2013 Keeper League Rankings
1. Jimmy Graham, TE, NO - Age 27
Only Calvin Johnson rivals Graham as a safe bet to be ranked atop his fantasy position over the next three seasons
2. Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE - Age 25
Gronk, good, but with the major health caveat. Still, his scoring potential remains immense and there is no doubt who is New England's top target anymore.
3. Vernon Davis, TE, SF - Age 30
Too much talent and physical ability for the 49ers to ignore, again.
4. Jason Witten, TE, DAL - Age 32
110 receptions for 1,039 yards are the numbers of a fantasy hero. Only four scores, however. Regardless, one of the safer options in all of fantasy and Witten never misses games.
5. Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN - Age 24
Nine touchdowns - and that was with Christian Ponder's growing pains. For now, Rudolph is Minnesota's No. 2 receiving target behind Greg Jennings.
6. Greg Olsen, TE, CAR - Age 29
Misused a good chunk of his career, Olsen set career-highs in yards and receptions last season.
7. Jared Cook, TE, STL - Age 27
Loaded with potential thanks to dynamic downfield ability. Now we'll see if the Rams can Cook the ball more often then the Titans.
8. Jermichael Finley, TE, FA* - Age 27
Not so long ago it looked like Finley would inherit the top TE mantle from Gates and Gonzalez. Injuries and suspect hands ended that, but he remains scary potent especially when paired with Aaron Rodgers.
9. Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE - Age 25
Slotting everyone's favorite 2013 TE sleeper this high is based on seemingly everyone saying Cameron will surprise this year.
10. Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET - Age 29
While it feels like Pettigrew has underachieved as a fantasy player, he has in fact averaged 71 receptions over the past three seasons. Would like to see him find the end zone more. Obviously.
11. Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN (R) - Age 23
If drafted by most other teams, Eifert's keeper value would be pointing north, like top-10 level. Alas, not sure the Bengals throw enough to support him and Gresham from a fantasy perspective.
12. Coby Fleener, TE, IND - Age 25
Outplayed by fellow rookie Dwayne Allen last year, but the deep threat has so much working for him including having his college QB and offensive coordinator with him on the pro level. As Andrew Luck rises, so should Fleener.
13. Zach Ertz, TE, PHI (R) - Age 23
The tight end is a valuable weapon in Chip Kelly's offense and the Eagles didn't select Ertz high in the draft just for fun. He'll take over fro Brent Celek by 2014, if not sooner.
14. Fred Davis, TE, FA - Age 28
Davis went from sneaky top-5 candidate to out with an Achilles injury. Since the Redskins don't have incredible WR depth, but they do have RGIII, Davis could find his back into the high-end discussion over the next 2-3 seasons.
15. Brandon Myers, TE, TB - Age 28
Finished fifth among tight ends with 79 receptions and had 806 yards with four scores. Relatively low ranking speaks more to the Giants historically not turning out high profile fantasy tight ends.
16. Robert Housler, TE, ARI - Age 26
Don't judge his potential based on his rookie numbers seeing as every Arizona pass catcher got caught in a terrible QB wake last season. Interesting potential considering athletic ability and the WRs on the outside should draw all the attention.
17. Travis Kelce, TE, KC (R) - Age 24
Has all the gifts you could ask for. Will step in right away as the lead receiving option at TE for Andy Reid.
18. Dwayne Allen, TE, IND - Age 24
A versatile player they're going to use all over the field. A 1-2 punch with Fleener, it helps that they'll have the same QB for the next decade.
19. Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN - Age 26
Two time pro-bowler accomplishing more in team history than any other Bengal TE. Now with Eifert, he'll have to learn to share.
20. Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL - Age 29
Missing the season drops him far down the list when looking through a 3 year window.
21. Owen Daniels, TE, BAL - Age 31
Considering his 2012 campaign was his best statistically since 2008, this might be a touch low. Then again, Daniels is now 30 and he should drop in the Texans passing game pecking order with DeAndre Hopkins around.
22. Dustin Keller, TE, FA - Age 29
Only signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins so Keller's future is uncertain. Still, he's got skills and now that he's away from the Jets we might seen them.
23. Antonio Gates, TE, SD - Age 34
Would love to pretend it's a mortal lock Gates is toast, but then he did close the season with a three-game scoring streak. Of course it's also no lock he lasts another three seasons.
24. Tony Gonzalez, TE, FA - Age 38
Gonzo is insisting he's retiring after the 2013 season. This time we believe him. For 2013 alone, he's a top-5 option.
25. Zach Miller, TE, SEA - Age 28
Showed some of his old Raiders form late last season, enough to think Miller could be a top-15 option this year and beyond. Still, let's see what happens in 2013 and go from there.