With Rob Gronkowski out of action, fantasy owners lost arguably the best option in the league. Will Aaron Hernandez step into his role? That remains to be seen and that doesn’t help Gronkowski owners anyway.
Let’s take a look at all the rankings and try to determine who the best fill-in could be:
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Detroit
- Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – at Cincinnati
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Baltimore
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Oakland
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Buffalo
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at New York Giants
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
- Dallas Clark – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at San Diego
- Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. Houston
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Chicago
- Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
- Joel Dressen – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. New England
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Indianapolis
- Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Green Bay
- Logan Paulson – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
- Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
- Rob Gronkowski’s absence obviously causes a huge void at the top of these rankings. Could Aaron Hernandez ultimately fill it? Possibly, though we’ve thought he was going to play for the past few weeks only to be disappointed. If Hernandez is playing, he’ll slide in as a TE1. However, we’ll have to monitor the news to see if that is going to happen or not.
- Obviously Jimmy Graham is not your typical tight end, but a matchup with the 49ers is always going to push you at least a spot or two down the rankings. He’s still a top-five option, but with the other elite options with better matchups, he misses out on the top few spots.
- Logan Paulson only had one reception in Week 11, but it went for 17 yards and a touchdown. Since Fred Davis went down, Paulson has been an under-the-radar option, averaging 4.3 receptions and 59.3 yards per game (over three games). If touchdowns start to get into the mix, he is going to fly up fantasy boards. As it is, Paulson is an immediate option for the desperate.
- It was another impressive performance for Brandon Myers, bringing in six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown. He’s already reached 50 catches on the season, as well as exceeding 500 yards. He has scored three touchdowns on the season, all coming in the past three weeks (coinciding with the recent explosion from Carson Palmer). With a favorable matchup and a hot quarterback, Myers has suddenly emerged as a TE1 in all formats.
- Even without Ben Roethlisberger, you have to like Heath Miller's potential as a safety valve for Charlie Batch. While his upside may not be quite as high, Miller should remain a TE1 in all formats.
- Martellus Bennett got off to a fast start, but over the past few weeks he has nearly disappeared. At this point, even in a potential shootout, he has to be considered more of a low-end option.
- Dallas Clark had seven receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, and has now scored in back-to-back games. He obviously hasn’t been great this season, but the recent increased role and the ability to find the end zone pushes Clark up the rankings.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings: