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Fantasy football rankings, Week 7: Tight ends

Remember draft day? Remember what everyone thought would happen? Remember how nobody knows anything?

Three guys. That's the list. There are only three tight ends from our preseason consensus top 10 whom, had you drafted them, you're happy today.

If you're a Julius Thomas owner, you've spent most of your days doing happy dances on the sidewalk, and heck, you probably aren't even reading this column. (Number of leagues in which I have Julius Thomas: 0.) If you're a Rob Gronkowski or Greg Olsen owner, maybe you aren't skipping to the music in your head, but you're perfectly satisfied.

And that's the list. Jimmy Graham had one great game, one good one, some mediocrity and now an injury. Vernon Davis, Jordan Cameron and Jordan Reed have had injuries. Dennis Pitta is done for the year; Kyle Rudolph is done for a while. And Jason Witten is just not doing much.

Fantasy Rankings: QB RB WR TE D/ST

That's not to say there haven't been good tight ends. Martellus Bennett, 11th in our preseason ranks, has been strong. So have Antonio Gates (15th), Delanie Walker (17th), Dwayne Allen (22nd) and Travis Kelce (24th). But there is less alignment between preseason supposition and current 2014 value at tight end than there is at any position.

It can mean one of two things: If you drafted one of the successful guys or stumbled into a Walker/Kelce type, you hold on to that starter with all your might. If you didn't, tight end becomes just another defense for you, and you stream.

Problem is, streaming tight ends is really hard. You can scheme to stop a tight end, or a fluke play can change things. You're playing bets and hunches. But as bad as things have gotten, you might be stuck. Just try as best you can.

Which brings us to this week's rankings. Tampa Bay and Philadelphia are on bye this week, leaving you down the options of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Zach Ertz. Have fun:

Tight end rankings, Week 7

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Julius Thomas DEN SF 1 2 1 1
2 Rob Gronkowski NE NYJ 2 1 3 2
3 Greg Olsen CAR @GB 3 6 2 3
4 Jordan Cameron CLE @JAC 4 3 4 5
5 Martellus Bennett CHI MIA 5 5 7 4
6 Delanie Walker TEN @WAS 7 8 5 8
7 Jordan Reed WAS TEN 9 4 9 7
8 KAN @SD 6 7 10 9
9 NYG @DAL 10 11 6 10
10 Dwayne Allen IND CIN 8 9 8 12
11 Antonio Gates SD KAN 13 10 13 6
12 Vernon Davis SF @DEN 12 12 17 11
13 Jason Witten DAL NYG 11 13 23 13
14 STL SEA 15 16 15 15
15 NYJ @NE 21 15 12 17
16 Owen Daniels BAL ATL 16 17 18 14
17 NO @DET 14 24 11 20
18 Heath Miller PIT HOU -- 14 20 16
19 CIN @IND 22 18 14 24
20 JAC CLE 20 -- 16 19
21 BUF MIN 17 21 19 --
22 SD KAN 23 22 24 18
23 NE NYJ 18 25 -- 21
24 Coby Fleener IND CIN 19 23 -- 22
25 DET NO 24 19 22 25
-- GB CAR -- 20 21 --
-- MIA @CHI -- -- -- 23
-- KAN @SD 25 -- -- --
-- Levine Toilolo ATL @BAL -- -- 25 --