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Fantasy football rankings, 2016: Tight ends for Week 1

The SB Nation fantasy staff reveals the rankings for Week 1’s top 25 tight ends.

Editor's update: Rob Gronkowski has since been downgraded to OUT with a hamstring injury. Martellus Bennett is arguably a top 5 TE in Week 1 for Jimmy Garoppolo.

With a majority of NFL offenses today geared more toward passing, the old-school blocking tight ends are harder than ever to find around the league. Most of today’s top tight ends line up more like receivers at the line of scrimmage rather than sticking their hands in the dirt.

Some football traditionalists may be complaining, but it would be hard to find any fantasy football owners upset about the increase in tight end production.

Last year was a big coming out party for a number of tight ends around the NFL. Players such as Gary Barnidge, Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker all set career highs in receptions in 2015 and established themselves as reliable fantasy tight ends week in and week out.

Then of course there is the old Mr. Reliable in Rob Gronkowski. In only six seasons in the league, the New England Patriots tight end has caught at least 10 touchdowns in all but one of his years in the NFL.

For this week, Barnidge figures to have a pretty favorable matchup when his Cleveland Browns face the Philadelphia Eagles. Barnidge was a huge part of the Browns’ offense in 2015 and figures to remain in a similar role with the team this season.

Given how much of an impact tight end Tyler Eifert made with the Cincinnati Bengals last year (13 touchdowns), his backups, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah, may be some interesting players to keep an eye on while Eifert heals from his ankle injury.

Tight ends, Week 1

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

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