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Tight End Rankings Week 1

Tight End Rankings Week 1

Ranking the TEs with DraftKings pricing included (updated)
By: Pete Davidson : September 07, 2017 7:23pm

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Welcome to the Week 1 Tight End Rankings! These are the preliminary rankings. I’ve eyed them out and started fine tuning but they are far from set in stone. I will be updating all of the lineup ranks on Friday and Saturday—adding more comments as I go.

I really hope the tight ends stay healthy this year. The position is loaded with talent right now and the depth is at an all time high. I have several dynasty teams starting two tight ends this week. Go figure. The top 25 options are all playable and that’s with teams unexpectedly on the bye.

By the way, all of my hopes and prayers go out to anyone in the path of this damn hurricane. I’m thinking about you and praying for all my southern friends, of which there are many. Stay safe.

Programming note: The Fantasy Football Hour has been moved to Saturday afternoon this week and it will be a two hour show. Jim and I are pumped, so tune in from 3-5pm if you are in our broadcasting area. I’ll also tweet a link to the show once it’s posted on WEEI.com. 

These rankings are based on .5 PPR scoring.

Rank PLAYER Cost TEAM Matchup PPG THE SKINNY
1 Greg Olsen 6200 CAR CAR@SF 04:25PM ET 13.331 Always steady. Almost always productive. Good matchup.
2 Jordan Reed 5900 WAS PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 13.046 He’s ready to go, and that’s all that matters with Reed.
3 Kyle Rudolph 4700 MIN NO@MIN 07:10PM ET 13.25 Love him in this matchup.
4 Delanie Walker 4300 TEN OAK@TEN 01:00PM ET 12.74 Sweet matchup. He’s got some legit ceiling to him this week.
5 Tyler Eifert 4600 CIN BAL@CIN 01:00PM ET 12.675 Has big upside, especially if they try to clamp down on Green. You really can’t cope with Eifert one on one. He’s a TD machine when healthy and he’s healthy right now.
6 Zach Ertz 3500 PHI PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 13.543 He’s the chalk this week on DraftKings. A very strong play in all formats.
7 Jimmy Graham 5100 SEA SEA@GB 04:25PM ET 12.122 He’s ninth in the rankings but don’t that fool you. He’s a hair away from the 4th spot. The elites are highly grouped this week in terms of projections.
8 Martellus Bennett 4100 GB SEA@GB 04:25PM ET 10.372 Good shot at a TD and I am VERY Interested to see how they use him. This is a week where he could make a big impact.
9 Hunter Henry 3400 LAC LAC@DEN 10:20PM ET 8.175 Denver funnels the ball inside so Henry could be a big factor.
10 Eric Ebron 3600 DET ARI@DET 01:00PM ET 10.607 Medium matchup this week.
11 Austin Hooper 3000 ATL ATL@CHI 01:00PM ET 4.4 He’s in great position to have a breakout year and this is a solid matchup.
12 Evan Engram 2900 NYG NYG@DAL 08:30PM ET 0 I love his game and he’s a great fit for the Giants. Will see targets for sure this week.
13 Charles Clay 3200 BUF NYJ@BUF 01:00PM ET 9.08 The Jets are ripe for the taking and with no alpha receiver in Buffalo, Clay’s going to be heavily involved.
14 Jack Doyle 3700 IND IND@LAR 04:05PM ET 9.15
15 C.J. Fiedorowicz 3100 HOU JAX@HOU 01:00PM ET 8.941
16 Jason Witten 3900 DAL NYG@DAL 08:30PM ET 10.247
17 Coby Fleener 2900 NO NO@MIN 07:10PM ET 8.769
18 Jared Cook 3300 OAK OAK@TEN 01:00PM ET 10.123
19 David Njoku 2700 CLE PIT@CLE 01:00PM ET 0
20 Jermaine Gresham 2700 ARI ARI@DET 01:00PM ET 5.506
21 Zach Miller 2800 CHI ATL@CHI 01:00PM ET 11.96
22 Antonio Gates 3000 LAC LAC@DEN 10:20PM ET 10.629
23 Maxx Williams 2600 BAL BAL@CIN 01:00PM ET 0
24 Vernon Davis 3000 WAS PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 7.144
25 Vance McDonald 2800 PIT PIT@CLE 01:00PM ET 7.918
26 Virgil Green 2700 DEN LAC@DEN 10:20PM ET 4.308
27 Benjamin Watson 2800 BAL BAL@CIN 01:00PM ET 0
28 George Kittle 2500 SF CAR@SF 04:25PM ET 0
29 Jesse James 3000 PIT PIT@CLE 01:00PM ET 6.079
30 Ben Koyack 2500 JAX JAX@HOU 01:00PM ET 2.936
31 A.J. Derby 2600 DEN LAC@DEN 10:20PM ET 3.1
32 Richard Rodgers 2700 GB SEA@GB 04:25PM ET 4.184
33 Gerald Everett 2500 LAR IND@LAR 04:05PM ET 0
34 Seth DeValve 2500 CLE PIT@CLE 01:00PM ET 2.892
35 Dwayne Allen 2700 NE KC@NE 08:30PM ET 8.114
36 Ryan Griffin 2700 HOU JAX@HOU 01:00PM ET 6.172
37 Josh Hill 2500 NO NO@MIN 07:10PM ET 3.989
38 Tyler Higbee 2600 LAR IND@LAR 04:05PM ET 1.594
39 Clive Walford 2500 OAK OAK@TEN 01:00PM ET 5.656
40 Will Tye 2600 NYJ NYJ@BUF 01:00PM ET 6.124
41 Garrett Celek 2600 SF CAR@SF 04:25PM ET 5.063
42 Levine Toilolo 2500 ATL ATL@CHI 01:00PM ET 3.194
43 Trey Burton 2500 PHI PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 5.047
44 Dion Sims 2500 CHI ATL@CHI 01:00PM ET 5.6
45 Adam Shaheen 2500 CHI ATL@CHI 01:00PM ET 0
46 Lance Kendricks 2500 GB SEA@GB 04:25PM ET 6.931
47 Rhett Ellison 2500 NYG NYG@DAL 08:30PM ET 1.387
48 Logan Thomas 2500 BUF NYJ@BUF 01:00PM ET 0
49 Chris Gragg 2500 NYJ NYJ@BUF 01:00PM ET 0
50 Brent Celek 2500 PHI PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 1.844
51 Xavier Grimble 2500 PIT PIT@CLE 01:00PM ET 2.175
52 Jonnu Smith 2500 TEN OAK@TEN 01:00PM ET 0
53 Niles Paul 2500 WAS PHI@WAS 01:00PM ET 0.588
54 Jordan Leggett 2500 NYJ NYJ@BUF 01:00PM ET 0
55 Cameron Brate 3100 TB BYE 11.4
56 O.J. Howard 3000 TB BYE 0
57 Julius Thomas 2900 MIA BYE 9.122
58 Rob Gronkowski 6800 NE KC@NE 08:30PM ET 13.25 He’s baaaack! (ALREADY PLAYED … originally ranked 1)
59 Travis Kelce 5600 KC KC@NE 08:30PM ET 14.924 Can the Pats slow him down? Will that be their top priority? I’m less sure than some others. I think he’s going to have a big game. (ALREADY PLAYED … originally ranked 2)