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Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Tight End Rankings Week 1

Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski

Fantasy football season is finally here and it’s only fitting that the first game features the No. 1 tight end for Week 1 – Rob Gronkowski. While that may not be a real surprise, Gronk’s inability to stay healthy has definitely narrowed the gap between him and the likes of Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce, Jimmy Graham and even Jordan Reed (when he hasn’t been hurt).

No the bigger surprise as it relates to the tight end position this year is how to value those ranked near the bottom of the top 10 and beyond. If you weren’t able to draft one of the guys already mentioned or a typically reliable option like Delanie Walker and Kyle Rudolph, you are counting on the group of Tyler Eifert/Zach Ertz/Eric Ebron to stay healthy or someone from the Hunter Henry/Martellus Bennett/Jack Doyle tier to put up big numbers.

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But that’s why we have weekly positional rankings, right? Use these and the other positions as a guideline to help you find your starter for Week 1, especially if you stream tight ends. Just remember, there’s no Cameron Brate, Julius Thomas or O.J. Howard this week as the Tampa Bay-Miami game was moved to Week 11 because of Hurricane Irma.

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

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

1

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. KC (Thurs.)

2

Greg Olsen

CAR

at SF

3

Travis Kelce

KC

at NE (Thurs.)

4

Jimmy Graham

SEA

at GB

5

Jordan Reed

WAS

vs. PHI

6

Delanie Walker

TEN

vs. OAK

7

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

vs. NO (Mon.)

8

Tyler Eifert

CIN

vs. BAL

9

Zach Ertz

PHI

at WAS

10

Martellus Bennett

GB

vs. SEA

11

Hunter Henry

LAC

at DEN (Mon.)

12

Eric Ebron

DET

vs. ARI

13

Jason Witten

DAL

vs. NYG

14

Jack Doyle

IND

at LAR

15

Coby Fleener

NO

at MIN (Mon.)

16

Austin Hooper

ATL

at CHI

17

C.J. Fiedorowicz

HOU

vs. JAC

18

Jared Cook

OAK

at TEN

19

Charles Clay

BUF

vs. NYJ

20

Zach Miller

CHI

vs. ATL

21

Antonio Gates

LAC

at DEN (Mon.)

22

Jesse James

PIT

at CLE

23

Evan Engram

NYG

at DAL

24

Dwayne Allen

NE

vs. KC (Thurs.)

25

Vance McDonald

PIT

at CLE

26

George Kittle

SF

vs. CAR

27

David Njoku

CLE

vs. PIT

28

Ben Watson

BAL

at CIN

29

Tyler Higbee

LAR

vs. IND

30

Jermaine Gresham

ARI

at DET


— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.