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2014 Draft Prep: TE tiers, 2.0

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There are two types of Fantasy drafters: Those willing to dedicate an early-round pick to an elite tight end, and those who aren't.

If you do want an elite tight end making a difference in your lineup, you'll either have to get really lucky on Draft Day or on the waiver wire to fix a weakness somewhere else.

If you do not want an elite tight end then you'll either get lucky with another tight end on Draft Day or find an option off the waiver wire to fix the weakness at the position.

Which way is the right way?

There's no right answer, since the elite tight ends should deliver huge numbers (so long as they stay healthy ... Gronk, we're looking at you) and there will be breakout tight ends as well.

The good news is that there seems to be enough tight ends to go around in a league with 10 or fewer owners. Twelve or more? There's still enough, just not comfortably.

We discussed the finer points of drafting tight ends at every stage in a Fantasy draft along with the concept of taking high-upside tight ends late and whether or not you need to take two tight ends in our earlier tight end strategies.

But the tiers have been tweaked a little bit and you deserve to know about it.

Tight end tiers for 2014

Elite Tier Second Tier Third Tier Shoot for the moon
Rounds 1, 2, 3 Rounds 5, 6, 7 Rounds 8, 9 Rounds 10+
Jimmy Graham Vernon Davis Zach Ertz Ladarius Green
Rob Gronkowski Jordan Cameron Kyle Rudolph Antonio Gates
Julius Thomas Jason Witten Greg Olsen Heath Miller
  Dennis Pitta Jordan Reed Charles Clay
      Martellus Bennett
      Delanie Walker
      Eric Ebron

PPR tiers for tight ends

Elite Tier Second Tier Third Tier Shoot for the moon
Rounds 1, 2 Rounds 5, 6, 7 Rounds 8, 9 Rounds 10+
Jimmy Graham Vernon Davis Kyle Rudolph Antonio Gates
Rob Gronkowski Jordan Cameron Zach Ertz Heath Miller
Julius Thomas Jason Witten Greg Olsen Ladarius Green
  Dennis Pitta Jordan Reed Charles Clay
      Martellus Bennett
      Delanie Walker
      Eric Ebron

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Falcons WR Harry Douglas misses 10th straight practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) Falcons wideout Harry Douglas, who's missed four straight games with a foot injury, did not practice Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game in London against the Lions. It was Douglas' 10th straight missed practice.

Douglas did a rehab run on the side during practice.


Chiefs' Jamaal Charles admits he was a little shaken up by hard hit
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:13 am ET) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was involved in a violent collision with Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers while scoring a touchdown during Sunday's game. Both players were sent to the turf, but Flowers left with a concussion and Charles stayed in the game.

Though, Charles admitted during a radio interview with ESPN that maybe he was dealing with symptoms of a concussion.

"It definitely hurt," Charles said, per ProFootballTalk.com. "It’s like, I woke up -- I mean, like, a couple plays later I was seeing light bulbs, like, light bulbs around my eyes, and I was trying to catch them. But I was in the game so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s get the ball and run again.'"

Charles added he tried to avoid going through the league's concussion protocol. Charles left a Chiefs' playoff game in January due to a concussion.

"I didn’t have a concussion, but it definitely was a hit that shocked me," he said. "But I don’t think I had to go through the concussion protocols and all that. I didn’t want to go through that again because of what happened in the playoffs. I was definitely fine, I think I came out pretty good."


Theo Riddick returns to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:11 am ET) Lions running back Theo Riddick, who missed Week 7 with a hamstring injury, returned to practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game in London. It appears Detroit will have its top three backs -- Joique Bell, Reggie Bush and Riddick -- available against the Falcons.

Reggie Bush able to practice Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:06 am ET) Lions running back Reggie Bush, who was hampered by an ankle injury Week 7, practiced Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game in London against the Falcons. Bush has guaranteed he'll play.

Three Lions tight ends held out of practice Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:06 am ET) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria were all held out of practice Wednesday.

Ebron (hamstring) and Fauria (ankle) continue to be sidelined due to injuries that kept them out Week 7 vs. New Orleans, and Pettigrew appears to be sidelined due to an ankle/foot injury he sustained Sunday against the Saints, according to MLive.com.


Lions WR Calvin Johnson not ready to practice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was unable to practice Wednesday due to a lingering ankle injury. Johnson has made the trip to London for Sunday's game against the Falcons, but his status for Week 8 remains up in the air. 

Johnson has missed the last two games due to the ankle injury. He has totaled 22 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns in five games. Following Sunday's game, the Lions will be on a bye before returning to action Week 10 vs. Miami.


Report: Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Running back Ray Rice has filed a grievance against the Ravens challenging the team's decision to terminate his contract in early September, Pro Football Talk reports.

Rice is arguing that the Collective Bargaining Agreement allows just one penalty per infraction. The league suspended the former Raven two games after reviewing the domestic-violence incident, but after a second video of the same incident was brought to light in the public forum, Rice was cut by the team and suspended indefinitely by the league.

Rice's grievance against the league is set for Nov. 5 and 6, while his grievance against the Ravens doesn't have a scheduled date for resolution. He'll look to seek the salary he would have earned if he had been reinstated in Week 3 in his grievance against the Ravens.


Arians: Cardinals TE Troy Niklas unlikely to return in Week 8
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated Tuesday that tight end Troy Niklas (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Eagles, FOXSports.com reports.

Niklas has missed the last two weeks after suffering an ankle sprain. He has one reception for 16 yards on the season.


Report: Patriots expected to sign DE Alan Branch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Patriots are expected to sign free-agent defensive end Alan Branch, the Boston Globe reports.

Branch was released by the Bills after a DUI arrest in August. The Patriots reportedly are going to be without defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) for about a month, leaving a need to add depth on the defensive line.


Report: Patriots DE Chandler Jones (hip) out multiple weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones missed practice Tuesday with a hip injury and is expected to be sidelined for about a month, the Boston Globe reports.

Jones recorded four tackles and a sack in the team's Week 7 win over the Jets last Thursday after entering the contest listed as probable. He has posted 4.5 sacks over six games this season.


 
 
 
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