Fantasy Football 2012, Week 7: Tight end rankings for standard and PPR leagues

Wesley Hitt

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With the likes of Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Brent Celek on bye, this is an especially difficult week in the start/sit department for tight ends. With everybody struggling to tread water due to byes, a simple five points could make the difference between glorious victory, or gut-wrenching, second-guessing failure. Below are general tight end notes for Week 7, followed by my rankings for both standard and PPR leagues.

Notes:

  • Rob Gronkowski is somehow lowish on fantasy radars so far, having been a far cry from his dominating 2011 performance. But the New England offense is starting to get back to playing like themselves. With a finally healthy Aaron Hernandez returning, this offense is only going to get better. If anybody has made the mistake of ranking Gronkowski by his current stats, please go out and take advantage of them immediately. I recently went out and acquired Gronk in one of my leagues for a ridiculously low price, and I plan on laughing my way to victory.
  • I am keeping Jimmy Graham off of my rankings this week. Obviously, if he plays, he is an instant top one or two tight end. However, with his health such a question, I think fantasy owners need to look elsewhere this week.
  • I don't get the lack of love for Greg Olsen. I understand he isn't a top-five option, but this guy should be owned in 12-team leagues, and in all leagues where you can start two tight ends. Olsen has very quickly become Cam Newton's No. 1 option, and that offense will perform much better then it has through six weeks. I think Newton will be looking in Olsen's direction early and often against a tough Dallas defense.
  • It is tough as a fantasy writer to admit when you are wrong, and I sure was wrong when it came to Jermichael Finley. I thought Finley's supreme athletic talent would finally pay dividends, and that an established Green Bay offense would take pressure off him and allow him to perform like an elite fantasy tight end. Finley has been very vocal about his lack of connection with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and has dropped a number of passes during this young season. That, combined with his recent injury, relegates Finley to the bench in most fantasy formats. That being said, I am not ready to drop Finley quite yet.
  • Looks like I was right when I said a few weeks ago that I wasn't quite ready to trust Dennis Pitta as a TE1. It isn't the lack of numbers that Pitta has put up over the last few weeks that is so concerning: It is the lack of targets. Joe Flacco doesn't seem to have Pitta on his radar at all. I think Pitta makes for a rough play against a solid Houston defense that will look to bounce back from its thrashing last week by the Packers.

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

1

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

2

Jason Witten

Jason Witten

3

Aaron Hernandez

Vernon Davis

4

Vernon Davis

Aaron Hernandez

5

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

6

Owen Daniels

Brandon Pettigrew

7

Greg Olsen

Heath Miller

8

Martellus Bennett

Owen Daniels

9

Heath Miller

Martellus Bennett

10

Brandon Pettigrew

Greg Olsen

11

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

12

Jermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

13

Jared Cook

Scott Chandler

14

Scott Chandler

Jared Cook

15

Jermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

16

Dennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

17

Coby Fleener

Brandon Myers

18

Brandon Myers

Coby Fleener

19

Marcedes Lewis

Dustin Keller

20

Dustin Keller

Zach Miller

21

Lance Kendricks

Dave Thomas

22

Dwayne Allen

Marcedes Lewis

23

Kellen Davis

Tony Scheffler

24

Dallas Clark

Lance Kendricks

25

Zach Miller

Kellen Davis

26

Tom Crabtree

Dwayne Allen

27

Tony Scheffler

Dallas Clark

28

David Thomas

Ben Watson

29

Robert Housler

Tom Crabtree

30

Ben Watson

Robert Housler

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