Week 15 Fantasy Rankings: Best Tight Ends for Playoffs

Ed GrayContributor IDecember 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11:  Jake Ballard #85 of the New York Giants carries the ball against  Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Rank  Name Rec  Yrd  Y/G  Avg  Td  Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski 71  1,088  83 15  15  He just set single-season touchdown record for a tight end.  No Team has been able to stop Tom Brady and him from scoring. He has also rushed for one touchdown.
2 Antonio Gates 53  601  60 11  Do not look now, but Gates is back, catching 23 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games.  The Chargers have been looking a little less clumsy lately.
3 Jason Witten 64  772  59 12  The Cowboys' receiving corps are too hot for many NFL teams to stop, so he is getting some rest.  Still one of the best fantasy starts at tight end.
4 Jimmy Graham 80  1,101  85 14  Has not scored in last two games, but is still one of the most reliable receivers on the  Saints. Finally looked mortal, and perhaps mildly dinged, against the Titans last week.
5 Jermichael Finley 42  600  46 14  May have a bigger role to play in helping the Packers stay undefeated with Greg Jennings out.
6 Jake Ballard 37  589  45 16  Eli Manning is throwing great against nearly everyone in the NFL and Ballard has definitely carved out a healthy role in the Giants offense.
7 Aaron Hernandez 59  607  55 10 Still gets the targets after Gronkowski has had his fill.  The Patriots can spread it around, though he not the same since coming back from a knee injury.
8 Tony Gonzalez 73 812 62 11 7 You do not want to sit Gonzalez right now unless yo have a better tight end.  Did not need him against the Jaguars injured defense.
9 Owen Daniels 51  644  50 13  Great game last week, catching seven passes for 100 yards as the Texans grapple with revolving injuries to their best offensive players.
10 Brandon Pettigrew  62  532  41 89  Lions are passing more with banged up run game. Pettigrew seems to be a reliable part of their offense.  Has 16 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns his last four games.
Rank  Name Rec  Yrd  Y/G  Avg  Td  Notes
11 Kellen Winslow 58  607  47 11  Not reliable but can still have some big games like against the Packers when he caught nine passes for 132 yards.  The Bucs tight end got a two-point conversion against the Cowboys.
12 Vernon Davis 49  548  42 11  Bad game for fantasy owners last week against the Cardinals, catching only one pass for 32 yards.  49ers just could not keep their offense going.
13 Brent Celek 49  517  40 11  Looked to finally be breaking out in the Eagles offense, but not putting up the numbers needed to be a good fantasy start.  Has 18 receptions for 195 yards in his last four games.
14 Dustin Keller 47  620  48 14  Keller is putting up alright fantasy stats with 16 receptions his last four games for 147 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills.
15 Marcedes Lewis 32  385  32 12  Catching some big passes, just not often enough for one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
16 Greg Olsen 43  525  40 12  Not looking great but did catch a touchdown and two passes for 53 yards his last game against the Falcons.
17 Dennis Pitta 31  318  25 10  The Ravens passing game is always suspect, but has two touchdowns over his previous three games.
18 Kevin Boss 22  288  26 13  Came alive against Green Bay, catching five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.
19 Jermaine Gresham 43  452  41 11  Still has a ways to go to consider starting, but has caught 14 passes his last four games for 198 yards and a touchdown.
20 Jeremy Shockey 30  388  32 123  Just two receptions for 10 yards, but had a touchdown last week against the Falcons.