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