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Tight End Player Rankings – Week 2
Tight Ends (Updated: Saturday, Sept. 15 - 2:26PM CT)
1. Jimmy Graham (@ Car) – After being one of only seven players in NFL history to have four or more receptions in all 16 games during a season, Graham started out right where he left off in 2012. Carolina allowed the third-most yards and sixth-most catches to tight ends last season while Graham put up a whopping 16 receptions for 226 yards and a TD in his two games against them last year.
2. Antonio Gates (vs. Ten) – Gates is dealing with a bit of a rib issue after a shot he took in the season opener, but if he plays, he’s LOVED going up against Tennessee throughout his career. The Titans gave up the most fantasy points to tight ends last weekend and even though it WAS against the Patriots, they were a bottom-third defense against them in 2011 anyway.
3. Aaron Hernandez (vs. Ari) – Hernandez is one above Gronkowski this week simply because Arizona had a bit more trouble with the “move” tight end last season than the in-line tight end. Bother Aaron and Gronk are obvious TE1 choices for your squad regardless.
4. Rob Gronkowski (vs. Ari) – Gronk did his normal thing in Week 1 going for 60 yards on six catches with a TD against the Titans. This week the Pats take on a better team against tight ends, but all that sort of stuff somewhat goes out the door when you’re talking about New England’s offense.
5. Tony Gonzalez (vs. Den - Monday Night)
6. Coby Fleener (vs. Min) – In his first game as a pro, Fleener caught six balls on 10 targets for 82 yards against the Bears. The Vikings weren't very good against tight ends last season and just allowed Marcedes Lewis to score his first touchdown since 2010 last weekend. Get used to this Luck-to-Fleener combo, folks.
7. Jermaine Gresham (vs. Cle) – In two games against the Browns last season, Gresham put up 11 catches on 17 targets for 126 yards and two TDs. I think he likes these inner-state games.
8. Jared Cook (@ SD) – San Diego was already in the bottom-third of the league in regards to allowing tight end fantasy points last season, and then proceeded to allow Oakland's Brandon Myers to grab five balls for 65 yards against them last Monday night. Myers had only caught 32 balls in his three-year career before that. Besides that, like I said with Kendall Wright above, Cook should get a lot of looks with Britt on a snap-count and Nate Washington unlikely to suit up.
9. Kyle Rudolph (@ Ind) – With John Carlson getting back into the Vikings lineup and taking over as the in-line/blocking TE, Rudolph is going to be a target monster out there. Indy allowed the second-most receptions to tight ends in 2011. You do the math.
10. Brandon Pettigrew (@ SF - Sunday Night)
11. Jacob Tamme (@ Atl - Monday Night)
12. Owen Daniels (@ Jax)
13. Martellus Bennett (vs. TB)
14. Vernon Davis (vs. Det - Sunday Night)
15. Jason Witten (@ Sea)
16. Greg Olsen (vs. NO)
17. Fred Davis (@ StL) – Fred has NOT looked in tune with Robert Griffin III yet and only caught two of his four targets in Week 1 for 38 yards. He'll get better for sure, but St. Louis was actually the second-best team in the NFL in not allowing fantasy points to tight ends last season, so you might want to sit Fred for the week.
18. Dennis Pitta (@ Phi)
19. Tony Moeaki (@ Buf)
20. Brent Celek (vs. Bal) – With Baltimore’s defense as good as it is, I’m betting on a nice fat Blocking Day for Mr. Celek.
21. Scott Chandler (vs. KC)
22. Heath Miller (vs. NYJ)
23. Lance Kendricks (vs. Was)
24. Zach Miller – (vs. Dal)
25. Anthony Fasano (vs. Oak)
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