Week one has now past, and whether you won or lost, it is time to move on to week two. Yesterday we covered the QB, RB, and WR positions, so now it is time to tackle the TE's. Below are the top 32 TE's in order for week two, and some added commentary below on a few guys. Now that we have some game film we can trust more than the preseason, the rankings of players will start to fluctuate more on a week to week basis. As the season continues to progress, the matchups will also start to play more of a factor in these rankings, as some defenses are better matchups than others. Remember that this is a weekly game, so the terrible performance that you may received from Jason Witten last week doesn't hurt you this week, so just put it behind you and move forward. Now the rankings, with commentary on a few of the guys that are in interesting spots.
Greg Olsen - Had a terrific start to his season last week, and he put up his numbers without Cam Newton being the starter. When you can get 11 targets and 14 fantasy points with Derrick Anderson as your starting QB, that shows Olsen is in for a big year. Newton should be back for this game, and he has always loved to target Olsen on those short to intermediate throws, which will accumulate to big numbers yet again.
Dennis Pitta - He picked up right where he left off at the end of last season with 10 receptions on 14 targets. If Flacco is going to be constantly under pressure, then he will have to checkdown and look for Pitta often, especially with Rice gone as his usual safety valve. Just like with Olsen, his numbers will come as a result of quantity, not big plays.
Zach Ertz - Ertz looks to have already passed Celek on the depth chart, which was all I needed to see in that first game. Sure a TD is always nice to have, but now that he is the unquestioned starter with the Eagles, look for him to keep up a modest number of targets, with big play potential. He goes up against the Colts who were just destroyed by Julius Thomas last Sunday night. Don't expect what Thomas did for Ertz, but a TD and 80+ yards is very likely to happen.
Delanie Walker - Scored a TD last week, and looked decent, oh and he is facing the Cowboys. Expect the pass catching options on the Titans to have a big game, as they will be able to throw all over the Dallas defense. Another TD should ensue for Walker, but the yards may not be there.
Travis Kelce - Sure he may not have had the most targets out of the Chief TE's, but Kelce doesn't need a lot of targets to make an impact. He is one of the rare big play potential guys at the position, and although Anthony Fasano scored last week, the Chiefs will have to throw often against the Denver Broncos.
Levine Toilolo - Caught a TD last week, but only had 19 yards to go with it. Devin Hester came out of nowhere to steal away five catches last week, and that is a trend I don't see continuing. Toilolo was targeted six times in week one, and is a big redzone threat. Playing against the Bengals, who just allowed ten catches to Dennis Pitta.
Larry Donnell - Not someone you should start this week, or even pickup, but keep an eye on him as Eli did look for him in the redzone, and finished the game with a 6 catches for 66 yards and a TD. If he has another high volume game, If your Tight End gets hurt, or is not one of the top 15 at the position, it could be time to take a flyer on him.
Brandon Myers - Had Austin Seferian-Jenkins listed here last week, and looks to have been a mistake. It looks as though he is truly only going to be a redzone player as Myers is ahead of him on the depth chart. I still like the upside of Jenkins, but until he can receive more snaps during the game, he doesn't deserve to have a spot on your roster.
Consult the chart below and play the guy who is rated higher. Good luck and get that win this week!
|1||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Browns|
|2||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Chiefs|
|3||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||Vikings|
|4||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||Lions|
|5||Dennis Pitta||Baltimore Ravens||Steelers|
|6||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||Bears|
|7||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||Colts|
|8||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||Titans|
|9||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns||Saints|
|10||Delanie Walker||Tennessee Titans||Cowboys|
|11||Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota Vikings||Patriots|
|12||Charles Clay||Miami Dolphins||Bills|
|13||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||49ers|
|14||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||Broncos|
|15||Heath Miller||Pittsburgh Steelers||Ravens|
|16||Jermaine Gresham||Cincinnati Bengals||Falcons|
|17||Levine Toilolo||Atlanta Falcons||Bengals|
|18||Dwayne Allen||Indianapolis Colts||Eagles|
|19||Jared Cook||St. Louis Rams||Buccaneers|
|20||Ladarius Green||San Diego Chargers||Seahawks|
|21||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||Seahawks|
|22||Coby Fleener||Indianapolis Colts||Eagles|
|23||Marcedes Lewis||Jacksonville Jaguars||Redskins|
|24||Larry Donnell||New York Giants||Cardinals|
|25||Niles Paul||Washington Redskins||Jaguars|
|26||Brent Celek||Philadelphia Eagles||Colts|
|27||Jeff Cumberland||New York Jets||Packers|
|28||Eric Ebron||Detroit Lions||Panthers|
|29||Brandon Myers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Rams|
|30||Timothy Wright||New England Patriots||Vikings|
|31||Zach Miller||Seattle Seahawks||Chargers|
|32||Mychal Rivera||Oakland Raiders||Texans|