Brent Celek, Eagles: Chip Kelly's offense uses a lot of tight ends, but not necessarily as receivers. In the 6 years Kelly was at Oregon (the first 2 as the offensive coordinator), the most passes a tight end caught was 43 by current Baltimore Raven Ed Dickson in 2007.
Jared Cook, Rams: Has never had 50 catches in what's been mostly a disappointing 4-year career with the Titans. There is a reason Jeff Fisher signed Cook, whom he drafted in 2009 when both were in Tennessee. And Fisher is astute enough to make Cook a decent sleeper.
Owen Daniels, Texans: Had a career-best 104 targets and six touchdowns in 2012. Not a bad option for those who prefer to wait on tight ends, but don't expect a full 16 games out of him.
Vernon Davis, 49ers: The loss of Michael Crabtree (Achilles') makes Davis the primary target for Colin Kaepernick. And former tight-end teammate Delanie Walker's defection to Tennessee isn't so bad, either.
Jermichael Finley, Packers: Green Bay was in a similar contractual position the Eagles were in with Michael Vick. The Pack gave Finley his $3 million roster bonus and are letting him play out the final year of his deal.
Antonio Gates, Chargers: Failed to hit 50 catches for the first time since his rookie year in 2003. As quarterback Philip Rivers has declined, so has Gates.
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: Ninety-three catches, 930 yards and eight touchdowns last year as a 36-year-old. Waiter, I'll have whatever he's drinking.
Jimmy Graham, Saints: Let everyone else clamor for Rob Gronkowski while you pluck Graham in the fourth round. He had nine touchdowns in 2012, despite being hindered by a wrist injury that required surgery.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots: Due to return in mid-September after undergoing back surgery in June. He's going as high as the third round, which seems awfully dicey when other solid tight ends are out there.
Dustin Keller, Dolphins: Tore his knee up in the preseason and is out for the year. No Miami TE is worth considering at this point.
Heath Miller, Steelers: Has a knee injury and is uncertain for Week 1.
Brandon Myers, Giants: Came out of nowhere in 2012 to register 79 catches and 806 yards for the Raiders. The Giants have more receiving options, but Myers would be a good TE2 for those who own the Jimmy Grahams of the world.
Greg Olsen, Panthers: Olsen, coming off a career-best 69 receptions, is Cam Newton's best option after Steve Smith.
Dennis Pitta, Ravens: Likely out for the year with a hip injury. Teammate Ed Dickson (hamstring) is uncertain for Week 1, but not really a fantasy option even if he plays.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings: His nine touchdowns from a year ago have tongues wagging, but only three of those scores came in the final 6 weeks, when he had just 19 catches.
Jason Witten, Cowboys: Witten had only three touchdowns last year, but two came in the last 3 weeks, when teammate Dez Bryant was running wild. As long as Tony Romo is the QB, Witten will get fed.
On the way up: Jermichael Finley, Packers
On the way down: Antonio Gates, Chargers
Riskiest pick: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
Late-round look: Jared Cook, Rams
Please avoid: Heath Miller, Steelers
Top rookie: Tyler Eifert, Bengals
Sleeper: Martellus Bennett, Bears. In 76 career games, Bennett has as many 100-yard outings as I do. To be fair, Bennett spent his first four seasons behind Jason Witten, but put up career-high numbers (55-626-5) with the Giants last year. In Chicago, he could develop into Jay Cutler’s second option (after Brandon Marshall), and is a popular sleeper pick as a result.
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