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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 7

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Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

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.

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2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

vs. TB

Ryan's No. 1 target now w/ Jones out, White hurting.

2

Vernon Davis

SF

at TEN

Went 7-171-2 in first half last week vs. Cardinals.

3

Antonio Gates

SD

at JAC

Four-catch, 28-yard effort on MNF worst of season.

4

Julius Thomas

DEN

at IND

Has caught a TD pass in all but one game so far.

5

Jason Witten

DAL

at PHI

Career vs. PHI: 19 G, 109 rec. , 1,233 yds., 7 TDs.

6

Jordan Cameron

CLE

at GB

Total of 10 catches, 100 yards and no TDs in last 2 G.

7

Jermichael Finley

GB

vs. CLE

Bigger role coming b/c of WR injuries?

8

Martellus Bennett

CHI

at WAS

No TD catches since Week 2.

9

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. STL

Was his foot injury a factor last week (2 rec., 19 yds.)?

10

Heath Miller

PIT

vs. BAL

Ravens have had issues defending TEs.

11

Rob Gronkowski

NE

at NYJ

Is anyone else tired of waiting for him to play?

12

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at NYG (Mon.)

Lone bright spot (9-97-1) last week vs. CAR.

13

Charles Clay

MIA

vs. BUF

Bills giving up second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.

14

Coby Fleener

IND

vs. DEN

Just five catches for 31 yards in last 2 games.

15

Garrett Graham

HOU

at KC

First game as Texans' starter didn't go well (2-25).

16

Jared Cook

STL

at CAR

Lance Kendricks stealing targets, TDs from Cook.

17

Jordan Reed

WAS

vs. CHI

Active (4-58) in first game back from injury.

18

Scott Chandler

BUF

at MIA

Caught his second TD pass last week.

19

Brent Celek

PHI

vs. DAL

TE just not a huge part of Eagles' passing game.

20

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

vs. NE

 

21

Brandon Myers

NYG

vs. MIN (Mon.)

Has seen 0 targets in 2 of last 3 games.

22

Timothy Wright

TB

at ATL

Has 12 catches for 132 yards in last 2 games.

23

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

at DET

Hard to trust either Bengal TE right now.

24

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

vs. CIN

More involved past 3 games, but still no TDs.

25

Sean McGrath

KC

vs. HOU

 

26

Dallas Clark

BAL

at PIT

Had 81 yards, first TD last week vs. Packers.

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 7 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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