Offseason fantasy football rankings: Tight ends

Since it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the next fantasy football season, we asked Bill Bender from Fantasy Source to pay us a visit and offer his post-Super Bowl rankings for 2010. Here’s a look at tight ends:

2010 fantasy TEs: Check out the top 10 for free

Franchise: Dallas Clark Colts (No. 2). Clark became the second tight end to catch 100 passes in a single season, and he leads TEs with 27 TDs since 2007. Bottom line: Peyton Manning is his quarterback.

Bounce-back: Jason Witten, Cowboys (No. 4). Owners will overlook Witten because he scored just two TDs in 2009. But he still had 94 receptions and 1,030 yards. With a few more scores, he’ll be back on par with Clark and Antonio Gates.

Sleeper: John Carlson, Seahawks (No. 12). Because Jermichael Finley is too obvious. Carlson slumped most of ’09, but he closed with four TDs in the final four weeks. He’s a third-year breakout candidate.

Bust: Zach Miller, Raiders (No. 14). Miller is perceived as a draft-day bargain, but he has caught only seven TDs in three seasons. He’s no more than a bye-week backup. Bottom line: JaMarcus Russell is his quarterback (for now).

Rookie: Aaron Hernandez, Florida. Tim Tebow gets all the attention, but college teammate Hernandez (6-2, 250) had 68 catches for 850 yards and five scores as a junior. Hernandez will make an impact, especially in the red zone.

Also see: 2010 fantasy RBs | Fantasy QBs | Fantasy WRs

Bill Bender writes for Fantasy Source Football. For more coverage, visit Fantasy Source Football today.

Since it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the next fantasy football season, we asked Bill Bender from Fantasy Source to pay us a visit and offer his post-Super Bowl rankings for 2010. Here’s a look at tight ends:

2010 fantasy TEs: Check out the top 10 for free

Franchise: Dallas Clark Colts (No. 2). Clark became the second tight end to catch 100 passes in a single season, and he leads TEs with 27 TDs since 2007. Bottom line: Peyton Manning is his quarterback.

Bounce-back: Jason Witten, Cowboys (No. 4). Owners will overlook Witten because he scored just two TDs in 2009. But he still had 94 receptions and 1,030 yards. With a few more scores, he’ll be back on par with Clark and Antonio Gates.

Sleeper: John Carlson, Seahawks (No. 12). Because Jermichael Finley is too obvious. Carlson slumped most of ’09, but he closed with four TDs in the final four weeks. He’s a third-year breakout candidate.

Bust: Zach Miller, Raiders (No. 14). Miller is perceived as a draft-day bargain, but he has caught only seven TDs in three seasons. He’s no more than a bye-week backup. Bottom line: JaMarcus Russell is his quarterback (for now).

Rookie: Aaron Hernandez, Florida. Tim Tebow gets all the attention, but college teammate Hernandez (6-2, 250) had 68 catches for 850 yards and five scores as a junior. Hernandez will make an impact, especially in the red zone.

Also see: 2010 fantasy RBs | Fantasy QBs | Fantasy WRs

Bill Bender writes for Fantasy Source Football. For more coverage, visit Fantasy Source Football today.

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