NFL Fantasy Football Week 14 Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IDecember 12, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Week 13 was once again a big week for the tight end position, as six of them scored double-digit fantasy points and three tight ends went for over 100 receiving yards.

For the second straight week, super-studs Antonio Gates and Jason Witten went over 100 receiving yards as they continue to get hot at the right time for their fantasy football owners.

Also, Vernon Davis continued his stellar play in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks. The emerging tight end scored a touchdown for the third straight game and his 10 touchdowns are tops at the position.

Last but not least was Mr. Monday Night, Jermichael Finley. Finley torched the Baltimore Ravens for 79 receiving yards to go along with two touchdowns and now has scored all of his TDs on the national stage.

To see how these guys, as well as the other tight ends, stack up in the first round of the fantasy playoffs, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 14 Tight End Rankings.


1. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Arizona

Last week against the Seattle Seahawks, Davis had six receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown. It was the third game in a row that Davis has both caught six passes and caught a touchdown. The athletic tight end has had 100 or more receiving yards in three of his last five games and takes on an Arizona Cardinals squad that has allowed the second-most touchdowns (tied) to opposing tight ends.

Point Projection: 15 points


2. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) vs. San Diego

Witten was targeted a team-high 16 times last week, and he came away with a monster game, catching 14 passes for 156 yards. He has gained at least 100 yards in each of his last two contests, and though he still hasn’t scored since Week Two, keep in mind that only eight other squads have allowed more touchdowns to opposing tight ends than the San Diego Chargers.

Point Projection: 14 points


3. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) at NY Giants

Celek caught only two passes for 16 yards last week against the Atlanta Falcons, but one of those receptions went for a touchdown. His matchup this week is one to savor, because the New York Giants have had trouble with opposing tight ends. They’ve allowed the most receiving yards to players at that position, the second-most receptions, and the second-most touchdowns (tied). He had four catches for 61 yards and a score in Week Eight against New York.

Point Projection: 14 points


4. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) at Dallas

With 167 yards on eight receptions last week, Gates closed in on 1,000 receiving yards for the season (he has 994). It also marked his second consecutive 100-yard game, and the third time in four games that he had at least seven receptions. He’s clearly hitting his stride at the right time.

Point Projection: 13 points


5. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) vs. New Orleans

Gonzalez hauled in eight passes for 72 yards last week in the Falcons dismantling at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles; it was his third straight game with at least eight catches and 70 yards. While those are very solid numbers, he does have a matchup that is not prime. The Saints have allowed just one tight end to score a touchdown, and that was last week, though New Orleans does allow a fair amount of receptions and yards to players at that position, so don’t expect a huge drop-off from Gonzalez.

Point Projection: 13 points


6. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Denver

With just two fantasy football points (three catches, 25 yards) last week, Clark had his lowest point total of the season. And over his past four games, he’s had more than four receptions just once and hasn’t had over 65 receiving yards as Pierre Garcon has gotten more involved in the offense. Still, you have to believe Peyton Manning will continue to look for him whenever possible, though he does have a tough matchup this week—no team has allowed fewer receiving yards to opposing tight ends than Denver.

Point Projection: 11 points


7. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) vs. Green Bay

The Bears decided to cram the ball down the St. Louis Rams’ throat last week and thus had little for a passing game. As such, Olsen caught only two passes for one yard. Yep, a single yard. The Green Bay Packers have allowed the second-most touchdowns (tied) to opposing tight ends this season, though they stymied Olsen in their first matchup, holding him to one catch for eight yards in Week One.

Point Projection: 10 points


8. Kevin Boss (New York Giants) vs. Philadelphia

Boss has only caught three passes over his last two games, but his matchup this week is an outstanding one. No team has allowed more receptions to opposing tight ends than the Philadelphia Eagles have, and only one team has allowed more receiving yards and touchdowns to them. The last time Boss faced Philly, he had three catches for 70 yards and one score. This week we rank him based on him once again finding the end zone against the Eagles.

Point Projection: 9 points


9. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New York Jets

Winslow caught four passes for 69 yards in Tampa’s loss to the Carolina Panthers last week. That was the same game in which Josh Freeman threw five interceptions, and now the rookie quarterback has to face one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, and one that has held opposing tight ends to the sixth-fewest receiving yards, third-fewest receptions (tied) and fourth-fewest touchdowns (tied). Still, with Freeman targeting him as a check-down option throughout this game, it should lead to solid yardage from Winslow.

Point Projection: 8 points


10. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) at Tampa Bay

Keller caught only one pass for five yards last week against the tough pass defense of the Buffalo Bills. Thankfully, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not offer such resistance, at least against opposing tight ends. Only five NFL teams have allowed players at that position to catch more passes than Tampa.

Point Projection: 8 points


11. Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Cincinnati *CHECK INJURY REPORT*

Shiancoe scored a touchdown for the third consecutive game last week against the Arizona Cardinals, but he also re-injured his rib. That led to just two catches for 14 yards overall, and, as of this writing, his status had not been updated. If he’s OK, his matchup is solid; only four teams have allowed opposing tight ends to catch more passes than the Cincinnati Bengals.

Point Projection: 8 points


12. Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) at Chicago

Finley had a huge night against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, scoring twice on seven catches for 79 yards. He now has caught seven passes in two of his last three games but has a tough matchup against a Chicago Bears team that has allowed opposing tight ends to gain fewer receiving yards than all but two other teams. He had just one catch for six yards against them in Week One.

Point Projection: 7 points