Week 12 TE Player Rankings
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1. Jacob Tamme (vs SD)
Tamme can expect at least 10 targets in this one because if there’s one thing the Chargers don’t do well, it’s defend the tight end. I’m sure Manning knows this and will look to exploit it on a regular basis Sunday night.
2. Brandon Pettigrew (vs NE)
Shaun Hill loves his big tight end, and with Scheffler possibly missing this Thanksgiving Day game, there’s nobody to stop Pettigrew from racking up a ton of stats this Thursday. New England also happens to be one of the worst teams in the league at defending opposing tight ends.
3. Joel Dreessen (vs Ten)
Owen Daniels has been ruled out for another one, so Dreessen draws another start this weekend. The Titans have been awful at defending the tight end this season, so look for Joel to have himself a nice game for your team.
4. Vernon Davis (@ Ari)
Vernon is back and will look to avenge his one-catch, three-yard outing of last weekend. The Cards give up a TD every other game to opposing tight ends, so bet on this being the one where it happens.
5. Greg Olsen (vs Phi)
If there’s one thing the Eagles don’t do well on defense, it’s guard the tight end. Olsen should be able to reel in at least five catches in this one and probably even a TD if the Bears get close enough.
6. Ben Watson (vs Car)
Watson is the only offensive character on the Browns worth taking a peek at besides Hillis, and with the Panthers giving up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season, he’s definitely worth starting this week.
7. Kevin Boss (vs Jax)
Boss should be the one Manning will depend on to pick up the slack this weekend, and with the Jaguars allowing a touchdown to a tight end every other game this year, Kevin won’t be such a bad play.
8. Jason Witten (vs NO)
Witten hasn’t done much over the past three weeks, but the Saints have been had by opposing tight ends this year. I expect a bunch of dump-off targets from Kitna as the Saints corners blanket the ‘Boys wide receivers in this game.
9. Jimmy Graham (@ Dal)
Graham looked great last week, getting the second most targets, catches and yards acting as Shockey’s backup. If Jeremy can’t make it back into action this Thanksgiving, Graham could be worth a look.
10. Tony Gonzalez (vs GB)
If the Packers can break through a solid Falcons offensive line, Gonzo will see more than his fair share of targets and possibly a TD this game. Otherwise, don’t expect much more than four catches for around 50 yards.
11. Rob Gronkowski (@ Det)
The reason I have Gronkowski ranked over Hernandez this week is because of what Belichick and the Pats showed me a couple of weeks ago against the Steelers. Against teams with a heavy pass rush (as the Lions actually have), they need a tight end in there more suitable for blocking. The more you’re on the field, the greater chance you have of catching some balls. So even though Hernandez may be better as a pass-catcher, Gronkowski is a much better blocker. Also: Gronkowski is 6’6”, 265 pounds and Aaron Hernandez is 6’1”, 245 pounds. ‘Nuff said.
12. Todd Heap (vs TB)
Tampa Bay is pretty good at defending tight ends, so Heap may not be as involved as he has been in recent weeks. Still, with all the injuries and such to TEs this year, he has as good a shot as any to do something for your team.
13. Tony Moeaki (@ Sea)
Moeaki is back from his one-week absence as well and will likely be used right away. Take a chance if you’re hurting at the tight end position.
14. Bo Scaife (@ Hou)
Rookie QBs tend to lean on their tight ends a bit. Add to it that he’s going up against the worst defense at defending his position this year, and you have to take the chance.
15. Zach Miller - Oak (vs Mia)
Miller isn’t completely over his injury just yet, and it showed in his two-catch, nine-yard performance last weekend. He’s talented enough to take a chance on, but don’t expect the numbers he was putting up earlier in the year just yet.
16. Chris Cooley (vs Min)
Cooley continues to see a ton of targets from McNabb, though his production is a little on the light side. The Vikings have been pretty stout against opposing TEs this year, but he might be able to squeak out some decent stats and be worth using if you don’t have anyone better.
There are no teams with TEs on a bye this week