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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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Patriots claim Harland Gunn off waivers
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) The Patriots were awarded guard Harland Gunn, who was waived by Atlanta a day earlier, on Sunday, per ESPN

Gunn played in 13 games for Atlanta over the last two seasons. 


Redskins RB Matt Jones suffers knee injury Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:50 pm ET) Redskins running back Matt Jones is being evaluated after sustaining a knee injury during Sunday's practice, reports The Washington Post.

Jones was a third-round draft pick in the 2015 draft and is expected to compete for the starting running back role.


Redskins WR DeSean Jackson dealing with finger issue
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:45 pm ET) Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a dislocated finger during Saturday's practice and is having the injury further evaluated Sunday, reports The Washington Post

Jackson caught 56 passes for 1,169 yards and six touchdowns last season.


49ers DT Darnell Dockett is 'ready to go'
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:38 pm ET) 49ers defensive tackle Darnell Dockett did not participate in Saturday's practice, but coach Jim Tomsula said the team was just being cautious, reports ESPN.com.

"He's ready to go," Tomsula said of Dockett. "There's no limitations on him from the training room."

Tomsula added that the plan is to limit Dockett's work during team drills to protect his surgically-repaired knee, which cost him the entire 2014 season.


Report: Broncos LB Von Miller no longer in NFL drug program
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:32 pm ET) Broncos linebacker Von Miller was recently released from the NFL's drug program, a source told The Denver Post.

With Miller not failing a drug test over the last two years along with a new drug policy, Miller has been removed from the program and will no longer require multiple tests each week.

Miller violated the league's drug policy in 2013 and was suspended for six games.


Eagles limit running back DeMarco Murray in Sunday's practice
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) Despite not being listed with an injury, Eagles running back DeMarco Murray did not participate in any of the team drills during Sunday's practice, reports ESPN.com.

Murray participated in the early portion of the practice, but then watched the rest from the sideline. Coach Chip Kelly did not mention any injury to Murray before the practice began.


Bengals DE Michael Johnson suffers apparent knee injury Sunday
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(4:24 pm ET) Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had to be carted off the practice field Sunday after sustaining an apparent knee injury, reports NFL.com.

After the practice, coach Marvin Lewis said Johnson will be OK, but he still needs to be evaluated, according to ESPN.

Johnson produced four sacks and 27 tackles in 14 games last season. He signed a four year, $14 million deal during the offseason.


Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson leaves practice with hamstring injury
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:58 pm ET) Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson left Sunday's training camp practice early after suffering a hamstring injury . 

 Coach Todd Bowles said that Wilkerson "tweaked" his hamstring, and the team doesn't think it's serious, per ESPN New York.


Browns' Luke Lundy, Vinston Painter suffer injuries Sunday
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(3:18 pm ET) Browns running back Luke Lundy had to leave Sunday's practice after sustaining a concussion, reports the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Moreover, offensive tackle Vinston Painter suffered a neck injury, which also forced him to leave practice early.


Chiefs waive RB LaVance Taylor; sign RB Darrin Reaves
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(3:14 pm ET) The Chiefs parted ways with one running back and signed another Sunday. The team announced it waived running back LaVance Taylor, while signing running back Darrin Reaves.

 
 
 
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