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Fantasy football rankings, 2016: Tight ends for Week 4

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The SB Nation fantasy team reveals which tight ends rank in the top 25 heading into Week 4.

There is a reason many fantasy players elect not to draft tight ends in the earlier rounds. The range of outcomes each week may be the widest for any skill position in the game. No tight end has finished in the top five more than once in the past three weeks. Only Greg Olsen, Jacob Tamme, and Travis Kelce have finished in the top 10 more than once.

On the bright side, Rob Gronkowski returned. Then he proceeded to do nothing. Welcome back, Gronk! Still, one could assume that the king will be back to full action this week against the Bills, so he's back at No. 1 in the rankings.

Week 4 means the beginning of bye weeks. Not a huge hit for tight ends since Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook aren’t lighting the world on fire and Zach Ertz is injured. Delanie Walker remains a question mark after missing last week. He is expected to play, but he is not expected to return to practice until Thursday.

Here are three names for those looking for some TE help and the Week 4 rankings:

Julius Thomas He cooled down after coming out the gates on fire and gets a Colts defense that has allowed only one touchdown to tight ends, but Indianapolis has also allowed them to catch everything thrown their way. Thomas should find the yardage to be a good start in London. Of course, the ghost of Marcedes Lewis still haunts the Jaguars, so you have to take Thomas’ projection down a few points.

Kyle Rudolph Okay, Kyle. We see you and welcome you back to the top 10 discussion. Rudolph has at least eight targets in each of his contests and scored in two straight. This week, he meets the Giants and their improved defense, but their linebackers are still beatable in the middle of the field. Rudolph should be in play for some red zone opportunities.

Zach MillerThe preseason sleeper started off slow, but just hung two touchdowns on the Cowboys Sunday night. He’ll be in another good situation in Week 4 as the Bears play the Lions, who have surrendered more fantasy points to tight ends than any other team in the league. Game flow should also be in Miller’s favor as the Bears should be in catch up mode for most of the game.

Tight ends, Week 4

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