2013 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2013

Sep 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (84) makes a catch against Miami Dolphins inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Field. The Dolphins won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Not only are there tight ends emerging around the league, but we also have some viable options finally returning to health.  It all adds up to there being numerous options for fantasy owners to chose from.  Who’s the best, though?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saintsvs. Miami
  2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncosvs. Philadelphia
  3. Jason WittenDallas Cowboysat San Diego
  4. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Brownsvs. Cincinnati
  5. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriotsat Atlanta
  6. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers—at St. Louis
  7. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargersvs. Dallas
  8. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bearsat Detroit
  9. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelersat Minnesota (London)
  10. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falconsvs. New England
  11. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Coltsat Jacksonville
  12. Owen Daniels, Houston Texansvs. Seattle
  13. Jared Cook, St. Louis Ramsvs. San Francisco
  14. Brandon Myers, New York Giantsat Kansas City
  15. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikingsvs. Pittsburgh (London)
  16. Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinalsat Tampa Bay
  17. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskinsat Oakland
  18. Scott Chandler, Buffalo Billsvs. Baltimore
  19. Charles Clay, Miami Dolphinsat New Orleans
  20. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eaglesat Denver



  • Jason Witten hasn’t had a tremendous season yet, at least compared to some of the young tight ends who are emerging throughout the league (Witten has 16 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns).  With that said, his matchup with the Chargers is favorable, as they have been among the five worst defenses against TEs thus far, according to NFL.com, and have allowed a league worst 340.7 passing yards per game overall.  Don’t underestimate how good of a week he could have.
  • While Jordan Cameron is coming off a three touchdown week, we obviously cannot anticipate him replicating that.  Still, it’s become clear that the Browns are going to be a pass-heavy offense, and Cameron is going to be one of the go-to options (along with Josh Gordon).  It’s hard to consider him anything but a top-five option in all formats.
  • There’s obvious risk in Rob Gronkowski, because there’s no guarantee that he plays.  If he does, however, he instantly becomes the go to receiver for Tom Brady.  While he’s not a lock to produce, he’s well worth the risk.
  • Will Vernon Davis play Thursday night?  It appears likely, though it is far from a guarantee.  If you plan on using him, make sure you have an alternative just in case.
  • Tony Gonzalez has been a disappointment with 11 catches for 93 yards and one touchdown over the first three weeks of the season.  The Patriots have actually been the best team in the league at stopping opposing tight ends and overall have allowed two touchdowns and just 188.3 passing yards per game.  While you would think the Falcons passing game will be able to produce, Gonzalez is nothing more than a low-end option.
  • Heath Miller had three catches for 35 yards in his first game of the season and also has an extremely favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.  Look to him as a viable TE1 in all formats.


Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 Rankings: