Fantasy Football Week 10 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer INovember 7, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots gains yardage against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Which tight end is going to be this week’s breakout performer?  Who are we going to go into the week thinking we can depend on them, only to disappoint?  Who is worth the flier for the desperate?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans – vs. Atlanta
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  4. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Kansas City
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Tampa Bay
  6. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  7. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Giants
  8. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Seattle
  9. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Chicago
  10. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  11. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  12. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Denver
  13. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  14. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – at Baltimore
  15. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  16. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – at Cincinnati
  17. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  18. Joel Dreessen – Denver Broncos – at Carolina
  19. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
  20. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  21. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at Jacksonville
  22. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  23. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Indianapolis
  24. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Oakland
  25. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New York Jets


  • Has Tony Gonzalez’s value peaked?  Things have certainly appeared to be on the decline in recent weeks, totaling 11 catches for 107 yards and no touchdowns over his past three games.  Remember in Week 5 (just before the streak started) he had 13 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.  Obviously the potential to produce is there, but at 36 years old, you have to be extremely cautious.
  • After starting off slow, Jason Witten has quickly returned to form.  Over his past five games, he hasn’t had fewer than six receptions, showing that he is a constant in the offense.  While he hasn’t always generated a ton of yards and hasn’t found the end zone too much (just one touchdown on the season), it’s hard to argue with the opportunities he’s been given.  With that in mind, he has to be considered a good option for the coming week.
  • Brandon Myers started off hot before completely disappearing.  He thrust his name back on the map in Week 9 by catching eight passes for 59 yards and two touchdowns.  Is he a dependable option?  Obviously not, but he’s a viable one due to upside.  However, I wouldn’t consider him more than a TE2.
  • It has been a frustrating season for Aaron Hernandez owners, but after missing Week 8 and then getting a bye, we have to think he is ready to come back with a vengeance.  While I wouldn’t rank him as highly as normal, it is hard to argue against using him against the Bills this week.  Sooner or later a breakout is coming.
  • Dustin Keller is likely going to be considered a good option the rest of the way for fantasy owners.  Why?  The truth is, where else is Mark Sanchez going to go with the football?
  • It has been a very good season for Owen Daniels, though taking on the Bears has a habit of reducing anyone’s potential fantasy appeal.  Consider him a low-end TE1, as there is too much potential given what he has done this season.
  • Jared Cook should be a good option, though the Titans continually fail to incorporate him into the offense.  Until they do, he’s a mid-level TE2 with upside.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 10 rankings: