2012 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Week 1

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

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:

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit

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