Ranking the 2015 NFL Draft Fantasy Situations: TE

Ranking the TE situations 1-32 by fantasy desirability as draft destinations

As I was starting to stack the names for this year's pre-draft Bloom 100. I was struck by how clearly I could see the wide range of rankings post-draft based on eventual destinations. One element of this that we can't know for sure is what pick the player goes off the board at - which is an indicator in some ways - but with the exception of draft day trades and teams that double (or even triple) up on a position, we can clearly see the short and long-term situation the player will be drafted into and project which would be most and least beneficial (or even detrimental) to a player's dynasty value. Quality of supporting cast, scheme/coaching, and both short and long-term opportunity all figure in to the final ranking. We wind up the series with TE, another QB dependent position, but also one that is a bit more sensitive to system and supporting cast.

1 BAL Lost Kubiak TE-friendliness, but lack of WR talent and healthy proven option is promising
2 ATL  Quality wide receivers leave a lot of room to operate in the middle of the field and only bandaids on roster
3 NO Hill is promising but no sure thing to translate on more snaps. Lots of targets to be had
4 PIT  Heath Miller is in winter of his career and this offense is turning into a monster
5 GB Still lots of room to upgrade from Quarless/Rodgers. Return of Cobb hurts 
6 MIN Rudolph could be something if he could ever stay healthy, but that has not been the norm 
7 CLE Browns lost out on TE sweepstakes in free agency. Passing offense is a minus 
8 DEN Kubiak a big plus, and opportunity will come, but likely in post-Peyton pass O
9 OAK  Raiders were in market for TE in free agency. To be continued
10 SD Ladarius Green looms, but he's a free agent in 2016 
11 MIA Cameron basically on one year deal. Dion Sims is good, but door could be open for #1 receiving TE soon
12 DAL  Jason Witten is getting on in years. Not sold on Escobar as replacement
13 TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins having trouble staying on field already 
14 NE  Opening for a TE2, still low in pecking order
15 IND  Allen/Fleener seems to be working just fine, but being on Luck roster is worth something
16 NYG Giants supposedly like Donnell, still far from entrenched. Pass offense on the rise 
17 HOU Fiedorowicz/Griffin/Graham isn't exactly confidence inspiring, but small-time passing game
18 PHI Eagles offense by committee can get more than one TE involved, but not consistently 
19 DET  Ebron will get every chance to fail. Maybe he will.
20 WAS Reed can't stay on field, Paul re-signed, but he's a complement. QB a big question 
21 TEN  Delanie Walker one bright spot in dim offense
22 CHI Eddie Royal limits 2TE sets for now and Black Unicorn will draw most TE targets anyway  
23 SF  Vernon Davis on decline, but what FF opportunity will his successor find?
24 CIN  Tyler Eifert has this locked down for now, needs to get past shoulder injury
25 STL Rams have a ton of money tied up in mediocre TEs 
26 KC  Travis Kelce might be the #1 target in the offense and Chiefs fascinated with Demetrius Harris
27 NYJ Jace Amaro was drafted for his receiving skills, will be hard to break in 
28 CAR  Greg Olsen steady eddie for Newton and that's not changing soon
29 BUF  Bills gave Clay money and Rex teams where passing game FF value goes to die
30 JAX  Teal Julius doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it
31 SEA  Jimmy Graham's in town, he's got this
32 ARI Someone remind Bruce Arians that tight ends are eligible receivers

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