Week 3 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s keep our Week 3 rankings rolling with a look at the Top 20 tight ends for the coming week:

  1. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England – at Buffalo
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  4. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans – vs. Houston
  5. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  6. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  7. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  8. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Oakland
  9. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Pittsburgh
  10. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Cincinnati
  11. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  12. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
  13. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
  14. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
  15. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  16. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Jacksonville
  17. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Carolina
  18. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  19. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  20. Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens – at St. Louis

Thoughts:

  • Even with Aaron Hernandez in the lineup Rob Gronkowski has been among the best tight ends in the league.  While all of Hernandez’ targets obviously aren’t going to go to Gronkowski, it is hard to argue against him this week.  He had already developed into a must use option, right now he just looks like one of the elite.
  • Antonio Gates had a bad week.  It happens to everyone.  Don’t discount him because of it.
  • If anyone was wondering who the better tight end option in Washington is, all you have to do is look at the numbers.  Fred Davis has 11 receptions for 191 yards and 1 TD.  Chris Cooley has 2 receptions for 21 yards.  Any questions?
  • Does anyone still believe that Tony Gonzalez is out of gas?  He has 12 receptions for 155 yards over the first two weeks and is tied for third among tight ends in targets with 16.  Clearly, he’s been a benefactor of the Falcons new run and gun style office.  They are currently 11th in the league with 74 total targets, so there should continue to be plenty of balls to go around.
  • Vernon Davis has been targeted just 8 times thus far in 2011.  Really?!  We all know he has the talent, plus it is not like the 49ers are stocked with talent on the outside.  I know they have issues offensively, but don’t write him off.  Look for the 49ers to correct the issue before long.
  • The Bills-Patriots game has the potential to breakdown into a shootout.  While Scott Chandler wasn’t quite as productive in Week 2 (2 receptions for 16 yards and 1 TD), he has proven to be a big time target in the red zone.  Consider him a potential low end TE1 for the coming week, though he’s probably better suited as a TE2.
  • Brent Celek was actually targeted 7 times in Week 2.  Maybe it is too early to completely write him off, huh?

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 3 information:

 

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