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2012 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Week 1

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It's been seven long months, but fantasy football and our fantasy football positional rankings are back!

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.

Surprisingly, Jason Witten did in fact not only suit up, but he played in the Cowboys' opener against the Giants on Wednesday night. Not surprising, however, is that he was for the most part ineffective (2 rec., 10 yards), at least as far as statistics go. Witten's worth and value to the Cowboys' offense and team as a whole, cannot be measured solely with his production on the field.

Similar to Witten, Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski are two tight ends who are vital to their respective teams' offensive attacks, and along those lines they were the two most dominant tight ends in fantasy football last season. More of the same is expected from the duo in 2012 starting in Week 1 as both have appealing match ups. Gronkowski's teammate Aaron Hernandez, a completely healthy Antonio Gates and Fred Davis, who could become one of Robert Griffn III's favorite tagerts, are just a few other names to keep an eye on over the weekend. 

2012 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

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Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

vs. WAS

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

at TEN

3

Antonio Gates

SD

at OAK (Mon.)

4

Vernon Davis

SF

at GB

5

Fred Davis

WAS

at NO

6

Aaron Hernandez

NE

at TEN

7

Jermichael Finley

GB

vs. SF

8

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

vs. STL

9

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

at KC

10

Jared Cook

TEN

vs. NE

11

Brent Celek

PHI

at CLE

12

Greg Olsen

CAR

at TB

13

Jacob Tamme

DEN

vs. PIT

14

Dustin Keller

NYJ

vs. BUF

15

Coby Fleener

IND

at CHI

16

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

vs. JAC

17

Owen Daniels

HOU

vs. MIA

18

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

at BAL (Mon.)

19

Martellus Bennett

NYG

vs. DAL (Wed.)

20

Scott Chandler

BUF

at NYJ

21

Heath Miller

PIT

at DEN

22

Dallas Clark

TB

vs. CAR

23

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

at MIN

24

Ed Dickson

BAL

vs. CIN (Mon.)

25

Anthony Fasano

MIA

at HOU

26

Tony Moeaki

KC

vs. ATL

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 1 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit