Week 11 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Week 10 saw numerous tight ends post impressive numbers.  Who will be this week’s surprising performer?  Which struggling tight end may right the ship?  How should we value top tight ends who are banged up?  Let’s try to answer all of these questions with our Week 11 rankings:

  1. Rob Gronkowki – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Oakland
  3. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  4. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Cleveland
  5. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  6. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  7. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Indianapolis
  9. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at St. Louis
  12. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Chicago
  13. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Kansas City
  14. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. New Orleans
  15. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at New England
  16. Joel Dressen – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  17. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Detroit
  18. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. Green Bay
  19. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  20. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  21. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  22. Lance Kendricks – St. Louis Rams – vs. New York Jets
  23. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cincinnati
  24. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  25. Logan Paulson – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia


  • Antonio Gates has scored a touchdown in three of his past four games (four touchdowns total).  Taking on a Broncos’ team that has been among the worst defending tight ends (including seeing Greg Olsen go for nine receptions, 102 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10), you have to think that another good day is in his future.
  • With Antonio Brown likely out once again (as well as the possibility of Ben Roethlisberger missing the game), fantasy owners have to like the prospects of Heath Miller.  No longer just a red zone target, Miller has emerged as one of the better tight ends in the league and should be a focal point once again.
  • Will Aaron Hernandez play this week?  Everyone expected him to return in Week 10, after the Patriots’ bye week, but that failed to happen.  Obviously we have to believe that the Patriots are waiting for him to be 100% healthy, so if he is on the field we can expect big things.  That said, New England has numerous other options so there is never a guarantee he gets a ton of targets.  He’s a TE1, but be cautious depending on your alternatives.
  • Brent Celek has scored a touchdown in three of his past four matchups against the Redskins.  Throw in that Nick Foles is leading the Eagles, meaning he could be a great safety valve.  He’s well worth using as a TE1, especially against a Redskins team that struggles against the pass.
  • After scoring four touchdowns in his first three games, Vernon Davis has now gone five straight games without finding the end zone.  Unless that changes, he’s a low-end option with unlimited potential.
  • Owen Daniels has always been injury prone, so seeing him miss Week 10 is a major concern.  We’ll include him on the rankings, but make sure to monitor the news just in case he needs an additional week to heal.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 11 rankings:

Week 11 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 10 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers


  1. Randy says:

    I know this isn’t a WR article, but would you consider dropping Brandon Lloyd for someone like Sidney Rice, ROS (standard league)? I feel like Lloyd is “safe”, but he hasn’t really blossomed like I had hoped. He is my 4th WR (I have AJ Green, Harvin, and Dez), so I can afford to gamble a bit. No one trades in this league, so it’d be a straight up drop.

    Also, can you rank Hartline, Amendola, and Desean Jackson ROS in a standard league? I have to drop one of them too (again, no one trades). Thanks!!

    • Randy says:

      In the league where I have Hartline, etc…my top 3 WRs are Jordy, Julio, and Nicks (in case it matters). Thanks again!

    • Hartline is my least favorite of the three, by far.

      As for dropping Lloyd for Rice, I am not the biggest fan of either, honestly. I would lean Lloyd, based on upside, but he is unpredictable (though he also will definitely be scooped up).

  2. jay says:

    I had to sit both my te’s this past week(Luckily I still won), I hope I dont have to again. Aaron Hernandez or Owen Daniels this week?

  3. Joe says:

    So sad with Vernon Davis…Could’ve traded him early on but believed in him, now he’s not doing much

  4. Torch says:

    Anticipating a drop/increase in H. Miller’s production with Leftwich in for Big Ben? Keller and Rudolph are sitting on waivers – don’t usually like to use a roster spot for a back up TE, but might be worth it……thoughts?

    • I would still trust Miller, at least for now. Leftwich could go safe, which means more short passes for Miller.

      If you wanted to roster a backup, though, I’d go Keller over Rudolph at this point.

  5. muddy cleats 18 says:

    who has the better matchupthis week – Miller or Olsen? like your thoughts on Miller – I was thinking he was toast with Leftwich in there but maybe not….

  6. brian says:

    Would you recommend taking Celek with his match-up or going with Keller because he’s the only real, viable option for NYJ?

  7. Cara says:

    Wow!! Just lost Gronk :( Any good TE pickups that may be on waivers?? Also most likely nee to replace Amendola if you have an ideas for backups there..

  8. Triz says:

    I’m in the same situation as Cara. I don’t need to win the next two weeks though so I am wondering if I should just wait to pick up a TE till the playoffs? Then I could see who I can drop least painfully from my bench (and see how my injured guys come back).

    QB: Eli Manning, Luck

    RB: CJ Spiller, Donald Brown, Mathews, Ahmad Bradshaw, Fred Jackson, Beanie Wells

    WR: Calvin Johnson, Stevie Johnson, Percy Hervin, Antonio Brown, Danario Alexander

    TE: :(

    D/ST: Bears

    K: Tucker

    I don’t want to lose any of them! :(

    Top TEs from your list currently available for waivers tomorrow: Celek, Myers, Dressen, Pitta, Allen (I’m last in the waiver order though).


  9. Cara – Who is available on waivers? Give me a few of the top names and we can find someone.

    Triz – I don’t blame you with not wanting to let any of them go, but you may not have a choice. Myers is probably the best option, followed by Celek. Jackson (I know your not going to cut him) or Wells is probably the best players to cut at this point.

    • Triz says:

      It’s just such a bad time to be dropping Wells. He might come back strong or with nothing! (And I’m not dropping any Bills! That would be like a lack of faith!)

      What about Donald Brown? He didn’t play that well last game – will he ever turn it around enough that I’d actually start him?

      • Triz says:

        (yes yes, I am remembering I drafted Ballard on your advice and dropped him against it, but I think that was so I could pick up Fred Jackson, so).

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