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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 4 Tight End Rankings

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And the injury bug strikes again.

Fantasy stud Antonio Gates is nearly certain to miss Week 4 according to The North County Times. While Gates would have been ranked about 5th even with the foot injury, there is now a changing of the guard at Tight End. Rob Gronkowski, Jermichel Finley and Jason Witten are now the top 3 Tight Ends in Fantasy. Gronk may even be the best Tight End in the NFL. Finley looked uncoverable against Chicago, scoring three times and saving his fantasy owners from jumping off of the ledge.

Week 4 Ranks after the jump...

I loved Fred Davis and Rob Gronkowski in Week 3. That was both a HUGE miss and a HUGE hit. The Cowboys' D focused on shutting down Davis in Monday Night's snoozefest, limiting Davis to only one catch for 23 yards. Gronkowski, on the other hand, made the Buffalo Defense his bitch by catching 7 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's on pace to shatter his 10 TE's from his rookie season.

I hated Dallas Clark and Mercedes Lewis last week. Both made me look good as they each had a whopping 2 catches and combined for 27 yards. Granted Lewis was still not healthy, but Clark needs to step it up with Curtis Painter throwing the rock to him this week.

Week 4 Players I Like More Than You Do:

Jared Cook - He has done nothing as of yet to merit his high rank, but I have a feeling his targets open up this week with Kenny Britt out. New #1 Nate Washington will be covered by the NFL's newest shutdown corner in Joe Haden of the Browns. The athletic Cook will be needed if the Titans can't get their run game going.

Greg Olsen - While Olsen is technically splitting reps with Jeremy Shockey, he still was the team's most targeted receiver in Week 3's win over the Jaguars. He is the Panthers' #2 receiving option behind Steve Smith, and I'm sure he'd like to prove his worth to his old team, the Bears.

Week 4 Players I Don't Like More Than You Do:

Brandon Pettigrew - He is too streaky for my tastes. His career high 11 catch game was mostly the result of Matthew Stafford appearing to lock in on Pettigrew for short gains since their running game disappeared against Minnesota. He has yet to score a touchdown, and he still has Tony Scheffler stealing looks. Look elsewhere for a starter.

Chris Cooley - For anyone thinking Cooley is back, please see my blurb above regarding Davis. The Redskins routinely run 2 or three-TE sets, and Davis was taken out by the Cowboys, causing Cooley to show up finally. I would scout him, but he's not top 20 yet.

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown.

Player Team Opponent
1. Rob Gronkowski New England Oakland
2. Jermichel Finley Green Bay Denver
3. Vernon Davis San Francisco Philadelphia
4. Jason Witten Dallas Detroit
5. Jimmy Graham New Orleans Jacksonville
6. Owen Daniels Houston Pittsburgh
7. Fred Davis Washington St. Louis
8. Dustin Keller NY Jets Baltimore
9. Greg Olsen Carolina Chicago
10. Jared Cook Tennessee Cleveland
11. Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Seattle
12. Kellen Winslow Tampa Bay Indianapolis
13. Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati Buffalo
14. Ed Dickson Baltimore NY Jets
15. Dallas Clark Indianapolis Tampa Bay
16. Brandon Pettigrew Detroit Dallas
17. Scott Chandler Buffalo Cincinnati
18. Todd Heap Arizona NY Giants
19. Mercedes Lewis Jacksonville New Orleans
20. Lance Kendricks St. Louis Washington