Fantasy Player Projections

Tight Ends
1saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

6 rec, 85 yards, rec TD

So far this season Graham has 20 points in each game. The Saints score a lot -– and the Chiefs allow a lot of scoring. That bodes well for Graham's fantasy owners in Week 3.

2patriotsRob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

5 rec, 68 yards, rec TD

Gronkowski cannot be expected to pickup Aaron Hernandez's production in the offense; if anything, the loss of Hernandez will benefit the team's receivers. That said, Gronk is still one of the best options fantasy owners have from which to choose.

349ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

With Aaron Hernandez going down with an injured ankle, there's no disputing that Davis joins Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski as the top fantasy tight ends in the game. And the Vikings have already allowed two touchdowns to tight ends this season.

4cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

5 rec, 64 yards, rec TD

Witten returned to his usual self last week, with 58 yards on 10 targets. Tampa Bay was beaten up by former Cowboy Martellus Bennett in Week 2, so Witten could take another step on Sunday.

5falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

6 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Through two games this season, Gonzalez is off to another great start, with 12 catches for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In his first two games last season, he had 12 catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He faded a bit down the stretch, however.

6coltsCoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

4 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

The Colts' tight ends have played a big role in the offense in each of the first two games. Fleener ranks among the top 10 in targets at his position, and should do well against a Jaguars defense that had trouble with both Kyle Rudolph and Owen Daniels.

7eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

6 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Celek had a banner day against the Ravens, catching eight passes for 157 yards. With 19 targets so far this season, it's obvious that he has grown on Michael Vick in the passing game. Keep him active against the Cardinals.

8ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

4 rec, 54 yards, rec TD

Pitta has been the smash-hit tight end of this young season. He is Joe Flacco’s favorite weapon (15 targets last Sunday) and will frustrate a Patriots defense that helped Todd Heap become Arizona’s leading receiver last week.

9titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 52 yards, rec TD

Cook may be the best target Jake Locker has right now. At the very least he's the healthiest. Cook faces a Lions defense that gave up two scores to Vernon Davis last week.

10panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

3 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

After a nice start to the season, Olsen looked like ... well, Greg Olsen on Sunday, getting just three targets in a shootout against New Orleans. The coaching staff still thinks he has star power; we're willing to give him the benefit of the doubt this week against New York's pass defense.

11texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 43 yards, rec TD

Tight ends have caught two of the four touchdown passes the Broncos have allowed this season. Daniels has been the Texans' steadiest pass-catcher. Sounds like a good matchup to us.

12giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 38 yards, rec TD

Bennett could see more balls this week if No. 3 wide receiver Domenik Hixon is unable to go (concussion). Bennett has caught a touchdown in each of his first two games and faces a favorable matchup against a Panthers team that has allowed big plays to opposing tight ends this season.

13packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

6 rec, 53 yards

Finley takes one step forward, two steps back. In Week 1 it was drops; last week it was a costly fumble. Aaron Rodgers will keep throwing to his tight end, but Finley is turning another promising season sour.

14vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 50 yards

Other tight ends are targeted more (just 12 targets for Rudolph in two weeks), and several tight ends get more yardage, but Rudolph continues to be a scoring threat in the red zone, and he has become quarterback Christian Ponder's second-favorite pass catcher.

15chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 50 yards

Age continues to creep up on Gates, and the 32-year-old future Hall of Famer was out for Week 2 due to a rib injury. He should be back for Week 3, which means he should be back in your fantasy lineup, but you should expect more missed time later this season.

16raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

5 rec, 50 yards

For the second week in a row, Carson Palmer went to Myers regularly, and the tight end caught six passes for 86 yards at Miami. With more than 150 yards receiving already, Myers is becoming a tight end option to consider in fantasy play.

17lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 49 yards

Pettigrew has become the poster boy for what a No. 2 fantasy tight end should be. He's unpredictable and terribly inconsistent. In a game that should allow for tons of Lions passing yards, Pettigrew remains a question mark for fantasy owners.

18billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

3 rec, 45 yards

Chandler is one of the reasons many fantasy writers preah caution about drafting tight ends too high. He went undrafted in most formats, and he now has a touchdown in both weeks. Consider adding him if your starter is slacking.

19jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

3 rec, 43 yards

Lewis was nowhere to be found against Houston and must play a bigger role in the Jaguars' passing game this week. There is reason for hope: The Colts allowed a touchdown to Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph last week.

20jetsDustin Keller

Dustin Keller

4 rec, 40 yards

A hamstring injury continues to hamper Keller, with Jeff Cumberland starting in his place. Even if Keller returns in Week 3, consider an alternative until he proves he's capable of putting up good fantasy points again.

21buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

3 rec, 37 yards

He's not the Clark of old and the targets show it (five through two games). The bright side: Dallas' defense has allowed a touchdown to the opposing tight end each week this season.

22ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

3 rec, 35 yards

The sophomore tight end caught just two passes for 25 yards in Week 2. The past two tight ends who faced the Bears averaged just three receptions for 21 yards.

23steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

3 rec, 35 yards

Is there a less exciting tight end to own in fantasy than Miller? Yet, he keeps scoring touchdowns and being Big Ben's favorite end zone target each week. The Raiders are a little tougher against the pass than they are against the run, but start Miller until his scoring streak ends.

24bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

3 rec, 31 yards

Fantasy owners are well aware that Gresham is not a field stretcher, but that doesn't help them accept just 67 yards on seven catches through two games. That's ugly for a "fringe No. 1" fantasy tight end.

25broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

3 rec, 31 yards

Tamme's familiarity with Peyton Manning has meant little so far. He has been targeted just nine times (half as many as leading receiver Demaryius Thomas) and has averaged just 8.0 yards per catch. Tamme is starting to fall out of favor with fantasy owners.

26dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 30 yards

Fasano has registered 19 yards receiving in both games so far this season, but in Week 2, he was able to get into the end zone for a touchdown. Even so, he's not much more than a fantasy TE2 right now.

27chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 30 yards

Moeaki had just one catch in Week 2, which is interesting considering the Chiefs had to rely on their passing game at Buffalo. He's not quite up to where he was in 2010, before his knee injury.

28bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

3 rec, 25 yards

Through two games, Davis has just one catch on seven targets. Granted, that one catch was a touchdown against the Packers, but those are too uncommon for Davis and his would-be fantasy owners.

29brownsBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

3 rec, 25 yards

Watson caught one pass for 27 yards in Week 2. He's not expected to do much damage against the Bills in Week 3.

30redskinsFred Davis

Fred Davis

2 rec, 23 yards

Davis suffered a concussion in Week 2 and his status may be a mystery until late in the week. Even if he plays, fantasy owners should look elsewhere; Davis has just four catches and 52 yards in two games, and it appears Robert Griffin III prefers throwing to his receivers.

31cardinalsTodd Heap

Todd Heap

2 rec, 20 yards

Heap had a big game in Week 2, catching five passes for 62 yards before leaving the game with a sprained PCL in his knee. Despite the big day, it's tough to rely on him in fantasy play.

32seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

2 rec, 19 yards

Miller was hobbled by a bad foot last week, opening the door for backup Anthony McCoy to shine. The two may share more reps now, but Miller remains the team's best tight end -- though not a very good option for fantasy owners.

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