Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez Among Top Tight End Prospects

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: (L-R) Rob Gronkowski #87 and Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots react after Gronkowski caught a 24-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are two of the best fantasy football tight ends in the NFL this year, according to SB Nation's Ray Guilfoyle.

Fantasy football drafts are kicking into high gear with the start of the 2012 NFL season just around the corner. The New England Patriots are expected to once again field a high-powered offense, meaning the team will be stocked with top fantasy draft picks this year. According to SB Nation's Ray Guilfoyle, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are two of the best at their position.

Gronkowski was slotted No. 2 in Guilfoyle's ranking of the top fantasy tight ends, while Hernandez check in at No. 7. Guilfoyle doesn't see Gronkowski breaking records like he did last season, however.

Rob Gronkowski caught 90 balls for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns, but I don't see him duplicating that in 2012. The Patriots have brought in WR Brandon Lloyd, so Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker will more than likely see less targets, and therefore, less catches and touchdowns this season.

Jimmy Graham is this year's top tight end after catching 99 passes for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

For more on Gronkowski, Hernandez and the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit and stay tuned to SB Nation Boston. Head over to the SB Nation blog Fake Teams for more fantasy analysis.

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