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Fantasy Football Review: Top Tight Ends of 2012

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Fantasy Football 2012: Best Tight Ends Review

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The 2012 fantasy football season featured plenty of big seasons by tight ends. From elite players at the position who have put up big numbers week in and week out to newcomers who will likely be big stars in 2013, the tight end position also featured many big name players to have disappointing seasons such as Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Aaron Hernandez and Jermichael Finley. Using a standard scoring system, here’s a look at the top tight ends of the 2012 fantasy football season.

Fantasy Football 2012 Honorable Mentions at Tight End:

10. Brandon Myers – 104.60 points (806 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns)

9. Kyle Rudolph – 105.30 points (493 receiving yards, 9 receiving touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion)

8. Owen Daniels – 107.60 points (716 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns)

7. Dennis Pitta – 108.90 points (669 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns)

6. Greg Olsen – 114.30 points (843 receiving yards, 5 receiving touchdowns)

* Player statistics accurate as of the end of the 2012-13 regular season. Fantasy point totals determined through standard Yahoo! fantasy football scoring structure. Passing Yards - 25 yards per point, Passing Touchdowns - 4, Interceptions - minus-1, Rushing Yards - 10 yards per point, Rushing Touchdowns - 6, Reception Yards - 10 yards per point, Reception Touchdowns - 6, Return Touchdowns - 6, 2-Point Conversions - 2, Fumbles Lost - minus-2, Offensive Fumble Return TD - 6.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – 121.90 points

Season statistics: 1,039 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns

Despite suffering a lacerated spleen in the preseason, Witten still had one of the best seasons of his career. From setting an all-time record for tight ends with a career-high 18 receptions in Week 8 to setting the single-season record for receptions with 110 catches, he had a great year for fantasy owners.

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4. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

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4. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers – 131.60 points

Season statistics: 816 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion

With the Steelers’ needing to pass more due to their ineptitude in the running game, Miller turned out one of his better seasons catching the ball, as he set a career-high in receiving yards and touchdowns. He finished the season on injured reserve after suffering an ACL and MCL injury in Week 16 which could affect his fantasy stock in 2013.

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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons – 141.00 points

Season statistics: 930 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns

Reaching the end of his career, Gonzalez played well had a good overall season. While he fizzled as the season progressed, he had his best season since joining the Falcons and was a nice surprise for owners willing to take a small risk on the 36-year-old in the middle round of drafts.

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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots – 143.00 points

Season statistics: 790 receiving yards, 11 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost

Gronkowski missed five games with a broken forearm yet he still had one of the best fantasy seasons among a weak tight end class. Scoring more touchdowns than any other tight end, he justified his high preseason rank with 55 receptions and three multi-touchdown games.

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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints – 152.20 points

Season statistics: 982 receiving yards, 9 receiving touchdowns

Much like how Drew Brees was the most consistent quarterback this season, Graham was the most consistent tight end in the league. An elite option at a position with so much uncertainty from week-to-week, he had yet another exceptional season in 2012.