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2012 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Week 2

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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.

Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski did what we have come to expect them to do - find the end zone - but they weren't the only tight ends to enjoy big opening weeks. Gronkowski's teammate Aaron Hernandez also caught a touchdown pass against Tennessee, while Tony Gonzalez enjoyed a triumphant and productive return to Kansas City, where his Hall of Fame career started. No one had a more surprising Week 1 performance, however, than Baltimore's Dennis Pitta. Pitta was Joe Flacco's top target in the Ravens' dominating win over Cincinnati on Monday night, catching five passes for 73 yards and a score. Can he do it two weeks in a row, this time against a tough Philadelphia defense? Also what sort of encore does rookie Coby Fleener (6 rec., 82 yds.) have in mind, and what can we expect from Jason Witten, who was largely ineffective (2 rec., 10 yds.) in his first action after suffering a lacerated spleen in the preseason?

2012 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

at CAR

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. ARI

3

Antonio Gates

SD

vs. TEN

4

Jermichael Finley

GB

vs. CHI (Thurs.)

5

Aaron Hernandez

NE

vs. ARI

6

Vernon Davis

SF

vs. DET

7

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

vs. DEN (Mon.)

8

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

at SF

9

Fred Davis

WAS

at STL

10

Jared Cook

TEN

at SD

11

Jason Witten

DAL

at SEA

12

Coby Fleener

IND

vs. MIN

13

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at IND

14

Jacob Tamme

DEN

at ATL (Mon.)

15

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. NO

16

Martellus Bennett

NYG

vs. TB

17

Owen Daniels

HOU

at JAC

18

Brent Celek

PHI

vs. BAL

19

Dustin Keller

NYJ

at PIT

20

Dennis Pitta

BAL

at PHI

21

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

vs. CLE

22

Scott Chandler

BUF

vs. KC

23

Heath Miller

PIT

vs. NYJ

24

Marcedes Lewis

JAC

vs. HOU

25

Kevin Boss

KC

at BUF

26

Dallas Clark

TB

at NYG

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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 2 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 2 Start or Sit