Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Which tight ends are too risky to trust?  Which could re-emerge as viable options?  Which are must use options?  Let’s break it all down for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  5. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  6. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
  7. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  9. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  10. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  11. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  13. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  14. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
  15. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  16. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  17. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at New England
  18. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  19. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Oakland
  20. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  21. Lance Kendricks – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
  22. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  23. Kellen Davis – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  24. Todd Heap – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
  25. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis

Thoughts:

  • A limited Aaron Hernandez still managed 6 catches for 30 yards and 1 TD in his first game since Week 1.  Is there any doubt that both he and Rob Gronkowski should have big days against a Jets’ defense that has generally struggled to stop opposing tight ends?  Both should be considered Top 5 options, at worst, this week.
  • Despite the eruption of the Green Bay offense in Week 6, Jermichael Finley managed just 2 receptions for 12 yards and 0 TD.  Over the past two weeks he has 5 catches for 23 yards and hasn’t had more than 4 receptions in a game since Week 1 (or more than 60 yards in any game this season).  We all know how talented he is, but does anyone actually have faith in him regardless of the opponent?  The upside keeps him as a viable TE1, but it’s a low-end one at that.
  • Martellus Bennett has been banged up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him re-emerge this week against a Redskins defense that has allowed 6 TD to tight ends this season.  He’s high risk, but also high reward.  Depending on your other options, he’s worth considering as a TE1.
  • Over the past two games Jason Witten has 19 catches for 200 yards and 1 TD.  Clearly, he is back to health and a vital part of the Cowboys’ offense.  With DeMarco Murray banged up, Witten’s role could increase even more.  Don’t shy away from him.
  • It’s hard to read too much into Dustin Keller’s line in his return to the lineup, because the Jets attempted just 19 passes (and one was on a fake punt).  So yes, Keller had just 1 reception for 6 yards, but we need to take the game plan into account.  Do we really think they can get away with throwing the ball so few times against the Patriots?  It’s unlikely, so look for Keller to play a much bigger role in Week 7.
  • Scott Chandler gets the next chance to abuse the Titans’ defense, as they have allowed 8 TD to opposing tight ends.  With Chandler always a threat in the red zone (he has 4 TD), he’s a TE1 this week.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 7 rankings:

Week 7 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

10 comments

  1. gmoney says:

    Still not believing in Brandon Myers? Only 1 dude game in 5 weeks.

  2. Triz says:

    Should I be dropping Pitta to pick up Witten? I’m mostly thinking to cover Gronkowski’s upcoming bye week.

    Thanks!

  3. gmoney – He still hasn’t scored a TD, which hurts his value.

    Trip – I like Pitta, but Witten is by far the superior option. I would grab him in a heartbeat

    • Triz says:

      I was so mad at myself for falling asleep before I put the waiver in, but I just realized I wouldn’t have gotten him anyway as of course I am last in the waiver order!

      Thanks for the advice though!

  4. matt flynn says:

    Is jimmy graham hurt. Thought i heard he was in a walking boot.

  5. Mike W says:

    What are your thoughts on Vernon Davis? Teams are double covering him like crazy. Do I start him? Or pick up jermaine gresham or someone who will have more opportunities?

  6. matt flynn – The Saints haven’t really updated his status, but he does appear to be banged up. How serious? Hopefully we know soon.

    Mike W. – I still like Davis better than someone like Gresham. Could he be outproduced? Yes, but his upside is still greater. If you want to start Gresham, do so at your own risk (see Jordy Nelson from Week 6)

  7. Lambda says:

    Wow looks like Fleener has dropped completely off your rankings. I see you have Lewis higher than Myers but who do you like better the rest of the season?

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