Fantasy Football 2012 Week 3 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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While the injury to Aaron Hernandez has certainly hurt fantasy owners, there have been numerous tight ends who have stepped up and appear to be viable options. Let’s take a look at who the best options are for the coming week:

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



 - It has become crystal clear to fantasy owners that Dennis Pitta is going to play a major role in the Ravens offense this season. Through two weeks he is tied with Jimmy Graham for the most receptions by a tight end (13) and fourth in yardage (he has 138). It will be interesting to see how he fares against the Patriots, but in what could be a shootout I would definitely consider him a TE1 at this point.

- While Antonio Gates missed Week 2, it would be surprising to see him miss a second game due to the rib injury. We’ll have to monitor the news, but I would plan on using him this week.

- Vernon Davis already has three touchdown catches on the season (eight receptions for 116 yards).  Is there any question who Alex Smith’s go to receiver is at this point? He needs to be considered one of the best options in the league until proven otherwise.

- While Brent Celek has yet to find the end zone, he is leading NFL tight ends with 222 receiving yards and is one behind the leaders with 12 receptions.

Of course, he had 157 yards in Week 2, a number he isn’t going to be able to continue (especially if both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin return to health). That said, he should be a big part of the offense and is worth using as a low-end TE1 in all formats.

- Who is Brandon Myers? Well, fantasy owners are going to need to become familiar with the Raiders tight end, as he has amassed 11 receptions for 151 yards over the first two games. Considering he has at least five receptions in each of the first two weeks, it is clear that he isn’t just an aberration and is going to be a part of the offense.

It’s hard to trust him yet, but as a TE2 he does have value with the potential to be a TE1 in the future.

- If Dustin Keller is healthy he will have value as a TE2, even with the questionable Jets offense. We’ll have to monitor the news, though, and see if he is going to be healthy enough to play.


Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 rankings:

Top 25 Quarterbacks