Week 13 Rankings (2015): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The injuries piled up this past week, including both Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, while we also wait to see the status of potentially usable options like Martellus Bennett and Zach Ertz.  It significantly hurts the depth at the position, though there are still options to utilize.  Who’s the best of the best?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  2. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Tennessee
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville
  4. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  5. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  6. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  8. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
  9. Scott Chandler – New England Patriots – vs. Philadelphia
  10. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Seattle
  11. Crockett Gillmore – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
  12. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. San Francisco
  13. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  14. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  15. Richard Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  16. Vance McDonald – San Francisco 49ers – at Chicago
  17. Jacob Tamme – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  18. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  19. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  20. Benjamin Watson – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • If healthy there is little doubt who the elite tight end in the game is.  We’ll have to monitor his progress as the week moves on, just in case, but at this point it looks like Rob Gronkowski is going to miss this week’s game.  That makes Scott Chandler a viable option in his absence.
  • Delanie Walker continues to operate as the de facto top receiver for the Titans, generally getting at least 8 targets per game.  That should continue this week against Jacksonville, who he torched on November 19 for 8 receptions and 109 yards.  While it would be nice if he found the end zone (only 3 TD split between two games), it’s hard not to consider him among the best options in the game.
  • Julius Thomas is coming off a huge performance (9 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD), has scored in back-to-back games and should continue to play a significant role given the injury to Allen Hurns.  Fire him up in all formats.
  • Over the past two weeks Kyle Rudolph has become a vital part of the Vikings offense, turning 19 targets into 13 receptions, 159 yards and 1 TD.  The Seahawks have actually struggled against opposing tight ends this season, allowing the fourth most points per week, so he’ll be worth utilizing as a TE1 depending on your alternatives.
  • There is some question as to whether or not Martellue Bennett is going to be able to suit up this week for the Bears.  If he does he will be a usable option, but we’ll have to monitor the news and see how things shake out.
  • While the Buccaneers continue to wait for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Cameron Brate has quietly emerged.  Over the past two weeks he has 8 receptions for 100 yards and 2 TD and has a favorable matchup against the Falcons.  While he’s not a must use option, he could be a plug and play if you need an injury fill-in if Seferian-Jenkins doesn’t return.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 13 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Defenses
Week 13 Rankings (2015): Top 15 Kickers

13 comments

  1. Eric says:

    Hello Professor! Which TE do you like of the three? Heath Miller, Crocket Gilmore, or Vance McDonald? I’m leaning McDonald.

  2. Tyler says:

    Pick 3: Eifert, Delanie Walker, CJ Anderson, and Gio Bernard.

    Thanks!

  3. Eric – I think Gillmore has the higher upside, but it could go either way

    Tyler – I’d go Walker & the 2 RB. If you want to go both TE, sit Bernard

  4. Tim says:

    Trying to decide between Barnidge and Jordan Reed in a PPR league. Or, I can start both but then I have to sit Brandon LaFell, who seems pretty strong this week with all of NE’s injuries. Your thoughts?

  5. Aj says:

    Eifert owner. Trade lafell (don’t need him he’s my 5-6 wr) for Julius or for delanie ( I need to add CIN D but I have Az) ? ROS and this week consideration? I see Julius plays NO in week 16!

  6. chris says:

    need a eifert fill in!!- Crockett Gilmore, Charles clay or whichever TB TE that plays??

  7. Sheldon says:

    Professor, I dropped Diggs and picked up ASJ off waivers. I already have Delanie Walker playing at TE. But I think ASJ can make a difference this week and moving forward. What do you think his stats might be this week? Is he worth playing over Devante Parker and/or Spencer Ware at FLEX? Thanks.

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