Fantasy Football Week 4 Tight End Rankings: Greg Olsen Jumps To Top Of Pack

by NESN Staff

September 30, 2015

Here’s a friendly reminder for fantasy football owners: If you own Rob Gronkowski, don’t start him this week. The New England Patriots have a bye in Week 4, so that means someone else has to take Gronk’s spot as the No. 1 fantasy tight end.

Here are the top 10 tight ends to target this week.

1. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Week 4 Opponent: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2015 Stats: 15 receptions, 215 yards, 2 TDs

The Panthers came alive offensively against the New Orleans Saints, and Olsen (and his fantasy owners) benefited. Without Kelvin Benjamin, Olsen is the Panthers’ No. 1 option in the passing attack, and he is finally putting up the points to back it up.

2. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
Week 4 Opponent: Detroit Lions
2015 Stats: 14 receptions, 145 yards, 2 TDs

Graham came up big against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, and now he has another favorable matchup against the Detroit Lions on Monday.

3. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4 Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Stats:
16 receptions, 244 yards, 2 TDs

Kelce didn’t find the end zone Monday, but he still had a solid game. He was targeted 10 times, which is an encouraging sign.

4. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Week 4 Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
2015 Stats: 19 receptions, 241 yards, 1 TD

If you want consistency, Reed is your guy. Even when he doesn’t find the end zone, he still puts up solid points. He continues to be one of Kirk Cousins’ favorite targets, especially without DeSean Jackson.

5. Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4 Opponent: Kansas City Chiefs
2015 Stats: 13 receptions, 153 yards, 3 TDs

What exactly is a catch in the NFL? Eifert didn’t have a reception in Week 3, although he did score an apparent touchdown only to have it ruled an incomplete pass. Fantasy owners shouldn’t be scared off by one game, though.

6. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Week 4 Opponent: Oakland Raiders
2015 Stats: 13 receptions, 118 yards, 1 TD

The Raiders have been horrible against the pass through three weeks, but Bennett hasn’t exactly been lighting it up, either. Now Jimmy Clausen is his quarterback, which is not encouraging news for fantasy owners.

7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Week 4 Opponent: New Orleans Saints
2015 Stats: 21 receptions, 181 yards, 2 TDs

When Witten is healthy, he usually is a lock for this list. However, Brandon Weeden is now the QB in Dallas after Tony Romo’s injury, which means Witten’s impact could be marginalized.

8. Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills
Week 4 Opponent: New York Giants
2015 Stats: 12 receptions, 144 yards, 2 TDs

Clay had his biggest game of the season in Week 3, and now he is facing the worst pass defense in the NFL.

9. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 4 Opponent: Baltimore Ravens
2015 Stats: 12 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD

Miller also has to deal with an injured starting QB, but at least the Steelers are facing the Ravens. Baltimore is 29th in the NFL in pass defense.

10. Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins 
Week 4 Opponent: 
New York Jets
2015 Stats:
 10 receptions, 151 yards, 0 TD

Cameron and the Dolphins are due for a big game offensively. However, the Jets have one of the better pass defenses in the league.

Thumbnail photo via Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches the ball as New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium.

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