Fantasy Football Week 13: Who's Hot and Who's Not at TE Position?

J FCorrespondent INovember 29, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 13: Who's Hot and Who's Not at TE Position?

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    Top fantasy tight ends in the NFL can be more useful than some wide receivers, but the lesser TEs can be worse than kickers.

    That's why it's important to know who's streaking and who is trending downward in the league as the fantasy playoffs approach.

    Here's who's hot and who's not at the TE position for Week 13.

Hot: Dustin Keller, New York Jets

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    Dustin Keller had a hot start to the season, but then he slowly went downhill and he's been silent for several weeks.

    However, things are now looking up for him after he blasted the Buffalo Bills for 61 yards and two scores in Week 12.

    The Jets will travel to Washington to face the Redskins this week and Keller could put together another solid performance.

Hot: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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    Davis has had two touchdowns in his last three games, but he couldn't find the end zone against the Ravens defense.

    That shouldn't be a problem in the next two weeks as the 49ers have the Rams and Cardinals coming up.

Not: Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins

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    Miami's quarterback situation hasn't help Fasano's reception totals. He hasn't had over three catches since Week 1.

    He does find the end zone from time to time, but owners should only start him they're desperate.

Hot: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

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    Gronkowski has been a monster with six scores in his last four games, becoming the fastest tight end ever to reach 20 TDs.

    Don't expect the Colts defense to slow him down when they visit Gillete Stadium on Sunday.

Not: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

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    Jermichael Finley is the most unpredictable tight end in the league.

    Not because of his talent level, but because he could go off at any time depending on who Aaron Rodgers decides to target on any given day.

    Lately, it's been the receivers claiming all the catches and touchdowns in Green Bay. Finley hasn't scored in three weeks.

Hot: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    Jason Witten hasn't put up huge numbers in the last three weeks except for a 59-yard score against the Redskins, but he still has been productive.

    Things can only get better as the Cowboys will travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals this week. 

Not: Jake Ballard, New York Giants

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    Jake Ballard has dealt with an elbow injury, but fantasy owners would like to see more production out of the Giants tight end.

    He's scored only once in the last five games and defenses have found a way to limit his yardage totals of late as well.

Hot: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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    Antonio Gates has performed well enough since his return from injury and he continues to be a top target in the end zone.

    He has hauled in a touchdown in his last two games and he's a safe bet against the Jaguars in Week 13.

Not: Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

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    The Houston Texans will be relying heavily on the run now that they've likely lost their top two quarterbacks for the season.

    Owen Daniels wasn't having a great year to begin with, but don't expect him to turn things around now even with a simpler schedule coming up.

Hot: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

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    Jimmy Graham has yet to disappoint this season and another 100-yard game in Week 13 could put him over 1,000 on the year.

    The Detroit Lions have played great in pass coverage, but they'll do well to stop Drew Brees' favorite target on Sunday Night Football.

Not: Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts

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    Jacob Tamme has been filling in for an injured Dallas Clark on a weak Colts offense and after a promising performance against the Jags, things are no longer looking up.

    Tamme had two catches in yet another loss to Carolina and now his team will travel to New England.

Hot: Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

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    After dealing with drops and injuries in weeks past, Hernandez has finally put it all together and fantasy owners can only hope he remains consistent.

    He caught six of seven targets from Tom Brady and picked up 62 yards against Philadelphia in Week 12.

    When the Patriots play the Colts on Sunday, expect Hernandez to stay hot.

Hot: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Brent Celek has been on the rise in recent weeks. He's now averaging over 60 yards per game as a larger part of the Eagles' air attack and he picked up 75 in last week's blowout loss to the New England Patriots.

    Philadelphia will play Seattle in Week 13 so expect Celek to have another nice outing no matter who starts at quarterback.