Week one was a pretty productive one for tight ends.  <strong>Julius Thomas</strong> led the way with his 7 receptions, 104 yards and three touchdowns, a big enough game to make Thomas the highest priced tight end this week.  Over-all, 12 tight ends managed to find the end zone last week.  Additionally, five tight ends saw 10 or more targets.  In other words, despite somewhat higher prices this week, tight end is still a position where you can find profitable players.  Without further ado, here is a look at how the tight ends shake out this week:

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PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Julius ThomasDEN7100KC3rd
Jimmy GrahamNO7000CLE16th
Rob GronkowskiNE6000MIN29th
Greg OlsenCAR5900DET8th
Vernon DavisSF5700CHI22nd

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<strong>Julius Thomas</strong>, Denver, $7,100 — Thomas’ monster game week one vaulted him to the top of the heap in terms of tight end pricing for week two.  While Thomas looked very good against the Colts, he is not likely to catch seven of eight targets every week – not to mention have three touchdown receptions.  I am not saying Thomas is a bad play, but I think the profit potential is limited.  Kansas City was good against TE last season, and Thomas had a good, but not spectacular game – three receptions for 43 yards and a TD — the last time he faced the Chiefs.

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<strong>Jimmy Graham</strong>, New Orleans, $7,000 — People were expecting more from Graham in week one than eight receptions for 82 yards.  Despite the “weak” game from Graham, he provides more than double value last week.  This week he draws a Cleveland D that was average against tight ends last season.  Graham remains the focal point of the Saints offense, so will see plenty of targets.   His price might still seem high, but there is profit potential with Graham still.

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<strong>Rob Gronkowski</strong>, New England, $6,000 – So, it looks like Gronkowski is healthy again.  He was healthy enough to see 11 targets from <strong>Tom Brady</strong> against the Dolphins in week one.  This week, Gronkowski faces a Vikings D that allowed St. Louis TE seven receptions for 72 yards last Sunday.  In 2013, the Vikings ranked 29<sup>th</sup> against opposing tight ends making Gronkowski a good option this week.

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<strong>Greg Olsen</strong>, Carolina, $5,900 – Even with <strong>Cam Newton</strong> sitting out the week, Greg Olsen managed eight receptions for 83 yards and a TD against Tampa Bay.  Olsen draws a tougher opponent this week in Detroit, but might have Newton back.  Olsen is a solid play this week, but I would rather spend the extra $100 for Gronkowski.

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<strong>Vernon Davis</strong>, San Francisco, $5,700 <strong>–  </strong>So Davis gets to go from facing the Dallas D to the Chicago D?  Some guys have all the luck.  The Bears were the 22<sup>nd</sup> most effective team against tight ends last season, so the match up sure seem favorable.  Plus, the Bears did just lose to the Bills at home.  Seems like a great week to start Davis, right?  Not so fast.  The Bears did not allow a single reception to a Bills TE last week, and Davis had 4 more points from TD than his receptions and yards combined week one.

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PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Dennis PittaBAL5600PIT15th
Martellus BennettCHI5600SF7th
Zach ErtzPHI4800IND1st
Jason WittenDAL3800TEN25th
Jordan CameronCLE3800NO10th

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<strong>Dennis Pitta</strong>, Baltimore, $5,600 – Pitta did not have the best game among tight ends last week, but he was the most targeted TE for the week.  Pitta was targeted 15 times in route to his 10 receptions and 83 yards.   The Steelers were average against tight ends in 2013, but not nearly as good as his last opponent Cincinnati was.  Pitta is not likely to have a monster game, but is a safe bet to earn his value if not double it.

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<strong>Martellus Bennett</strong>, Chicago, $5,600 – Coming off a nice game against Buffalo, Bennett draws a tough match up this week.  San Francisco was the 7<sup>th</sup> best team against opposing tight ends last season.  All the 49ers did in week one is hold <strong>Jason Witten </strong>to two receptions for 14 yards – on six targets.  I would not be investing in Bennett this week.

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<strong>Zach Ertz</strong>, Philadelphia, $4,800 – I think it is safe to say you can ignore that 1<sup>st</sup> rank in the “against the position” column for the Colts against tight ends.  They are the team that just allowed Julius Thomas to catch three touchdowns and have over 100 yards receiving.  Ertz looks like a very nice buy for $4,800 this week.

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<strong>Jason Witten</strong>, Dallas, $3,800 – No, that is not a misprint, Witten is priced under $4,000 this week.  That is what Happens after a game in which you manage only three fantasy points in a PPR format.  That price is very good news for vigilant owners however.  This week Witten faces a Tennessee D that struggles against TE – rather than a tough San Francisco D.  Witten is a nice buy this week.

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<strong>Jordan Cameron</strong>, Cleveland, $3,800 – In a week with a lot of good games from tight ends, Cameron was a disappointment managing only two receptions for 47 yards against Pittsburgh.  To top it off, Cameron injured his AC joint (shoulder) in the game.  This week Jordan — if he plays — faces a New Orleans D that was just torn apart by <strong>Matt Ryan</strong> and the Falcons offense.  Seems like a favorable match up for Cameron, but not as good as you might think.  Falcons TE managed only three receptions against the Saints last week and New Orleans ranked 10<sup>th</sup> against TE last season.  Given his injury status and opponent, it is best to steer clear of Cameron; if he is the only tight end on your yearly fantasy team, you had also better grab another, the fact that the Browns signed another TE this week does not bode well for his chances of playing against the Saints.

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PlayerTeamPriceOpponentRank vs Position
Delanie WalkerTEN3700DAL31st
Jared CookSTL3500TB26th
Charles ClayMIA3200BUF6th
Travis KelceKC3000DEN23rd
Larry DonnellNYG3000ARI32nd

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<strong>Delaine Walker</strong>, Tennessee, $3,700 – The Dallas defense looked better in week one than it did in 2013.  “Better” is a relative term however.  Better than horrible is still bad.  The Cowboys D was unable to stop Vernon Davis.  While I do not expect Walker two have two touchdowns, I do expect him to have a good game this week.

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<strong>Jared Cook</strong>, St. Louis Rams, $3,500 – All preseason people were speculating as to which Rams wide receiver was going to break out.  Perhaps they should have been looking at the tight end position instead?  Perhaps that is a reach, but Cook did have a nice game against the Vikings last week – 4 receptions for 56 yards on eight targets.  He also gets to face a Tampa Bay D that allowed Greg Olsen to catch eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown with a back-up QB starting.

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<strong>Charles Clay</strong>, Miami, $3,200 – Clay was quite in week one, managing only two receptions for 27 yards, though he was targeted six times.  His match up against the Bills – who ranked 6<sup>th</sup> against TE last season – does not look all that promising either.  This is not last season, last week Martellus Bennett managed eight receptions for 70 yards and a TD against the Bills.  Clay is a pretty low-risk/medium reward option this week.

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<strong>Travis Kelce</strong>, Kansas City, $3,000 – It looks like Denver’s improved defense is not all that much improved against tight ends this season.  In the Broncos’ week one victory against the Indianapolis, the Colts TE managed seven receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.  Denver was the 23<sup>rd</sup> best team against tight end last season and does not look like they will be much better this season.

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<strong>Larry Donnell</strong>, N. Y. Giants – Let’s be clear with this one, you are looking to a TD here.  It was obvious from watching the Monday Night game that Donnell is <strong>Eli Manning’s</strong> go to guy in the red zone.  If you are looking for a TD from a TE, there is no better option than the Arizona D which allowed 17 of them last season.

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The tight end position once again looks like a nice place for potential profit this week.  If you want to spend more at the position, Rob Gronkowski looks like a very nice buy.  If you want to go the cheap route, you can roll the dice with Larry Donnell against the Cardinals – or spend a little more and go with Delaine Walker against the Cowboys.  Better yet, you could spend an extra $100 an get a future hall-of-famer in Jason Witten for only $3,800 this week.  I think options is the operative word for the tight end position in week two.