Week 13 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

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


  • With the San Francisco 49ers playing a Rams’ team that has been extremely porous against the run, coupled with Vernon Davis’ unpredictable production, means Davis drops down these rankings.  It’s hard to say that he’s a must play, since you really don’t know what you are going to get, but he certainly has the upside that makes him worth using.
  • Antonio Gates is getting things back on track, isn’t he?  He has scored in three of his past four games and four of his past six.  He may not be as explosive, having not had a 100+ yard receiving game since Week 8 of the 2010 season, but constantly being a focus in the red zone alone makes him a great option against Jacksonville.
  • Houston’s passing defense has been lights out this season (175.8 passing yards per game, 11 TD, 15 INT).  It’s not just receivers that they have been shutting down, either.  According to nfl.com they are among the five best teams in fantasy points allowed to tight ends per game.  Tony Gonzalez, who has been a great option this season, has to be moved down the rankings for this week.
  • I can’t get too excited about Dustin Keller picking up two touchdowns in Week 12.  He hadn’t scored since Week 2 and hasn’t had more than 64 yards in a game since Week 3.  He remains more of a TE2 in my book.

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

Week 13 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses
Week 13 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers


  1. Dan says:

    I am in 5th place in my league but the 5th 6th and 7th places are 6-6 and this is the last week to get into the playoffs. It is only 6 team playoffs. My team
    QB-Rivers, Orton but V. Young is on the waiver wire
    RB-Forte, Ray Rice, Hillis, Tate,Mcknight
    WR-Fitz, Lloyd, L. Robinson, Wayne
    TE- Finley, F. Davis
    I am getting sick of Finley, but I keep starting him cause he can always go off. Whcih TE to I start this week?
    WR I am going to start Rice and Forte and Lloyd and Fitz now who do I start at the flex? I am still thinking Robinson
    And Do I pick up Young to start at QB or go with Rivers?

    • If you aren’t using Young this week it’s not really worth it. Chances are Vick is back next week, meaning Young will be worthless.

      As for the TE, both are good plays but, like you said, Finley’s potential is too great (especially after we saw the Giants get torched last week by Jimmy Graham).

      As for the FLEX, I agree on Robinson as he brings the most upside potential.

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