Here we go baby! Another season of football is upon us, therefore another season of Fantasy Football! I’m just as excited about this years Shiva than I have been in years past. If you understand that reference, you’re just as big of a Fantasy Football geek as I am, and that’s good! If not, just know I love Fantasy Football.
Last season I covered the Tight Ends for Sports-Kings, so I figured I’d stay right on track with that.
Without further ado, here are my Top 5 Tight ends for Week 1.
5. Jared Cook – Rams – @ Cardinals
I’d like to welcome Mr. Cook to his first debut on the history of this list. A lot of people may not know who he is, but Cook is one hell of a tight end and proved that last year with the Tennessee Titans. He was quickly signed in free agency by the Rams who’ll look to utilize him for the freak that he is. I think the Rams take a big step this year, particularly at the quarterback position, and Jared Cook will be a big part of that growth. The Rams face the Cardinals this weekend, and I think Cook has a solid game for your fantasy squad and should help in leading you to victory.
4. Vernon Davis – 49ers – vs. Packers
V-DUB BACK! Davis is a constant on these rankings. He’ll probably be this season as well, barring any injury. I liked what he did last season, and he’s only getting better. He didn’t have quite the rapport that he once had with Alex Smith, but seemed to get in line with Colin Kaepernick in the playoffs last year and was pretty damn successful. He’s one of the few weapons the 49ers have on offense with their WR corps being limited, Davis has seen snaps as a wideout as well. He could have a monstrous game against the Packers, who will be focused on not letting Kaepernick run all over them.
3. Tony Gonzalez – Falcons – @ Saints
I don’t really need to go into detail on why Gonzalez is on this list. This guy is one of the premier pass-catching tight ends in NFL History. He’s second in career receptions behind Jerry Rice, and that’s saying something. The Saints defense got a little better this year at safety with the addition of Kenny Vacarro, but this is their first game of the season, and their first with new DC Rob Ryan, who likes to send pressure even when his defense isn’t on the field. I think Rob will try too hard to get his defense positioned and ready to attack Matty Ice, while not putting enough pressure on Gonzo, leading to an outstanding game.
2. Jason Witten – Cowboys – vs. Giants
I picked the Cowboys to go to the playoffs this season, and if I’m right – Witten is going to be a BIG part of that prediction. He’s proved in the past that he’s one of the better tight ends in the league, and now with a playcaller that can tie his own shoes, he should be utilized the correct way. He knows there is a tiny bit of pressure behind him with the Cowboys drafting another TE in the draft, and he won’t let his job get stolen. Tony Romo should have a lot of help with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin this season, but he’s always had a security blanket in Witten. That won’t change, and having healthy wideouts will only open the field up more for Witten.
1. Jimmy Graham – Saints – vs Falcons
With Gronkowski’s status unknown, Jimmy Graham gets the top spot this week. He’s playing a Falcons defense that he has their number. Year after year he’s owned them, and I don’t see that changing this week. I’m not saying the Falcons defense isn’t good, but something about them makes Jimmy Graham a prime candidate, especially with Sean Payton back. I slated Drew Brees as this season’s MVP, and Graham will surely be a big part of that.
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