Week 14 Fantasy Football: Top 30 Tight Ends in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 5, 2012

Raiders tight end Brandon Myers (69 catches, 721 yards, 4 TD) has notched double-digit targets in four of his last seven games.
Raiders tight end Brandon Myers (69 catches, 721 yards, 4 TD) has notched double-digit targets in four of his last seven games.Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Here are my top 30 tight ends for Week 14 (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.

On the injury front, Dustin Keller (ankle) shall remain off the board for now.

Week 14: Top 30 Tight Ends

1. Jimmy Graham @ N.Y. Giants
2. Brandon Myers vs. Denver
3. Jason Witten @ Cincinnati
4. Aaron Hernandez vs. Houston
5. Tony Gonzalez @ Carolina
6. Greg Olsen vs. Atlanta
7. Owen Daniels @ New England
8. Dallas Clark vs. Philadelphia
9. Jermaine Gresham vs. Dallas
10. Heath Miller vs. San Diego
11. Jermichael Finley vs. Detroit
12. Antonio Gates @ Pittsburgh
13. Brandon Pettigrew @ Green Bay
14. Vernon Davis vs. Miami
15. Martellus Bennett vs. New Orleans
16. Jacob Tamme @ Oakland
17. Kyle Rudolph vs. Chicago
18. Brent Celek @ Tampa Bay
19. Scott Chandler vs. St. Louis
20. Marcedes Lewis vs. N.Y. Jets
21. Benjamin Watson vs. Kansas City
22. Jared Cook @ Indianapolis
23. Dennis Pitta @ Washington
24. Dwayne Allen vs. Tennessee
25. Tony Moeaki @ Cleveland
26. Charles Clay @ San Francisco
27. Zach Miller vs. Arizona
28. Garrett Graham @ New England
29. Jeff Cumberland @ Jacksonville
30. Joel Dreessen @ Oakland
30a. Logan Paulsen vs. Baltimore
30b. Lance Kendricks @ Buffalo

Quick Hitters

1. Jimmy Graham (59 catches, 654 yards, eight TDs) gets a free pass for last week's so-so outing against the Falcons. In his previous six road games (before the Atlanta trip), Graham had six total touchdowns.

2. Since Week 7, Brandon Myers has developed an interesting pattern of double-digit targets/rock-solid stats one week...and then mediocre numbers the next. If that form holds true for Week 14, he'll be consigned to only six catches and 53 yards against Denver. Fingers crossed on being so very wrong here.

3. For the owners who've remained loyal to Brent Celek over the last two months (equal parts brave and foolish), your moment of fantasy reckoning may have come. For starters, Celek (50 catches, 601 yards, one TD) has endured nine long weeks without a touchdown (read: he's overdue)...and the Bucs have surrendered 309 yards passing per game since Week 8.

4. In his last four non-divisional road tilts (regular season), Owen Daniels has respectable averages of 4.5 catches, 54 yards and 0.8 touchdowns. But that's not what clinched his top-10 ranking. Since Week 8, the Patriots stand as the No. 29 pass defense, allowing 277.5 yards (per outing) in that span.

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