2016 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: Week 2 Tight Ends

Note – These rankings assume Rob Gronkowski will be out

Tier 1 –  #1 Scoring TE Upside

1. Jordan Reed (WAS) vs. DAL

2. Greg Olsen (CAR) vs. SF

3. Delanie Walker (TEN) @ DET

Tier 2 – TE1 Options

4. Julius Thomas (JAC) @ SD

5. Gary Barnidge (CLE) vs. BAL – I know Barnidge delivered a disgraceful, disgusting, completely rotten goose egg in Week 1, but Josh McCown’s return to the lineup should immediately revive his fantasy value– Barndige averaged 5.8 catches, 80 yards, and .75 TDs with McCown as his QB. If Barnidge struggles even with his boy back, the panic button is appropriate, but I’m willing to saddle back up for another week.

6. Eric Ebron (Det) vs. TEN

7. Travis Kelce (KC) @ HOU

8. Antonio Gates (SD) vs. JAC

9. Jason Witten (DAL) @ WAS

Tier 3 – TE2s worth desperation ganders

10. Dwayne Allen (IND) @ DEN

11. Coby Fleener (NO) @ NYG – Theoretically he should come with oodles of upside in a projected shootout, but Brees clearly doesn’t trust him, so nor do I. Ideally you have someone above and can wait & see another week on Fleener, but the upside is so high that I’m not benching him for a Clive Walford or Vance McDonald dump pile.

12. Martellus Bennett (NE) vs. MIA – I swung and missed hard on Bennett in Week 1; despite acknowledging the hulking TE may be asked to block more in the absence of both tackles, I felt we’d get the opposite and the Black Unicorn would catch numerous dump offs. Dead Wrong.

If Solder returns, Bennett might see added time split out; plus, standing at a hulking 6’7″, the monster is always a threat for a TD. Still, Martellus is going to need others around him to return before he is truly trustable

13. Kyle Rudolph (MIN) vs. GB

14. Jared Cook (GB) @ MIN

15. Vance McDonald (SF) @ Car

16. Virgil Green (DEN) vs. IND

Tier 4 – Remaining Names

17.  Jesse James (PIT) vs. CIN

18. Zach Miller (CHI) vs. PHI

19. Brent Celek (PHI) @ CHI – Assuming Ertz sits, Celek would make an interesting dart throw plug n play / tournament DFS option

20. Clive Walford (OAK) vs. ATL

21. Jacob Tamme (ATL) @ OAK

25. Larry Donnell (NYG) vs. NO

26. Wille Tye (NYG) vs. NO – One of these two will likely score a TD against the hapless Saints, but neither has separated yet.

22. Dennis Pitta (BAL) @ CLE

23. Charles Clay (BUF) vs. NYJ

24. Jimmy Graham (SEA) @ LA


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