Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings: Ranking the Week's Riskiest TEs

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent INovember 18, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Tight End Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Although TEs are becoming more involved in the passing game as the NFL continues to change, we still have to look at matchups in fantasy football since not too many TEs are overly consistent.

That said, here are the top three riskiest TEs for Week 11 in fantasy football.

3. Jason Witten, Cowboys (at Redskins)

He may be Tony Romo's favorite target but if there's one guy on the Dallas offense that struggles against Washington, it will be TE Jason Witten. For one, the Redskins have a solid LB core that's underrated in coverage.

Also, the Cowboys have a sick ground game with rookie RB DeMarco Murray and with weaker CBs, the Redskins will be more vulnerable on the outside when covering WRs such as Laurent Robinson and Dez Bryant. Witten is the most reliable target, but Washington is well aware of that.

So the first step in slowing down the Cowboys is pressuring Romo while isolating Witten. Now, Washington has no shot at completely blanking Dallas; however, they just give themselves the best odds in shutting down Witten.

2. Ed Dickson, Ravens (vs Bengals)

Even though he's come on quite well this season, Ravens TE Ed Dickson is going to be more of a blocker in Week 11. The visiting Bengals rank No. 10 in pass defense and it's not like Baltimore has been consistently impressive in pass offense.

Dickson has been solid, but the need to run the ball with RB Ray Rice is their best shot at beating the Bengals. Cincy may rank No. 2 in rush defense, but as evidenced from Week 10, Baltimore can't win unless Rice is fed the ball.

Therefore, expect more blocking than catching from Dickson this week and although he'll get a few targets, he's not going to be nearly as productive as last week.

1. Antonio Gates, Chargers (at Bears)

Had it not been for Philip Rivers being turnover-prone and inconsistent this season, San Diego's Antonio Gates would be playing so much better.

Twice this season he's caught eight passes for over 70 yards, but he only has two TDs. Last week, against a weak Oakland pass defense, Gates was held to just 54 yards on five catches. The odds of him increasing that performance against the Bears is unlikely.

Also, much like the Raiders, Chicago loves to run the ball and control the clock. Oakland did that, which limited San Diego's possessions, so the Bears will plan accordingly. Thus, Gates is limited, as the Bears have a solid pass defense.

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