The Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez is the fifth-ranked tight end in this year’s fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 57, that makes Gonzalez a fifth-round pick in 12-team formats.
Gonzalez is widely considered the greatest tight end in the history of the NFL. He holds the record for most career receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns at his position. He’s even tied with Jerry Rice for most seasons with 70 or more receptions with 13. Last season, Gonzalez proved his age isn’t a factor, as he grabbed 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns — numbers that are pretty much in line with his season averages over his 17-year career.
So, despite turning 37 years old this February, fantasy owners can expect about the same production from Gonzalez. The Falcons have a high-powered offense with receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, but quarterback Matt Ryan always seems to find Gonzalez.
The fifth round is excellent value to get a tight end of Gonzalez’s caliber, as the production for the next few tight ends — Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph, San Diego’s Antonio Gates and Carolina’s Greg Olsen — drops significantly.
If you’ve never experienced the joy of having Gonzalez on your fantasy team, this is your last chance. The 10-time All Pro will retire after the season.