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Fantasy Football Rookie Tight End Rankings For 2013: Tyler Eifert & Zach Ertz Primed to Be Pass-Catching Weapons
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6 Aug 2013 12:07 PM EST

-by Ralph Mancini, Contributing Writer; Image: Zach Ertz caught 15 touchdown passes in three seasons at Stanford. (Image Source: Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

We complete ranking the fantasy football rookies with the tight ends, as six tight ends rank among the top-30 rookie list overall:

1. TYLER EIFERT- TE- CINCINNATI BENGALS: The presence of this 6’6” weapon will serve notice to Jermaine Gresham that his back-breaking drops will no longer be tolerated. Don’t be surprised to see Eifert gradually overtake the aforementioned Gresham as the go-to tight end given his soft hands, vertical speed and exceptional body control. The difference between the Notre Dame product and the second-best rookie tight end will be considerable. Pro comparison: Todd Heap

Overall Rookie Ranking: 9

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2. ZACH ERTZ-TE- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Andrew Luck’s former teammate will help improve Philadelphia’s red-zone numbers with his size and jack-of-all-trades skill set, allowing him to attack the opposition from different positions. Pro comparison: Jason Witten

Overall Rookie Ranking: 13

Link: Rookie Running Back Rankings For 2013: Steelers Le’Veon Bell Leads the Way

3. GAVIN ESCOBAR- TE- DALLAS COWBOYS: The Cowboys are the latest team that is looking to feature a terrific tight end combination. Escobar, who is a skilled route runner with the hands and body control to adjust to poor throws, has good size for a move tight end. He should be a better blocker than he is at his size (6’5”, 255 pounds), but the Cowboys won’t be expecting any in-line blocking from him any time soon. The risk here is that Escobar ends up putting meager numbers similar to Martellus Bennett and Anthony Fasano. However, the former Aztec is a more reliable pass catcher than both of the aforementioned players. Pro comparison: Jerramy Stevens

Overall Rookie Ranking: 25

Link: Rookie Running Back Rankings For 2013 Part II: Stepfan Taylor is One to Watch

4. VANCE MCDONALD- TE- SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: If you like tight ends who are versatile, fluid and agile, then McDonald is your man. While he still has to work on dropping easy passes, the Rice product can run plays out of the backfield and is a better blocker than you would think. Jim Harbaugh will have a ball exposing mismatches with this young stud. Pro comparison: James Casey

Overall Rookie Ranking: 27

Link: Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings For 2013: Tavon Austin is the Top Playmaker

5. TRAVIS KELCE- TE- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: It’s always a treat to watch the 6’6”, 260-pound tight end accelerate after the catch and pull away from much smaller defensive backs. Kelce is also a hands catcher, who can play in-line and block defensive ends if necessary. His aggressive style and ability to stretch out for poorly thrown balls is reminiscent of a certain someone who plays somewhere out in Boston. Look for Kelce to eventually supplant both Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano in Kansas City. Pro comparison: Rob Gronkowski

Overall Rookie Ranking: 29

Link: Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings For 2013 Part II: Cordarrelle Patterson is Raw, But Explosive

6. JORDAN REED- TE- WASHINGTON REDSKINS: The converted quarterback is your classic move tight end, who very much looks like an extra receiver. The Shanahans will look to turn Reed loose as a rookie given the fact that Fred Davis is coming back from a torn Achilles. The SEC product has the hands and fluid running skills to contribute in 2013, as long as he can stay healthy. Pro comparison: Dustin Keller 

Overall Rookie Ranking: 30

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