2017 Outlook: Gronkowski is one of the most dominant players in the NFL, but injuries continue to derail his career. The three-time top fantasy tight end has missed at least one game during each of the past five years, a total of 24 during the span. Gronkowski appeared in eight games last season, and led all tight ends in fantasy points during Weeks 6-10. He's finished in the top five in touchdowns, fantasy points and yards per target during the past four seasons in which he's appeared in at least 11 games. Gronkowski turns 28 this year and is expected to be back to full health, so although his durability is a major concern, his dominant production makes him worth consideration during the second round of your draft.
2017 Outlook: Reed has posted a pair of top-10 fantasy seasons in the past two seasons, which is impressive when you consider he missed six games during the span. In fact, he's never appeared in more than 14 games in a single season. Reed handled 8.3 targets per game during 38 career games in which he was on the field for more than half of the Redskins' offensive plays. The mark is 8.8 if we limit the sample to the past two seasons (24 games). Incredibly, Reed has caught at least three-quarters of his targets during each of his four NFL seasons. Reed's injury woes are a pain, but he's a heavily utilized and elite fantasy tight end when active.
2017 Outlook: Kelce took his game to yet another level last season and ended up as fantasy's top-scoring tight end. That came after top-eight finishes during his first two full years in the league. Interestingly, when you compare 2015 to 2016, Kelce was actually on the field less last season, saw a slight dip in target share and scored one fewer touchdown. On the other hand, his catch rate (71 to 74 percent), average depth of target (5.5 to 6.7) and yards per target (8.7 to 9.8) increased, and he continued his post-catch domination. Kelce is a quality TE1, but lacks the upside of Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed.
2017 Outlook: Olsen scored a touchdown on only three of his 80 receptions, but still managed to finish a career-best third in fantasy points among tight ends last season. Olsen has now finished top-seven at the position in targets, completions and receiving yards each of the past five years. His touchdown total was his lowest since 2007 despite reaching 10 end zone targets for the third time in four years. Olsen works downfield more than most tight ends; he's topped the position in average depth of target each of the past two years. Olsen enters his age-32 season as a near lock to find pay dirt more often. He's a strong, reliable TE1.
2017 Outlook: Graham spent last offseason recovering from a torn patellar tendon, which raised questions as to whether or not he'd ever return to his All-Pro form. Graham, who turns 31 this year, put those concerns to rest by appearing in all 16 of Seattle's games and posting career highs in yards per target (9.8) and yards after catch (5.0). Graham was limited to six touchdowns, but paced the position with 13 end zone targets. Graham posted his fifth top-four fantasy season in six years and will be even healthier entering 2017. He's a strong TE1 option.
2017 Outlook: Walker has flourished since joining the Titans. He's posted a top-11 fantasy season each of his four seasons with the team, including a top-five finish in each of the past two years. Walker's targets, receptions and yardage fell off significantly from 2015 to 2016, but he set career highs with eight end zone targets and seven touchdowns. Walker turns 33 this year and has missed exactly one game each of the past four seasons, but he's one of the league's best two-way tight ends and a big part of Tennessee's passing game. He's a high-floor TE1.
2017 Outlook: It didn't take Rudolph long to become Sam Bradford's favorite target last season. The veteran tight end paced all tight ends with 128 targets and ranked top four in receptions, yards, touchdowns and end zone targets (11). Rudolph finished second at the position in fantasy points, his best ranking since he landed 11th in 2012. As for sustainability, consider that tight ends have accounted for a 24 percent target share during Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's 122 games as a head coach or coordinator since 2009. Rudolph shouldn't have much trouble repeating his 22 percent target share, which will help him finish as a top-10 fantasy tight end.
2017 Outlook: Ertz has finished fifth in targets and top nine in fantasy points at the tight end position each of the past two seasons. He's shown terrific hands (10 drops) in his career, but has really struggled to find the end zone. Since entering the league in 2013, Ertz ranks seventh in targets (362) and 17th in touchdowns (13) at the position. On the plus side, he set a career-high with nine end-zone targets (fifth-most in the NFL among TEs) last year. The tight end position has been extremely busy (minimum 27 percent target share) during head coach Doug Pederson's seasons as a coach and coordinator, but Ertz's role figures to be reduced after the team's signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Ertz is a back-end TE1.
2017 Outlook: Eifert has been a disappointment since being selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, but his issues have been with durability, not on-field play. Eifert has yet to play a full 16-game season and has missed 26 games (41 percent) of the Bengals' 64 regular season games since 2013. Despite missing 11 games in the past two years, Eifert has racked up 18 touchdowns (most at the position) and 19 end zone targets (third most) during the span. He posted a top-10 fantasy week during 54 percent of his appearances in 2015 (seventh highest) and 63 percent last season (second highest). Eifert's touchdown production is hard to count on long term, and his durability is a major concern, but he's a big part of a Bengals offense likely to rebound this season. He's a quality TE1 and will be available at a discount on draft day.
2017 Outlook: Bennett is now 30 years old and coming off a season in which he paced all tight ends by averaging 9.9 yards per target. He finished as a top-10 fantasy tight end for the third time in four years. Bennett was limited to 78 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps last season, but, as one of the game's better two-way tight ends, he had been on the field for at least 90 percent of his team's snaps, when active, during each of the previous four seasons. Bennett will be no higher than third in the target pecking order in Green Bay, but that's not a bad place to be in an offense that was the pass-heaviest in the league and ranked third in touchdowns last season. Bennett is a fringe TE1.
2017 Outlook: Doyle was one of the top breakout players in fantasy last season. The 2013 undrafted free agent took advantage of Coby Fleener's departure and Dwayne Allen's struggles by catching 59 passes (11th-most at the position) and scoring five touchdowns. He finished 13th in fantasy points at the position and paced tight ends with a 79 percent catch rate. Doyle signed a three-year extension and Allen was traded to New England during the offseason. In the past 10 years, head coach Chuck Pagano (23 percent) and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski's (26 percent) offenses have directed a minimum of 20 percent of the targets to the tight end position. Doyle is atop the depth chart and positioned to play a major role in an offense led by Andrew Luck. He's a TE2 with upside.
2017 Outlook: It's rare for a rookie tight end to make a splash in fantasy, but Henry did exactly that in 2016. The second-round pick was only on the field for 54 percent of San Diego's offensive snaps but scored a position-high eight touchdowns on 53 targets. He finished sixth in yards per target (9.0), fourth in post-catch yardage (5.5), second in end zone targets (12) and 19th in fantasy points (11th in non-PPR). Henry enters 2017 as a lock for an expanded role at the expense of 36-year-old Antonio Gates. With Philip Rivers under center, Henry is a candidate for his first top-12 fantasy season, but keep in mind that there are a lot of mouths to feed in this offense.
2017 Outlook: Ebron has finished as a top-15 fantasy tight end each of the past two seasons, but he's failed to meet the high expectations that come with being selected 10th overall in the draft. He's struggled with blocking, has missed eight games due to injury and has a position-high 16 drops in three seasons. Ebron scored just one touchdown last year, but he's hard to blame for that. He caught four of five end zone targets during his first two seasons but was limited to two end zone looks (he caught one) and no additional targets inside the opponent's 5-yard line last season. Ebron is only 23 years old, an athletically gifted 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive weapon. He's a fringe TE1 target.
2017 Outlook: Witten is now 35 years old and will return for his 15th professional season. The NFL's iron man has appeared in every single one of the Cowboys' games since sitting out an Oct. 12, 2003, game against the Eagles. Witten no longer sports much upside (nine top-10 fantasy weeks in the past two seasons) and 2016 marked the first season since his rookie year in which he didn't finish as a top-12 fantasy tight end. Witten has scored three touchdowns in each of the last two years, and his four end zone targets ranked 21st at the position last season. He's a solid TE2 in all formats, but he should be downgraded in non-PPR.
2017 Outlook: It's rare for a rookie tight end to make a fantasy impact, so it's hardly a surprise that Hooper finished 2016 with only 19 receptions. The Stanford product appeared in 14 games and averaged 27.3 snaps per game. Although Jacob Tamme's shoulder injury forced the team to use a committee at the position, Atlanta tight ends still combined for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns. Hooper is expected to play a much larger role in his second season and will thus be responsible for a hefty share of those looks. The 2016 third-round pick will make for an intriguing late-round flier in Atlanta's high-scoring offense.