Fantasy Football Rankings 2012, Week 3: Tight Ends In Standard, PPR Leagues

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Whether you are sitting at 2-0, or 0-2, every single matchup matters. Tight end can be a tough position to evaluate and decide on a weekly starter. Tune in to my weekly tight end rankings to make your job all that much easier!

We're back with Week 2 tight end rankings. While Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski continue to dominate the position, there have been a number of movers and shakers over the first couple weeks of the season. As we are coming up on Thursday night, it is time to consider who to start/sit for this upcoming week's matchup. Here are some general TE related notes followed by rankings for both standard and PPR leagues.

  • Brandon Pettigrew is going to have a massive week against the Titans. Any team that gives up three touchdowns to Dante Rosario, is a breeding ground for top tight ends to perform against. In general, Pettigrew is quietly moving into the conversation of the top tier of tight ends. Bottom line: Detroit is build to pass, and Pettigrew remains a top option on a team without a legit No. 2 wide receiver.
  • One poor week by Jermichael Finley doesn't have me jumping off his bandwagon. I still view him as a top five tight end for the season (even though I have him just outside my top five this week). The fact remains that he is still a big goal line target, playing in a top offense. If anybody is looking to sell on Finley now would be a great time to buy.
  • I keep on writing about Martellus Bennett and nobody seems to be acting accordingly: this guy needs to be starting in ALL 12 team leagues. The Giants are very quickly coming to the realization that they can't run the ball, and while Eli's 500-yard performance isn't the norm, I expect huge passing numbers from this offense. If he is still on your league's waiver wire, you need to act quickly because he won't be for that much longer.
  • I am still not sold on Dennis Pitta but it is hard to ignore the number of targets that he has received through two weeks. I am moving him up into my top 15 but am not ready to anoint him as a starter quite yet. If he does this for another week or two, I will have to reconsider but I am just not jumping on the bandwagon quite yet.
  • Fred Davis has really fallen off the face of the earth. As a Skins fan, I really expected him to be in the top 10 conversation. But the fact is he hasn't seem to build any kind of chemistry with RGIII, and cannot be trusted as a top 12 starter in standard leagues. With that being said, I don't think Davis is a drop quite yet. As RGIII gets more comfortable, the Skins could open up their offense more and allow for Davis to carve out a bigger role. Hold for now.


Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

1

Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

2

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

3

Antonio Gates

Brandon Pettigrew

4

Brandon Pettigrew

Antonio Gates

5

Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis

6

Jermichael Finley

Jason Witten

7

Jason Witten

Brent Celek

8

Brent Celek

Jermichael Finley

9

Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

10

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

11

Jared Cook

Scott Chandler

12

Scott Chandler

Jared Cook

13

Dennis Pitta

Greg Olson

14

Greg Olson

Dennis Pitta

15

Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

16

Owen Daniels

Coby Fleener

17

Coby Fleener

Owen Daniels

18

Fred Davis

Jacob Tamme

19

Jacob Tamme

Fred Davis

20

Marcedes Lewis

Heath Miller

21

Heath Miller

Marcedes Lewis

22

Tony Scheffler

Jermaine Gresham

23

Jermaine Gresham

Tony Scheffler

24

Joel Dreessen

Ben Watson

25

Ben Watson

Joel Dreessen

26

Anthony Fasano

Todd Heap

27

Dallas Clark

Anthony Fasano

28

Ed Dickson

Dallas Clark

29

Kellen Davis

Ed Dickson

30

Todd Heap

Kellen Dabis


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