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By Jonathan Bales

Fantasy Football: Beware of Rookie Tight Ends

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At RotoWire, I published an article detailing the lack of production from rookie tight ends.

Check out the final ranks of the top rookie tight ends since 2006.

You can see that Gronkowski is an outlier in a group whose average is only 19th place. The list also includes Brandon PettigrewDustin KellerOwen DanielsZach MillerKyle Rudolph and Dwayne Allen(currently ranked 23rd in 2012).

With no rookie tight end projected to finish in the top 20 in the past two seasons, one has to wonder whether it’s becoming more difficult for rookies to make an early impact for their squads. With tight ends getting integrated into offenses more and more each season, it’s possible it’s taking rookies longer to learn the nuances of the position. Plus, the job responsibilities of most tight ends include things other than catching the football – actually, they’re probably the most versatile of any position – making the jump to the big leagues a challenging one.

Read the rest at RotoWire.

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