Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: TE Projections For Week 1

August 24, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts after he scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

We provide Week 1 NFL fantasy football projections for tight ends courtesy of numberFire.com.

The first glorious Sunday of the 2012 NFL season is here, which means it is truly fantasy football time! Wednesday's Giants-Cowboys game was a fine appetizer, but Sunday is what it is all about. Whether you are flipping around your Sunday Ticket, or enjoying it all on the Red Zone channel, Sunday is the greatest day of the week when summer flips to fall.

We have been providing you with rankings all week long, but as Sunday dawns, it would be helpful to have some projections as well. Our Week 1 tight end rankings are based on our pool of knowledge and often a bit of gut instinct. To improve your chances this year, we are going to provide Sunday projections courtesy of the folks at numberFire. numberFire uses series of mathematical models, to break down the action and figure out who exactly is performing well.They use the power of predictive and regressive modeling to more accurately project future performance.

The primary difference between SB Nation Fantasy and numberFire has to be numberFire's projection of a solid day from Eagles tight end Brent Celek. He has had his moments in the past, but has developed into more of a blocking tight end. Of course, the Browns defense is questionable at best, which opens the door for an under the radar performance from Celek.

Oh, and you should probably start Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski if you have them.

numberFire claims a higher predictive rate than the major companies (ESPN, CBS, Yahoo!). However, as with anything in fantasy football, we at SB Nation Fantasy view numberFire as one more weapon in your arsenal to claim victory. The numbers can help over the long term, but there are enough variables week-to-week that multiple sources can provide great value.

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