Dynasty Rookies: TEs

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Dynasty Rookies: TEs

We rank this year's rookie tight ends for their long-term value Profiled players include Kyle Rudolph, Lance Kendricks, Robert Housler, Luke Stocker, and Julius Thomas.

For dynasty or any fantasy purposes, this group is Kyle Rudolph and the seven dwarfs (or for this list, just four). The Vikings rookie is worthy of your interest, but the other options are a collection of who knows and some day types who get some attention due to their landing spot.

Injuries at Notre Dame likely kept him out of the first round, but the 6-5 Rudolph has round one talent. Yes, Visanthe Shiancoe remains, but the veteran is on the wrong side of 30 and his stats seem to fade when Brett Favre is not under center (which we can only hope he won't be any more). Rudolph and Ponder will team up from the start and could form a solid connection. If injuries don't derail him, Rudolph is at least a top-10 fantasy TE within three seasons, if not sooner.

The Wisconsin product was considered the top athlete among tight ends in the draft, but was arguably a reach in the second round. He joins a Rams squad with a gaping hole at that position and in need of pass catching help for second-year QB Sam Bradford. Kendrick's 4.75 speed will make him a vertical threat, but nobody is claiming he's a Pro Bowl caliber option.

The Cardinals have never been a hotspot for fantasy tight end production and that may not change even with the addition of the player who ran the fastest 40 at the combine. Housler caught 39 passes last season in Florida Atlantic's pro-style attack and that experience gives him a chance to contribute immediately considering the Cards have scant other options.

Obviously Kellen Winslow is the main man for the Bucs, but in time Stocker could step up as the Bucs' starting tight end. Not today, not tomorrow, but eventually; if that happens, some believe the former Tennessee Vol has Jason Witten-like skills. That comparison is a stretch, but Stocker is a durable and interesting option, especially with Josh Freeman throwing his way.

This call is more about the team than the player. To say the Broncos have received limited production from the tight end position would be an understatement, so Thomas could have a role in short order. The 6-5 former basketball player could develop into a three-down player, but is a an upside play, not a proven weapon.