1. Jimmy Graham at TB
Jimmy Graham was targeted 50% of the time in the red zone during week one, including a seven-yard touchdown grab. Last season, Jimmy Graham reached the end zone in exactly half of his matchups, which means he has a knack for converting in the red zone. Graham squares off with a Tampa Bay defense which was shredded by Jets tight end Kellen Winslow in week one. In fact, Winslow currently leads the Jets in yards and receptions to open the season. With the stability of the Saints offense, against a struggling Tampa Bay team, Graham is poised to score double digits this week.
2. Jason Witten at KC
Jason Witten reached the end zone just three times last season, so it was surprising to see him rack up a pair of touchdowns against the Giants last week. He is a safe bet to record yards and receptions, but if Witten can reach the end zone consistently, his value will skyrocket. The Kansas City Chiefs defense allowed a league low 178 total yards against the Jaguars in week one, and just 8 yards to the tight end position. That will happen when you face Blaine Gabbert throwing to Marcedes Lewis. Nonetheless, Witten is a reliable target which can provide stability this week.
3. Tony Gonzalez vs. STL
Even at 37 years old, Tony Gonzalez continues to be a staple of the Falcons offense. He was targeted six times last week, and scored. He should see more looks against the Rams with Roddy White (ankle) being limited. St. Louis is tenth-worst in total yards at this point, which bodes well for Gonzo. He was targeted in the red zone 19.4% of the time in week one, which was just behind Roddy White and Julio Jones. If this trend continues, expect Gonzalez to flirt with double digits this week.
4. Jared Cook at ATL
Jared Cook is causing a bonanza in the fantasy community after a dazzling performance during week one. Cook is a freak athlete who is finally getting a chance to produce in St. Louis. The Rams square off with a Falcons team that allowed an eighth-worst 905 yards to tight ends last year. With the Rams focused on implementing tight ends into the offensive scheme, Cook should be serving fantasy points on the dinner menu.
5. Julius Thomas at NYG
Julius Thomas exploded onto the scene in week one with 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Orange Julius hadn't recorded a catch since 2011, but the Portland State football and basketball product was targeted seven times in week one. He is massive and athletic with fantastic hands. Along with the tangibles, he plays for a Peyton Manning led team that could score the most points in the league this season. The Giants defense allowed a seventh-worst 919 yards to tight ends last year, which bodes well for Thomas. This is the same G-Men defense that was annihilated in week one by Jason Witten, which means Thomas could have another fantasy explosion.
6. Jordan Cameron at BAL
Jordan Cameron went relatively quiet heading into the 2013 season, but emerged when the Browns fell behind to the Dolphins. He was targeted a league high 13 times as Brandon Weeden made Cameron one of his main targets. He matches up with a Ravens defense that made Julius Thomas a fantasy star last week. The Birds allowed a league worst 510 total yards to start this season. Last year they allowed an eleventh-worst 830 yards to tight ends which explains his fantasy viability for week two.
7. Vernon Davis at SEA
Colin Kaepernick went Vernon Davis' way nine times in week one, which means he will play a pivotal role in the 49ers offense. In six previous matchups against the Seahawks, he has only reached the end zone once. Despite all of this, with the rate at which the 49ers offense is producing each week, Kaepernick will provide Davis with plenty of opportunities to score. The Seahawks linebackers will need to cover Davis in the red zone, which poses a mismatch for any team in this league. The Seahawks defense only allowed three touchdowns to tight ends last year, which causes Davis to slide this week.
8. Brent Celek vs. SD
Brent Celek will be the number two wide receiver for Michael Vick all year. LeSean McCoy was targeted once to start the season, which means Chip Kelly will focus on pass catchers in his offense. Celek recorded five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on just two receptions last Monday night. The San Diego Chargers defense allowed a league worst 3 touchdowns to tight ends last week, including a pair of touchdowns to Owen Daniels, which adds to Celek's week two value.
9. Owen Daniels vs. Titans
Owen Daniels was a pivotal key in a come from behind victory over San Diego on Monday night. Daniels hauled in a pair of touchdowns on seven grabs. He has led the team in red zone targets each of the last two seasons, which adds to his value. Without a proven threat to play alongside Andre Johnson, Daniels becomes a viable tight end. Furthermore, the Titans defense was second-worst in yards allowed to tight ends (1,055), which fuels appeal of this matchup.
10. Jermichael Finley vs. WAS
Jermichael Finley managed to score a touchdown against the 49ers this week and nearly matched his two touchdown total from last year, which is slow progress. With a Washington defense that allowed a league worst 1,055 yards and ten touchdowns to tight ends last year, Finley is a logical start. If he can catch the ball, he is certain to get plenty of opportunities from Aaron Rodgers against a Washington defense that allowed a sixth worst 443 yards in week one.
Greg Olsen at BUF
With Greg Olsen being Cam Newton's second target in the Panthers passing game, he will eventually see more production. He failed to reach the end zone in week one, but squares off with a Buffalo defense that was 19th in passing yards (817) allowed to tight ends last year. Despite past struggles, the Buffalo defense allowed just 1 reception for 5 yards against the Patriots last week. That will happen when Rob Gronkowski misses time with a back injury. Expect Olsen to reach the end zone and flirt with double digit scoring in week two.
Martellus Bennett vs. MIN
The Vikings defense is in shambles and allowed a fourth-worst 469 total yards in week one. With the repeated history of Minnesota's struggles in Chicago, Bennett may be a quiet sleeper this week. Jay Cutler connected with Martellus 50% of the time in the red zone week one, including an eight yard touchdown grab. With poor play from the Vikings linebacker corps in week one, they could be trailing behind Bennett all day in week two.
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