Last Updated: Jan 26, 2011 12:36 PM
We've covered the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. Now CFG's "Way Too Early" player ranking parade hones in on the tight ends.
Remember, we're calling them "Way Too Early" rankings for a reason. It's just a first glance at the 2011 prospects. A gut feel. We haven't fully analyzed returning o-lineman for each school. We haven't yet plugged in the incoming stud recruits (signing day is February 2nd). We didn't account for all of the new coaching changes. And we haven't taken a peek at the upcoming fall schedules. All of that will come with due time.
We've been releasing one article per position per day. Eventually we'll transfer all of the data over to our Big Board. Here's the schedule:
Friday, January 21 - Quarterbacks
Monday, January 24 - Running Backs
Tuesday, January 25 - Wide Receivers
Wednesday, January 26 - Tight Ends & Kickers
We're going to pass on defensive rankings until later this spring. So, without further ado, let's dive into the tight ends!
"Way Too Early" 2011 Tight End Rankings
2010 was not a banner year for college fantasy football tight ends. Only seven players at the position were able to crack 100 fantasy points on the season (three from BCS schools).
Louisiana-Lafayette's Ladarius Green tops our initial ranking. Despite missing a couple games due to injury, Green wound up being a Top 3 fantasy tight end in 2010. He posted a solid 44-794-7 statline.
Michael Egnew continued a tradition of fine fantasy tight ends hailing from Missouri. He had an outstanding season, hauling in 90 balls for 762 yards and 5 TDs. But quarterback Blaine Gabbert is off to play on Sundays, which could hamper his production in 2011.
Rice's Vance McDonald entered last season with a lot of hype. An injury slowed him down the first half of the year -- he missed most of five games -- and most owners threw in the towel on McDonald and cut him loose. Those who scooped him off the waiver wire were rewarded handsomely as McDonald was white hot down the stretch, scoring five TDs in his final three outings.
Some TE questions to chew on:
What position designation will Johdrick Morris have in your league in 2011? Last fall, the Southern Miss receiver was listed as a TE in some leagues, and a WR in others. He's a run-of-the-mill fantasy WR, but hold tremendous value as a TE.
Perhaps no tight end in the country has more pure talent than Georgia's Orson Charles. But this athletic Dawg has yet to translate his vast potential into fantasy production. With all-world WR A.J. Green off to the NFL, will this be the year he takes center stage and finally lives up to the hype?
What will new Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis do with Jordan Reed? Reed's value in 2010 was as a unique TE/QB hybrid. He got most of his fantasy points running the ball in Wildcat situations. Reed is a complete fantasy wildcard until we see how he is utilized this spring.
A pair of up-and-coming Big Ten tight ends, Eric Lair (Minnesota) and Ted Bolser (Indiana) will be breaking in new quarterbacks this fall. How will this effect their production?
Can Oklahoma's James Hanna keep up his incredible catch-to-TD ratio? Last year he only snagged 18 balls, but 7 went for scores.
Here's we rank the tight ends at the moment....
CollegeFootballGeek.com's "Way Too Early" 2011 Tight End Rankings
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