Week 14 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Let’s continue our Week 14 rankings with a look at the best (and worst) tight end options for the coming week:

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

Thoughts:

  • Brandon Myers is coming off a monster week, with 14 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.  He’s been pretty much a lock for at least five receptions a week and draws a matchup with a Broncos team that has been prone to giving up plays to tight ends.  He should be viewed as one of the better options in the league.
  • Aaron Hernandez made his presence felt once again this past week, with eight receptions for 97 yards.  Sure, it would be nice if he found the end zone but we all know that will come with time.  He’s back to being one of the elite options in the league.
  • For the third straight week Kyle Rudolph found the end zone as he had six receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.  While the Bears defense does represent a tough test overall, it’s clear that Rudolph is becoming one of the best receiving options for the Vikings.  He should be considered a TE1 for the coming week.
  • The role of Dallas Clark continues to grow, as he scored a touchdown for the third time in four games.  While I still wouldn’t trust him as a top option, those who are desperate could consider utilizing him.
  • Jared Cook has clearly become a bigger part of Tennessee’s offense recently, but the Colts actually do a good job of defending tight ends.  It keeps him more as a TE2for the coming week.
  • While it looked like Vernon Davis was really going to benefit from the presence of Colin Kaepernick, things have quickly disappeared for him over the past two weeks.  He has managed just two receptions for 15 yards, while he has been targeted four times.  With fantasy titles on the line, it’s impossible to trust him.
  • Coby Fleener returned in Week 13 and immediately started taking opportunities away from Dwayne Allen.  With both being integrated into the offense it is impossible to trust either for the time being.

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Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 14 rankings:

Week 14 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Recievers
Week 14 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

10 comments

  1. Randy says:

    I have Hernandez as my starter, would you drop Antonio Gates? If so, would you replace him or just use that position to build depth elsewhere? Our free agency pool still has guys like Cook, Clark, Pitta, etc…so I am leaning towards just dropping him. What do you think? Thanks!

  2. Aaron says:

    I have the choice between starting Gonzo or Myers at TE. I am not in a PPR league. Although Myers is projected for more points (ESPN), I fear Palmer may be running for his life all day against the Broncos pass rush. Who do you think is the better start this week? Thanks.

  3. muddy cleats 18 says:

    Clark or Cook?
    Jennings or Marshall?
    Ballard or Moreno?
    also – Rams def vs Minn at home or Lions def at Ariz or Tenn def vs jets in week 15. Since harvin is out I got a spot to stash a def for week 15. I got cleve for this week but do not like them in week 15 vs wash…
    Thanks

  4. Randy – I’d hate to drop the upside of Gates, but given his struggles and the other options availabe I could see it. However, that’s only if you need the roster spot.

    Aaron – Good problem to have, but Gonzalez by a hair.

    muddy cleats – Clark, Marshall & Moreno; As for th D, wihout looking a anyting I’d probably say Detroit, followed by Tennessee, but that’s a total gut call.

  5. Dave says:

    Rotopro, I’m in a similar situation as Aaron – I have Myers tonight or A. Hernandez on monday night. I’m leaning Hernandez in a high scoring affair with JE and RG out, plus Denver has the ability to completely shut down Oakland the way their defense is playing.

  6. Kurt says:

    Really important this week Mercedes lewis Greg Olsen or Dallas Clark I have josh freeman as my qb

  7. chad says:

    I need to start 3 ou of the 4. Hernandez, D.Bryant, Cruz, L.Moore. Any thoughts?

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