Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries continue to be a significant issue across the league, with tight end being no different.  Jordan Reed may or may not be ready to play, though signs seem to be pointing in his favor (which is why he’s included on the list).  We’ve been waiting weeks for Austin Seferian-Jenkins to return, but it just hasn’t happened yet (he’ll be usable when he does, but at this point we can’t bank on it).  Of course injuries aren’t the only issue, so let’s take a look at how things currently shake out for the coming week:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Denver
  2. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  4. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. St. Louis
  5. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Dallas
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  7. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Carolina
  9. Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  10. Vernon Davis – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  11. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Atlanta
  12. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  13. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
  14. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
  15. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Pittsburgh
  16. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Seattle
  17. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tampa Bay
  18. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  19. Clive Walford – Oakland Raiders – at Tennessee
  20. Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – at Houston

Thoughts:

  • There’s a chance that Jordan Reed misses this week’s game, as he reportedly suffered a sprained MCL in Week 11.  Monitor the news, just in case, but if he’s on the field he’s going to be among the better options at his position.
  • Antonio Gates put up a stinker against the Chiefs, with 1 catch for 6 yards on 3 targets.  That should change this week against the Jaguars, especially with all of San Diego’s injuries and how big of a role the TE has played when he’s been healthy (three games of 11+ targets).  Don’t be concerned.
  • The Raiders defense hasn’t been as bad against tight ends in recent weeks, but Delanie Walker has become one of the best weapons Tennessee has (in part thanks to injuries, in part thanks to the slow development/usage of Dorial Green-Beckham).  Walker has topped 95 yards twice in his past three games and should remain one of the key targets for Marcus Mariota.
  • We wanted to trust Julius Thomas, don’t we?  Despite getting targeted 8 times this past week he turned 5 receptions into just 28 yards and 1 TD.  Sadly the 28 yards represented his second biggest output of the season and while the matchup appears appealing he’s nothing more than a low-end TE1/TE2 option.
  • Kyle Rudolph exploded in Week 11 for 6 receptions, 106 yards and 1 TD.  That’s the type of line we’ve been waiting for, and the matchup against Atlanta (613 yards, 7 TD allowed against opposing TE) would make it look like he’s in position to do it again.  It’s hard to depend on him, but he’s worth considering as a streaming option if you are in need.
  • Vernon Davis played the role of safety valve for Brock Osweiler, something that should continue as the youngster finds his footing in the NFL.  With Davis’ role expanding, he’s well worth streaming in what could be a shootout with the Patriots.
  • Given all of the injuries it wouldn’t be surprising if the Ravens offense revolves around Javorius Allen on the ground and Crockett Gillmore through the air.  Gillmore was the go to option in Week 11, with 5 receptions for 101 yards, and draws a favorable matchup with the Browns (8 TD allowed to opposing TE).

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 12 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 12 Rankings (2015): Top 50 Wide Receivers

18 comments

  1. Sheldon says:

    Hi, Professor! Quick flex question. Gillmore, B. Celek, or S. Diggs at flex this week? Thanks.

  2. Shawn says:

    “Given all of the injuries it wouldn’t be surprising if the Browns offense revolves around Javorius Allen on the ground and Crockett Gillmore through the air.”

    Don’t you mean Ravens instead of Browns?

  3. Eric says:

    Hi Professor! H.Miller, C.Clay, or C.Gillmore at T.E.? Thanks!

  4. Marc says:

    Hi Professor, what do you think? Tyler Eifert or Greg Olson this week? Thanks!

  5. Eric – Gillmore by a lot

    Marc – I’d go Eifert, based on matchup, but it’s a coin toss really

  6. Sheldon says:

    Hey, Professor! Brent Celek or Gillmore? Need one. Thanks.

  7. Thomas says:

    Hi Professor! Jordan Reed or Jason Witten? Thanks.

  8. Luigi says:

    Watson or Jimmy G

  9. Chris says:

    I have Latavius Murray as my flex, but don’t expect much against Tennessee. I have Bortles and Eli as my QBs and was considering picking up either Julius Thomas or Rueben Randle as Flex options to replace Murray. Thoughts?

  10. Kevin says:

    I’m a little gunshy on Antonio Gates following last week, especially given that he admits he’s still not 100%. I started Olsen as my TE, but I’m now wondering what to do at flex. I have Gates, Desean Jackson, and Travis Benjamin, and Vincent Jackson to choose from. Who takes me to the promise land??

  11. Chris – Eh, Murray still offers the most upside to me. I’d stand pat

    Kevin – Vincent Jackson for me, especially with the concerns about Gates

  12. Aimee says:

    Should I start Tyler Eifert or Antonio Gares?? With Ben back, I love the combo but Antinio hasn’t been on the past few game

  13. Leo Grandovic says:

    Gronkowski or Barnidge

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