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Top fantasy performances by tight ends since 2001


As we get geared up for yet another exciting fantasy football campaign, let’s take a look back at the best single-season performances of the last decade. Our list is based on a standard scoring system, and takes into account only the highest point totals for the players who had multiple enormous fantasy seasons.

Vernon Davis, 49ers (2009)

Davis had a very slow start to his career, posting mediocre numbers during his first three years as a pro. He finally broke out in 2009, however, recording career bests in catches (78), receiving yards (965) and touchdowns (13) while emerging into the best option in the 49ers' pass attack. His level of production slipped a bit last season, but Davis remains one of the elite tight ends heading into 2011.

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Antonio Gates, Chargers (2004)

The poster boy for elite fantasy tight ends, Gates has posted several huge seasons for owners. His best year came in 2004, when he recorded 81 receptions, 964 yards and found the end zone a career-high 13 times. Had he not missed six games due to foot problems last season, Gates would have been in a position to shatter his 2004 totals and put up the best fantasy season ever from a tight end.

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Dallas Clark, Colts (2009)

Clark didn't make much of a fantasy impact earlier in his career, but he's proven that late is better than never. The Iowa product had his best statistical year in 2009, when he went off for career-bests in receptions (100) and yards (1,106) while also scoring an impressive 10 touchdowns. A wrist injury cut his 2010 campaign short, but Clark promises to remain an elite tight end this season.

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Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs (2008)

A surefire future Hall of Famer, Gonzalez has long been one of the best tight ends in fantasy football. His final season in Kansas City was also one of his most fruitful from a statistical perspective, as Gonzalez put up 96 catches, 1,058 yards and hauled in 10 touchdowns. Unfortunately, his level of production has declined in each of his two seasons in Atlanta, leaving Gonzalez's value for 2011 at an all-time low.

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Jason Witten, Cowboys (2007)

Witten has had more than his share of productive seasons for fantasy owners during his time with the Cowboys, but he was never more of an asset than in 2007. As one of the top options in the pass attack for Tony Romo, Witten went off for career bests in receptions (96) and yards (1,145) while also finding the end zone an impressive seven times. Witten was also the top-scoring fantasy tight end last season.

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Brent Celek, Eagles (2009)

Celek went from a fantasy afterthought to one of the top tight ends in the league in 2009. He had career bests in receptions (76), yards (971) and touchdowns (8) while finishing among the top tight ends in fantasy points. Celek's numbers dropped off with Michael Vick at the helm, however, leaving his value for 2011 sagging.

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Kellen Winslow, Browns (2007)

Despite the fact that he has never scored more than five touchdowns in a single season, Winslow has still made a name for himself in fantasy football. His most impressive statistical season came in Cleveland, when he recorded 82 receptions, a career-best 1,106 yards and five TDs. Now in Tampa Bay, Winslow is a low-end No. 1 fantasy starter heading into 2011.

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Jeremy Shockey, Giants (2005)

Shockey was once considered an elite option during his time with the Giants. His best season came in 2005, when he recorded 65 receptions, a career-best 891 yards and found the end zone seven times. Unfortunately, the veteran has seen both his numbers and fantasy value dip ever since.

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Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars (2010)

Lewis was mostly a non-factor during his fist four seasons at the NFL level, scoring a combined seven touchdowns. He came out of nowhere to break out in 2010, though, posting career highs in catches (58), yards (700) and touchdowns (10) as one of David Garrard's top options in the pass attack. Lewis still isn't considered an elite fantasy tight end, but his draft stock is clearly at its highest level heading into 2011.

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Todd Heap, Ravens (2005)

One of the top tight ends in fantasy football earlier in his career, Heap was a nice statistical contributor for owners. He had his best fantasy year in 2005, posting career bests in receptions (75), yards (855) and touchdowns (8). Injuries and a sharp decline in production have left Heap with far less value than he had in the mid-2000s, but he'll still be taken in the majority of 2011 drafts only as a reserve, not a starter.

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