Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 7

Vernon Davis had a monster first half alone last week against Arizona

New Orleans is on bye in Week 7, so that means no Jimmy Graham atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football tight end rankings, probably the only week he will not be at No. 1. Instead, Tony Gonzalez, the future Hall of Famer, gets our vote. While Gonzalez' numbers don't compare to Graham's through six games, he's been his usual productive self and could post some Graham-esque totals in the weeks ahead. With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White dealing with injuries, Gonzalez becomes Matt Ryan's clear-cut No. 1 target.

Another tight end who is quickly establishing himself as his quarterback's top weapon is San Francisco's Vernon Davis. Since missing Week 3's home loss to Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury, Davis has returned to the field with a vengeance. He has caught four touchdown passes in his last three games and last week against Arizona, he put up the following numbers — 7 rec., 171 yards, 2 TDs — in the first half. There's no reason to not expect Colin Kaepernick, who has struggled with accuracy and turnovers to start this season, to keep feeding the ball to his athletic tight end.

And as far as Rob Gronkowski goes, your guess is as good as mine as to if this is finally the week he gets on the field. Personally speaking, I have had my fill of "Gronk Watch," and I don't even have him on my roster.

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 website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland

Rk Player Team OPP Notes
1 Tony Gonzalez ATL vs. TB Ryan's No. 1 target now w/ Jones out, White hurting.
2 Vernon Davis SF at TEN Went 7-171-2 in first half last week vs. Cardinals.
3 Antonio Gates SD at JAC Four-catch, 28-yard effort on MNF worst of season.
4 Julius Thomas DEN at IND Has caught a TD pass in all but one game so far.
5 Jason Witten DAL at PHI Career vs. PHI: 19 G, 109 rec. , 1,233 yds., 7 TDs.
6 Jordan Cameron CLE at GB Total of 10 catches, 100 yards and no TDs in last 2 G.
7 Jermichael Finley GB vs. CLE Bigger role coming b/c of WR injuries?
8 Martellus Bennett CHI at WAS No TD catches since Week 2.
9 Greg Olsen CAR vs. STL Was his foot injury a factor last week (2 rec., 19 yds.)?
10 Heath Miller PIT vs. BAL Ravens have had issues defending TEs.
11 Rob Gronkowski NE at NYJ Is anyone else tired of waiting for him to play?
12 Kyle Rudolph MIN at NYG (Mon.) Lone bright spot (9-97-1) last week vs. CAR.
13 Charles Clay MIA vs. BUF Bills giving up second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
14 Coby Fleener IND vs. DEN Just five catches for 31 yards in last 2 games.
15 Garrett Graham HOU at KC First game as Texans' starter didn't go well (2-25).
16 Jared Cook STL at CAR Lance Kendricks stealing targets, TDs from Cook.
17 Jordan Reed WAS vs. CHI Active (4-58) in first game back from injury.
18 Scott Chandler BUF at MIA Caught his second TD pass last week.
19 Brent Celek PHI vs. DAL TE just not a huge part of Eagles' passing game.
20 Jeff Cumberland NYJ vs. NE  
21 Brandon Myers NYG vs. MIN (Mon.) Has seen 0 targets in 2 of last 3 games.
22 Timothy Wright TB at ATL Has 12 catches for 132 yards in last 2 games.
23 Jermaine Gresham CIN at DET Hard to trust either Bengal TE right now.
24 Brandon Pettigrew DET vs. CIN More involved past 3 games, but still no TDs.
25 Sean McGrath KC vs. HOU  
26 Dallas Clark BAL at PIT Had 81 yards, first TD last week vs. Packers.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 7 Waiver Wire

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