Fantasy Football Week 7: Early Top 15 Tight End Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 17, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints runs after a catch against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Saints 28-27.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football’s top scoring tight end, Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons, will be on a bye in Week 7. The New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham will take his place in the tight end fantasy landscape this week.

Graham was utilized sparingly in the Saints’ matchup with the San Diego Chargers in Week 5 after getting hurt during the game. He finished with one catch for four yards while serving as a decoy for the majority of the contest.

The Saints’ bye week came at a perfect time for Graham’s recovery from an injury that couldn’t have been too severe as he was still on the field Sunday night in Week 5.

That puts him firmly in the No. 1 position among fantasy tight ends going into Week 7.

The tight end that will be facing the generous Tennessee Titans defense this week is Scott Chandler of the Buffalo Bills.

Tennessee hasn’t given up fewer than seven catches to a tight end position group in any game this season. It has allowed eight touchdowns to players at the position in six games, and Chandler is looked for by Ryan Fitzpatrick when the Bills can put points on the board.

The Arizona Cardinals have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season, but the Minnesota Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph has scored five. Something’s got to give. As fantasy’s third-best tight end this year, it’s almost impossible to sit Rudolph—especially with Antonio Gates on a bye.

Jermaine Gresham of the Cincinnati Bengals should also enjoy a good fantasy day against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Pittsburgh is having real trouble covering the middle of the field without Troy Polamalu roaming the defensive backfield. Thursday night’s matchup against the Titans in Week 6 showed us that attacking the deep middle against the Steelers is a sound strategy.

Below are my top 15 fantasy tight ends for Week 7.


1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

2. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

3. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

4. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (vs. Tennessee Titans)

5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Seattle Seahawks)

6. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

7. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. Baltimore Ravens)

9. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at Carolina Panthers)

10. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Cincinnati Bengals)

11. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Cleveland Browns)

12. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (at Houston Texans)

13. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (at Chicago Bears)

14. Dustin Keller, New York Jets (at New England Patriots)

15. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)