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Week 1 Rankings

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Week 1 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. KC -
2 Travis Kelce at NE -
3 Greg Olsen at SF -
4 Jordan Reed vs. PHI -
5 Delanie Walker vs. OAK -
6 Jimmy Graham at GB -
7 Kyle Rudolph vs. NO -
8 Tyler Eifert vs. BAL -
9 Zach Ertz at WAS -
10 Martellus Bennett vs. SEA -
11 Hunter Henry at DEN -
12 Jason Witten vs. NYG -
13 Coby Fleener at MIN -
14 Eric Ebron vs. ARZ -
15 Jack Doyle at LAR -
16 C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. JAC -
17 Austin Hooper at CHI -
18 Antonio Gates at DEN -
19 Charles Clay vs. NYJ -
20 Zach Miller vs. ATL -
21 Jared Cook at TEN -
22 Evan Engram at DAL -
23 Jesse James at CLE -
24 Dwayne Allen vs. KC -
25 David Njoku vs. PIT -
26 Jermaine Gresham at DET -
27 Vernon Davis vs. PHI -
28 George Kittle vs. CAR Questionable (hamstring)
29 Tyler Higbee vs. IND -
30 Maxx Williams at CIN -
31 Ryan Griffin vs. JAC -
32 AJ Derby vs. LAC -
33 Vance McDonald at CLE -
34 Will Tye at BUF -


TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski generated an absurd 540 yards on 25 catches (21.6 YPC) in 2016. … The reigning TE1, Travis Kelce has little in the way of target competition. His early-career boom/bust days will continue to fade into memory. … There have been 37 1,000-yard seasons by tight ends since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. Greg Olsen has three of them the past three years. … Bothered by a toe injury since last season, Jordan Reed has been fitted for an orthotic. 16 games is probably a pipe dream, but Reed will be out there for Week 1. When he’s out there, he dominates. … The Raiders, who got scorched by tight ends a year ago, have somehow downgraded their personnel. Delanie Walker could have his best game of the season in Week 1.


Jimmy Graham was playing on one leg last season and still posted 65/923/6. Down 20 pounds from 280 to 260, he’s going to be a problem in his age-31 campaign. … Fresh off shattering his previous career highs in catches and yards, Kyle Rudolph will be a fixture in the top eight. … Tyler Eifert has 18 touchdowns over his past 21 games. Injuries have made his production a wave, albeit one that’s always worth riding. … Zach Ertz expects to soak up more targets with Jordan Matthews out of the slot. Zach Ertz is right. … Aaron Rodgers loves to target his tight ends, but hasn’t had a good one since Jermichael Finley. Martellus Bennett is the best he’s ever had, and should supplant Davante Adams as Rodgers’ No. 2 red zone target.


Fantasy owners were so desperate not to overdraft Hunter Henry that they turned him into a value. Elite though the Broncos’ defense remains, it doesn’t eliminate tight ends the way it does receivers. … Eric Ebron (hamstring) barely practiced this summer, but is absent from the Week 1 injury report. He has a daunting assignment in a Cardinals defense that’s made a habit of erasing tight ends under coach Bruce Arians. … Jason Witten for empty yardage, Antonio Gates for low-calorie touchdowns. … Jack Doyle’s TE1 repeat is on hold until Andrew Luck’s return. … C.J. Fiedorowicz is the Tom Savage check-down cheat code that you feel guilty for using and still barely ends up worth it. ... Austin Hooper will have big games this year, but the Bears aren’t a great matchup. … The Ravens’ tight end corps is a mess. For now, I’ll bet on Maxx Williams’ supposed upside.       


Week 1 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Justin Tucker at CIN -
2 Matt Bryant at CHI -
3 Stephen Gostkowski vs. KC -
4 Dan Bailey vs. NYG -
5 Mason Crosby vs. SEA -
6 Matt Prater vs. ARZ -
7 Chris Boswell at CLE -
8 Phil Dawson at DET -
9 Dustin Hopkins vs. PHI -
10 Cairo Santos at NE Sidelined (groin)
11 Graham Gano at SF -
12 Wil Lutz at MIN -
13 Giorgio Tavecchio at TEN -
14 Kai Forbath vs. NO -
15 Blair Walsh at GB -
16 Ryan Succop vs. OAK -
17 Brandon McManus vs. LAC -
18 Adam Vinatieri at LAR -
19 Caleb Sturgis at WAS -
20 Aldrick Rosas at DAL -
21 Younghoe Koo at DEN -
22 Randy Bullock vs. BAL -
23 Greg Zuerlein vs. IND -
24 Robbie Gould vs. CAR -
25 Connor Barth vs. ATL -
26 Ka'imi Fairbairn vs. JAC -
27 Zane Gonzalez vs. PIT -
28 Jason Myers at HOU -
29 Stephen Hauschka vs. NYJ -
30 Chandler Catanzaro at BUF -


Week 1 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
2 Panthers Def/Spec Team at SF -
3 Steelers Def/Spec Team at CLE -
4 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
5 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at HOU -
6 Falcons Def/Spec Team at CHI -
7 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
8 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at DET -
9 Chargers Def/Spec Team at DEN -
10 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. LAC -
11 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
12 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
13 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
14 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at GB -
15 Ravens Def/Spec Team at CIN -
16 Giants Def/Spec Team at DAL -
17 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at NE -
18 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
19 Eagles Def/Spec Team at WAS -
20 Jets Def/Spec Team at BUF -
21 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
22 Colts Def/Spec Team at LAR -
23 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
24 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
25 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
26 Raiders Def/Spec Team at TEN -
27 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
28 Saints Def/Spec Team at MIN -
29 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
30 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -



Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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