Fantasy Football Week 3: NFL Tight End Rankings

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates teammate tight end 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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With an exciting second week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 3 fantasy football tight end rankings.

1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Like last year, Gronk seems to score every game. Baltimore is a tough test, but without Aaron Hernandez, Gronk should see a ton of targets over the middle.

2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

My 1-A has also scored in both games. If it weren’t for Hernandez’s injury, I would have moved Jimmy to the top spot. He has scored in five straight games dating back to last year.

3. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

Leads all tight ends in fantasy points in non-PPR leagues. Throw in a nice matchup against Minnesota and he’s more like a 1-C option.

4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

He’s still rounding into form. Assuming his hands don’t fail him again, Witten should have a nice game against Tampa Bay, who gave up 56 yards to Greg Olsen in the opener and 72 yards and a score to Martellus Bennett last week.


5. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

Tony Gonzalez, who has scored both weeks, is benefiting from the lack of attention because of Atlanta's dynamic duo at WR. He has nine career scores against the Chargers.

6. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants

He has also scored both weeks, finally putting his physical tools to good use. Eli is playing at an extremely high level and he’s the third option. Second this week with Nicks out. That should mean big things against Carolina.

7. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

With Maclin banged up, Celek, whose 222 yards leads all tight ends, should have a big work load against Arizona.

8. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions

Pettigrew takes on Tennessee, who has allowed five tight end touchdowns in two games.

9. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

Finley can be hit or miss, but he has 11 catches in two games. He’s getting his looks and has the tools to get in the end zone. He has nine TDs in 20 road games vs. seven Lambeau Leaps in 30 home games.


10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

Gates scares me. You know what he can do when he’s healthy, but he’s an injury risk.

11. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

The catches went up last week, but the yardage went down. The Texans will likely have to throw more against Denver, who allowed a TD to Heath Miller in the opener and Gonzo on MNF.

12. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph has had two solid games and is facing a Niners team that has allowed a TE score in both games.

13. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

Has seven catches in two games. The Redskins have allowed a tight end score in both games.

14. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

He has scored both weeks and is a likely red zone target with David Nelson done for the year.

15. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos

Took a step back with Demaryius and Decker getting the love as the Broncos tried to play catch up.


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