TEs: 2012 review, plus 2013 preview/ranks

Updated: January 28, 2013, 6:42 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Let's be honest: The 2012 season was not a pleasant one, in general, for the tight end position. Whereas New England Patriots media star Rob Gronkowski and the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham delivered record-breaking performances in 2011, and pushed their way into the second rounds of ESPN average live drafts, neither player was able to duplicate the success, mainly due to injury. In fact, these fellows were again the top two tight end scorers, but after combining for 420 standard fantasy points in 2011, they came back with 283. That's a big difference.

The problem was that nobody else really stepped up. In most weeks, fantasy owners could count the number of double-digit scorers at tight end on one hand, and few players were consistent all year long. Alas, every fantasy team needs a tight end, and in ESPN standard leagues, the adjustment was made to include the position among flex options, though few tight ends deserved the designation week to week.