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:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Minnesota
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Tennessee
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Atlanta
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
- Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
- Martellius Bennett – New York Giants – at Carolina
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
- Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Denver
- Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Cincinnati
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Miami
- Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Dallas Clark – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
- 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: