Week 17 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

by Will Overton

The number one choice seems like a no-brainer at this point considering the record breaking numbers put up by Rob Gronkowski this season, but only one team can have Gronk, so let’s look at the rest of the top 20 Tight Ends:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers @ Oakland
  4. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots vs. Buffalo
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
  6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis
  7. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions @ Green Bay
  8. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
  9. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans @ Houston
  10. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington
  11. Dustin Keller – New York Jets @ Miami
  12. Jermichael Finely – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit
  13. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta
  14. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore
  15. Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati
  16. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills @ New England
  17. Greg Olson – Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans
  18. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans vs. Tennessee
  19. Evan Moore – Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh
  20. Mercedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis
  • It’s amazing to me that the Patriots can have the number one pass catching wide receiver in football, the best tight end in football who is a TD machine and still Aaron Hernandez is a top four tight end. Over the last four games Hernandez has more receptions than any other tight end in football and he’s only behind Gronkowski in yards.
  • The Cowboys have so many weapons for Tony Romo to throw to that it minimizes Jason Witten’s upside a bit. Witten hasn’t caught a TD in five games, and he’s only broke 50 yards in one of those five games. Witten is still a top tight end option, but he isn’t a lock for the top three anymore. You can’t bench him, but you can question what you’re going to get from him.
  • In the last two weeks Jared Cook has caught 17 passes for 272 yards and a TD. It took a little bit of time to see the potential of Cook come out this season, but he and Hassleback have a nice thing going right now. And with the Titans playoff hopes on the line they’re going to need that connection to help them get in.
  • Speaking of teams in the playoff hunt, the Jets are looking for a big win this week and Dustin Keller could be a big part of that. Santonio Holmes has been very strong lately, but he can’t do everything himself and Plaxico Burress is very unreliable to say the least. Keller will be the possession receiver and after catching 8 passes last week, he could be in line for a nice follow up this week.
  • It has been a few weeks since Scott Chandler has found the endzone for the Buffalo Bills, but he hasn’t been completely non-existent either. In the last three weeks Chandler has caught 14 passes and with the shoddy Patriots secondary coming up this week he should add to that catch total and could end his streak of not scoring.
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  1. Mike says:

    I need some help with who to start this week…

    Dan Bailey vs. Dan Carpenter

    Jared Cook vs. Tony Gonzalez

    I can start 2 RB 2 WR and I have 1 flex…Who should I start in those spots:

    My RB’s are Willis McGahee, Toby Gerhart, Peyton Hillis

    My WR’s are Percy Harvin, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, and Michael Crabtree.

    Thanks for the help.

    • Mike says:

      And if you can tell me why you choose the TE that you do, I’d appreciate to hear what you think. Thanks.

    • Week 17 is so tough, but let’s see what we can do here:

      RB – McGehee & Gerhart
      WR – Fitzgerald & Marshall
      FLEX – Harvin
      K – Bailey
      TE – It really is a coin flip at this point, but with the way Cook has been playing and the fact that Houston could rest it’s regulars makes me lean towards him.

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