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Fantasy football rankings, 2016: Tight ends for Week 3

The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which tight ends rank in the top 25 heading into Week 3.

The tight end landscape was a bit more stable in Week 2 of fantasy football. It also featured the return of Dennis Pitta to the starting TE conversation after a quiet opening to the season.

This week, we are still living in a Gronkless world and it doesn’t sound like Rob Gronkowski will be able to play on Thursday. On the plus side, if you were able to roster Martellus Bennett, he came through with some big plays and will likely be highly targeted by rookie Jacoby Brissett against Houston.

Tight ends worth a spot start this week:

Virgil Green – He hasn’t broken out yet, but the Bengals just gave up two touchdowns to tight ends. If he’s healthy enough to play against the Bengals then he should.

Eric Ebron – Nearly had a touchdown last week, but it was wiped away due to a questionable offensive pass interference call. Ebron gets the TE-friendly Packers, who gave up a touchdown to Kyle Rudolph, this week. He gets at least five targets each week and the Lions should have to throw it often against the Pack.

Zach Miller – Jordan Reed and a grim specter resembling Vernon Davis were able to give the Cowboys' defense fits last week. If Dallas sways coverage to slow down Alshon Jeffery then Miller could benefit in a security blanket role for Brian Hoyer.

Tight ends, Week 3

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