by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We all know that tight ends can be a little hit or miss, but Week 1 gave us a little clarity as to who could be the top options this season. Is it going to change on a weekly basis? Absolutely but after seeing the performances from guys like Zach Ertz and Dennis Pitta, they are going to be a lot more dependable options than we’re accustomed to:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Cleveland
- Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Minnesota
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Indianapolis
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Detroit
- Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. New Orleans
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Tennessee
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
- Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at San Francisco
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New England
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Dallas
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
- Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Philadelphia
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Seattle
- Levine Toilolo – Atlanta Falcons – at Cincinnati
- Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
- Mychal Rivera – Oakland Raiders – vs. Houston
- The Indianapolis Colts got torched by Julius Thomas in Week 1, seeing him score 3 TD. That could mean big things for Zach Ertz, who had a big game himself (3 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD) and is viewed as one of the biggest breakout tight ends in the league. After seeing the Broncos exploit the Colts, look for the Eagles to try and do the same with Ertz (especially in the red zone).
- Expectations are that Jordan Cameron is going to play a major role in the Browns’ offense, but he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 and we don’t yet know his status. Even if he plays, how limited could he be? He’s obviously going to be a viable option, but we have to keep him suppressed a bit.
- The Ravens aren’t going to throw the ball 62 times again, but Dennis Pitta was targeted 15 times in Week 1. Turning those opportunities into 10 catches for 82 yards, it’s easy to imagine another big day.
- Levine Toilolo was significantly hyped in the preseason and he delivered in Week 1, finding the end zone (though only 3 catches for 19 yards). Still, he was targeted 6 times and it’s obvious that he’s going to play a role in the team’s offense this season.
- Travis Kelce is going to play more than he did in Week 1 and, against the Broncos, the Chiefs are going to have to throw the football to try and keep up. While others could be discouraged, don’t shy away from him if you are in need of a tight end.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: