Fantasy Football Week 4: Early Top 15 Tight End Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 25, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium in the second half on September 26, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots disappointed his fantasy owners in Week 3 with a two-catch, 21-yard performance on Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens, but things should get better this week when the Patriots square off against the Buffalo Bills.

In four career meetings with the Bills, Gronkowski has 22 receptions for 314 yards and seven touchdowns.

That’s why he’s my No. 1 TE for Week 4.


1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (at Buffalo Bills)

The last time he went to Buffalo, he collected seven catches for 109 yards and two scores.


2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints (at Green Bay Packers)

He’s scored in three weeks straight and Drew Brees will be looking for him while the Packers’ swarming defense is chasing Brees around.


3. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. Tennessee Titans)

Daniels is getting targets just as frequently as Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers. He’s also facing a Titans defense that has given up five scores to tight ends on the year.


4. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at Detroit Lions)

The Minnesota-Detroit game should be another fun offensive contest. Rudolph had two touchdowns last week for the Vikings.


5. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Carolina Panthers)

Gonzalez is on fire this year. He has increased his receptions and yardage outputs in each of the last two games while scoring one touchdown every week.


6. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (at New York Jets)

Davis has scored four touchdowns this year. He put the ball in the end zone at least once in each game.


7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Cleveland Browns)

Pitta is tied with Jimmy Graham for the league lead in targets from the tight end position with 31. He has 18 catches, 188 yards and two scores to show for it.


8. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (at Kansas City Chiefs)

Gates has been disappointing this season. In his last game at Kansas City, he recorded four catches for 73 yards. His 2010 meeting in KC looks similar, but includes a touchdown.

He had five catches for 76 yards and the score.


9. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (at Philadelphia Eagles)

Bennett has 23 targets on the year and has scored in each game this season. He has also increased his production every game so far.


10. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

Finley hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1, but the Saints are giving away tickets to the end zone.


11. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (vs. Minnesota Vikings)

The Vikings have allowed a score to a tight end in every game this year.


12. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos (vs. Oakland Raiders)

The Raiders gave up two touchdowns to Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3.


13. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (vs. New England Patriots)

You’re playing "touchdown roulette" with Scott Chandler. But so far, he’s been good on that front two out of three times.


14. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. New York Giants)

Celek had trouble putting yards up in Week 3, getting 36 yards on just two catches. The Giants have not been generous to tight ends, but Michael Vick has looked Celek’s way 25 times already this year.


15. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Chicago Bears)

Witten hasn’t gotten much going this season. But Tony Romo is looking his way so often that it’s hard for fantasy owners to ignore him.