2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 17: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 26, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04:  Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Cowboys 19-13 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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If you look at Jason Witten’s body of work this season, he’s been a solid top-five fantasy tight end. That said, Witten has failed to score a touchdown since Week 11 and has totaled 47 yards or fewer in four of his last five games.

Factor in that Tony Romo will be playing with a busted hand, and you have a tough decision to make if you’ve been starting Witten weekly this year.

As it stands, I have Witten ranked as the 10th tight end for Week 17, because of the injury and the lack of consistent production over the past month. It seems as though the Cowboys are using their three-headed receiving attack at times and going away from Witten, especially around the red zone. Finding touchdowns with Romo under center has been a big problem for Witten in the past, and it will likely be a problem in the future.

Of course, now that I’m on board with recommending you bench Witten, he will likely have over 100 yards and two touchdowns this week.

At the end of the day, if you feel like you need an upside talent in at tight end to win this week, then by all means keep Witten in the lineup, because he still has talent, and perhaps Romo will lean on him more with his injured hand, especially if he’s reluctant to test his arm on deep routes.

Please Note – ** means player could receive early rest on final week.

1 Rob Gronkowski Bills
2 Jimmy Graham Panthers
3 Antonio Gates @ Raiders
4 Aaron Hernandez Bills
5 Tony Gonzalez** Buccaneers
6 Brent Celek Redskins
7 Jermichael Finley** Lions
8 Brandon Pettigrew** @ Packers
9 Ed Dickson @ Bengals
10 Jason Witten @ Giants
11 Greg Olsen @ Saints
12 Jermaine Gresham Ravens
13 Jared Cook @ Texans
14 Heath Miller @ Browns
15 Joel Dreessen** Titans
16 Vernon Davis** @ Rams
17 Dustin Keller @ Dolphins
18 Anthony Fasano Jets

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