2012 Fantasy Football Week 13: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings/Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 27, 2012

November 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Couple the recent play of Chad Henne with Coach Mike Mularkey’s willingness to put the football up, and Marcedes Lewis has new life and fantasy relevance. Against the Texans, Lewis grabbed two touchdowns and came back last week for four receptions and 56 yards.

Lewis won’t be a game-breaking option, but we should expect them to continue to with a pass-heavy game plan going forward. Jacksonville is going to give Henne his chance to win a starting job and it’s time to take a look at what this team has in talented young receivers like Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon.

Where Lewis will be a factor is in the red zone, and based on his 10 touchdowns back in 2010, we know he can score with regularity. If you're  in need of help down the stretch, Lewis can give you respectable numbers going forward.


What Did We Learn From Week 12?

Kyle Rudolph had another productive game, finding the end zone for the seventh time this season. Unfortunately, Rudolph suffered a concussion and we will have to see if he can go against the Packers.

I’ve just about run out of reason for why Antonio Gates continues to struggle. After a few productive games, Gates has failed to get much done in the past two weeks and I can’t say with any certainty he will pull out if his funk. You need targets to have an opportunity to be productive, and six targets in the past two weeks just isn't enough. 


Sean’s Week 13 Watch List

Vernon Davis failed to catch a pass against the Saints, and I’m sure fantasy owners are disappointed. It looked like Davis would turn his season around with Colin Kaepernick under center, and I believe that is exactly what is going to happen. Kaepernick gives Davis a quarterback who can free him up for vertical routes down the field and we should expect him to come through this week.


Expect Dustin Keller to remain as one of the top targets in the Jets' passing game. While the Cardinals are a decent defense, they’ve struggled against the run and pass of late. Keller should be good for five receptions, 60-plus yards and possibly a score in this game, as the Jets cruise their way to victory.

1 Jimmy Graham @ Falcons
2 Tony Gonzalez Saints
3 Jason Witten Eagles
4 Aaron Hernandez @ Dolphins
5 Vernon Davis @ Rams
6 Jermaine Gresham @ Chargers
7 Brandon Myers Browns
8 Owen Daniels @ Titans
9 Kyle Rudolph (I) @ Packers
10 Brandon Pettigrew Colts
11 Dustin Keller Cardinals
12 Marcedes Lewis @ Bills
13 Heath Miller @ Ravens
14 Jermichael Finley Vikings
15 Antonio Gates Bengals
16 Greg Olsen @ Chiefs
17 Martellus Bennett @ Redskins
18 Scott Chandler Jaguars

Week 13 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | K | D |