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Vancestradamus’s Fantasy Rankings: TE, K, and Defense

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3. Jermichael Finley-Finley is a bit enigmatic. He can make the spectacular play look routine, and yet, struggles with the routine plays often, dropping far too many balls. However, he still racked up over 750 yards and 8 TDs. In Green Bay’s offense, he’ll get plenty of looks, and if he can improve his hands, look for an even bigger year. I’d the a shot in the 2nd round.

4. Vernon Davis-Davis is a freak of nature, with size, speed, and ability. The only drawback for him is the run-first offense in San Francisco. Unlike the guys above him on this list, he doesn’t play with a great QB in a pass-heavy offense, so his opportunities may be more limited. That said, He could still go for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs, and go in the late 2nd.

5. Aaron Hernandez-It’s quite amazing to look at the numbers Hernandez had as New England’s number 2 TE. He had 900 yards and 7 TDs, and could duplicate that, or more in 2012. If defenses focus more on stopping Gronkowski, Hernandez could be the benificiary. He’s probably a 3rd round pick.

6. Jermaine Gresham-Gresham had 600 yards and 6 TDs in 2011 (not counting the TD he was robbed of). With A.J. Green mostly likely commanding double teams all year, Gresham could be ready for a big step up, and big numbers could be coming. The fact that there isn’t an established #2 WR means he’ll likely be the 2nd option for Andy Dalton. A late 3rd round pick is worth it.

7. Jason Witten-Witten is as steady as they come, notching his 5th straight year of at least 900 yards receiving. Tony Romo will look for him any time Dez Bryant isn’t open, or if a play breaks down. Don’t be surprised if he winds up with 900 yards and 7 TDs in 2012 as well. He’s likely to go by the 4th round.

8. Brandon Pettigrew-Pettigrew’s numbers will largely depend on whether or not Matthew Stafford can stay healthy again. With Stafford throwing it, he saw career highs in catches, yards, and TDs. He’ll get opportunities, especially with somebody named Megatron having to be accounted for. Take him in the late 4th or early 5th round.