2013 Top 5 Rookie Fantasy Football Tight Ends

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMay 8, 2013

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17: Tyler Eifert #80 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish catches the ball for a touchdown over Kevin Johnson #9 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us, it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies.

Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2013 NFL rookie tight end class.


1. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Eifert caught 50 passes last year at Notre Dame for 685 yards and four touchdowns. He will team with Jermaine Gresham to give the Bengals a potent tight end set.

Eifert is a really nice option in dynasty leagues, but will take some time to develop as a rookie. He will likely go undrafted in re-draft leagues. I expect him to score six touchdowns given his size and jump-ball ability. He’ll likely be feast or famine.


2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce caught 45 passes last year for 722 yards and eight touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He has good size, speed and blocking ability.

There are some character concerns, which should be the only thing that prevents him from seeing a heavy dose of snaps. He has the potential to be even better than Eifert. Kelce has value in dynasty leagues, but can be avoided in re-draft ones.


3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

Ertz averaged five touchdowns per season in his three years at Stanford. He took advantage of Coby Fleener’s departure to the tune of 69 catches for 898 yards and six touchdowns.

Ertz has good long-term potential, but Brent Celek and James Casey are blocking his path.


4. Gavin Escobar, Dallas Cowboys

Escobar averaged 661.5 yards and 6.5 touchdowns in the past two years at San Diego State. He will team with Jason Witten to provide the Cowboys’ version of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

He could eventually take over for Witten, but it could be a few years.


5. Vance McDonald, San Francisco 49ers

McDonald averaged 462 yards and five touchdowns over the past three years at Rice. He is playing behind Vernon Davis, but should see the field plenty. I expect consistency to be an issue.


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