Week 7 Rankings (2013) – Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Is there any position that seemingly has random, one week performers than tight end (Exhibit A is Joseph Fauria)?  It makes it a little bit more difficult to sort through who the dependable options are and who are simply flashes in the pan.  Complicating matters even more are injuries (Rob Gronkowski is held off the rankings due to the uncertainty) and bye weeks (Jimmy Graham).

Let’s see how it all unfolds in this week’s rankings:

  1. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  2. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – at Green Bay
  3. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Tennessee
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  6. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  7. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cleveland
  8. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  9. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. St. Louis
  10. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Washington
  11. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Miami
  12. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Giants
  13. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
  14. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago
  15. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Carolina
  16. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  17. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  18. Jeff Cumberland – New York Jets – vs. New England
  19. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  20. Garrett Graham – Houston Texans – at Kansas City


  • Jordan Cameron has been targeted just 11 times over the past two weeks, but you have to think that the Browns are going to fix that.  They are going to need him to produce if they want to defeat Green Bay, who has allowed the fifth most points to apposing tight ends this season (according to nfl.com).
  • We all know that the Falcons’ receiving corps is banged up, and that should mean more two tight end sets and opportunities for Tony Gonzalez.  Of course, opposing defenses will be able to focus on him more than usual but that shouldn’t stop him.
  • Vernon Davis’ ranking isn’t solely due to his explosion last week (8 catches for 180 yards and 2 TD), though it obviously didn’t hurt.  He’s now scored in three straight games and has 6 TD on the season.  That’s a number that is impossible to overlook.
  • The “problem” for Martellus Bennett, which really is the reason he’s not a Top 5 option, is due to the lack of TD recently.  With Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, he just may not get enough red zone looks limiting his potential value.
  • Zach Ertz has been seeing his role expand in recent weeks and has a favorable matchup.  While he can’t be trusted as a TE1, he could be a good streaming option for the desperate and is definitely in the mix as a TE2.
  • The Miami Dolphins are the second worst team against the tight end (behind only the Arizona Cardinals).  While the Bills’ quarterback situation is questionable, Scott Chandler is worth the gamble this week.
  • Does Garrett Graham have upside?  Absolutely, but he’s hardly an ideal choice this week against Kansas City.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Week 7 Rankings (2013) - Top 15 Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2013) - Top 50 Wide Receivers


  1. James A says:

    So ATL came out and said that Tony G is going to be their featured No. passing target. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they’re trying to insult our intelligence by playing games. Who announces their offensive game plan to the press?

    That being said, I’m totally starting Tony G over Jordan Cameron this week. :D

  2. S says:

    If Gronk is out would you rather start Foles or Brady (assuming Amendola is out too)?

  3. James A – Part of me agrees with you. Seems fishy….

    S – I still lean Brady, but barely. It’s closer than anyone could’ve bet prior to the season

  4. B says:

    Cam or Luck this week?

  5. Cara says:

    U may say toss up but between Witten and Cameron who should I start? I would play one as flex but Moreno has been too good to pass up and they have not.

    • John says:

      I’d start Witten this week Romo has been on fire, and Cameron has had 12 targets in 2 games. -tough call though good luck

  6. Paul says:

    Would you rather start Josh Gordon or Jordan Cameron as a FLEX this week? I was leaning towards Cameron because I figure that the Joe Haden effect will nullify most of Gordon’s abilities, though Cameron has been a little quiet the past couple weeks as well. Your thoughts?

  7. Cara – They are my top two TE this week, but I’d go Witten.

    Paul – Joe Haden is Gordon’s teammate… I’d definitely go Gordon over Cameron

  8. Mike A says:

    Gates or Cameron? Both have good matchups, both coming off mediocre games last week. I can only start one tight end. WR question- I have Green, Cruz, Blackmon, K Allen, and Decker. 2 plus flex, I was leaning Green, Blackmon, and Allen. RB- Ridley, T rich, sproles (bye), Z Stacy, D. Murray (injured. I’m ready to give up on T Rich… Thinking Ridley and Stacy. Your thoughts? Thanks in advance!!

    • TE – Cameron for me

      WR – Green & Blackmon are must use

      RB – Richardson (I know it’s tough, but Ridley’s matchup is tough) & Stacy

      FLEX – Cruz

      As hot as Allen is, he’s still your fourth best WR in my opinon

  9. Chris P says:

    Received a trade offering of Ray Rice for Gronk. I’ve held onto Gronk expecting the high upside when healthy, and Rice hasn’t done anything all year. Thoughts?

  10. Romo says:

    I have cook and fleener as my starter and have gronkowski on my bench. I have a waiver pending to pick up Jordan reed. Should I pursue reed? Was going to have fleener and reed in my lineup. Suggestions?? Maybe just leave as is? FYI I’m dropping m colston for j reed

  11. mp says:

    I have Finley and Witten, I’m a bit torn who to start this week. Normally it would be no contest for Witten against a relatively week D, but with all the injuries over in Green Bay I gotta assume Finley is more of a sure thing (should get substantially more snaps, targets, and opportunities).


  12. Romo – I would stay the course and keep Colston honestly

    Mp – Itsclose, but with matchup I’d go Witten still

  13. Mike A says:

    Thanks Professor!

  14. Allen Morgan says:

    Hey Prof!

    I had Garrett Graham starting this week in my TE spot. I saw Reed on the waivers and decided to put him in instead after your article. Good Move?

    Also wondering if I should start Eddie Royal this week over either Eric Decker, Harry Douglas, or Reggie Wayne.

  15. Tom Brady says:

    I got offered Brees/Colston/Jacobs for Ryan/T. Richardson/A. Boldin…pull the trigger? My other RB’s are Lacy, Bell, and Ellington. And I have Rotherlisberger or Eli to fill in for Brees this week. Thoughts?

    • Tough, considering all of the injuries Ryan is facing and the struggles of Richardson. Brees is the clear top player and Colston is a nice WR get.

      Is there a FLEX?

      • Tom Brady says:

        No flex. 2 RB’s 3 WR’s. My other WR’s are Green, A. Brown, and Blackmon so I’d only need Colston for bye week fill-ins.

        • You do have the depth, but an inury forcing Ellington into your regular lineup isn’t appealing.

          It’s an upgrade, but a gamble honestly

          • Tom Brady says:

            I’m probably going to take the gamble. You don’t win your league without taking risks.

            So who would you start this week while Brees is on bye? Big Ben or Eli Manning?

    • John says:

      Sorry hit enter. I have Two good TE’s in J.Thomas and J.Cameron which do I start if both do I take out TY Hilton? -thanks

      • Tough call on Thomas or Hilton, with Cameron being the must use option. I like Thomas, but I think it’s more likely Hilton finds the end zone. As good as Thomas has been, he has a lot of competition for TD.

        I’d go Cameron/Hilton

        • John says:

          Thank you I started Thomas, I don’t trust Weeden at all, both ended up about the same amount of points, Hilton cost me the game. I expect that to change.

  16. Romo says:

    Fleener or cook??!!

  17. Ray Kuhn says:

    Tom Brady- At this point I probably go Big Ben. Bell is back so they have a running game, Miller is back so he has that safety valve, plus Brown is looking like a #1 WR. Eli could ultimatly put up better numbers, but I can’t trust him.

    Romo – I go with Fleener. That is going to be a high scoring game, and for whatever reason the other St. Louis TE’s have been getting the TD’s lately, not Cook

  18. modernsavage13 says:

    i have julius thomas and vernon davis as the two tight ends for my team. i also have torrey smith currently on my bench, with demaryius thomas and pierre garcon as my starting wide receivers. we start two wide receivers, one tight end, and a flex. what would be the best line up for me this week?

  19. seb says:

    Fauria or bennett week 7… who best to start and WR Terrence williams or H. Douglas

  20. Nate says:

    I went and picked up Rudolph off of waivers since Graham is on a bye. Other options I’ve thought about are Clay, Miller, Chandler. Should I keep Rudolph or bank on one of the other three.

  21. Jayce says:

    When Owen Daniels got hurt I picked up Reed, but Scott Chandler is available. Do you pick up Chandler hoping he finds the end zone this week?

  22. Nemo says:

    Thoughts on Tim Wright TB? 2 solid weeks with Glennon at QB. I had O. Daniels now I’m stuck with Clay and Fleener. Does Wright have a higher upside than those 2?

  23. Scott says:

    I have Romo and Witten starting this week. Who should I start as my flex in PPR? Joseph Randle or Jordan Cameron? Please help

  24. Memo – they are all close honestly. Its a preference thing

    Scott – Cameron safer for you, but Randle higher upside

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