Fantasy Football 2012 Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 16, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots gains yardage against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Which tight ends are too risky to trust?  Which could re-emerge as viable options?  Which are must-use options? 

Let’s break it all down for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
  5. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  6. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
  7. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  9. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  10. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  11. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  12. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  13. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  14. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
  15. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  16. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  17. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at New England
  18. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  19. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Oakland
  20. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  21. Lance Kendricks – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
  22. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  23. Kellen Davis – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  24. Todd Heap – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
  25. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis


Patriots TEs

A limited Aaron Hernandez still managed six catches for 30 yards and a TD in his first game since Week 1.  Is there any doubt that both he and Rob Gronkowski should have big days against a Jets defense that has generally struggled to stop opposing tight ends?  Both should be considered top-five options, at worst, this week.


Jermichael Finley

Despite the eruption of the Green Bay offense in Week 6, Jermichael Finley managed just two receptions for 12 yards and no TDs.  Over the past two weeks, he has five catches for 23 yards, and he hasn’t had more than four receptions in a game since Week 1 (or more than 60 yards in any game this season). 

We all know how talented he is, but does anyone actually have faith in him regardless of the opponent?  The upside keeps him as a viable TE1, but it’s a low-end one at that.


Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett has been banged up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him re-emerge this week against a Redskins defense that has allowed six TDs to tight ends this season.  He’s high-risk, but also high-reward.  Depending on your other options, he’s worth considering as a TE1.


Jason Witten

Over the past two games, Jason Witten has 19 catches for 200 yards and a TD.  Clearly, he is back to health and a vital part of the Cowboys’ offense.  With DeMarco Murray banged up, Witten’s role could increase even more.  Don’t shy away from him.


Dustin Keller

It’s hard to read too much into Dustin Keller’s line in his return to the lineup, because the Jets attempted just 19 passes (and one was on a fake punt).  So yes, Keller had just one reception for six yards, but we need to take the game plan into account.  Do we really think they can get away with throwing the ball so few times against the Patriots?  It’s unlikely, so look for Keller to play a much bigger role in Week 7.


Scott Chandler

Scott Chandler gets the next chance to abuse the Titans defense, as they have allowed eight TDs to opposing tight ends.  With Chandler always a threat in the red zone (he has four TDs), he’s a TE1 this week.


Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 7 rankings: