Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 1

Does Tony Gonzalez have one more top-five fantasy TE season in him?

With Week 1 of the NFL regular and fantasy season set to kick off tonight, the only tight ends that will soon be making news are the ones that will be on the field. Leading the way in Athlon Sports' Week 1 tight end fantasy rankings is New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. With Rob Gronkowski still making his way back from offsesaon back surgery, Graham is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy option at the position and should be targeted early and often by Drew Brees against Atlanta on Sunday.

The Falcons' tight end is no slouch in his own right, as Tony Gonzalez looks to turn back the clock for yet another season. The Dallas' Jason Witten rightfully belongs in the top tier of fantasy tight ends, as he can help Tony Romo and the Cowboys get off to a strong start by doing some damage against the Giants.

Outside of the top five, some younger tight ends will attempt to make a name for themselves, including Zach Sudfeld, the man who will fill Gronkowski's spot for New England. If Sudfeld can make a strong impression during Gronk's absence, there's a chance he could remain fantasy relevant all season long. Remember what Aaron Hernandez did as Gronk's sidekick the past few seasons.

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.

2013 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. ATLThe clear-cut No. 1 w/ no Gronk.
2Tony GonzalezATLat NOCan the old man do it again?
3Jason WittenDALvs. NYGRomo's trust in Witten obvious.
4Vernon DavisSFvs. GBPotential is there, is the effort?
5Owen DanielsHOUat SD (Mon.) 
6Jared CookSTLvs. ARIAppears ready to break out.
7Zach SudfeldNEat BUFTalk about your fast risers.
8Kyle RudolphMINat DET 
9Antonio GatesSDvs. HOU (Mon.)Rivers' most trusted target.
10Greg OlsenCARvs. SEACam likes throwing to his TE.
11Jermichael FinleyGBat SFTeam pleased with early signs.
12Brandon MyersNYGat DALEli should like throwing to him.
13Jordan CameronCLEvs. MIA 
14Martellus BennettCHIvs. CINFirst TE Cutler has had since Olsen.
15Fred DavisWASvs. PHI (Mon.)RG3 to Davis could be special.
16Brandon PettigrewDETvs. MIN 
17Coby FleenerINDvs. OAKReady to cash in on Stanford ties.
18Brent CelekPHIat WAS (Mon.)The top TE in Philly, for now.
19Julius ThomasDENvs. BAL (Thurs.)If Peyton trusts him, watch out.
20Jermaine GreshamCINat CHI 
21Tyler EifertCINat CHICan he overtake Gresham?
22Dwayne AllenINDvs. OAKEnough work for 2 TEs in IND?
23Ed DicksonBALat DEN (Thurs.)Flacco loved throwing to Pitta.
24Zach ErtzPHIat WAS (Mon.)Kelly has high hopes for rookie.
25Zach MillerSEAat CAR 
26Dallas ClarkBALat DEN (Thurs.)Veteran ready if Dickson stumbles.

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 1 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams


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