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Updated Week 1 Rankings

Saturday, September 08, 2012




Week 1 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at TEN -
2 Jimmy Graham vs. WAS -
3 Antonio Gates at OAK -
4 Aaron Hernandez at TEN -
5 Vernon Davis at GB -
6 Fred Davis at NO -
7 Jermichael Finley vs. SF -
8 Greg Olsen at TB -
9 Jared Cook vs. NE -
10 Kyle Rudolph vs. JAC -
11 Tony Gonzalez at KC -
12 Brandon Pettigrew vs. STL -
13 Jason Witten at NYG Surprisingly active, limited snaps?
14 Brent Celek at CLE -
15 Jacob Tamme vs. PIT -
16 Dustin Keller vs. BUF Probable(hamstring)
17 Martellus Bennett vs. DAL Black Unicorn
18 Owen Daniels vs. MIA -
19 Heath Miller at DEN -
20 Joel Dreessen vs. PIT -
21 Jermaine Gresham at BAL Questionable(knee)
22 Coby Fleener at CHI -
23 Dallas Clark vs. CAR -
24 Marcedes Lewis at MIN -
25 Scott Chandler at NYJ -
26 Lance Kendricks at DET -
27 Tony Moeaki vs. ATL -
28 Dwayne Allen at CHI -
29 Ed Dickson vs. CIN Questionable(shoulder)
30 Dennis Pitta vs. CIN Questionable(hand)
31 Zach Miller at ARZ -

 

TE Notes: Last summer, Gronkowski was the most unstoppable player in Patriots camp. This year, it's been Hernandez. Don't be surprised if Hernandez, a superstar in his own right, leads all tight ends in fantasy points this season. ... Gates should dominate targets in San Diego with Vincent Jackson and Vincent Brown out of the picture.

 

I wouldn't worry too much about Fred Davis' quiet preseason. Mike Shanahan has relied heavily on the tight end since the days of Shannon Sharpe; that's not going to change with a rookie quarterback. ... We like Olsen, Rudolph and Cook as the top three breakout candidates at tight end. Olsen and Rudolph will be targeted more consistently as perhaps the No. 2 target in their respective passing attacks.

 

Gresham is expected to play, but his conditioning is question mark after missing the past three weeks. ... We're not buying the industry-wide consensus that Tamme will be a fantasy stud, leaving Dreessen in the dust. Tamme saw six targets from Peyton Manning to Dreessen's five in preseason action, and Dreessen has been the primary red-zone tight end in practices.



Week 1 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 David Akers at GB -
2 Garrett Hartley vs. WAS -
3 Stephen Gostkowski at TEN -
4 Alex Henery at CLE -
5 Robbie Gould vs. IND -
6 Sebastian Janikowski vs. SD -
7 Mason Crosby vs. SF -
8 Rob Bironas vs. NE -
9 Matt Bryant at KC -
10 Jason Hanson vs. STL -
11 Dan Bailey at NYG -
12 Matt Prater vs. PIT -
13 Shayne Graham vs. MIA -
14 Justin Medlock at TB -
15 Nate Kaeding at OAK -
16 Lawrence Tynes vs. DAL -
17 Justin Tucker vs. CIN -
18 Adam Vinatieri at CHI -
19 Steven Hauschka at ARZ -
20 Connor Barth vs. CAR -
21 Rian Lindell at NYJ -
22 Shaun Suisham at DEN -
23 Billy Cundiff at NO -
24 Ryan Succop vs. ATL -
25 Blair Walsh vs. JAC -
26 Josh Scobee at MIN -
27 Mike Nugent at BAL -
28 Nick Folk vs. BUF -
29 Greg Zuerlein at DET -
30 Jay Feely vs. SEA -
31 Dan Carpenter at HOU -
32 Phil Dawson vs. PHI -



Week 1 Defenses

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


Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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