Week 3 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

While the injury to Aaron Hernandez has certainly hurt fantasy owners, there have been numerous tight end options who have stepped up and appear to be viable options.  Let’s take a look at who the best options are for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
  3. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Minnesota
  4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  6. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Tennessee
  7. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Atlanta
  8. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
  9. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
  10. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
  11. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
  12. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
  13. Martellius Bennett – New York Giants – at Carolina
  14. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
  15. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  16. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  17. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Denver
  18. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Cincinnati
  19. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Miami
  20. Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
  21. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  22. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
  23. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
  24. Dallas Clark – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
  25. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis

Thoughts:

  • It has become crystal clear to fantasy owners that Dennis Pitta is going to play a major role in the Ravens offense this season.  Through two weeks he is tied with Jimmy Graham for the most receptions by a tight end (13) and fourth in yardage (he has 138).  It will be interesting to see how he fares against the Patriots, but in what could be a shootout I would definitely consider him a TE1 at this point.
  • While Antonio Gates missed Week 2, it would be surprising to see him miss a second game due to the rib injury.  We’ll have to monitor the news, but I would plan on using him this week.
  • Vernon Davis already has three touchdown catches on the season (8 receptions for 116 yards).  Is there any question who Alex Smith’s go to receiver is at this point?  He needs to be considered one of the best options in the league until proven otherwise.
  • According to nfl.com the Tennessee Titans have allowed the most points to tight ends over the first two weeks of the season (an astounding 26.60 as they have allowed 5 TD and 20 receptions on 22 targets).  Think Brandon Pettigrew is a good play this week?  It’s hard to say he isn’t.
  • While Brent Celek has yet to find the end zone, he is leading NFL tight ends with 222 receiving yards and is one behind the leaders with 12 receptions.  Of course, he had 157 yards in Week 2, a number he isn’t going to be able to continue (especially if both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin return to health).  That said, he should be a big part of the offense and is worth using as a low-end TE1 in all formats.
  • Who is Brandon Myers?  Well, fantasy owners are going to need to become familiar with the Raiders tight end, as he has amassed 11 receptions for 151 yards over the first two games.  Considering he has at least 5 receptions in each of the first two weeks, it is clear that he isn’t just an aberration and is going to be a part of the offense.  It’s hard to trust him yet, but as a TE2 he does have value with the potential to be a TE1 in the future.
  • If Dustin Keller is healthy he will have value as a TE2, even with the questionable Jets offense.  We’ll have to monitor the news, though, and see if he is going to be healthy enough to play.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 rankings:

Week 3 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 3 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

23 comments

  1. GT says:

    Do you think Kellen Winslow can be productive in AHern’s spot?

    • It’s possible, but I wouldn’t be using him as anything but a TE2 right now. My guess is there are much better options sitting on waivers.

      • Nick Tenaglia says:

        Kellen Winslow will not be a real factor in that offense for at least a couple of weeks….. There is no way that he comes in this week or next and knows all the plays and the intricacies of the Patriots offense.

        Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) was signed prior to the season and had the better part of an offseason to learn the offense, and he couldn’t even do that. So it would surprise me to see Kellen Winslow come in an be an offensive threat. I think he is more of a TE3 until probably week 5 or 6

  2. Mike W says:

    Do you think if I gave Vernon Davis for Julio Jones it would be a good trade? This other guy had aaron hernandez go out last week and vernon davis is coming off a big week so i think he just may do it. what do you think?

  3. Lambda says:

    What do you think happened to Fleener this week? Very disappointed though it seemed like he missed a TD catch. I’m looking to drop Lewis, who would you pick up on waivers, Winslow, Myers or Chandler?

  4. blchiodo says:

    In a flex spot, RB/WR/TE, do you think Finley is a better start this week or Jonathan Stewart?

  5. Randy says:

    After losing Hernandez, who do you like best as a fill-in for a standard league out of Pitta, Bennett, Gonzales, Olsen, or Fleener? Thanks!

  6. Mike W – I would value Julio Jones more, but what TE alternative do you have?

    Lambda – Who knows with Fleener, but TE can be hot and cold some times. As far as who I’d grab, definitely Myers. He really appears to be a major fixture in that offense at this point.

    blchiodo – It’s Stewart, assuming he’s healthy

    Randy – Gonzalez first, then Pitta for me.

  7. Gamer says:

    I see you have Witten ranked fourth this week. I was leaning towards starting Pitta over him. I know Witten was targeted a lot last week, but had some drops. How strong do you guys feel about Witten’s ranking and the match up here? I assume you recommend Witten? (12 team non-PPR). Thanks

  8. Mike W says:

    Got proposed this trade:

    I send frank gore and I get eric decker and desean jackson

    what do ya think?

    heres my roster:

    matt stafford
    darren mcfadden
    frank gore
    steve smith
    kenny britt
    jermichael finley
    doug martin
    lions D
    robbie gould

  9. Shane says:

    Would you recommend starting Pettigrew over Gates this week? I have both and am not sure what to do. Tamme didn’t get anything going against Atl last week which leaves me worried for Gates.

  10. Gamer – I would go Witten, but I also am a huge fan of Pitta. I don’t think you could go wrong with him, but I do like Witten’s upside a little bit more. He has a favorable matchup and we just saw what Martellius Bennett did against TB.

    Mike W – I wouldn’t be so quick to trade my RB depth, especially with McFadden’s struggles. How many WR do you start, though?

    Shane – I have them back-to-back, so they are close, but I would go with Pettigrew. Like you said, I like the matchup better.

    • Mike W says:

      The other guy updated the trade:

      Darren Mcfadden and Frank Gore for Calvin Johnson and Desean Jackson

      Do you think I should go for it? I need 2 RBs and 1 Flex and my other RBs are Andre Brown Beanie Wells and Doug Martin. My other WRs are Steve Smith Kenny Britt and some others on my bench (Hartline, brandon gibson)

      Thanks!

      • afroJACKED says:

        Dude I would not do that trade. Why would you give up two Number 1 RB’s? Sure Calvin Johnson is a Number 1 WR, but DeSean Jackson is hardly a Number 2 WR.
        I value RB’s over WR’s, seeing as its much harder to find solid number 1 RB’s, while with WR’s there seems to be much more talent.
        If it were me I would decline this trade.

        • Mike W says:

          Thanks man for the input. I agree with you I think. I’m gonna counter it and keep Gore. Maybe try to get megatron out of him for Mcfadden. Maybe he’ll do it.

          • Mike W says:

            Alright this guy just sent me an updated trade:

            I give Gore and Mcfadden and he’ll give me Calvin Johnson, Desean Jackson, Fred Jackson, and Peyton Hillis in return.

            Should i do that? I’m tempted

          • You still aren’t really replacing your RB depth. F. Jackson is hurt and no lock to get a lot of carries now that Spiller is dominating. Hillis is also never going to be a lead back, barring an injury. You’d really be destroying your potential in the RB department.

  11. Mike W says:

    My buddy proposed this trade to me… I would receive Antonio Gates and Pierre Thomas and I would give Vernon Davis… Should I do it?

    My lineup:

    ELI MANNING
    TRENT RICHARDSON
    DARYL RICHARDSON
    GREG LITTLE
    GREG JENNINGS
    CALVIN JOHNSON
    VINCENT JACKSON
    VERNON DAVIS
    BILLS D/ST
    BILLY CUNDIFF

    MATT FORTE
    MIKE WILLIAMS
    LAURENT ROBSINSON
    CARSON PALMER
    BILAI POWELL
    KENDALL WRIGHT
    SHAUN DRAUGHN

    I don’t know… I think I need a RB to start this week besides Daryl Richardson. I think Forte is out this week and I could start Pierre Thomas. If Steven Jackson is out then Richardson could be a decent play. But what do you think about the trade? Thanks!

    • I would say a healthy Gates and Vernon Davis are very similar players (though Davis is looking awfully good thus far), so I don’t think you would be downgrading in that regard. Is Pierre Thomas really the answer? I’m not sure, but like you said he is definitely better than what you have.

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