Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

With Rob Gronkowski out of action fantasy owners lost arguably the best option in the league.  Will Aaron Hernandez step into his role?  That remains to be seen, and that doesn’t help Gronkowski owners anyways.  Let’s take a look at all the rankings and try to determine who the best fill-in could be:

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


  • Rob Gronkowski’s absence obviously causes a huge void at the top of these rankings.  Could Aaron Hernandez ultimately fill it?  Possibly, though we’ve thought he was going to play for the past few weeks only to be disappointed.  If Hernandez is playing, he’ll slide in as a TE1.  However, we’ll have to monitor the news to see if that is going to happen or not.
  • Obviously Jimmy Graham is not your typical tight end, but a matchup with the 49ers is always going to push you at least a spot or two down the rankings.  He’s still a Top 5 option, but with the other elite options with better matchups he misses out on the top few spots.
  • Logan Paulson only had one reception in Week 11, but it went for 17 yards and a touchdown.  Since Fred Davis went down Paulson has been an under-the-radar option, averaging 4.3 receptions and 59.3 yards per game (over three games).  If touchdowns start to get into the mix, he is going to fly up fantasy boards.  As it is, he is immediately an option for the desperate.
  • It was another impressive performance for Brandon Myers, bringing in six catches for 55 yards and a touchdown.  He’s already reached 50 catches on the season, as well as exceeding 500 yards.  He has scored three touchdowns on the season, all coming in the past three weeks (coinciding with the recent explosion from Carson Palmer).  With a favorable matchup and a hot quarterback, Myers has suddenly emerged as a TE1 in all formats.
  • Even without Ben Roethlisberger, you have to like the potential of Heath Miller as a safety valve for Charlie Batch.  While his upside may not be quite as high, he should remain a TE1 in all formats.
  • Martellus Bennett got off to a fast start, but over the past few weeks he has nearly disappeared.  At this point, even in a potential shootout, he has to be considered more of a low-end option.
  • Dallas Clark had seven receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, and has now scored in back-to-back games.  He obviously hasn’t been great this season, but the recent increased role and the ability to find the end zone pushes him up the rankings.

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

Week 12 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 12 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks


  1. jay says:

    play owen daniels or aaron hernandez?
    pick up cecil shorts or justin blackmon?

  2. Randy says:

    Can you rank Shorts, Blackmon, Danario, and Rice us a standard league ROS and would you drop Lloyd for any of them as my fourth WR? Thanks!

  3. jay – I would go Daniels/Shorts for this week until we see what Hernandez can be

    Randy – Danario is my top choice, followed by Shorts/Blackmon. Rice is fine, but that offense is so bad on the road he almost becomes a matchup play.

  4. Cara says:

    So Gronk out and most TE’s avail did not even make your top 25. Here is who did and is avail: Clark, Dressen, Keller, Bennet…
    Which one?
    What a loss!!

  5. Cecily says:

    Aaron Hernandez is officially playing tonight… Should I start him or Jermaine Gresham?

  6. John says:

    Heath Miller or Anotonio Gates at tight end?

  7. Cecily – I probably would’ve said Hernandez (sorry I wasn’t around last night). Wo did you go with?

    John – i would go Gates

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