Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Tight End Rankings Week 1

Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski will share the same spotlight on Thursday night

Fantasy football season is finally here and it’s only fitting that the first game features the No. 1 tight end for Week 1 – Rob Gronkowski. While that may not be a real surprise, Gronk’s inability to stay healthy has definitely narrowed the gap between him and the likes of Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham and even Jordan Reed (when he hasn’t been hurt).


No the bigger surprise as it relates to the tight end position this year is how to value those ranked near the bottom of the top 10 and beyond. If you weren’t able to draft one of the guys already mentioned or a typically reliable option like Delanie Walker and Kyle Rudolph, you are counting on the group of Tyler Eifert/Zach Ertz/Eric Ebron to stay healthy or someone from the Hunter Henry/Martellus Bennett/Jack Doyle tier to put up big numbers.


But that’s why we have weekly positional rankings, right? Use these and the other positions as a guideline to help you find your starter for Week 1, especially if you stream tight ends. Just remember, there’s no Cameron Brate, Julius Thomas or O.J. Howard this week as the Tampa Bay-Miami game was moved to Week 11 because of Hurricane Irma.


Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex


Rank Player Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. KC (Thurs.)
2 Greg Olsen CAR at SF
3 Travis Kelce KC at NE (Thurs.)
4 Jimmy Graham SEA at GB
5 Jordan Reed WAS vs. PHI
6 Delanie Walker TEN vs. OAK
7 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. NO (Mon.)
8 Tyler Eifert CIN vs. BAL
9 Zach Ertz PHI at WAS
10 Martellus Bennett GB vs. SEA
11 Hunter Henry LAC at DEN (Mon.)
12 Eric Ebron DET vs. ARI
13 Jason Witten DAL vs. NYG
14 Jack Doyle IND at LAR
15 Coby Fleener NO at MIN (Mon.)
16 Austin Hooper ATL at CHI
17 C.J. Fiedorowicz HOU vs. JAC
18 Jared Cook OAK at TEN
19 Charles Clay BUF vs. NYJ
20 Zach Miller CHI vs. ATL
21 Antonio Gates LAC at DEN (Mon.)
22 Jesse James PIT at CLE
23 Evan Engram NYG at DAL
24 Dwayne Allen NE vs. KC (Thurs.)
25 Vance McDonald PIT at CLE
26 George Kittle SF vs. CAR
27 David Njoku CLE vs. PIT
28 Ben Watson BAL at CIN
29 Tyler Higbee LAR vs. IND
30 Jermaine Gresham ARI at DET

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 17:40

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