Fantasy Football 2015: Top 20 Tight Ends

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#20 Heath Miller / Pittsburgh Steelers / Bye Week: 11

Nov 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) runs with the ball after catching a pass from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger

(7) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Steelers 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Ol’ reliable himself, Heath Miller, comes in at #20 on this list. There were a handful of guys to consider here who ultimately didn’t make the cut, but among them Miller has the highest floor. He plays in one of the best offenses in the NFL and while he won’t light it up for you, he’s a quality play especially if your starting tight end is injured or on a bye.

#19 Jordan Reed / Washington Redskins / Bye Week: 8

Like many other players for whom owners play the “what if” game, Reed is a player with a ton of talent and upside but simply can’t stay on the field. If he can stay healthy he could be a steal, but that’s a sizable conjunction on which to gamble. He may very well go undrafted thanks to his injury woes and if he does, get him on your free agent watch list and monitor his production.

#18 Coby Fleener / Indianapolis Colts / Bye Week: 10

Fleener is a tough player to gauge because you can easily make an argument for or against him. Has great athleticism and plays in a fantasy-friendly offense with an elite quarterback in Andrew Luck, but surrounded by other equally viable weapons who will eat into his production and is prone to the occasional drop. Boom or bust prospect for me and my guess is he doesn’t quite reach the numbers he put up last year (51 receptions, 774 yards, eight touchdowns).

#17 Kyle Rudolph / Minnesota Vikings / Bye Week: 5

Sep 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) against the New England Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Vikings 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Much like Jordan Reed, Kyle Rudolph is a tight end stuck with the “injury prone” label and won’t shake that designation or become a sought after fantasy football asset until he can stay on the field. He has top end fantasy appeal but the health questions will have owners avoiding him early. I still believe he’s worth grabbing late on a low-risk roll of the dice on his health.

#16 Austin Seferian-Jenkins / Tampa Bay / Bye Week: 6

If for nothing else AS-J is worth owning as the 2015 edition of the “law firm”, a title previously given to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. In his rookie year of 2014 Seferian-Jenkins put up a pedestrian 21 receptions and two touchdowns, but I expect him to easily double that output. Jameis Winston will need time to acclimate and while Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are drawing attention on the outside, Seferian-Jenkins can be the rookie quarterback’s best friend over the middle.

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