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Week 1 Rankings

Sunday, September 08, 2013


Week 1 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. ATL -
2 Tony Gonzalez at NO -
3 Jason Witten vs. NYG -
4 Vernon Davis vs. GB -
5 Greg Olsen vs. SEA -
6 Jermichael Finley at SF -
7 Jared Cook vs. ARZ -
8 Martellus Bennett vs. CIN -
9 Jordan Cameron vs. MIA Probable (-)
10 Zach Sudfeld at BUF -
11 Kyle Rudolph at DET -
12 Antonio Gates vs. HOU -
13 Fred Davis vs. PHI -
14 Brandon Myers at DAL -
15 Brent Celek at WAS -
16 Owen Daniels at SD -
17 Brandon Pettigrew vs. MIN -
18 Jermaine Gresham at CHI -
19 Julius Thomas vs. BAL -
20 Dwayne Allen vs. OAK Probable (-)
21 Coby Fleener vs. OAK Probable (-)
22 Zach Miller at CAR -
23 Scott Chandler vs. NE -
24 Anthony Fasano at JAC -
25 Tyler Eifert at CHI -
26 Delanie Walker at PIT -
27 Dallas Clark at DEN -
28 Luke Stocker at NYJ -
29 Zach Ertz at WAS -
30 David Paulson vs. TEN -
31 Kellen Winslow vs. TB -
32 Ed Dickson at DEN -
33 Charles Clay at CLE -
34 Travis Kelce at JAC -
35 Vance McDonald vs. GB -
36 D.J. Williams vs. KC -


TE Notes: More than any player at any position, Jimmy Graham has his own tier at the top. Don’t be surprised if he announces his return to full health in a big way against the Falcons. He’s caught 22 passes for 329 yards and four scores over his past four games against Atlanta. Even playing through a debilitating wrist injury, he managed a 7/146/2 line when the teams met up in New Orleans last Week 9, by far his best game of the season. … Jason Witten caught 20 passes for 177 yards against the Giants last season, 18 of which came at home in Week 8. That has little bearing on this weekend, of course, but he’s going to soak up targets in a likely shootout. As usual. … Playing extremely limited snaps in the preseason, Vernon Davis caught just four passes for 43 yards. You can either take that as a sign that he’ll fail to live up to the hype again, or ignore it like the meaningless statistic that it is. The 49ers need Davis. It would be a shock if he wasn’t an every-week TE1, and a high-end one at that.


Targeted a team-high six times in the Rams’ regular season dress rehearsal against the Broncos, Jared Cook has staked a strong claim to the title of “Sam Bradford’s security blanket.” Bradford already has “all the trust in the world” in the criminally underused former Titan, while SI’s Peter King called Cook the “single best player” he saw all camp. The question is, can the big-play threat Cook draw enough volume to not just flash as a TE1, but sustain as one? It shouldn’t take terribly long to find out. … Jordan Cameron has 26 career receptions. Don’t be surprised if he doubles that before the month is through.


One of the true wild cards of the 2013 fantasy season, Zach Sudfeld begins the year — and his career — with a dream matchup in Buffalo. Even if he flashes big numbers, it could be a misnomer in a Patriots offense that will change week to week, and soon have Rob Gronkowski back in the fold. But despite all the unknowns, Sudfeld needs to be 100 percent owned, and viewed as the best TE1 lottery ticket this side of Jordan Cameron. … Kyle Rudolph has as much upside as any player on this list. The problem is, his quarterback doesn’t. Rudolph’s beastliness in the red zone makes him worth a TE1 roll of the dice every week, but the fear of doughnuts will be ever present until Christian Ponder proves he can scare up more than 5.8 targets per week for his Gronk-ian tight end.


A step slower each of the past two seasons, Owen Daniels is a TE2 until proven otherwise. The presence of actual No. 2 receiver in Houston (DeAndre Hopkins) will do that. … Julius Thomas defines boom-or-bust as a TE2. He’s playing with a quarterback in Peyton Manning who made Dallas Clark a star, but who’s also never had a receiver trio like the one he has now. Big weeks will happen for Thomas, but they may be few and far between. … The same is true of Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener in Indianapolis, who appear poised to cancel each other out in Pep Hamilton’s tight-end friendly offense for the time being. They’ll be worth reassessing after we get 3-4 games worth of data. … Once a bonafide sleeper, Rob Housler needs to shake off a high-ankle sprain and rough preseason before he gets back in the TE2 conversation.



Week 1 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Matt Bryant at NO -
2 Blair Walsh at DET -
3 Stephen Gostkowski at BUF -
4 Matt Prater vs. BAL -
5 Justin Tucker at DEN -
6 Sebastian Janikowski at IND Sidelined (calf)
7 David Akers vs. MIN -
8 Josh Brown at DAL -
9 Kai Forbath vs. PHI -
10 Randy Bullock at SD -
11 Greg Zuerlein vs. ARZ -
12 Dan Bailey vs. NYG -
13 Adam Vinatieri vs. OAK -
14 Garrett Hartley vs. ATL -
15 Phil Dawson vs. GB -
16 Rian Lindell at NYJ -
17 Josh Scobee vs. KC -
18 Steven Hauschka at CAR -
19 Ryan Succop at JAC -
20 Caleb Sturgis at CLE -
21 Mason Crosby at SF -
22 Shaun Suisham vs. TEN -
23 Nick Novak vs. HOU -
24 Jay Feely at STL -
25 Robbie Gould vs. CIN -
26 Alex Henery at WAS -
27 Dustin Hopkins vs. NE Sidelined (groin)
28 Rob Bironas at PIT -
29 Mike Nugent at CHI -
30 Nick Folk vs. TB -
31 Graham Gano vs. SEA -



Week 1 Team Defense/Special Teams

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


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