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Week 4 Rankings

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Week 4 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. MIA -
2 Julius Thomas vs. PHI -
3 Jason Witten at SD -
4 Jordan Cameron vs. CIN -
5 Vernon Davis at STL Questionable (hamstring)
6 Antonio Gates vs. DAL -
7 Tony Gonzalez vs. NE -
8 Martellus Bennett at DET Probable (shoulder)
9 Jared Cook vs. SF -
10 Brandon Myers at KC -
11 Heath Miller at MIN Probable (knee)
12 Owen Daniels vs. SEA -
13 Coby Fleener at JAC -
14 Charles Clay at NO -
15 Kyle Rudolph vs. PIT -
16 Jermaine Gresham at CLE -
17 Scott Chandler vs. BAL -
18 Dallas Clark at BUF -
19 Zach Miller at HOU -
20 Brandon Pettigrew vs. CHI -
21 Rob Housler at TB -
22 Tyler Eifert at CLE -
23 Marcedes Lewis vs. IND Probable (calf)
24 Delanie Walker vs. NYJ Questionable (toe)
25 Brent Celek at DEN -
26 Mychal Rivera vs. WAS -
27 Kellen Winslow at TEN Probable (knee)
28 Anthony Fasano vs. NYG Questionable (ankle)
29 Garrett Graham vs. SEA Questionable (groin)
30 Lance Kendricks vs. SF -
31 Joseph Fauria vs. CHI -
32 Zach Sudfeld at ATL Probable (hamstring)
33 Zach Ertz at DEN -
34 Travis Kelce vs. NYG Questionable (knee)
35 Logan Paulsen at OAK -

TE Notes: Julius Thomas seems due for a dud. He especially seems due to get held out of the end zone. But those aren’t compelling enough reasons to bet against him as he takes on a team with two struggling inside linebackers, and an even worse safety duo. … With Miles Austin (hamstring) looking shaky, Jason Witten could be in for his first 10-plus target afternoon of the season. … Rob Gronkowski would already be the No. 2 tight end if we knew for sure he was going to play, but with the Pats, we might not find out until inactives are announced. That’s a problem since New England is playing in the Sunday night game. For now, pencil Gronk in — it’s something you have to do if there’s a chance he’ll play — but have a contingency ready for the fourth consecutive week.

Jordan Cameron’s 31 targets are second amongst all tight ends, while his four touchdowns are tied for first. He’s one or two more big weeks away from cementing himself as the every-week No. 3 overall tight end. … If Vernon Davis (hamstring) is active, you start him and don’t look back. … Tony Gonzalez’s slow start is officially a bit of a concern. He failed to take advantage of a juicy Week 3 matchup in the Dolphins, and will now be squaring off with a Patriots team that routinely eliminates tight ends. Thus far this season, no team is allowing fewer fantasy points to tight ends than New England, though they’ve yet to square off with a talent better than Scott Chandler. It would be an excellent sign for Gonzalez going forward if he could finally have something like a 5/60/1 night.  

Martellus Bennett’s involvement in the game plan appears poised to vary week to week, but he’s still one of the best tight-end bets to find the end zone on a weekly basis. He’s Kyle Rudolph with more volume. … Jared Cook’s talent is keeping him among the TE1s, but the Rams’ unimaginative offense is limiting his upside. Sound familiar? … Low-upside TE1 Brandon Myers has a tough matchup in a Chiefs defense that’s thus far been making the middle of the field a tough place for tight ends to roam. … Expected to have his snap-count restrictions removed in his second week back, Heath Miller has serious upside against a Vikings defense that’s gotten absolutely scorched by enemy tight ends so far in 2013. … You should be able to do better than Owen Daniels against the Seahawks.

Coby Fleener is an upside chase until further notice. He hasn’t had much consistency at the NFL level. … For now, Charles Clay is still only a bench stash, but he’s still one of the more intriguing TE2s. … Per Pro Football Focus, Kyle Rudolph is averaging just 0.97 yards per pass route run, putting him behind the likes of Scott Chandler and Delanie Walker, to name a few. He’s touchdown-or-bust. … Zach Miller is a particularly desperate touchdown chase. … Marcedes Lewis (groin) is finally set to make his 2013 debut. Blaine Gabbert figures to make it forgettable. … With two scores in three weeks, Joseph Fauria remains someone to keep an eye on near the bottom of the ranks.     

Week 4 Kickers

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

Week 4 Defense/Special Teams

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

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