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Fantasy football rankings, 2016: Tight ends for Week 2

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The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which tight ends rank in the top 25 heading into Week 2.

Week 1 brought a few surprises for fantasy tight ends. Most surprising was the absence of one Robert Paxton Gronkowski. The late news sent many managers running to the free agent pool to see if Martellus Bennett was still available. Those who played "The Black Unicorn" were likely less than thrilled with the results (three catches for 14 yards receiving). Other lackluster performances included Coby Fleener’s disappearing act in New Orleans and Delanie Walker’s stinker against the Minnesota Vikings.

With Gronk out, it was any man’s game at tight end. Jordan Reed and Greg Olsen were able to finish in the top 10 (PPR), but Jack Doyle finished No. 1 with a two-touchdown performance, outscoring fellow Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.

Zach Ertz continued to be a serviceable option for PPR leagues, but a rib injury will likely cost him the next several weeks. Brent Celek’s familiar face will fill in. He is more of a blocker these days, but he could see his targets increase with Ertz down.

Tight ends with quality Week 2 matchups

Author's note: Gronkowski remains questionable this weekend, with Adam Schefter suggesting there is a chance he misses multiple weeks. We will keep you appraised, but he remains in the rankings.

Larry Donnell/Will Tye – The Saints’ defense is struggling and there should be enough points to go around for at least one Giants tight end to be useful.

Delanie Walker – Remember when the Lions gave up three touchdowns to Colts tight ends on Sunday? I do, and I think Walker bounces back in Week 2.

Jason Witten – He seems to be Dak Prescott’s security blanket and while allergic to touchdowns, he’ll get the targets to make him useful in PPR.

Eric Ebron – He’s trying his best not to be Jared Cook 2.0 and he actually made some noise in Week 1’s shootout with the Colts. The Titans were friendly to opposing tight ends last season and the Lions’ offense is rolling right now.

Tight ends, Week 2

(ZS: Zach Senvisky, JM: Jason Marcum, AP: Adam Patrick, SK: Scott Kaliska, JG: Jeff Goldberg, KB: Kyle Bennett, DG: Derek Gordon)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. ZS JM AP SK JG KB DG
1 Jordan Reed WAS vs. DAL 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Greg Olsen CAR vs. SF 3 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. MIA 1 4 4 5 4 4 6
4 Delanie Walker TEN at DET 4 5 3 4 3 3 7
5 Travis Kelce KC at HOU 5 3 7 3 5 5 3
6 Antonio Gates SD vs. JAC 9 6 5 6 6 6 10
7 Gary Barnidge CLE vs. BAL 6 10 6 8 7 7 8
8 Jason Witten DAL at WAS 8 7 8 9 8 8 4
9 Julius Thomas JAC at SD 7 8 12 7 9 9 5
10 Eric Ebron DET vs. TEN 13 9 10 11 11 11 14
11 Dwayne Allen IND at DEN 10 12 15 10 12 12 9
12 Coby Fleener NO at NYG 18 11 9 12 10 10 11
13 Martellus Bennett NE vs. MIA 12 15 21 13 14 13 12
14 Jesse James PIT vs. CIN 14 13 18 15 13 14 17
15 Virgil Green DEN vs. IND 18 16 19 14 15 15 13
16 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. GB 15 18 14 18 16 16 18
17 Zach Miller CHI vs. PHI 17 21 11 17 17 17 22
18 Charles Clay BUF vs. NYJ 20 20 13 20 19 19 16
19 Clive Walford OAK vs. ATL 16 22 17 19 18 18 20
20 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB at ARI 11 19 25 22 21 20 19
21 Vance McDonald SF at CAR 21 23 23 16 22 22 15
22 Jimmy Graham SEA at LA 22 14 20 23 20 21 23
23 Jacob Tamme ATL at OAK 25 17 17 25 23 23 --
24 Jared Cook GB at MIN 23 -- 16 24 -- 25 21
25 Dennis Pitta BAL at CLE 19 -- -- 21 -- -- --
-- Jordan Cameron MIA at NE -- -- 22 -- 24 24 --
-- Larry Donnell NYG vs. NO 24 -- 24 -- -- -- 25
-- Brent Celek PHI at CHI -- 25 -- -- 25 -- 24
-- Hunter Henry SD vs. JAC -- 24 -- -- -- -- --