Week 3 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries are playing a significant role across the NFL and tight end is no exception.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins is already out and we are unsure if Jason Witten and Delanie Walker, two of the better options, are going to suit up.  Throw in the poor performances from Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham over the first two weeks and things are in complete flux.  Do we ride the hot hand or do we go with the player with the higher upside?  With that question out there, let’s take a look at our rankings for the current week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  3. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Chicago
  5. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Green Bay
  6. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Seattle
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Diego
  9. Jordan Cameron – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  10. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. Pittsburgh
  11. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at St. Louis
  12. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Denver
  13. Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  14. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
  15. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  16. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Jets
  17. Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers – at Minnesota
  18. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  19. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  20. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona

Thoughts:

  • We want to believe in Jimmy Graham as one of the elite tight ends, but he’s been targeted just 10 times over the first two weeks of the season.  Until the opportunities increase his upside is going to be capped.  That said, the position is a gamble in general (outside of Gronkowski) so it’s hard not to consider him among the top options in the league as we’d expect the Seahawks to try and force the ball into his hands before long.
  • Jordan Reed is quickly emerging as one of the favorite targets for Kirk Cousins, compiling 13 receptions on 17 targets over the first two weeks.  Taking on a Giants’ defense that has already given up 3 TD to opposing tight ends, as well as 14 receptions and 145 yards, it’s hard not to view him as one of the better options for the coming week.
  • Is Jason Witten going to be healthy enough to play?  Time will tell, but if he’s out there he’ll be considered one of the better options for the coming week.
  • Jared Cook is never viewed as one of the better tight end options in the league, though he’s consistently produced since arriving in St. Louis.  Over the first two weeks of the season he has 10 catches for 132 yards and draws a Steelers defense that has already allowed 4 TD to tight ends.  Granted a lot of the damage came courtesy of Rob Gronkowski, but Vernon Davis had 5 receptions for 62 yards in Week 2.  Consider him a viable low-end TE1 in all formats.
  • With Jay Cutler injured will Martellus Bennett be the safety net for Jimmy Clausen?  It’s certainly believable, given the Seahawks early season struggles against tight ends.

Make sure to check out all of our 2015 rankings:

Sell High Candidate: Is Devonta Freeman For Real Or Should We Cash In?
Week 2 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

9 comments

  1. Randy says:

    What are your thoughts on Ryan Mathews’ rest of season value in standard league? I’m in a 10-team league where we have roster limits…5 RBs and 4 WRs or vice versa. I have Charles/Gore/Yeldon/Mathews/Martin at RB and Dez/Davante Adams/Amari Cooper/Jordan Matthews at WR. Would you drop Ryan Mathews for Donte Moncrief and/or Darren McFadden? Thanks!

  2. Nation says:

    Hi Prof,

    Witten or Jared Cook in a PPR league where you get +1 point per catch?

    Thank you for your thoughts.

  3. Mike says:

    Cook or Vincent Jackson as FLEX in a PPR League this week?

  4. Nation says:

    Torrey Smith or Woodhead at the W/R slot in a PPR league?

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