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.
2014 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Has 7 TDs in 8 G vs. Falcons.
Went for 7-110-2 in Week 1 last season.
No. 1 target with Gordon suspended.
How much will Gronk play?
Middle of field could be wide open vs. DAL.
Only experienced target Cam has.
Kubiak loves using TEs in passing game.
If he gets enough targets, he could break out.
No NaVorro Bowman for 49ers' D.
Like his QB, needs to stay healthy.
Turner's been good for TEs in the past.
at ARI (Mon.)
Ahead of Green on depth chart, for now.
Chance his numbers could rise in new O.
Big Ben's most trusted target.
Could emerge as Chiefs' No. 1 target.
at ARI (Mon.)
Snap count worth watching early.
Don't forget Dwayne Allen is back.
Back from a hip injury.
Bigger role dependent on Gronk's health.
vs. NYG (Mon.)
Lions have more established targets.
Should see plenty of action right away.
Doesn't need to be Tony Gonzalez to be effective.
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