Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 2 (standard-scoring leagues).
To clarify, this countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat; it's merely an educated best guess of which tight ends will tally the best combination of total yards and touchdowns for the NFL's second weekend.
Note: These rankings will remain fluid through Sunday morning.
Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Arizona
2. Jimmy Graham @ Carolina
3. Antonio Gates vs. Tennessee
4. Vernon Davis vs. Detroit
5. Aaron Hernandez vs. Arizona
6. Jermichael Finley vs. Chicago
7. Brandon Pettigrew @ San Francisco
8. Brent Celek vs. Baltimore
9. Fred Davis @ St. Louis
10. Jacob Tamme @ Atlanta
11. Tony Gonzalez vs. Denver
12. Coby Fleener vs. Minnesota
13. Jermaine Gresham vs. Cleveland
14. Jared Cook @ San Diego
15. Owen Daniels @ Jacksonville
16. Jason Witten @ Seattle
17. Martellus Bennett vs. Tampa Bay
18. Greg Olsen vs. New Orleans
19. Scott Chandler vs. Kansas City
20. Kyle Rudolph @ Indianapolis
21. Dustin Keller @ Pittsburgh
22. Heath Miller vs. N.Y. Jets
23. Dennis Pitta @ Philadelphia
24. Marcedes Lewis vs. Houston
25. Tony Moeaki @ Buffalo
1. It's hard to imagine a scenario (bye week aside) in which Rob Gronkowski wouldn't sport a top-two ranking here. No matter the opponent, regardless of scoring rules, Gronk (six catches, 60 yards, one TD in Week 1) is the NFL's best tight end, pound for pound.
2. There are no worries with Antonio Gates, despite a measly four catches (for 43 yards) against the Raiders and a mild rib injury that warranted a brief locker-room visit. The Chargers' corps of reliable pass-catchers (after Gates and Malcom Floyd) is a little thin, and Gates appears to be in phenomenal shape...compared to last year's injury-riddled campaign.
3. Even if Eagles QB Michael Vick doesn't average 56 passes per game for the next four months, I still love Brent Celek's chances of garnering top-10 numbers for the season. Fingers crossed on six catches for 65 yards and one touchdown against the Ravens.
4. Indy rookie Coby Fleener (six catches, 82 yards vs. Chicago) collected 10 targets in his NFL debut, fueling the notion that he'll be a regular starter in 12-team leagues soon enough. For owners with roster room for only one tight end...please consider keeping Fleener over the likes of Jared Cook, Owen Daniels and Greg Olsen.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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