Fantasy Football Week 4: Last-Minute Top 15 Tight End Rankings

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There wasn’t a lot of noise made from the tight end position between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Week 4. The Ravens’ Dennis Pitta, despite being a highly targeted weapon for Joe Flacco early in the season, finished the contest with zero catches on two looks.

Meanwhile, two Browns tight ends saw six passes thrown in their direction. Benjamin Watson caught five for 52 yards. Jordan Cameron caught just one for 15.

Despite those disappointing fantasy numbers, the tight end position has been productive as a whole this season. Other guys will get a shot at redeeming the position’s fantasy value come Sunday afternoon.

Here’s who I like to do that in Week 4.


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

Gronk has seven touchdowns in four career games against the Bills. He’s never failed to score against them.


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

I expect this game to be a shootout of epic proportions. It could even be the highest-scoring game of the week.


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

Rudolph should find himself in the middle of a scoreboard-stuffer as well. Vikings QB Christian Ponder has been playing at a high level this season and may find this guy open in the end zone every once in a while on Sunday.


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

Gonzalez continues to dictate how his career arc will look; disregarding the notion that Father Time is going to catch him. He’s upped his receptions count, yardage output in each of the last two weeks, scoring touchdowns in every game along the way.


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

It’s a pretty good idea to start your tight ends against the Titans. They’ve shown an awful lot of love to opposing players at the position in 2012.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

15. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (at Jacksonville Jaguars)