Week 2 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As always seems to be the case, there were several tight ends who jumped out to a quick start.  The question is if the can maintain that type of production not just into Week 2, but over the entire season.  Let’s see which breakout stars should be counted on, which should be ignored and everything else in this week’s rankings:

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Kansas City
  3. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Washington
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. St. Louis
  5. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at New York Giants
  6. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Atlanta
  7. Brandon Myers – New York Giants – vs. Denver
  8. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – at Baltimore
  9. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
  10. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Buffalo
  11. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Philadelphia
  12. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Tennessee
  13. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at Green Bay
  14. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. Minnesota
  15. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
  16. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  17. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  18. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami
  19. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  20. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. San Diego

Thoughts:

  • The New York Giants defense watched Jason Witten amass 8 receptions for 70 yards and 2 TD against them.  This week they draw Julius Thomas, who put up 5 receptions for 110 yards and 2 TD himself in Week 1.  While he’s far from a lock to produce on a week in and week out basis, you have to like the matchup and his potential to produce once again.
  • Jermichael Finley was a major part of the passing game in Week 1 and he draws a Washington defense that was poor against opposing tight ends a year ago.  He has to be considered one of the better options in all formats.
  • The last time Vernon Davis scored a TD against the Seahawks was December 12, 2010.  While he was impressive in Week 1 he still needs to be downgraded due to the difficult matchup.
  • The Giants are going to need to throw the ball if they want to keep up with the Broncos and Eli Manning showed in Week 1 that he was going to spread the ball around to all of his receivers.  That should mean good things for Brandon Myers, who scored a TD in Week 1 and it wouldn’t be surprising if he did again in Week 2.
  • With Josh Gordon still suspended there is no reason to think Jordan Cameron won’t play a major role in the passing game once again.  Obviously the Browns are not the Broncos, but after the Ravens were torched through the air you have to like Cameron’s potential to produce.
  • After the Cincinnati Bengals split their targets between both of their tight ends, you would think both Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert will have their value capped.
  • Zach Sudfeld took a goose egg in Week 1, partly because he was banged up.  Does anyone really trust him at this point?  Obviously the upside is there, if he’s healthy, but he needs to prove something in the regular season first.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings:

20 comments

  1. l says:

    Kind of surprised K.Winslow didn’t make the list over B.Pettigrew with B.Celek moving up one spot.

  2. Teebone says:

    im torn between starting julius thomas or vernon davis. im less concerned about the player, for they both have potential to shine as well as dud. im more focused on the matchup. J.T. at nyg is more attractive then V.d. at sea.

    • LGreenwood says:

      I have same problem, but I would probably start Thomas over Davis because of the match up. Davis struggles against the seahawks and did not score against them last year.

  3. James says:

    To start:

    Jason Witten or Jordan Cameron?

  4. Teebone – Agreed. I may be in the minority, but I would go Thomas.

    James – Can’t go wrong with either, but I would go Witten.

  5. Ben says:

    Tony Gonzalez or Julius Thomas?

    • Coin flip. I’d say Gonzalez is the safer option, especially with Roddy White hurt though. While Thomas could explode, there’s a lot of competition for targets in Denver and he’s no guarantee to find the end zone.

  6. Ben says:

    I hadn’t really thought about White being hurt… Thanks I think I just changed my mind!

  7. modernsavage13 says:

    vernon davis or torrey smith as a flex option this week?

    • It’s a coin flip, but I’d probably go with Smith, though both are risks.

      Smith has had success against Cleveland in the past, but a matchup against Joe Haden is no guarantee.

      Davis has a tough draw also, struggled against Seattle last season and has a bigger battle for targets.

  8. todd says:

    Flex ppr, B.Celek, N.Burelson or Bryce Brown??? Thanks

  9. bbb says:

    should I trade jordan cameron and andre johnson for vernon davis and wes welker?

  10. Cara says:

    Flex spot: Jordan Cameron or Daryl Richardson???
    Thanks!!

  11. PJ says:

    should i trade Vernon Davis for Tyler Eifert?

    THX

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