2012 Playoff NFL Fantasy Football: Tight End Championship Round Rankings

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIJanuary 17, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates by spiking the ball after he scored a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Rob Gronkowski vs. Ravens

The Broncos must have ticked Rob Gronkowski off after their regular-season meeting when they held him in check for only four receptions and 53 yards. They forced Tom Brady to throw the football to fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Well, in the rematch, Gronkowski went off for arguably his best game as a pro with ten receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

I’m not sure what to knock Gronkowski for in any part of his game—he entered the league with back injuries, but those issues haven’t been a problem with New England. As long as Gronkowski is on the field, he needs to be in your lineup, and he will be worthy of consideration as a first-round pick in all fantasy scoring formats next year.

The Ravens have a quality defense, but Tom Brady is going to find his main man, and Gronkowski should be good for nothing less than five receptions for 80 yards and a score.


Vernon Davis vs. Giants

Wow, as a 49ers fan, I’ve been waiting for a game like that from Vernon Davis, and his game-winning catch was probably the most exciting moment since Terrell Owens hauled in a game-winning catch against the Packers back in the 90s.

Davis was a sleeper of mine last week—it just made sense that the Saints would sell out to stuff the run and pressure Alex Smith with the blitz.

Davis made them pay with seven receptions for 180 yards and two touchdown catches, and he should be active this week. The Giants are likely to have the same game plan. Hopefully, for the Giants, they will try to get to Smith with their front four and either play some zone defense or roll coverage Davis’s way. But either way he will have opportunities in this game.

1 Rob Gronkowski  Ravens
2 Vernon Davis Giants
3 Aaron Hernandez (I) Ravens
4 Jake Ballard @ 49ers
5 Ed Dickson @ Patriots
6 Travis Beckum @ 49ers
7 Dennis Pitta @ Patriots


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