Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Tigth end Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 24-17.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Let’s continue our look at the Week 2 rankings with a look at one of the more unpredictable positions in fantasy football.  Who is going to step up and have a big game this week?  Are last week’s success stories worth using?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers at New England
  2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco
  3. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers at Carolina
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas
  5. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago
  6. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots vs. San Diego
  7. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots vs. San Diego
  8. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland
  9. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota
  10. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans at Miami
  11. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City
  12. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia
  13. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins vs. Arizona
  14. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals at Denver
  15. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland
  16. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay
  17. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets
  18. Dustin Keller – New York Jets vs. Jacksonville
  19. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle
  20. Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee


  • The New England Patriots proved in Week 1 that maybe they don’t need to pick between their two young tight ends.  In what was an extremely pass-heavy week (a trend that could easily continue), Hernandez was targeted 10 times (seven receptions for 103 yards and one TD) and Gronkowski was targeted seven times (six receptions for 86 yards and one TD).  In other words, both can be considered viable options in all formats.  Maybe their presence on the same team hurts their value slightly, but they each remain a TE1.
  • Michael Vick said that he was going to try and get Brent Celek more involved in the offense this season.  Of course, we didn’t see an ounce of truth to that statement in Week 1.  Don’t consider him a viable option at this point.
  • With Marques Colston out, could Jimmy Graham become the go-to receiver for the Saints?  It doesn’t seem like such a wild thought at this point and, with Drew Brees throwing him the ball, makes him a tremendous option.
  • Has the torch been passed from Chris Cooley to Fred Davis in Washington?  In two tight end leagues, I’d be willing to take the gamble.
  • The difference between Scott Chandler and Dustin Keller is that Chandler could become the second option in Buffalo, and he has already proven to be a touchdown threat (five receptions for 63 yards and two TDs in Week 1).  Keeler is going to find himself behind Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and possibly even LaDanian Tomlinson.

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