Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 4 (standard-scoring leagues).
To clarify, this countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends.
Note: The Colts and Steelers are on their bye weeks.
Week 4: Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Jimmy Graham at Green Bay
2. Rob Gronkowski at Buffalo
3. Tony Gonzalez vs. Carolina
4. Vernon Davis at N.Y. Jets
5. Dennis Pitta vs. Cleveland
6. Antonio Gates at Kansas City
7. Jermichael Finley vs. New Orleans
8. Martellus Bennett at Philadelphia
9. Brent Celek vs. N.Y. Giants
10. Fred Davis at Tampa Bay
11. Jacob Tamme vs. Oakland
12. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Minnesota
13. Jermaine Gresham at Jacksonville
14. Kyle Rudolph at Detroit
15. Greg Olsen at Atlanta
16. Owen Daniels vs. Tennessee
17. Scott Chandler vs. New England
18. Jason Witten vs. Chicago
19. Benjamin Watson at Baltimore
20. Marcedes Lewis vs. Cincinnati
21. Brandon Myers at Denver
22. Anthony Fasano at Arizona
23. Tony Moeaki vs. San Diego
24. Lance Kendricks vs. Seattle
25. Dustin Keller vs. San Francisco
1. For those who believe Rob Gronkowski is primed for a big-time slump—similar to his two-catch, 21-yard clunker against Baltimore—let's remember that Gronk (90 catches, 1,327 yards, 18 total TD) had six games of four catches or less last year.
Bottom line: With his immense physical gifts and prominent place in the Patriots offense, it's just a matter of time before Gronkowski dominates the scene again. (Do I smell a buy-low bonanza on the trade market?)
2. Last week, Tony Gonzalez dusted the Chargers for nine catches, 91 yards, one touchdown and 12 targets. It was Gonzo's third straight game with a touchdown for the high-powered and undefeated Falcons. It was also the umpteenth time in his career that he had terrorized an AFC West opponent (dating back to his Chiefs days).
Since joining the Falcons, Gonzalez has per-outing averages of 5.5 catches, 53 yards and 0.5 touchdowns against the Panthers (Sunday's opponent).
3. There are no more excuses for benching Dennis Pitta in 12-team leagues. He's collected at least seven targets in all three games and appears to be Ravens QB Joe Flacco's second-favorite target near the goal line—after Ray Rice, of course.
4. At some point, it won't make good fantasy sense to endorse Dustin Keller (hamstring injury) as a TE2 in 12-team leagues. And that day might come soon.
5. I was really down on Fred Davis after his invisible-man performance against the Rams in Week 2 (two catches, 14 yards). But I'm also smart enough to realize he's a significant part of the Redskins' passing attack when receiver Pierre Garcon's on the sidelines. Verdict: It's not feasible to bench Davis in 12-team leagues.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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