Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 11 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends.
NOTE: The Vikings, Giants, Titans and Seahawks are all on byes.
Week 11: Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Indianapolis
2. Jimmy Graham @ Oakland
3. Jason Witten vs. Cleveland
4. Tony Gonzalez vs. Arizona
5. Jermaine Gresham @ Kansas City
6. Greg Olsen vs. Tampa Bay
7. Antonio Gates @ Denver
8. Scott Chandler vs. Miami
9. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Green Bay
10. Aaron Hernandez vs. Indianapolis
11. Owen Daniels vs. Jacksonville
12. Dustin Keller @ St. Louis
13. Heath Miller vs. Baltimore (the Byron Leftwich effect)
14. Vernon Davis vs. Chicago
15. Brent Celek @ Washington
16. Dwayne Allen @ New England
17. Dennis Pitta @ Pittsburgh
18. Jermichael Finley @ Detroit
19. Jacob Tamme vs. San Diego
20. Brandon Myers vs. New Orleans
21. Logan Paulsen vs. Philadelphia
22. Lance Kendricks vs. N.Y. Jets
23. Benjamin Watson @ Dallas
24. Anthony Fasano @ Buffalo
25. Marcedes Lewis @ Houston
25a. Tom Crabtree @ Detroit
In his last nine home games (including last year's playoffs), Rob Gronkowski boasts per-outing averages of six catches, 78 yards and 1.22 touchdowns. And against the Colts in 2011, Gronk rolled for five catches, 64 yards and two TDs.
Consider Jimmy Graham to be the "No. 1A" pick among tight ends. In three road games this season, he has combined for 19 catches, 210 yards and two TDs. Of equal importance, Graham collected nine-plus targets in each outing.
Owen Daniels' middling ranking is the result of a sore hip that prevented him from playing last week against Chicago. With a touchdown in five of his last six games, Daniels would be a no-brainer for the top seven, when fully healthy.
In his last eight home games against AFC foes (dating back to 2008), Jason Witten has healthy averages of 5.8 catches, 73 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. And with 58 receptions and 69 targets in his last six games, Witten is a virtual lock to eclipse the above numbers against Cleveland.
Dwayne Allen earns his first top-16 ranking based on three factors:
a. Indy QB Andrew Luck has thrown for an average of 300 yards in the last seven games.
b. The Patriots currently rank as the NFL's No. 29 pass defense.
c. Tight ends Scott Chandler (two games), Dennis Pitta, Jacob Tamme and Dustin Keller combined for 27 catches, 320 yards and five TDs against New England earlier this season (five games total).
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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