Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is tackled by New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (77) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

TE Rankings-NFL Week 1-Fantasy Football 2012


Tight End emerged last year as such a potent weapon that many fantasy owners found themselves contemplating taking one in the first round. Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski redefined the position from a strategic standpoint on the field and in fantasy football.

On a week-to-week basis, only two tieams have the luxury of those stars though in non-salary leagues, and many people actually had Graham ahead of Gronk in draft rankings. So there are plenty of  questions still to be answered on a weekly basis. That’s why we’ve got your top TE right here.

My picks (ZT) are averaged with Matthew Tuckness (MT), Matthew Bonini (MB), Steve Copps (SC), and Jeffrey Littrell (JL).  The rankings are averaged together to come up with a solid composite ranking which should give you an idea of which players we think will step up this week. NR stands for not rated and counts as a fifteenth ranking in the composite.

1 Rob Gronkowski NE at Ten 1.2 1 1 2 1 1
2 Jimmy Graham NO Was 2.2 4 2 1 2 2
3 Antonio Gates SD at Oak 3.2 2 3 4 4 3
4 Vernon Davis SF at GB 3.4 3 4 3 3 4
5 Tony Gonzalez Atl at KC 6.2 6 6 5 7 7
6 Jermichael Finley GB SF 8 8 5 10 9 8
7 Aaron Hernandez NE at Ten 8.8 5 NR 7 8 9
Brandon Pettigrew Det Stl 8.8 7 7 NR 10 5
9 Fred Davis Was at NO 10.2 NR 9 6 NR 6
10 Greg Olsen Car at TB 11.8 10 NR 9 NR NR

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