Week 10 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Tight ends continue to frustrate us, don’t they?  Just when we think we have one of the better options they seemingly disappear for weeks at a time.  At the same time, some virtual unknown is catching passes left and right and lighting up the scoreboard.  It’s just one of those things, unless you have Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski.

With that said, let’s get to this weeks rankings:

 

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Francisco
  2. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  3. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Oakland
  4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Jacksonville
  5. Owen Daniels – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Tennessee
  6. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  7. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Buffalo
  8. Mychal Rivera – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
  9. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Philadelphia
  10. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – at Seattle
  11. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Baltimore
  12. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Arizona
  13. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at New Orleans
  14. Jace Amaro – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  15. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – at Detroit
  16. Clay Harbor – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Dallas
  17. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Carolina
  18. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Kansas City
  19. Levine Toilolo – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  20. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland

Thoughts:

  • Julius Thomas may have found the end zone in Week 9, but over the past three weeks he’s posted yardage of 27, 33 and 23.  That’s hardly impressive and hard to get overly excited about.  Of course he has 10 TD on the season, but in two matchups with the Raiders he totaled just 73 yards and 1 TD last season.  Obviously he’s a Top 3 option, but given the recent struggles he’s not a candidate for the top spot.
  • When Martellus Bennett faced the Packers earlier in the season he had 9 receptions for 134 yards.  Even with the offensive struggles facing Chicago of late, it’s hard not to like him.
  • After everyone was ready to write off Jason Witten he’s posted 11 catches for 132 yards and 1 TD over the past two weeks.  A lot of that likely has to do with Brandon Weedon being under center, as opposed to Tony Romo.  While there’s hope that Romo will be ready to play it’s hardly a guarantee.  Regardless, given the bye filled week it’s hard not to like Witten.
  • The Raiders Mychal Rivera has 15 receptions over the past two weeks and draws a Denver defense that is tied for the fourth most receptions allowed to TE (49).  While he generally wouldn’t be regarded as a TE1, given the bye weeks, recent production and matchup it’s easy to look towards him as an under-the-radar option.
  • Greg Olsen has fallen off in recent weeks, with 4 receptions for 46 yards over the past two weeks.  Part of it has been due to matchups and things don’t get any easier against the Eagles (fewest points per week allowed to opposing tight ends).  While his upside keeps him as a viable option, he’s hardly a must start for the coming week.
  • If the Jets consistently utilized Jace Amaro then he’d be a must use option this week.  Unfortunately they don’t, including going catchless this past week against the Chiefs.  The matchup is still favorable so he’s got to be considered as a bye week fill-in, but it’s hard to trust him.

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