Week 16 TE Player Rankings
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1. Jason Witten (@ Ari)
Believe it or not, Jason Witten has more touchdown catches in the last three weeks than he had in all of 2006 and 2009 combined! He and Kitna are on a serious roll right now and it doesn’t look to stop against a Cardinals defense ranking in the bottom half of the league against tight ends.
2. Jacob Tamme (@ Oak)
With the Raiders being in the lower-third of the league against tight ends this season, Tamme will get his catches and targets no matter what. There’s really no downside with this call.
3. Rob Gronkowski (@ Buf)
Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out, so Big Rob could have the game of his life today. Both tight ends did well in the last match-up (combined for nine catches, 108 yards and a TD), with Gronkowski walking away with the second TD of his career. The Bills don’t have enough of a pass rush for the Pats to have to keep the big fella in to block, so I expect he’ll be out there hauling in passes with one of them going for another TD in this one.
4. Kevin Boss (@ GB)
If anybody is going to make a splash in the passing game this week, Boss might be the most likely candidate. The Packers are tied for fourth worst in the in defending tight ends, so with Kevin grabbing five TDs in the past seven weeks, you should be happy you grabbed him when you did.
5. Vernon Davis (@ StL)
Vernon went for 79 yards on four catches the last time these two teams played, and you can bet your ass he’s pissed off about last week’s one-catch, four-yard performance. The Rams normally do well against tight ends, but Davis won’t be denied in this one.
6. Marcedes Lewis (vs Was)
Lewis is gigantic (6’6”, 275 pounds), even for a tight end, and becomes almost unguardable as one of the more fluid tight ends in the league. The Redskins can’t cover tight ends worth a spit, so start Marcedes with confidence this weekend.
7. Owen Daniels (@ Den)
Owen came back down to Earth last game, but the Broncos couldn’t defend his own mother if they tried, so have a little faith and let Daniels be a part of your Championship run this weekend.
8. Chris Cooley (@ Jax)
Cooley had five catches for 62 yards and a TD with Rex as his QB last weekend. In the 13 games prior, McNasty got him just two TDs. With the Jags being one of the worst in the league at defending tight ends, I’d say go for it.
9. Tony Gonzalez (vs NO)
The Saints sit in the middle of the pack in regards to covering tight ends. Gonzo has had his worst statistical season since 1998 up to this point, but you can bet he’ll be ready to have himself a ball in what could turn out to be the game of the year this Monday night.
10. Visanthe Shiancoe (@ Phi)
The Eagles are the worst team in the NFL at defending tight ends, so Shiancoe has a legitimate shot to produce this Sunday. Webb got him the most catches he’s had all year last game, so at least he’s looking his way.