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Does Tony Gonzalez have one more top-five fantasy TE season in him?
With Week 1 of the NFL regular and fantasy season set to kick off tonight, the only tight ends that will soon be making news are the ones that will be on the field. Leading the way in Athlon Sports' Week 1 tight end fantasy rankings is New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With Rob Gronkowski still making his way back from offsesaon back surgery, Graham is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy option at the position and should be targeted early and often by Drew Brees against Atlanta on Sunday.
The Falcons' tight end is no slouch in his own right, as Tony Gonzalez looks to turn back the clock for yet another season. The Dallas' Jason Witten rightfully belongs in the top tier of fantasy tight ends, as he can help Tony Romo and the Cowboys get off to a strong start by doing some damage against the Giants.
Outside of the top five, some younger tight ends will attempt to make a name for themselves, including Zach Sudfeld, the man who will fill Gronkowski's spot for New England. If Sudfeld can make a strong impression during Gronk's absence, there's a chance he could remain fantasy relevant all season long. Remember what Aaron Hernandez did as Gronk's sidekick the past few seasons.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.
2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
|1||Jimmy Graham||NO||vs. ATL||The clear-cut No. 1 w/ no Gronk.|
|2||Tony Gonzalez||ATL||at NO||Can the old man do it again?|
|3||Jason Witten||DAL||vs. NYG||Romo's trust in Witten obvious.|
|4||Vernon Davis||SF||vs. GB||Potential is there, is the effort?|
|5||Owen Daniels||HOU||at SD (Mon.)|
|6||Jared Cook||STL||vs. ARI||Appears ready to break out.|
|7||Zach Sudfeld||NE||at BUF||Talk about your fast risers.|
|8||Kyle Rudolph||MIN||at DET|
|9||Antonio Gates||SD||vs. HOU (Mon.)||Rivers' most trusted target.|
|10||Greg Olsen||CAR||vs. SEA||Cam likes throwing to his TE.|
|11||Jermichael Finley||GB||at SF||Team pleased with early signs.|
|12||Brandon Myers||NYG||at DAL||Eli should like throwing to him.|
|13||Jordan Cameron||CLE||vs. MIA|
|14||Martellus Bennett||CHI||vs. CIN||First TE Cutler has had since Olsen.|
|15||Fred Davis||WAS||vs. PHI (Mon.)||RG3 to Davis could be special.|
|16||Brandon Pettigrew||DET||vs. MIN|
|17||Coby Fleener||IND||vs. OAK||Ready to cash in on Stanford ties.|
|18||Brent Celek||PHI||at WAS (Mon.)||The top TE in Philly, for now.|
|19||Julius Thomas||DEN||vs. BAL (Thurs.)||If Peyton trusts him, watch out.|
|20||Jermaine Gresham||CIN||at CHI|
|21||Tyler Eifert||CIN||at CHI||Can he overtake Gresham?|
|22||Dwayne Allen||IND||vs. OAK||Enough work for 2 TEs in IND?|
|23||Ed Dickson||BAL||at DEN (Thurs.)||Flacco loved throwing to Pitta.|
|24||Zach Ertz||PHI||at WAS (Mon.)||Kelly has high hopes for rookie.|
|25||Zach Miller||SEA||at CAR|
|26||Dallas Clark||BAL||at DEN (Thurs.)||Veteran ready if Dickson stumbles.|
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings