Fantasy Football 2012: Top 30 Tight End Rankings (Updated 8/29)

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Fantasy Football 2012: Top 30 Tight End Rankings (Updated 8/29)
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While it’s good to hear Jason Witten is likely to have the questionable tag for the Cowboys' early first game against the Giants, fantasy owners should still protect themselves in case he’s out, and for more than one week.

There’s really no telling how long his spleen injury will keep him out, or if he suffers a setback once he returns to game action.

With this in mind, fantasy owners who land Witten in the middle round should target a respectable backup. Kyle Rudolph and Greg Olsen are two names that jump out to me who could have good seasons.

The Panthers expect Brandon LaFell to have a breakout third season, but don’t be surprised if Olsen is Cam Newton’s No. 2 target after Steve Smith. With Smith coming back from a foot injury, Olsen is set up for a big game against the Buccaneers.

Consider Rudolph the Vikings' go-to option in the red zone for touchdowns via the passing game. Rudolph has had a solid offseason and will be on a team that his forced to throw the football often, especially with Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford exploiting their weak secondary.

1

Jimmy Graham

2

Rob Gronkowski

3

Antonio Gates

4

Vernon Davis

5

Aaron Hernandez

6

Jermichael Finley

7

Jacob Tamme

8

Brandon Pettigrew

9

Jermaine Gresham

10

Kyle Rudolph

11

Fred Davis

12

Jason Witten

13

Tony Gonzalez

14

Greg Olsen

15

Jared Cook

16

Brent Celek

17

Owen Daniels

18

Kellen Davis

19

Dwayne Allen

20

Scott Chandler

21

Coby Fleener

22

Ed Dickson

23

Dustin Keller

24

Lance Kendricks

25

D.J. Williams

26

Kellen Winslow

27

Martellus Bennett

28

Joel Dreessen

29

Tony Moeaki

30

Marcedes Lewis

2012 Standard Position Rankings - Top 200 | QB | RB | WR | Cheat Sheets |

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