While Rob Gronkowski (six catches for 60 yards and a TD) and Jimmy Graham (six catches for 85 yards and a TD) both had good games there were several lesser-owned tight ends that looked like they have serious fantasy potential moving forward.
Depeding on your league scoring, roster requirements, and your current lineup take a look at these TE to see if you can strengthen your roster by adding them. None of the following would be considered elite but looked good enough to be starters based on their week one targets and performance.
Brandon Pettigrew-Det: Pettigrew was targeted more than Calvin Johnson in week one with 10 targets, five catches, and 77 yards. If somehow he’s available in your league, he’s a great pickup. If you can target him in a trade, now would be a good time to acquire the big TE as he clearly has a rapport with Matthew Stafford which will make him valuable in fantasy football all year long.
Jared Cook-Ten: Cook looked good against the suddenly stout Patriots defense and led the Titans with 64 receiving yards on four catches on six targets. If he and Locker/Hasselbeck continue to connect, he’s poised to be a big threat in the Red Zone especially and create mismatches on a Gronk-ish level for opposing defenses.
Owen Daniels-Tex: Don’t forget about Daniels after his injury-shortened season last year. He led all tight ends in receiving yards with 87 on four catches although he was unable to find the end zone this week. It may be a good time to grab him if you need a backup TE or a TE2.
Kyle Rudolph-Min: Rudolph played a big role in the Vikings passing game as predicted throughout the week leading up to the game on this site. He’s still being overlooked in many leagues and is a great backup after a solid week one. He caught five of his seven targets for 67 yards and only Percy Harvin received more looks from Christian Ponder than he did.
Coby Fleener-Ind: Fleener was targeted a whopping 10 times by his college teammate Andrew Luck. He hauled in six passes for 82 yards as an integral part of the Colts developing offense. He’s one of the best TE2’s moving forward if nothing else.