Walker TEN 5 11 9 8 7 10 12
10 Julius Thomas JAC 11 8 10 10 10 8 9
11 Owen Daniels DEN 7 13 18 11 20 15 15
12 Larry Donnell NYG 12 16 11 15 18 17 11
13 Coby Fleener IND 10 17 25 13 8 21 10
14 Dwayne Allen IND 13 9 21 23 16 11 13
15 Antonio Gates SD 14 15 16 19 11 12 19
16 Josh Hill NO 15 20 17 19 9 13 20
17 Kyle Rudolph MIN 19 19 19 18 14 16 14
18 Tyler Eifert CIN 16 12 12 20 28 14 23
19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TAM 29 14 14 12 32 18 17
20 Vernon Davis SF 20 26 13 22 21 20 18
21 Charles Clay BUF 18 21 20 30 17 23 21
22 Jordan Reed WAS 22 18 27 21 25 22 16
23 Eric Ebron DET 26 22 23 16 15 25 25
24 Heath Miller PIT 25 24 15 24 23 19 26
25 Ladarius Green SD 21 23 22 25 19 24 22
26 Jared Cook STL 28 -- 26 14 24 31 24
28 Maxx Williams BAL 24 25 32 31 27 26 --
27 Jace Amaro NYJ -- 30 24 27 29 29 28
29 Mychal Rivera OAK 30 29 28 30 26 28 29
30 Jacob Tamme ATL 27 28 30 29 30 32 --
31 Virgil Green DEN -- -- -- 32 22 30 27
32 Rob Housler ARI -- 27 31 -- -- 27 31
-- Scott Chandler NE 23 -- -- -- -- -- 30
-- Richard Rodgers GB -- 31 29 26 -- -- --
-- Benjamin Watson NO 32 -- -- 28 31 -- 32
-- Luke Willson SEA 31 -- -- -- -- -- --