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Fantasy Football Week 12 Rankings: Tight Ends

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 08:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at Georgia Dome on November 8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 26, 2009

Week 12 is here and by now the playoffs in your league are probably forming its face. You know for the most part who is in and who is out; but for those that are lucky enough to still be in, Bruno Boys Nation that is, you can’t let down just yet. You still have a seed to fight for and a bye-week in Week 14 is always a nice break to sit back and enjoy some football without the stress of wondering if you are going to win or lose.

So tackle this article and the rest of the positional rankings that we have to offer this week and lets sew up a good playoff placing. Now onto this week’s edition of the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 12 Tight End Rankings .

1. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ Minnesota

Why is Greg Olsen sitting on top of the Bruno Boys rankings this week for tight ends? It is a combination of two things. He has averaged over 57 yards per game during the past month and had a three touchdown performance in Week Nine against the Arizona Cardinals .

To top it off, the Minnesota Vikings have been horrible defending against the tight end position this year. Add in the fact that Jay Cutler has connected with Olsen a total of 13 times in the past two weeks you have to like his chances of performing at a high level this week.

Point Projection:
13 points

2. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Jacksonville

Vernon Davis has averaged nine fantasy football points per game during the past month; a month in which he has struggled some. If he gets back on track and continues his success that he had in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers , in which he went for 108 yards and a touchdown, then Davis has a shot of finishing the season as the top fantasy tight end.

Even with the Jacksonville Jaguars shutting down the tight end position this season you should plug in Davis with confidence.

Point Projection:
13 points

3. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Tampa Bay

This stud tight end has averaged almost 70 yards this past month while grabbing two touchdowns. Not too shabby considering that the Atlanta Falcons passing game as a whole has struggled. Look for his success to continue this week against the weaker Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. Tony Gonzalez is a must start.

Point Projection:
13 points

4. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) @ Houston

This former first round pick went from the cream of the crop at the tight end position this year to a three yard, one touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11. The good news though is that he faces the Houston Texans , a team he torched for 14 receptions and 119 yards in Week Nine, this week so he should get back on track for great yardage. If he tosses in a touchdown he could be the best play of the week.

Point Projection:
12 points

5. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) vs. Kansas City

Truth be told, we love Antonio Gates this week but we need to be somewhat cautious as he has averaged only seven fantasy football points per week during the past month. In a similar match to the Kansas City Chiefs this week, were when the Chargers took on the Oakland Raiders in Week Eight, and they kept him to only 49 receiving yards. But with a talent like Gates you really can’t sit him unless you have a better option.

Point Projection: 11 points

6. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Atlanta

One game he is going for 11 fantasy points, the next 10 and sandwiching those two performances in was a 0 point and two-point performance. So in other words you probably should get a nice game from Kellen Winslow, but this is nowhere near a guarantee so don’t bet the house.

Point Projection:
9 points

7. Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) @ Detroit

After missing a few games due to an injury, Jermichael Finley was in the lineup in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers . He did not disappoint as he put together 54 receiving yards on seven receptions.

That is near his average on the year and this week he gets to face the Detroit Lions , who have allowed a league high nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends on the season. Expect Finley to make it two straight games with at least 50 receiving yards.

Point Projection:
9 points

8. Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders) @ Dallas

Insert a new quarterback into the Oakland Raiders offensive attack and Zach Miller all of a sudden looks like a reliable fantasy football option. In fact, this week during the Dallas Cowboys he should see enough targets to put together a solid Turkey Day game for those brave enough to start him.

Look for him to build on the success that he had last week in which he went for 65 yards and a touchdown. The best part of it all is that if you are hurting to find a tight end Miller probably can be had on your waiver wire.

Point Projection:
8 points

9. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) @ St. Louis

Despite being shutout last week, John Carlson is normally good for at least 3-4 fantasy points with the occasional game that produces much more. This week should be that type of game as he faces the St. Louis Rams (54.6 yards per game to TE, 5 TDs) in which he had two touchdowns and 95 receiving yards against in Week One. While that does not guarantee anything, on potential alone it pushes him past many tight ends this week.

Point Projection:
8 points

10. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) vs. Carolina

As it goes with many tight ends, Dustin Keller’s play is just too inconsistent to rely on as a sure play, but he does go against the Carolina Panthers who should give rookie Mark Sanchez fits this week. Because of that Keller should be used as an escape route a lot this week. Don’t look for a touchdown, but nice yardage should be expected.

Point Projection:
7 points

11. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans) vs. New England

The bad on Jeremy Shockey is that he is so up and down because of the balanced attack that the New Orleans Saints possess. The good is that he did go for 80 yards against New England in his last matchup against them. Take that as you wish but he remains no more than a low-end TE1 play in deeper leagues.

Point Projection:
6 points

12. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Washington

Brent Celek is not a yardage whore, but he has become one that you really can depend on for a touchdown. Whether or not that translates into one this week remains to be seen but we are betting that he is no better than a low-end TE1 play in deeper leagues. His three touchdowns during the past four games though makes him intriguing.

Point Projection:
6 points



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