Week 12 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s keep our Week 12 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:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  2. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Giants
  4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
  5. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  6. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Minnesota
  7. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Jacksonville
  8. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – at Philadelphia
  9. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  10. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at Seattle
  11. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Baltimore
  12. Jake Ballard – New York Giants – at New Orleans
  13. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New Orleans
  14. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
  15. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  16. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Indianapolis
  17. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Cleveland
  18. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Kansas City
  19. Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. San Francisco
  20. Kevin Boss – Oakland Raiders – vs. Chicago


  • Rob Gronkowski just continues to produce, doesn’t he? Over his past four games he has 27 receptions for 404 yards and 5 TD (including back-to-back two touchdown games). It doesn’t matter who the other options inNew Englandare, Gronkowski has entrenched himself as the best option in the league.
  • Who still thinks Tony Gonzalez is over the hill or if he can’t continue to produce? He has now scored in three straight games. Over his past two games he has 11 receptions for 145 yards. It’s impossible not to like him for the coming week.
  • Fred Davis should be a good option, at least that’s what we all want to believe. The Redskins’ wide receiving corps has been hit hard by injuries and he should be the best option they currently have. Yet, he hasn’t had more than 50 yards in each of the past three weeks nor has he scored since Week 7. The matchup againstSeattlekeeps him as a TE1, but you are going to want to be cautious with him.
  • Over his past four games Brent Celek has averaged 66.8 yards per game, so he’s finally starting to become a fixture in the team’s offense. We’d all love for him to be scoring some touchdowns, but you have to think if he continues catching six passes a game (he’s had six or more in three of his past four games), that the touchdowns will come in time. Consider him a low-end TE1 for the coming week.
  • Kevin Boss has not been very good this season, but he has a matchup against a Bears’ defense that has been beaten up by tight ends this season. As a low-end option, he’s worth rolling the dice one.

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

Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks
Week 12 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

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