Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The tight end position continues to be a bit of a frustrating one, though we may finally be getting a little bit more clarity as to who we can depend on each and every week.  With a full slate of games the pool grows even more, further helping fantasy owners.  Who are the better options?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Oakland
  2. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  3. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – at Tampa Bay
  4. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Chicago
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  6. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  7. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  8. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  9. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Green Bay
  10. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Seattle
  11. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  12. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Houston
  13. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. New York Giants
  14. C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – vs. San Diego
  15. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  16. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  17. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  18. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Los Angeles
  19. Lance Kendricks – Los Angeles Rams – at New Orleans
  20. Vance McDonald – San Francisco 49ers – at Miami


  • Will Rob Gronkowski play or won’t he?  We likely won’t know for sure until later in the week, so for now we’re going to include him here.  Just make sure you have an alternative plan just in case he’s forced to miss a second game (or word comes out that he’ll be severely limited if he does play).
  • Surprisingly Jordan Reed has been targeted a total of 10 times over the past two weeks.  That type of regressed usage is going to limit his upside, but we all know that he can also become the feature of the offense at any given time.  There’s reason to be a little bit concerned, but don’t lose all hope.
  • While Eric Ebron hasn’t found the end zone, he’s now posted three straight games with 70+ yards (including 92 yards against the Vikings).  With Minnesota allowing 321 yards to opposing tight ends over the past four weeks, putting them among the league leaders, Ebron should continue to be a focal point of the offense.  Plus, sooner or later you have to think he’s going to find the end zone don’t we?
  • Tyler Eifert draws an extremely difficult matchup, but with the Bengals losing both A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard this past week we know he’s going to see an increased workload in the offense.  There’s risk, but he has to remain on the TE1 spectrum.

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses
Week 12 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs


  1. Stephen says:

    Gotta go with two of these WR: Cobb, Shepherd, or Boyd. What do you think?

  2. Krysta says:

    Probably not a coincidence that Jared Cook isn’t on this list…but I am nervous about Brate’s matchup against Seattle. So Cook or Brate?

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