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Fantasy Football 2010 Rankings: Tight Ends 31

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  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • September 8, 2010, 5:04 PM


At the top of our tight end rankings you'll find some familiar names, as well as a couple of rising star? Read on to find out who's Number 1...

1. Dallas Clark, Colts 
Clark was so good in 2009 that he became the second tight end to ever catch 100 passes in a year despite sitting most of the season's final two games. There's little reason to think defenses will be able to slow down Clark and Peyton Manning this year.

2. Antonio Gates, Chargers
With Vincent Jackson holding out for a new contract, Gates is Philip Rivers's clear-cut No. 1 pass-catcher. He's basically a wide receiver; Gates often lines up as a slot receiver and averaged a whopping 14.6 yards per catch last year.

3. Vernon Davis, 49ers
Davis emerged as a pass-catching monster last year, leading all tight ends in touchdowns (13) while racking up 965 receiving yards. The only question is: Will second-year wide receiver Michael Crabtree start stealing some of the TDs that used to go to Davis?

4. Brent Celek, Eagles
Celek has joined the elite ranks of tight ends and could be new Eagles starter Kevin Kolb's favorite target this season. He has the potential for 1,000 yards and, because he's Philly's best red zone threat, 10 touchdowns.

5. Jermichael Finley, Packers
Finley might be as talented as any tight end in the NFL, and now he's playing with the kind of consistency he needs to be a star. He had 676 receiving yards as a part-time player last year. He could lead tight ends in touchdowns with Aaron Rodgers throwing to him in Green Bay's high-powered offense.

6. Jason Witten, Cowboys
Witten is old reliable. He's still one of Tony Romo's favorite targets and should pile up receiving yards. The problem is that the presence of Miles Austin, plus super-rookie Dez Bryant, limits Witten's potential. Expect his numbers to be good but not great in 2010.

7. Chris Cooley, Redskins
Cooley just needs to stay healthy. He'll be catching passes from Donovan McNabb this year, and D-Nabb's going to be the best quarterback Cooley's ever played with. Look for a career year from Washington's playmaking tight end.

8. Zach Miller, Raiders
Miller is the best pass-catcher in Oakland, so look for Jason Campbell to go to him early and often. He may not score a lot of touchdowns, but Miller should be near the top of the tight ends list in catches and receiving yards.

9. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
In Gonzalez starting to slow down? His 867 receiving yards in 2009 was his lowest total since '02. Considering Gonzalez is 34 years old, it won't be easy for him to bounce back to his old monster stat line.

10. Kellen Winslow, Buccaneers
He'll be young quarterback Josh Freeman's favorite target again, so Winslow should put up strong numbers in receptions and yards. But there won't be many touchdowns to be had in Tampa's rebuilding offense.

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