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Updated Week 3 Rankings

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Week 3 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. KC -
2 Rob Gronkowski at BAL -
3 Antonio Gates vs. ATL Probable(ribs)
4 Vernon Davis at MIN -
5 Brent Celek at ARZ -
6 Brandon Pettigrew at TEN -
7 Tony Gonzalez at SD -
8 Martellus Bennett at CAR -
9 Dennis Pitta vs. NE -
10 Jermichael Finley at SEA -
11 Jason Witten vs. TB -
12 Owen Daniels at DEN -
13 Jared Cook vs. DET -
14 Kyle Rudolph vs. SF -
15 Greg Olsen vs. NYG -
16 Jermaine Gresham at WAS -
17 Fred Davis vs. CIN Sidelined(head)
18 Coby Fleener vs. JAC -
19 Jacob Tamme vs. HOU -
20 Scott Chandler at CLE -
21 Heath Miller at OAK Probable(ribs)
22 Joel Dreessen vs. HOU -
23 Anthony Fasano vs. NYJ -
24 Dallas Clark at DAL -
25 Marcedes Lewis at IND -
26 Brandon Myers vs. PIT -


TE Notes:
Gronk should see more consistent targets now that Aaron Hernandez is out of the picture for a month. … Gates looked good in Wednesday’s practice and appears safe to pencil in lineups at mid-week. … Every time I looked up in the Eagles-Ravens game, Celek had shaken free from coverage to give Michael Vick a clear target on intermediate routes. An underappreciated athlete after the catch, Celek is also leading all tight ends in Yards Per Route Run at 3.22, up from 1.9 as fantasy’s No. 5 tight end in 2011. Don’t forget, Celek’s uptick in production down the stretch coincided with Jeremy Maclin’s spate of injuries.

Pettigrew’s matchup couldn’t be better this week. The Titans surrendered five receiving scores through two weeks, all to tight ends. … Anecdotal evidence suggests Eli Manning loves to throw to his tight ends in the end zone. Statistical evidence supports the notion as well. Matchups guru Evan Silva believes the big, athletic Bennett is a good bet for double-digit scores this season.

Pitta led all tight ends in targets the first two weeks and officially bypassed Ed Dickson on the Ravens’ depth chart on Wednesday. He’s earned confidence as a TE1 play. … Tamme’s snap count is an issue, as we suspected it would be. He’s no lock to outproduce Dreessen on a week-in, week-out basis. … Chandler could have had another 20+ yards last week, but Ryan Fitzpatrick missed him wide open.
 

Week 3 Defense/Special Teams

 

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



Week 3 Kickers

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


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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