Last year, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham produced historic numbers at the tight end position, and this year ageless Tony Gonzalez is leading the pack with fantasy statistics that place him just outside the top 5 of wide receivers. Wise fantasy owners are at least considering tight ends at the flex roster position, and some are taking advantage, so while we generally focus on running backs/wide receivers in this space each Friday, today we turn our attention to the deep tight end spot.
Here are some names to know not necessarily for this week, but as is the point of this blog entry, for those planning ahead. It's clear at this point that fantasy owners are well aware of Kyle Rudolph, Dennis Pitta and Martellus Bennett, so the tight ends mentioned below are each owned in fewer than 5 percent of ESPN standard leagues. We're digging deeper for those in deeper leagues who might need one of these fellows as a starter or flex option eventually.