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Fantasy tight end projections for all 32 NFL teams

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Top TE fantasy pick goes to Gronk (1:49)

ESPN's fantasy analysts pick the top fantasy tight ends and the top spot is claimed by Rob Gronkowski. (1:49)

NFL Nation reporters are taking a position-by-position look at the teams they cover, with a fantasy tint. They covered starting quarterbacks Monday, running backs Tuesday and wide receivers Wednesday.

Today's topic: Over/under on tight end performance in 2016, based on their ESPN fantasy projections. Click the links after each team to view the full posts.

Arizona Cardinals: They're not the stars of the offense, but Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham could be the Cardinals' quiet weapons this season with a lot of attention paid to their talented receiving corps and deep backfield. Read more.

Atlanta Falcons: Jacob Tamme's numbers appear ready to slip, but the Falcons' other tight end, rookie Austin Hooper, could be a fantasy surprise. Read more.

Baltimore Ravens: Seeking an experienced and durable target at tight end, the Ravens signed Benjamin Watson to a two-year deal this offseason. But if Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore stay healthy, they'll cut into Watson's production. Read more.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills are lacking a No. 2 tight end who threatens Charles Clay as a passing target. While Clay's health is a potential issue (lower back), he should surpass ESPN's fantasy projection numbers in yards and TDs. Read more.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are deeper at wide receiver than they've been since quarterback Cam Newton arrived in 2011, and that could impact the receptions and TDs Greg Olsen gets in 2016. Read more.

Chicago Bears: Injuries have been the only thing holding back Zach Miller, who has the ability to put up solid numbers for the Bears and fantasy owners. Read more.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, recovering from May ankle surgery, figures to be a big part of the Bengals' red zone plans when he returns. Read more.

Cleveland Browns: Can Gary Barnidge set career marks in consecutive seasons at age 30? That might be expecting too much as that reality is reflected in the dip in projected numbers for 2016. Read more.

Dallas Cowboys: No player is more motivated by those who doubt him, and Jason Witten has heard whispers this offseason that he is slowing down. Also, his role has changed with the commitment to the running game, so what does that mean for his catches and yards? Read more.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are likely to go back to using a two-tight end formation this season, and that news could mean higher numbers for Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman. The keyword in that sentence is "could." Read more.

Detroit Lions: The potential is there, but Lions tight end Eric Ebron needs to stay injury-free and be more consistent before he can be a reliable fantasy option. Read more.

Green Bay Packers: If healthy, Jared Cook would give the Packers a big-play target whose production will easily exceed ESPN's modest fantasy projections. Read more.

Houston Texans: Coach Bill O'Brien and the Texans have not relied heavily on their tight ends in the passing game. Unfortunately for players such as C.J. Fiedorowicz, changes aren't likely to happen this season. Read more.

Indianapolis Colts: Dwayne Allen, the Colts' No. 1 tight end now that Coby Fleener is gone, should see a much bigger role in the passing game if he can stay healthy and lean on his athleticism to beat linebackers. Read more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Julius Thomas may receive fewer balls thrown his way, but that doesn't necessarily apply near the goal line. The Jags will try to exploit mismatches, which should free up Thomas to catch more than ESPN's projected TD passes of 5.7. Read more.

Kansas City Chiefs: Ever since he debuted in 2014 by catching 67 passes, fantasy owners have been waiting for that breakout year from Travis Kelce. This could be the year it happens. Read more.

Los Angeles Rams: Can Lance Kendricks and Tyler Higbee fill the large void left by Jared Cook, who has led the Rams in catches and receiving yards since 2013? Read more.

Miami Dolphins: It's hard to predict Jordan Cameron catching nearly 50 passes during the regular season after not making much of an impact in the spring or in training camp thus far. Read more.

Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Rudolph finally feels healthy and in sync with QB Teddy Bridgewater. So how will that affect his fantasy production? Read more.

New England Patriots: No NFL team runs more multiple-tight end sets than the Patriots, and that should continue to be the case in 2016 as long as Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett remain healthy. Read more.

New Orleans Saints: ESPN's fantasy projection for Coby Fleener is perfect in that it places Fleener among the top fantasy tight ends -- without getting carried away. Read more.

New York Giants: The Giants figure to split reps between tight ends Larry Donnell and Will Tye, which makes both useful in fantasy but also limits their ceilings. Read more.

New York Jets: The Jets' desire to get the ball into the hands of their wide receivers makes Jace Amaro and the tight ends a poor bet for fantasy team owners. Read more.

Oakland Raiders: Clive Walford, whose role increased down the stretch in 2015, has the size and athleticism to help him potentially break out in his second NFL season. Read more.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Yep, you read that right. Jesse James has just eight NFL receptions and is likely to be the Steelers' most productive tight end, at least early in the season. Read more.

Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson has grand plans for Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. Expect to see two- and even three-tight end sets as Pederson tries to maximize the talent he has in that room while working around a potential deficiency at wide receiver. Read more.

San Diego Chargers: Even though Antonio Gates has showed some signs of slowing down, he remains a reliable target on third down and in the red zone. Read more.

San Francisco 49ers: In recent years, a tight end in a Chip Kelly offense has offered quite a bit of production. But who will emerge among the group that includes Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell and Bruce Miller? Read more.

Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Graham is a special athlete, but the uncertainty surrounding his injury makes him a risky fantasy proposition. Read more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: From a fantasy perspective, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a bigger name with better physical tools, but Cameron Brate has a rapport with QB Jameis Winston. Read more.

Tennessee Titans: Delanie Walker will be hard-pressed to match his reception and yardage totals from last season, but he should still beat projections and score TDs. Read more.

Washington Redskins: After Jordan Reed finished with 87 catches, 952 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, it wouldn't be surprising if he reached those numbers again. Read more.