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