TE Player Rankings – Week 16
1. Jason Witten (@ Ari) – Believe it or not, Jason Witten has more touchdown catches in the last three weeks than he had in all of 2006 and 2009 combined! He and Kitna are on a serious roll right now and it doesn’t look to stop against a Cardinals defense ranking in the bottom half of the league against tight ends.
2. Jacob Tamme (@ Oak) – With the Raiders being in the lower-third of the league against tight ends this season, Tamme will get his catches and targets no matter what. There’s really no downside with this call.
3. Rob Gronkowski (@ Buf) – Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out, so Big Rob could have the game of his life today. Both tight ends did well in the last match-up (combined for nine catches, 108 yards and a TD), with Gronkowski walking away with the second TD of his career. The Bills don’t have enough of a pass rush for the Pats to have to keep the big fella in to block, so I expect he’ll be out there hauling in passes with one of them going for another TD in this one.
4. Kevin Boss (@ GB) – If anybody is going to make a splash in the passing game this week, Boss might be the most likely candidate. The Packers are tied for fourth worst in the in defending tight ends, so with Kevin grabbing five TDs in the past seven weeks, you should be happy you grabbed him when you did.
5. Vernon Davis (@ StL) – Vernon went for 79 yards on four catches the last time these two teams played, and you can bet your ass he’s pissed off about last week’s one-catch, four-yard performance. The Rams normally do well against tight ends, but Davis won’t be denied in this one.
6. Marcedes Lewis (vs Was) – Lewis is gigantic (6’6”, 275 pounds), even for a tight end, and becomes almost unguardable as one of the more fluid tight ends in the league. The Redskins can’t cover tight ends worth a spit, so start Marcedes with confidence this weekend.
7. Owen Daniels (@ Den) – Owen came back down to Earth last game, but the Broncos couldn’t defend his own mother if they tried, so have a little faith and let Daniels be a part of your Championship run this weekend.
8. Chris Cooley (@ Jax) – Cooley had five catches for 62 yards and a TD with Rex as his QB last weekend. In the 13 games prior, McNasty got him just two TDs. With the Jags being one of the worst in the league at defending tight ends, I’d say go for it.
9. Tony Gonzalez (vs NO) – The Saints sit in the middle of the pack in regards to covering tight ends. Gonzo has had his worst statistical season since 1998 up to this point, but you can bet he’ll be ready to have himself a ball in what could turn out to be the game of the year this Monday night.
10. Visanthe Shiancoe (@ Phi) – The Eagles are the worst team in the NFL at defending tight ends, so Shiancoe has a legitimate shot to produce this Sunday. Webb got him the most catches he’s had all year last game, so at least he’s looking his way.
11. Greg Olsen (vs NYJ) – The Jets have a soft spot for allowing tight ends to sneak into the endzone, so don’t be surprised if you see the one touchdown in this game end up in his hands.
12. Jimmy Graham (@ Atl) – Graham has some serious skills for a tight end, and it looks like Brees is noticing it. Last weekend he caught five passes and turned two of them into touchdowns. With this game likely turning into a shootout, there will be plenty of stats to go around for everyone.
13. Randy McMichael (@ Cin) – McMichael will likely get another start this weekend and could put up some decent numbers for you. The Bengals are only so-so in defending tight ends this year, so unless you have a better option, go ahead and play Randy.
14. Zach Miller - Oak (vs Ind) – Put this kid on a well-run team with a quarterback that isn’t out of an Archie Comic and you’ll have yourself a top-5 tight end. Beyond that, he’s not worth you ruining your season on the hopes he’ll overcome the Raiders ineptitude.
15. Ben Watson (vs SD) – Watson puts together a really nice game every once in awhile like he did last week, but he’s completely unreliable and has more of a chance of hurting your fantasy team than helping it. The Ravens are one of the best in the league in holding down tight ends, so look elsewhere if you can.
16. Kellen Winslow Jr. (vs Sea) – If there’s one thing the Seahawks are actually good at, it’s covering the opposing team’s tight end. That’s not to say that Winslow won’t produce, but I’m not expecting more than a handful of catches for around 40-50 yards.
17. Tony Moeaki (vs Ten) – The Titans allow the sixth most fantasy point to tight ends this year, so go ahead and take a chance on the promising rookie if you’re looking for a long-shot.
18. Todd Heap (@ Cle) – Dickson has a great future and will eventually take over for Heap, but Todd will be back in the lineup today and has to be considered a decent play against a Browns defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in defending tight ends.
19. Brent Celek (vs Min) – Celek pulled through with his second TD in the last four weeks last Sunday, but the occurrence has been far from the norm this year. The Vikings are actually one of the better teams in the league in defending tight ends, so don’t expect too much here.
20. Jermaine Gresham (vs SD) – Gresham could be Palmer’s savior this weekend with a heavy pass rush likely to be applied. If the Chargers have a weakness, it’s in defending the tight end, so Jermaine might end up a decent play.
21. Brandon Pettigrew (@ Mia) – Pettigrew has been exactly what the Lions drafted in the first round last year. A big body who has the ability to catch and run with the ball like a giant wide receiver. However, the last bunch of weeks have been fantasy duds. Shaun Hill might be able to turn that around, but he also has the fourth-ranked Miami defense against tight ends working against him.
22. Dustin Keller (@ Chi) – Keller hasn’t caught a touchdown pass or had a single game with more than four catches since Week 4. With the Bears holding opposing tight ends to the fewest TD catches in the league this year, you might want to look elsewhere.
23. Heath Miller (vs Car) – Miller will be back this week, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him split time with Spaeth as they ease him back into action.
24. Jeremy Shockey (@ Atl) – Shockey may be a bit of a crapshoot, but like I said with Graham, there will be plenty of fantasy numbers to be had by all in this one. Besides, Jeremy had easily his best game of the season when these two teams first met going for 78 yards and a TD on eight catches.
25. Anthony Fasano (vs Det) – It's a rare occurrence to see Fasano break out for a ton of fantasy points, but you at least know it's possible after his 107-yard performance with a TD back in Week 10. He's had over 30 yards in each of his last three games, which is more than most of the league can say in that time.