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Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends in Week 3

Heath gives you his top safety blankets in a week riddled with tight end injuries.

NFL: Detroit Lions at New York Giants Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Among the hobbled heading into Week 3 action are Rob Gronkowski (groin), Jordan Reed (chest contusion), and Tyler Eifert (knee, back). Greg Olsen has a broken foot and is already on injured reserve—he is eligible to return on November 26th. None of the aforementioned practiced on Wednesday, so today is an important day. Any sort of return to moving around, even a limited practice, would be encouraging to see. Missing practice again would make any of these three pretty risky bets on Sunday, especially Jordan Reed in the Sunday night game. If you wanted to roll the dice with Reed and had the bench space, it would be a savvy move to add Vernon Davis now in the event that Reed does miss.

The “handcuff” to Rob Gronkowski has long been a fruitful existence, as Martellus Bennett proved last year when he finished as the TE7. Playing with a Hall-of-Fame quarterback offers that sort of upside. Therefore, if Gronkowski doesn’t go on Sunday, Dwayne Allen immediately becomes a Top 10 play at the position.

Jordan Reed’s matchup against Oakland is “lit,” as the young folks say. If he doesn’t go, Vernon Davis jumps into TE1 consideration as well.

Tyler Eifert’s injury is easy to decipher—if he misses time you basically want all the A.J. Green in that offense, and nothing else.

Look for an update from yours truly on Saturday leading up to gametime. We will have a lot of tight end injuries to decipher.

Some options to consider if you are digging deep this week are Jared Cook, Evan Engram, Charles Clay, and Benjamin Watson. As always, haggle with me in the comments about who you agree or disagree with. Peace!

Week 3 Tight End Rankings

1 Rob Gronkowski vs. HOU
2 Zach Ertz vs. NYG
3 Travis Kelce @ LAC
4 Jordan Reed vs. OAK
5 Delanie Walker vs. SEA
6 Eric Ebron vs. ATL
7 Martellus Bennett vs. CIN
8 Jason Witten @ ARI
9 Hunter Henry vs. KC
10 Jack Doyle vs. CLE
11 Jimmy Graham @ TEN
12 Kyle Rudolph vs. TB
13 Austin Hooper @ DET
14 Jared Cook @ WAS
15 Coby Fleener @ CAR
16 Evan Engram @ PHI
17 Tyler Eifert @ GB
18 Charles Clay vs. DEN
19 Benjamin Watson @ JAC
20 David Njoku @ IND
21 Cameron Brate @ MIN
22 Zach Miller vs. PIT
23 Julius Thomas @ NYJ
24 Antonio Gates vs. KC
25 Seth DeValve @ IND
26 Jesse James @ CHI
27 Ed Dickson vs. NO
28 Jermaine Gresham vs. DAL
29 Dwayne Allen vs. HOU
30 Vernon Davis vs. OAK
31 Gerald Everett @ SF
32 George Kittle vs. LAR