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2014 Fantasy Football: 5 Tight Ends to Avoid At All Costs

Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Tight Ends to Avoid On Draft Day

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Tight end has traditionally been a position where consistent production was a bonus for fantasy owners, but that has gone the other direction in recent years with unprecedented depth at the position and plenty of viable fantasy options.

With that in mind, here are five tight ends fantasy owners should avoid at all costs this year.

5. Jermaine Gresham

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5. Jermaine Gresham

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Gresham lost playing time to Tyler Eifert last year, so a drop in production (46 receptions for 458 yards and four touchdowns) is not surprising after he set career-highs in catches (64) and yards (737) in 2012. Fantasy owners should expect the downward trend to continue this year.

4. Jared Cook

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4. Jared Cook

Jared Cook, Fantasy Football 2014
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Cook had a solid first season with the Rams in 2013, with 51 receptions for 671 yards and five touchdowns. But it's worth wondering if he'll ever become a top fantasy option, and questions about quarterback Sam Bradford hold him back as well.

3. Marcedes Lewis

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3. Marcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis, 2014 Fantasy Football
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Lewis missed five games last season and finished with just 25 catches for 359 yards and four touchdowns. He did have 52 catches in 2012, but 2010 (58 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns) looks like a distant memory at this point.

2. Brandon Pettigrew

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2. Brandon Pettigrew

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Last year Pettigrew had his lowest catch (41), yardage (416) and touchdown (two) totals since his 2009 rookie season, and now he stands to lose playing time to rookie Eric Ebron. That makes him at best a low-end TE2 for fantasy owners, and not worth the trouble in most scoring formats.

1. Antonio Gates

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1. Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates, 2014 Fantasy Football
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On the surface 2013 looks like a bit of a rebound season for Gates, with 77 receptions for 872 yards and four touchdowns. But over the final six games of the season he only reached 50 receiving yards once and he never had more than five catches in any of those games. Gates is no longer a top-end fantasy tight end based on production, and he looks likely to lose playing time to Ladarius Green this year.