New Orleans is on bye in Week 7, so that means no Jimmy Graham atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football tight end rankings, probably the only week he will not be at No. 1. Instead, Tony Gonzalez, the future Hall of Famer, gets our vote. While Gonzalez' numbers don't compare to Graham's through six games, he's been his usual productive self and could post some Graham-esque totals in the weeks ahead. With Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White dealing with injuries, Gonzalez becomes Matt Ryan's clear-cut No. 1 target.
Another tight end who is quickly establishing himself as his quarterback's top weapon is San Francisco's Vernon Davis. Since missing Week 3's home loss to Indianapolis because of a hamstring injury, Davis has returned to the field with a vengeance. He has caught four touchdown passes in his last three games and last week against Arizona, he put up the following numbers — 7 rec., 171 yards, 2 TDs — in the first half. There's no reason to not expect Colin Kaepernick, who has struggled with accuracy and turnovers to start this season, to keep feeding the ball to his athletic tight end.
And as far as Rob Gronkowski goes, your guess is as good as mine as to if this is finally the week he gets on the field. Personally speaking, I have had my fill of "Gronk Watch," and I don't even have him on my roster.
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 website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland
Ryan's No. 1 target now w/ Jones out, White hurting.
Went 7-171-2 in first half last week vs. Cardinals.
Four-catch, 28-yard effort on MNF worst of season.
Has caught a TD pass in all but one game so far.
Career vs. PHI: 19 G, 109 rec. , 1,233 yds., 7 TDs.
Total of 10 catches, 100 yards and no TDs in last 2 G.
Bigger role coming b/c of WR injuries?
No TD catches since Week 2.
Was his foot injury a factor last week (2 rec., 19 yds.)?
Ravens have had issues defending TEs.
Is anyone else tired of waiting for him to play?
at NYG (Mon.)
Lone bright spot (9-97-1) last week vs. CAR.
Bills giving up second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
Just five catches for 31 yards in last 2 games.
First game as Texans' starter didn't go well (2-25).
Lance Kendricks stealing targets, TDs from Cook.
Active (4-58) in first game back from injury.
Caught his second TD pass last week.
TE just not a huge part of Eagles' passing game.
vs. MIN (Mon.)
Has seen 0 targets in 2 of last 3 games.
Has 12 catches for 132 yards in last 2 games.
Hard to trust either Bengal TE right now.
More involved past 3 games, but still no TDs.
Had 81 yards, first TD last week vs. Packers.
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 7 Positional Rankings