We continue to see some of the best tight ends struggle through injuries, while other options are in uncertain situations. Who is the best to play at this point in the year? Let’s take a look:
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
- Jacob Tamme – Detroit Lions – vs. Jacksonville
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at San Diego
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
- Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
- Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit
- Kevin Boss – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – at Minnesota
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
- Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at Cincinnati
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Tampa Bay
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Green Bay
- Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Green Bay
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New York Jets
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
- Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – at Baltimore
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Pittsburgh
- Bo Scaife – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
- Jason Witten had seven receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14, giving him three touchdowns in his last two games and 22 receptions in his last three. With Dez Bryant out and Miles Austin struggling, he clearly has entrenched himself as one of the main cogs in the offense and a great tight end option.
- If Jacob Tamme is healthy, he’d be among the elite in the game this week. Unfortunately, the Colts appeared to limit his exposure in Week 14. I’m still going to rank him among the best, but monitor the news to see if you can get a better idea of what their plans are for him.
- Is Antonio Gates going to play? Who knows at this point, which means that I am leaving him off the rankings for the time being. If he’s going to play, he is a must use option, so keep checking the news, but plan accordingly.
- Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez? Nope, still no clarity on that front, huh?
- We’ve been waiting for Owen Daniels to get healthy and produce all season long. Finally, he may have shown us it’s possible. He had five receptions for 91 yards in Week 14 and could be considered a usable option, depending on who else is available to you. I’m not sure I’d use him as my TE1 given the risk and his injuries/inability all year long, but we all know he has as much upside as anyone at the position.
- Dustin Keller has seemingly fallen off the earth of usability, hasn’t he? At this point, with just 12 receptions for 117 yards in his last four games, no touchdowns since Week 4 and only two games with more than 75 yards all year long, I would only consider him a low-end option at best.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Whose too high? Whose too low?
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