2010 Fantasy Football – TE Keeper Rankings

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2010 TE Keeper Rankings are based on a 3-year outlook for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 fantasy football seasons. Players age for the 2010 season is listed after their name.

2010 TE Keeper Rankings are established for a standard fantasy football scoring system, with scoring categories and points including:

Passing Yards: 1 point / 20 passing yards

Rushing Yards: 1 point / 10 rushing yards

Receiving Yards: 1 point / 10 receiving yards

Passing Touchdown: 4 points

Rushing/Receiving Touchdown: 6 points

Interceptions: -2 points

Fumbles Lost: -2 points

Rankings Updated: January 13, 2010

1. Antonio Gates – SD (30)

Many may argue that Vernon Davis deserves this #1 ranking, but in terms of reliability and proven fantasy football greatness, Antonio Gates is the most deserving TE for this #1 spot. Firmly entrenched in the prime of his career at age 30 for the 2010 season, Gates has an excellent QB in Philip Rivers throwing him the ball, so there really is no reason to expect any type of drop off in stats from Gates over the next three seasons.

2. Vernon Davis – SF (26)

Finally playing like many anticipated from him after being drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Vernon Davis has all the tools to be an elite fantasy football TE over the next 5 years. However with this season being his first and only year of even being considered a top 10 fantasy football TE, I simply would not advise betting the house on him just yet. Davis is a huge reward huge risk TE heading into the 2010 season.

3. Dallas Clark – Ind (31)

Obviously a much safer and more reliable fantasy football TE than the higher ranked Vernon Davis, Clark should continue to enjoy being a top target for Peyton Manning over the next several years.

4. Jason Witten – Dal (28)

While many consider this a down year for Jason Witten, it is important to keep in mind that his receiving yard numbers are still outstanding for a TE. With nearly 800 receiving yards in just 13 games so far in 2009 season, it would be ridicules to rank Witten any lower on this list. At just age 28 for the 2010 season, Witten is entering the prime of his career and is already one of the most reliable and proven TEs you could want in fantasy football.

5. Jermichael Finley – GB (23)

An emerging TE talent, Jermichael Finley could easily find his way up to #1 in these rankings over the next three years. Finley offers that key combination of speed and size that allows all great tight ends to succeed in the NFL. With Aaron Rodgers as his QB and Greg Jennings getting the defenses coverages, Finley is often the receiving target that gets the best matchups to exploit in the passing game. It wouldn’t at all be surprising to see Finley overtake the #1 TE ranking in fantasy football leagues over the next couple of years. So in long term keeper leagues, Finley is definitely one guy you want to have on your team.

6. Kellen Winslow – TB (27)

Oddly enough, we haven’t heard one peep from Kellen Winslow this season, after becoming a constant complaining force in Cleveland over the past few years. Entering the prime of his career at age 27 for the 2010 season, I fully expect Winslow to develop into a premiere fantasy football TE over the next couple of years, as he teams up with the potentially next great QB in Josh Freeman.

7. Brent Celek – Phi (25)

Many will have a point in claiming that Brent Celek should be ranked above Greg Olsen, but the truth is that as long as Donovan McNabb is his QB, Celek likely won’t put up as good of numbers as he is capable of with another QB. So unless Kevin Kolb takes over in 2010, Celek should be just an average fantasy football TE in 2010. However with keeper league incentives, Celek at just age 25 offers outstanding potential over the next five seasons.

8. Chris Cooley – Was (28)

A leg injury derailed Cooley’s season this year, but at just age 28 and coming into the 2009 season on the heels of 4 consecutive 700 plus receiving yard seasons, Cooley should reemerge as a clear cut top 10 fantasy football TE option for the 2010 season.

9. Tony Gonzalez – Atl (34)

Gonzalez is no doubt getting up there in age, but with a solid offense surrounding him in Atlanta for the 2010 season, there is no reason to think that Gonzalez won’t post another season of 800 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns again next year.

10. Greg Olsen – Chi (25)

From this ranking on down, it is all about potential among these TEs. Owen Daniels is more than deserving of this ranking, but his torn ACL makes his ranking uncertain heading into the 2010 season. Placing Greg Olsen at this #9 spot was mostly because of his goal line TD potential and the hope that another year with Jay Cutler as his QB could launch him into that reliable fantasy football TE role by the end of the 2010 season. The potential is definitely there, so a top 10 ranking is more than deserving.

11. Owen Daniels – Hou

12. Dustin Keller – NYJ

13. John Carlson – Sea

14. Zach Miller – Oak

15. Heath Miller – Pit

16. Jeremy Shockey – NO

17. Visanthe Shiancoe – Min

18. Kevin Boss – NYG

19. Tony Scheffler – Den

20. Ben Watson – NE

21. Fred Davis – Was

22. Brandon Pettigrew – Det (knee injury)

23. Marcedes Lewis – Jac

24. Todd Heap – Bal

25. Martellus Bennett – Dal

26. Shawn Nelson – Buf

27. Jared Cook – Ten

28. Bo Scaife – Ten

29. Anthony Fasano – Mia

30. Chase Coffman – Cin

31. Travis Beckum – NYG

32. James Casey – Hou

33. Sean Ryan – KC

34. Joey Haynos – Mia

35. Gary Barnidge – Car

36. Randy McMichael – StL

37. Dante Rosario – Car

38. Donald Lee – GB

39. Justin Peelle – Atl

40. Joel Dreessen – Hou

41. Alge Crumpler – Ten

42. Daniel Fells – StL

43. Jeff King – Car

44. Desmond Clark – Chi

45. Daniel Graham – Den

46. Derek Fine – Buf

47. Robert Royal – Cle

48. Jerramy Stevens – TB

49. Brad Cottam – KC

50. LJ Smith – Bal

51. Richard Quinn – Den

52. Alex Smith – Phi

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