Last weekend, Rob Gronkowski passed Mike Ditka for the most touchdown catches ever by a tight end during his first two years in the league—and his second season isn't even over yet!
That said, here are the weekend's top 30 tight ends, along with some detailed analysis on the five best plays for the week:
30. Todd Heap (@ SF) – IF HEALTHY
29. Clay Harbor (@ NYG – Sunday Night)
28. Leonard Pope (@ NE – Monday Night)
27. Tony Scheffler (vs. Car)
26. Delanie Walker (vs. Ari)
25. Billy Bajema (vs. Sea)
24. Dennis Pitta (vs. Cin)
23. Marcedes Lewis (@ Cle)
22. Kellen Davis (vs. SD)
21. Jermaine Gresham (@ Bal)
20. Visanthe Shiancoe (vs. Oak)
19. Kevin Boss (@ Min)
18. Jared Cook (@ Atl)
17. Ed Dickson (vs. Cin)
16. Brent Celek (@ NYG – Sunday Night)
15. Scott Chandler (@ Mia)
14. Vernon Davis (vs. Ari)
13. Anthony Fasano (vs. Buf)
12. Kellen Winslow Jr. (@ GB)
11. Brandon Pettigrew (vs. Car)
10. Jake Ballard (vs. Phi – Sunday Night)
9. Greg Olsen (@ Det)
8. Ben Watson (vs. Jax)
7. Aaron Hernandez (vs. KC – Monday Night)
6. Fred Davis (vs. Dal)
The Top 5
5. Jason Witten (@ Was)
Witten has been a relatively consistent fantasy play so far in 2011, but last week, the Cowboys didn’t need him in their 44-7 shellacking of the Bills. Owners found themselves a bit disappointed in the end.
On Sunday, in an interdivision road game against Washington, Dallas will most likely go back to using him the way they usually do, which could mean a stat-stuffing day for Tony Romo’s BFF.
The Redskins have been pretty good against opposing tight ends this season, but Witten has faced them enough to know how to beat ‘em, which is exactly what I’m expecting him to do pretty hard on Sunday with Miles Austin still out with an injury.
4. Jermichael Finley (vs. TB)
Considering what fantasy owners were expecting from him when they drafted him, you could rightfully say that Finley’s year has been a bit of a disappointment.
However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that he currently has the fifth-most fantasy points in the league and has actually stayed healthy all year, something that might not have been expected.
Against a Buccaneers defense that allows the ninth-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season, he could end up having one of those huge games owners were, for some reason, thinking he would have on a weekly basis.
3. Tony Gonzalez (vs. Ten)
There’s nothing better than seeing a good guy in the league like Tony Gonzalez put up the kind of numbers he has been putting up in what could be the final season of a long, distinguished career.
At 35 years of age, Tony G. has a touchdown in five of the Falcons' nine games thus far and currently ranks third in the league in total fantasy points.
With the Titans allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, there’s no reason to think Gonzo won’t continue his remarkable swan song this Sunday.
2. Antonio Gates (@ Chi)
Gates has had no less than 54 yards in each of the four games he’s played in since returning from his foot injury. He might actually be able to double that yardage against the Bears this weekend.
On average, the Bears have let opposing tight ends catch seven balls for 70 yards and nearly a touchdown per game against them this season, all of which equates to easily the most fantasy points per game against them in 2011.
The only reason he’s not the No. 1 TE this week is because Gronkowski is about as hot as it gets right now.
1. Rob Gronkowski (vs. KC – Monday Night)
It doesn’t really matter at this point who the Patriots are playing for Gronkowski to do well, but they happen to be playing a Chiefs team that has a lot of trouble covering bigger tight ends and gives up the eleventh-most fantasy points per game to them.
Whatever the case, Gronk is on another big-time roll like he was earlier in the season and simply can’t be denied when he’s playing like this.
Bet on a big one this Monday night.
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