Fantasy Football 2012 Week 2 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tight end Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots congratulates teammate Rob Gronkowski #87 on scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during their season opener at LP Field on September 9, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Tight end is generally an unpredictable position, as you never really know who is going to emerge on a week-to-week basis.  The question is, who is going to be able to maintain production all year long?

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our Week 2 rankings and see who is recommended and who is tough to trust:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Arizona
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
  3. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Arizona
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Detroit
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
  6. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  7. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Seattle
  8. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at San Francisco
  9. Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – at Atlanta
  10. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Denver
  11. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Minnesota
  12. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
  13. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  14. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
  15. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Philadelphia
  16. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Tampa Bay
  17. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Baltimore
  18. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  19. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Indianapolis
  20. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  21. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Pittsburgh
  22. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New York Jets
  23. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  24. Dallas Clark – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
  25. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo


  • Are there enough balls to go around in New England for both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to be TE1?  Clearly the answer is yes.  Will Wes Welker always be fourth on the depth chart (he had five targets in Week 1)?  Of course not, but they also won’t run the ball 35 times most weeks.  Rob Gronkowski had six receptions for 60 yards and one TD (seven targets) while Aaron Hernandez had six receptions for 59 yards and one TD (six targets).  Both are top talents and will continue to get opportunities from Tom Brady.  In other words, they will likely both be Top 3 TEs in most weeks.
  • We all saw what tight ends could do against the Tennessee Titans (just see the numbers from Gronkowski and Hernandez).  This week it is Antonio Gates’ turn.  While he may not be quite at that level at this point in his career, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him reach the end zone for the first time this season.
  • Jason Witten is supposed to be healthy and prepared for Week 2, so we can ignore the poor performance in Week 1 (after all, he hadn’t practiced and wasn’t expected to play).  Yes, the performance of Kevin Ogletree could have an impact, but Witten should remain one of the elite tight ends in the league no matter who else is on the field.
  • Fred Davis was targeted just four times in Week 1.  Obviously, unless he is targeted more, his value is not going to be there.  He’s more of a TE2 for me this week.
  • Was it really surprising to see Coby Fleener and Andrew Luck on the same page, with six receptions for 82 yards in Week 1? There is no reason to think that anything is going to change.  Sure, Reggie Wayne is going to be the top target, but Fleener is definitely going to be up there as well.
  • While it may not continue every week, Dennis Pitta led the Ravens in targets in Week 1 (nine targets) leading to five receptions for 73 yards and one TD.  Baltimore is clearly going to have a more up-tempo offense, so there is no reason to think Pitta won’t continue to produce.  He is a borderline TE1 in all formats.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 2 rankings: