2005 Fantasy Football te rankings tony Gonzalez – Kansas City Chiefs – Height: 6-5 – Born 02/27/1976



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2005 Fantasy Football TE Rankings

#1. Tony Gonzalez – Kansas City Chiefs – Height: 6-5 – Born 02/27/1976 – This was really a 1a, 1b situation but I gave the edge to Gonzo. His advantage in receptions and yards during what I thought was a down year for him TD-wise makes up for Gates’ TDs. The Chiefs have not added any threat at WR this off season and that still makes Gonzo the #1 option in the passing game. 2005 Projections – 95 Receptions for 1,150 yards and 10 TDs.

#2. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – Height: 6-4 – Born 06/18/1980 – Antonio Gates is officially a stud, like I needed to tell you that. With teams getting a whole off season to plan for him you might see his receptions suffer a little but his TDs will all continue to be there for your team. Consider ranking him #1 in keeper leagues. 2005 Projections – 80 receptions for 975 yards and 12 TDs.

#3. Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens – Height: 6-5 – Born 03/16/1980 – He should be fully back and healthy. The addition of Mason helped his value but the drafting of Clayton dropped it back down a little. Heap is still a premiere TE and should produce with the best of them unless Clayton has a monster rookie season. 2005 Projections – 70 receptions for 800 yards and 8 TDs.

#4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – Height: 6-5 – Born 05/06/1982 – Bledsoe really likes his tight ends and Witten should improve on his breakout season. Dallas had no running game until Julius Jones came back and having one for a full season should really help Witten. 2005 Projections – 90 receptions for 1,000 yards and 7 TDs.

#5. Randy McMichael – Miami Dolphins – Height: 6-3 – Born 06/28/1979 – Here comes Ronnie Brown to save the day. Whether it is Feely or Frerotte throwing the ball, McMichael is one of the best tight ends in the league. 2005 Projections – 75 receptions for 825 yards and 5 TDs.

#6. Jeremy Shockey – New York Giants – Height: 6-5 – Born 08/18/1980 – Shockey showed last year that he could finally find the end zone. Having Manning throwing the ball concerns me a little bit but if Shockey can continue to find the end zone he is a good fantasy tight end. 2005 Projections – 70 receptions for 725 yards and 6 TDs.

#7. Alge Crumpler – Atlanta Falcons – Height: 6-2 – Born 12/23/1977 – Alge continues to be the only receiver on the Falcons worth a spot on a fantasy roster. Crumpler is capable of breaking open for long catches often. 2005 Projections – 50 receptions for 700 yards and 6 TDs.

#8. Bubba Franks – Green Bay Packers – Height: 6-6 – Born 01/06/1978 – He won’t give you the yards but he is a target in the red zone. 2005 Projections – 35 receptions for 375 yards and 8 TDs.

#9. L.J. Smith – Philadelphia Eagles – Height: 6-3 – Born 05/13/1980 – With Chad Lewis as a free agent, this is the year for Smith to step it up and have a break out year. 2005 Projections – 45 receptions for 600 yards and 5 TDs.

#10. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – Height: 6-3 – Born 06/12/1979 – Another break out situation with Marcus Pollard going to Detroit via free agency. Clark will be the #1 guy in an offense that likes to use their tight ends. 2005 Projections – 40 receptions for 600 yards and 5 TDs.

#11. Eric Johnson – San Francisco 49ers – Height: 6-3 – Born 09/15/1979 – First, the receiving corps lost a piece with Cedrick Wilson leaving and now with the probability of a rookie QB, Johnson’s value drops. 2005 Projections – 65 receptions for 650 yards and 3 TDs.

#12. Erron Kinney – Tennessee Titans – Height: 6-5 – Born 07/28/1977 – Erron Kinney becomes one of the top receivers on the team with Mason gone. However, he will have to fight for catches with Ben Troupe. 2005 Projections – 40 receptions for 425 yards and 4 TDs.

#13. Jermaine Wiggins – Minnesota Vikings – Height: 6-2 – Born 01/18/1975 – Last year was his break out year so expect his numbers to dip a little bit with Kleinsasser added back in the mix. Losing Moss will benefit him and the amount of times Culpepper will look his way. 2005 Projections – 55 receptions for 550 yards and 3 TDs.

#14. Ben Troupe – Tennessee Titans – Height: 6-4 – Born 09/01/1982 – Troupe will look to build upon a solid rookie season. Keep an eye on who turns out #1 on the depth chart after training camp and preseason. 2005 Projections – 40 receptions for 500 yards and 2 TDs.

#15. Daniel Graham – New England Patriots – Height: 6-3 – Born 11/16/1978 – After a fast start Graham had a disappointing middle of the season and a decent finish. Look for him to be more consistent but not to improve too much on his numbers as Ben Watson will become a target in the passing game. 2005 Projections – 35 receptions for 375 yards and 6 TDs.

#16. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – Height: 6-3 – Born 07/11/1982 – Cooley was able to find the end zone last season but won’t help you in other categories. 2005 Projections – 35 receptions for 350 yards and 5 TDs.

#17. Boo Williams – New Orleans Saints – Height: 6-4 – Born 06/22/1979 – Was 2003 an aberration? This year will be the year to show us if Boo Williams is for real. Look for him to improve but I don’t see him reaching his 2003 numbers. 2005 Projections – 35 receptions for 360 yards and 4 TDs.

#18. Doug Jolley – New York Jets – Height: 6-4 – Born 01/02/1979 – A first rounder??? Ok so he isn’t worth a first rounder but he should do much better in a Jets uniform. 2005 Projections – 40 receptions for 415 yards and 3 TDs.

#19. Jeb Putzier – Denver Broncos – Height: 6-4 – Born 01/20/1979 – Stephen Alexander will hurt his 2004 numbers but Putzier should continue to be a solid option. 2005 Projections – 30 receptions for 325 yards and 2 TDs.

#20. Desmond Clark – Chicago Bears – Height: 6-3 – Born 04/20/1977 – Having Grossman back and Muhammed should help out Clark some. Look for him to put up numbers similar to his first year with the Bears. 2005 Projections – 40 receptions for 375 yards and 2 TDs.

#21. Matt Schobel – Cincinnati Bengals – Height: 6-5 – Born 11/04/1978 – He can give you some TD help but other than that he is lacking a bit. The Bengals offense continues to improve and that should help him out. 2005 Projections – 25 receptions for 300 yards and 4 TDs.

#22. Alex Smith – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Height: 6-4 – Born 05/22/82 – Ken Dilger had good success in this offense and I expect him to put up better numbers than Heath Miller in his rookie year. He should be a top TE in a few years. 2005 projections – 35 receptions for 360 yards and 1 TD.

#23. Mark Campbell – Buffalo Bills – Height: 6-6 – Born 12/06/1975 – Coming off a knee surgery he has some questions marks around him. Don’t expect him to see the end zone as much as last season with rookie Kevin Everett in the mix. 2005 Projections – 25 receptions for 270 yards and 3 TDs.

#24. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – Height: 6-5 – Born 10/22/82 – The Steelers tight end position produced virtually nothing last season. Miller will help that but there are not enough balls to go around in a run oriented offense. 2005 Projections – 30 receptions for 350 yards and 1 TD.

#25. Steve Heiden – Cleveland Browns – Height: 6-5 – Born 09/21/1976 – With KW2 out for the season, Heiden and Shea will look to carry the load at the tight end position once again. Together they are effective and produce good numbers but separately they are not solid fantasy options. 2005 projections – 25 receptions for 275 yards and 3 TDs.

#26. Marcus Pollard – Detroit Lions – Height: 6-3 – Born 02/08/1972 – Pollard was a nice pick up and is a solid target but with the WR trio of Williams, Williams, and Rogers, Pollard will need to fight for catches. 2005 projections – 20 receptions for 250 yards and 4 TDs.

#27. Freddie Jones – Carolina Panthers – Height: 6-4 – Born 09/16/1974 – Freddie never was a TD threat but being in Carolina he will lose value as he will be asked to block more than he was in Arizona. 2005 Projections – 35 receptions for 355 yards and 2 TDs.

#28. Jerramy Stevens – Seattle Seahawks – Height: 6-7 – Born 11/13/1979 – With the holdout of Mili, Stevens gets the edge for now. 2005 Projections – 25 receptions for 280 yards and 2 TDs.

#29. Jason Dunn – Kansas City Chiefs – Height: 6-6 – Born 11/15/1973 – Dunn gets overshadowed playing behind Tony Gonzalez but is a solid red zone option and can help your team in a pinch. 2005 Projections – 20 receptions for 215 yards and 4 TDs.

#30. Itula Mili – Seattle Seahawks – Height: 6-4 – Born 04/20/1973 – He had a drop off last season but I don’t see it getting much better. 2005 Projections – 30 receptions for 310 yards and 1 TD.

#31. Chris Baker – New York Jets – A solid red zone option but will fade into the background with the arrival of Jolley.

#32. Stephen Alexander – Denver Broncos – Can he revive his career in Denver?

#33. Aaron Shea – Cleveland Browns – Until there is a clear-cut starter in Cleveland stay away from this.

#34. Anthony Becht – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Alex Smith takes away any serious value Becht could have had.

#35. Jim Kleinsasser – Minnesota Vikings – Until he can stay healthy he will remain ranked low.

#36. Ben Watson – New England Patriots – Should see enough time to make a few rosters but will have to share balls in that offense. Has better value in keeper leagues.

#37. Billy Miller – Houston Texans – Has never seemed to live up to expectations, but at least he should be the unquestioned starter.

#38. Teyo Johnson – Oakland Raiders – Early favorite as the starter, could be a huge sleeper in that offense.

#39. Kyle Brady – Jacksonville Jaguars – Just not a good enough offense to make him an option.

#40. Christian Fauria – New England Patriots – Still capable of exploding for some TDs.

#41. Kevin Everett – Buffalo Bills – If his ACL is fully recovered by your draft, rank him higher. Also, rank him higher in keepers.

#42. Eric Edwards – Arizona Cardinals – With the release of Lorenzo Diamond, there is no one else left capable of starting over Edwards, could be a decent payoff for the gamble.

#43. Brandon Manumaleuna – St. Louis Rams – You would think the #1 tight end for this high octane passing offense would put up better numbers.

#44. Kris Mangum – Carolina Panthers – With Freddie Jones on the team, Mangum will be asked to do more of what he does best, block.

#45. Ben Hartsock – Indianapolis Colts – The only thing keeping him from being higher is lack of experience. He could end up being a hot free agent pick up.

#46. Ernie Conwell – New Orleans Saints – If you own Boo, you might want to keep this guy on your free agent radar just in case.

#47. Shad Meier – New Orleans Saints – Keep an eye on who emerges the primary backup to Williams.

#48. Mark Bruener – Houston Texans – With Bennie Joppru out (again), Bruener has no competition backing up Miller.

#49. Todd Yoder – Jacksonville Jaguars – Rank him ahead of Brady in keeper leagues, if given a chance he could be a solid starter for an NFL team.

#50. Casey FitzSimmons – Detroit Lions – A lot of people are still waiting for this kid to break out. It won’t happen this year with Pollard joining the team.

#51. George Wrighster – Jacksonville Jaguars – Another solid option to stow away in keeper leagues.

#52. Courtney Anderson – Oakland Raiders – Will be competing for the starting job, so watch closely.

#53. Robert Royal – Washington Redskins – Will get you some TDs.

#54. Daniel Wilcox – Baltimore Ravens – With Todd Heap out of training camp, a heated battle for backup has taken place.

#55. Justin Peelle – San Diego Chargers – Could sneak in a few good games behind Antonio Gates.

#56. Terry Jones – Baltimore Ravens – See Wilcox above.

#57. Jerame Tuman – Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers TEs don’t produce.

#58. Dwayne Carswell – Denver Broncos – Could attempt the move to LT again this season.

#59. Tim Euhus – Buffalo Bills – Insurance in case Campbell or Everett continues to have injury problems.

#60. Ryan Neufield – Buffalo Bills – More insurance.

Free Agents to Watch: Chad Lewis, Ken Dilger, Patrick Hape, Jay Reimersma, Cam Cleeland, and Ricky Dudley.

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