NFL Fantasy Football Predictions Week 2: 3 TEs Who Will Rack Up Points

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2011

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Brandon Pettigrew #87 of the Detroit Lions reacts to missing a touchdown pass during the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Much like defenses, tight ends are often overlooked in fantasy football. However, a good tight end can be the difference between winning and losing on any given week. This week is obviously no different.

Here are three tight ends that could put in huge performances in Week 2.

Brandon Pettigrew

The Kansas City Chiefs lost Eric Berry for the season last week, which will see most teams look to attack the middle of their defense from here on out. The Chiefs' cornerbacks are stellar but John McGraw and Kenrick Lewis will struggle to matchup to the physically gifted tight ends.

Brandon Pettigrew is a physically gifted tight end. Pettigrew was drafted in the first round with Matthew Stafford three years ago and the two connected for four receptions and 57 yards last week. Pettigrew should see something close to eight targets this week allowing him to have a huge day.

Pettigrew has the ability to take off huge chunks of the defense and will be a matchup advantage for the Lions all game long.

Aaron Hernandez

With Antoine Cason and Quintin Jammer on the outside, the Patriots will look to their tight ends even more—they already do a lot—but Rob Gronkowski could struggle also as Bob Sanders will be looking to lock him up.

This leaves Hernandez, who is more likely to be matched up to a linebacker or nickel corner. There are very few nickel corners or linebackers in the league who can stick with Hernandez's pace. He showed in the first week that his rookie season wasn't a once off with seven receptions for over 100 yards in Week 1.

The Patriots offense as a whole shouldn't have things as easy as they did last week; however, Aaron Hernandez looks set for another big night regardless.

Antonio Gates

The Chargers and Patriots game should see a lot of passes going towards the tight ends on both sides of the ball. Antonio Gates can barely be called a tight end anymore as he is such a great receiver. It may seem obvious to point out Gates as an elite tight end but this weekend could be record breaking.

The Patriots don't have a linebacker with the speed to track him down the field while their safety issues are clear. Pat Chung may be the man to try to take Gates out of the game, but Chung doesn't have the physical presence to play with Gates.

If Antonio Gates is given the chance, everyone knows that he can catch the football and be an elite tight end. There should be plenty of those chances this weekend.