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Fantasy Football 2014 Tight End Rankings: Week 1

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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Jimmy Graham is unquestionably the top choice at his position in Athlon Sports' Week 1 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings, but chances are the majority of the attention instead will be on a certain Patriot. Rob Gronkowski has already declared himself ready to go Sunday against Miami, but his head coach isn't quite so eager to confirm Gronk's opinion. There's no question that Gronkowski is one of the few tight ends that, when healthy, can match Graham in terms of production and fantasy potential. However, Gronk won't do your team any good if he plays limited snaps. Something to consider before plugging this Patriot into your starting lineup this week.

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.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

at ATL

Has 7 TDs in 8 G vs. Falcons.

2

Julius Thomas

DEN

vs. IND

Went for 7-110-2 in Week 1 last season.

3

Jordan Cameron

CLE

at PIT

No. 1 target with Gordon suspended.

4

Rob Gronkowski

NE

at MIA

How much will Gronk play?

5

Vernon Davis

SF

at DAL

Middle of field could be wide open vs. DAL.

6

Greg Olsen

CAR

at TB

Only experienced target Cam has.

7

Dennis Pitta

BAL

vs. CIN

Kubiak loves using TEs in passing game.

8

Zach Ertz

PHI

vs. JAC

If he gets enough targets, he could break out.

9

Jason Witten

DAL

vs. SF

No NaVorro Bowman for 49ers' D.

10

Jordan Reed

WAS

at HOU

Like his QB, needs to stay healthy.

11

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at STL

Turner's been good for TEs in the past.

12

Antonio Gates

SD

at ARI (Mon.)

Ahead of Green on depth chart, for now.

13

Martellus Bennett

CHI

vs. BUF

 

14

Charles Clay

MIA

vs. NE

Chance his numbers could rise in new O.

15

Heath Miller

PIT

vs. CLE

Big Ben's most trusted target.

16

Delanie Walker

TEN

at KC

 

17

Travis Kelce

KC

vs. TEN

Could emerge as Chiefs' No. 1 target.

18

Ladarius Green

SD

at ARI (Mon.)

Snap count worth watching early.

19

Coby Fleener

IND

at DEN

Don't forget Dwayne Allen is back.

20

Dwayne Allen

IND

at DEN

Back from a hip injury.

21

Tyler Eifert

CIN

at PIT

 

22

Jared Cook

STL

vs. MIN

 

23

Tim Wright

NE

at MIA

Bigger role dependent on Gronk's health.

24

Eric Ebron

DET

vs. NYG (Mon.)

Lions have more established targets.

25

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TB

vs. CAR

Should see plenty of action right away.

26

Levine Toilolo

ATL

vs. NO

Doesn't need to be Tony Gonzalez to be effective.

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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