Fantasy Football Week 13 Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 5, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Falcons 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Week 12 produced some pretty strong performances from the tight end position, but none were more appreciated than the efforts by Antonio Gates and Jason Witten , who both played like the dominating tight ends we all fell in love with. Against the Kansas City Chiefs , Gates hauled in seven passes for 118 yards and two scores for a fantasy, fantasy performance of 23 fantasy points. Witten, meanwhile, recorded his first 100-yard day on the year with five catches for 107 yards on Thanksgiving day against the Oakland Raiders . Can these two keep it up in Week 13? To find out, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 13 Tight End Rankings.

1. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Philadelphia

Gonzalez has been outstanding over the past two weeks, catching a total of 17 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown, and he has an opportunity to put up more huge numbers this week, even with Matt Ryan out. His opponent, the Eagles, have allowed the most receptions (70), second-most receiving yards (747), and second-most touchdowns (tied with seven) to opposing tight ends in the league.
Point Projection: 14 points

2. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Tennessee

After a two-week dry spell, as far as receptions are concerned, in which he only caught a total of five passes, Clark rebounded last week with nine catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. He has now caught a touchdown in two straight games, and in his last game against this week’s opponent, the Titans, Clark had nine receptions for 77 yards. Look for similar production this week, but throw in a touchdown reception for good measure.
Point Projection: 13 points

3. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) @ Cleveland

After a very quiet six games starting in Week Six, in which Gates did not accumulate more than seven fantasy points in any contest, he broke out of it last week with seven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns. This week, against the Browns, he has a chance to do more good things. The Browns are not proficient against opposing tight ends as only six NFL teams have allowed more touchdown passes to them than Cleveland has.
Point Projection: 12 points

4. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) @ Seattle

Davis continued his breakout season with six catches for 69 yards and one touchdown last week against the Jaguars; it was his second consecutive game with a touchdown reception. And, though he had one of his least productive games in his last meeting with the Seahawks, back in Week Two, that was with a different quarterback under center. In the six games since Alex Smith took over, Davis has had at least 100 yards or a touchdown catch (or both) in all but one contest.
Point Projection: 12 points

5. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) @ New York Giants

So, he is alive. One of the biggest disappointments of the fantasy season, Witten finally had his first 100-yard game of the season on Thanksgiving last week. It was his first game since Week Three with at least 70 receiving yards, and his only game with at least 80. But, the Giants are ripe for being taken advantage of by Witten. He scored his only touchdown of the season against them in Week Two, and they have allowed opposing tight ends the second-most touchdown catches (tied with seven), third-most receptions (tied-60), and fifth-most receiving yards (652) in the league.
Point Projection: : 11 points

6. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Atlanta **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Celek has easily become one of Donovan McNabb’s favorite targets, leading the team last week with nine targets. This week, with DeSean Jackson possibly out, and a sweet match-up, he has a chance to put up solid totals. Only four teams have allowed opposing tight ends to catch more passes than the Falcons, and only three teams have allowed them to gain more yards. The one concern fantasy owners should have with Celek is his sprained thumb, but until it proves to hinder the tight end, employ him as normal.
Point Projection: 11 points

7. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) vs. St. Louis

Olsen led the Bears in receptions (seven), receiving yards (45), and targets (eight) last week against the Minnesota Vikings . The numbers are certainly underwhelming, but it’s clear that Jay Cutler has an affinity for the Miami product. Olsen has a solid match-up this week against the St. Louis Rams , and with the lack of other receiving options in Chicago’s stable, Olsen is a good play on a weekly basis.
Point Projection: 10 points

8. Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings) @ Arizona

With so many other receiving options at the hands of Brett Favre , you would think it would be easy for him to overlook Shiancoe. But that hasn’t happened, as the big tight end got nine targets last week, finishing the day with five receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown. It was his second straight game with a touchdown, and he’s now scored seven times in his last eight games.
Point Projection: 10 points

9. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Carolina

Winslow had an impressive day last week, catching seven passes out of eight targets, and compiling 81 receiving yards. It was the third time in three games, he had at least eight fantasy points, so he’s rolling well right now. The Panthers held him to just three catches for 29 yards in their last meeting (Week Six), but with Josh Freeman at quarterback, things are a bit different now.
Point Projection: 9 points

10. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) @ Buffalo

Keller led the Jets with four catches and 68 receiving yards last week in their win over the Panthers, which marked the third time in four games he’s had at least 55 receiving yards. The Bills held him down in their last meeting (Week Six), where Keller could only muster two catches for 16 yards, but Buffalo has been somewhat vulnerable to tight ends this year; only seven teams have allowed allowing opposing players at that position to catch more passes.
Point Projection: 9 points

11. Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) @ Green Bay

Heap has been a non-factor of late, evidenced by his one catch for six yards last week. But we’re throwing caution to the wind this week and saying Heap finds the end zone for the first time since Week Two against a Packers team that has allowed the second-most touchdowns (tied with seven) to opposing tight ends.
Point Projection: 8 points

12. Zach Miller (Oakland Raiders) @ Pittsburgh

With a new quarterback brings new promise to Miller, who is unfortunately lost in the muck out in Oakland despite being one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the game. He had five catches for 73 yards last week, and the previous week he had five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown – where once Miller was lost, with Bruce Gradkowski , he’s been found.
Point Projection: 7 points

13. Anthony Fasano (Miami Dolphins) vs. New England

Fasano’s five catches and 74 receiving yards last week led the Dolphins, as he played in his first game after missing two weeks. Despite New England being a tough match-up, he did catch a touchdown against them the only time he faced them last season, and with better health should come better productivity.
Point Projection: 6 points

14. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco

Like the rest of the Seahawks’ passing game last week, Carlson put up futile numbers, with only two catches for 14 yards. He has been something of a disappointment all year, but he did have one of his better games of the season against the 49ers back in Week Two, when he caught six passes for 46 yards.
Point Projection: 6 points

15. Kevin Boss (New York Giants) vs. Dallas

Boss’ three-game touchdown streak came to an end on Thanksgiving last week, as he was held to just two receptions for 22 yards. Still, you can’t ignore what he had been doing, and despite his lack of production the last time he faced the Cowboys (one catch, 13 yards), you can expect more this week.
Point Projection: 5 points