Updated Fantasy Football Rankings at Week 12: Top 30 TE's for the Rest of 2010

Nick CaronAnalyst INovember 27, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys stiff arms Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants as he runs the ball on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Jacob Tamme has moved up to second among tight ends for the remainder of the season. Tamme, who wasn’t even a fantasy consideration going into the season, has filled in admirably for the injured Dallas Clark.

While he hasn’t been quite as successful as Clark normally is, Tamme has caught six receptions in each of his four starts and has quickly become a trusted target of perhaps the league’s best quarterback.

He has battled a slight back injury, but that’s no reason to keep him out of your lineup. Unless you have both Antonio Gates and Tamme on the same roster, he should be in your lineup every week at this point.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has been predictably unpredictable since Jon Kitna took over at quarterback.

In his past five games, Witten has had games with 10 catches, 3 catches, 1 catch, 4 catches, and again 10 catches on Thursday against the Saints.

The biggest concern for Witten owners is how much he’s going to be used as a blocker because it has been extremely difficult to determine how the Cowboys will use him from week to week.

Regardless, 2010 has been a very low production year for tight ends, so Witten is probably still an every-week must-start for owners that have him.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the second half of the season has been New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller.

After an excellent start to the season, Keller has absolutely fallen apart over the team’s past seven games, posting five or less fantasy points in six of those games. Keller caught five touchdown passes in his first three games and hasn’t caught one since.

While Mark Sanchez is looking for Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes more often, Keller has simply not been open nearly as much lately as he was to start the season.

Perhaps defenses are focusing in on him a bit more, but it’s certainly not helping his fantasy numbers. He drops another two spots this week to seventh among tight ends going forward.

 

View all of the Week 12 Rankings for the Rest of 2010:

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

RANKPLAYERTEAMPREVIOUS RANKMOVEMENT
1Antonio GatesSD10
2Jacob TammeIND31
3Vernon DavisSF2-1
4Jason WittenDAL62
5Zach MillerOAK4-1
6Marcedes LewisJAC93
7Dustin KellerNYJ5-2
8Aaron HernandezNE7-1
9Todd HeapBAL8-1
10Chris CooleyWAS100
11Tony GonzalezATL110
12Brandon PettigrewDET131
13Kellen WinslowTB12-1
14Benjamin WatsonCLE140
15Rob GronkowskiNE172
16Heath MillerPIT182
17Jermaine GreshamCIN192
18Visanthe ShiancoeMIN15-3
19Greg OlsenCHI223
20Tony MoeakiKC16-4
21Jeremy ShockeyNO210
22Joel DreessenHOUNR-
23Evan MooreCLE296
24Kevin BossNYG240
25Tony SchefflerDET23-2
26Brent CelekPHI20-6
27Bo ScaifeTEN26-1
28Andrew QuarlessGB27-1
29Anthony FasanoMIA28-1
30John CarlsonSEA25-5