When it comes to drafting tight ends, only a few fantasy teams will end up with one that will help them every week score a lot of points. The rest will find serviceable players who will help more weeks than not but also disappear completely on occasion. As a result, in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, it is important to grab one of the top tier tight ends early if that is a position you want to lock up. If not, most tight ends in the middle tiers will remain consistent and similar in stats on average but will disappear a little more often as the list gets deeper.

Here is a look at the 2017 fantasy football draft tight end rankings as the NFL training camps are officially underway.

Tier 1: Tight End Rankings

The first tier of 2017 fantasy football draft tight end rankings are those players you want to target in the first few rounds of most drafts. When it comes to tight ends, there are really only two players you want to even consider in the first round and only one of them are worth more than a pick at the very end of that round. Now, if you want to move this on to the fifth round, there are a few options, starting of course with Rob Gronkowski.

Here is a look at the players you might want to target somewhere in the first five rounds of your fantasy draft.

1. Rob Gronkowski

2. Jordan Reed

3. Greg Olsen

Tier 2: Tight End Rankings:

The second tier of 2017 fantasy football draft tight end rankings include those remaining players that should be starting for most fantasy teams. Try to get your starting tight end no later than the 10th round otherwise the position will become close to worthless for most teams.

The players at the end of this tier are hit and miss most weeks.

4. Travis Kelce

5. Delanie Walker

6. Jimmy Graham

7. Eric Ebron

8. Hunter Henry

9. Austin Hooper

10. Kyle Rudolph

11. Zach Ertz

12. Martellus Bennett

Tier 3: Backup Tight End Rankings

The third tier of 2017 fantasy football draft tight end rankings are backups and plug-in starters as well as insurance policies in case of emergencies. These are players you could start but should never be your first option.

13. Tyler Eifert

14. Jason Witten

15. O.J. Howard

16. Charles Clay

17. Jack Doyle

18. Jesse James

19. Coby Fleener

20. Evan Engram

21. C.J. Fiedorowicz

22. David Njoku

23. Jared Cook

24. Dion Sims

Avoid these tight ends

Finally, here are tight ends you should avoid at all costs.

25. Vance McDonald

26. Julius Thomas

27. Jermaine Gresham

28. Antonio Gates

29. Dwayne Allen

30. Benjamin Watson

31. Ryan Griffin

32. Erik Swoope

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