Top Fantasy Football Tight Ends For Week 1

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 | 0


After the Super Bowl champion Seahawks beat Green Bay in the 2014 season debut last night, Week 1 will get into full swing this Sunday (September 7, 2014) with a packed lineup of games.

That means fantasy football season will be under way as well, and never before has the position of tight end affected the virtual game more. With athletic tight ends revolutionizing the position in recent years, the best tight ends can potentially as much or more than top wide receivers, a previously unheard-of dynamic.

Here are the Top 10 tight ends for fantasy football in Week 1.

1.) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints:

This one’s a no-brainer pick for the top spot, as Graham has nearly reinvented the position in conjunction with Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Graham is a huge end zone presence, and he recently signed a new long-term contract in the offseason. Graham will most likely occupy the top spot for some time to come.

2.) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos:

Thomas exploded onto fantasy rosters in 2014, scoring 12 touchdowns in 14 games with Peyton Manning as his quarterback, whose old team the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. Thomas will be locked and loaded for a huge workload with wide receivers Eric Decker gone and Wes Welker suspended.

3.) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers:

Davis scored a lofty 13 touchdowns in 2013, but he was wildly inconsistent in the process. Still, he’ll be facing the porous Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 1, making him a solid bet for a big performance paired with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Davis could be the fastest tight end in the league, and the 49ers will need him to come through if they want to contend in the tough NFC West.

4.) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns:

Cameron had a breakout season in 2013, but he noticeably faded down the stretch when wide receiver Josh Gordon took over. Gordon is now suspended for the year, so Cameron will now resume being the focal point of the offense. Against the faking Pittsburgh Steelers defense, Cameron should be in line for a ton of targets in Week 1.

5.) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots:

Gronkowski brings the most risk because he’s not even ten months removed form surgery for a torn ACL, but he always brings potentially the most upside. He’s been confirmed to play limited snaps against Miami in Week 1, but Gronkowski can take over a game quick as New England quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite target.

6.) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys:

The reliable Witten has long been a fixture among the top tight ends in the league. He’s facing the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, but their once-tough defense has lost a ton of crucial players to injury and suspension. As quarterback Tony Romo’s safety valve, Witten should be in line for another big workload.

7.) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers:

Olsen is one of few reliable receivers that Cam Newton has left in Carolina, and he should be targeted several times in the Panthers’ Week 1 game against Tampa Bay. His success will hinge on Newton’s health and effectiveness, making him a bit of a risky play, but you didn’t draft him to sit him.

8.) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins:

Reed showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie year last year, but he was also sidelined by concussions towards the end of the season. He has the athleticism and talent to have a huge season against the weak defenses of the NFC East, and if quarterback Robert Griffin III can settle in to new head coach Jay Gruden’s pro-style offense, Reed could find himself quickly rising up this list.

9.) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings:

Rudolph signed a new contract in the summer and will be targeted a ton in new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s plan. He has a bit of shaky quarterback situation in Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater, but Rudolph is a beast in the red zone.

10.) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles:

Ertz is reportedly poised for a breakout in 2014 in Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s high-volume schedule. He’s been called the team’s best route runner, but still has a lot to prove in the NFL. With his snap count set to increase alongside quarterback Nick Foles, Ertz has all the pieces in place for a big year. Against one of the league’s worst teams in Jacksonville, that should start in Week 1.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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