TE Playoff Rankings: Shockey Moves Up The Line With Jimmy Graham Out

Jeremy AlpertSenior Analyst IIJanuary 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28:  Jacob Tamme #84 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Wild Card Weekend WR Player Rankings

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1. Jacob Tamme (vs NYJ)

The Jets have been pretty good in defending tight ends this year, but against teams that use their tight end as much as the Colts do (like New England and Houston), they faltered. 

Expect Tamme to come through with some real nice numbers this Saturday night.

2. Jeremy Shockey (@ Sea)

With Graham out, Shockey takes over as the main tight end target for New Orleans and climbs up to the two-spot in my rankings because of it. Brees will depend on Jeremy to regain a bit of his old toughness in this one as the position works as a major cog in the Saints' offensive scheme. 

Look for the Shock Jock to get a good seven to ten targets with a couple of them coming in the red-zone.

3. Dustin Keller (@ Ind)

The Colts have been pretty loose in guarding tight ends this year, giving up an average of five catches a game and a TE touchdown every other week.

Since the first four weeks of the season, Keller has been less than stellar to say the least, but the Jets got him the ball seven times for 79 yards in his last game, so look for him to build on the momentum as Sanchez’s dump-off guy this weekend.

4. Brent Celek (vs GB)

The Packers have had a tough time guarding tight ends this year, so even though Celek has been a big disappointment in the fantasy world this year, he might be able to redeem himself this weekend. 

In his last game in Week 16 against the Vikings (Philly rested its starters in Week 17), he had his best game of the year, catching 10 balls for 97 yards while tying for the most targets on the team with 12. Brent will be looking to work off of that momentum on Sunday.

5. Todd Heap (@ KC)

Heap had another strong season despite missing three games, and could be depended on a bit in this Wild Card showdown. With his 15.0 yards-per-catch average and red-zone ability, he might be able to do some damage against a Chiefs defense that has been strong against opposing tight ends all year.

Other than that, he also happens to be my girlfriend's cousin, so do it up, Todd!

6. David Thomas (@ Sea)

Thomas is a fine young tight end who will have no problem filling in as the second tight end option in this offense.  Drew actually likes him quite a bit, so expect David to get a handful of targets despite being behind Shockey in the pecking order.

7. Andrew Quarless (@ Phi)

The Eagles tied for last in the league in allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Even though Quarless is no Jermichael Finley, he does have some skills as a receiver, so despite his rookie status, he might be able to grab a few balls and maybe even a TD if he’s lucky.

8. Tony Moeaki (vs Bal)

The Ravens are the best team in the playoffs at defending tight ends, so don’t expect too much here, especially with Tony being a rookie and all.

9. John Carlson (vs NO)

Carlson was supposed to be a major focus for the Seahawks offense this year, with the key phrase being “supposed to be”. He’s played a bit better as of late, but I still wouldn’t expect much, even with the Saints giving up five catches a game to opposing tight ends.

10. Donald Lee (@ Phi)

Lee is a grizzled veteran who will certainly see his fair share of action this Sunday, but his skills are more as a pass-blocker than a receiver. Despite his grabbing two touchdowns the last couple of weeks, don’t expect too much, as he only has 11 catches on the season.

11. Ed Dickson (@ KC)

Dickson has a great future and will eventually take over for Heap, but it’s hard to depend on a rookie come playoff time.

12. Cameron Morrah (vs NO)

Morrah was good for a minute there a few weeks back, but has since disappeared.

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