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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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