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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 1

Author:
Tony Gonzalez

With Week 1 of the NFL regular and fantasy season set to kick off tonight, the only tight ends that will soon be making news are the ones that will be on the field. Leading the way in Athlon Sports' Week 1 tight end fantasy rankings is New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With Rob Gronkowski still making his way back from offsesaon back surgery, Graham is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy option at the position and should be targeted early and often by Drew Brees against Atlanta on Sunday.

The Falcons' tight end is no slouch in his own right, as Tony Gonzalez looks to turn back the clock for yet another season. The Dallas' Jason Witten rightfully belongs in the top tier of fantasy tight ends, as he can help Tony Romo and the Cowboys get off to a strong start by doing some damage against the Giants.

Outside of the top five, some younger tight ends will attempt to make a name for themselves, including Zach Sudfeld, the man who will fill Gronkowski's spot for New England. If Sudfeld can make a strong impression during Gronk's absence, there's a chance he could remain fantasy relevant all season long. Remember what Aaron Hernandez did as Gronk's sidekick the past few seasons.

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.

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2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

vs. ATL

The clear-cut No. 1 w/ no Gronk.

2

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

at NO

Can the old man do it again?

3

Jason Witten

DAL

vs. NYG

Romo's trust in Witten obvious.

4

Vernon Davis

SF

vs. GB

Potential is there, is the effort?

5

Owen Daniels

HOU

at SD (Mon.)

 

6

Jared Cook

STL

vs. ARI

Appears ready to break out.

7

Zach Sudfeld

NE

at BUF

Talk about your fast risers.

8

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at DET

 

9

Antonio Gates

SD

vs. HOU (Mon.)

Rivers' most trusted target.

10

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. SEA

Cam likes throwing to his TE.

11

Jermichael Finley

GB

at SF

Team pleased with early signs.

12

Brandon Myers

NYG

at DAL

Eli should like throwing to him.

13

Jordan Cameron

CLE

vs. MIA

 

14

Martellus Bennett

CHI

vs. CIN

First TE Cutler has had since Olsen.

15

Fred Davis

WAS

vs. PHI (Mon.)

RG3 to Davis could be special.

16

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

vs. MIN

 

17

Coby Fleener

IND

vs. OAK

Ready to cash in on Stanford ties.

18

Brent Celek

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

The top TE in Philly, for now.

19

Julius Thomas

DEN

vs. BAL (Thurs.)

If Peyton trusts him, watch out.

20

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

at CHI

 

21

Tyler Eifert

CIN

at CHI

Can he overtake Gresham?

22

Dwayne Allen

IND

vs. OAK

Enough work for 2 TEs in IND?

23

Ed Dickson

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

Flacco loved throwing to Pitta.

24

Zach Ertz

PHI

at WAS (Mon.)

Kelly has high hopes for rookie.

25

Zach Miller

SEA

at CAR

 

26

Dallas Clark

BAL

at DEN (Thurs.)

Veteran ready if Dickson stumbles.

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
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers