2015 Quarterback & Tight End Tier Jumpers
Fleener finally came into his own in 2014, capitalizing on a midseason injury to fellow TE Dwayne Allen to become the dominant tight end in Indy's offense and a go-to option for Andrew Luck. Fleener plays more like a wideout than a tight end, and that skill set enabled him to average more than 15 yards per reception. Fleener will likely continue to battle Allen for targets next season, but his upside is firmly established. He has a chance at being a near-elite TE1 but won't be drafted as such.
During the preseason, Kelce was widely touted as a sleeper tight end, and he lived up to that billing. Despite a down year for Chiefs' pass-catchers, Kelce managed to finish eighth among all TEs in standard-scoring fantasy leagues. He's one of the most athletic and promising players at his position, and this was his first full season in the NFL. In other words, he's still getting better. His 2014 value was capped by the Chiefs' conservative offense and a low snap count early on. But with more time to work with the first-team offense, Kelce could develop into the primary option for Alex Smith. He has tons of upside and could break into the elite tier of tight ends next season.
The Seahawks aren't known for their passing attack. But late in the season, Willson has made a substantial impact on this run-first squad. He's been impressive in two of his past three games, especially in the Seahawks' divisional round matchup versus Carolina in which he tallied 68 yards and a score. Willson presents an excellent size-speed combo and possesses plenty of natural athleticism. He seems to be a burgeoning component of Seattle's offensive plans. Don't be surprised to see him break into the low end of the TE1 range next season.