Let’s keep our Week 9 rankings rolling with a look at the best tight ends for the coming week. Who has the best matchup? Who has been struggling? Let’s take a look:
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Seattle
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Green Bay
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at San Diego
- Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
- Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
- Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
- Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
- Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Buffalo
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Tennessee
- Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at Houston
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Jake Ballard – New York Giants – at New England
- Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cincinnati
- According to nfl.com the New York Giants are allowing the second fewest points to tight ends this season (3.76/game). Then again, they haven’t faced the combination of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez who perform more like wide receivers. Gronkowski has 7 receptions in each of the past two games. Is he the better option than Aaron Hernandez, who is coming off a game with just 2 receptions and 9 yards? Don’t be so fast, as Hernandez has scored in each of his past two games (Gronkowski hasn’t scored since Week 3). Give Hernandez a slight edge, though both are fantastic options once again.
- Vernon Davis has more than 50 yards just once this season (114 yards in Week 3). Over his past two games he’s managed a total of 5 receptions for 35 yards and 0 TD. We all know what his upside is, but right now the 49ers are playing well. Do we think they are going to rock the boat? Consider him a mid-to-low end TE1 for the time being, though he has the potential to be one of the elite.
- The Cleveland Browns are one of the best pass defending teams in the league 171.9 yards/game), but we all know the Texans are going to throw the ball and it has to go somewhere. Look for Owen Daniels to be a major part of the offense even if Andre Johnson does return this week.
- In their first matchup this season Ed Dickson went for 5 receptions, 59 yards and 1 TD against the Steelers (his only touchdown of the season). Is he a must use option? Absolutely not, but he should be considered a good bye week fallback.
- Scott Chandler has 15 receptions yet 6 TD. It makes him look like an intriguing fantasy option, but does anyone really trust him? His value purely comes from his touchdown total and it’s too big of a risk to take.
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