Week 16 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Who are the best tight ends to depend on this week?  Let’s take a look, as some of the bigger names continue to disappoint fantasy owners:

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

Thoughts:

  • The knock against Jason Witten is always his issue in finding the end zone.  However, he did score against the Steelers in Week 15 and draws a Saints defense that is susceptible to the pass both for yardage (287.0 yards per game) and touchdowns (27).  He has 31 receptions in his past four games and should continue to be viewed among the elite at his position.
  • Considering there was a chance that Rob Gronkowski returned in Week 15, it is a pretty good bet he plays in Week 16.  How well will he perform?  How will his return affect Aaron Hernandez?  Those questions that we’ll have to answer, but if he does play I would still assume both will be Top 5 options.
  • We all know Jimmy Graham is among the best tight ends in the league.  However, over the past four weeks all he has is 24 receptions, 246 yards and a touchdown.  I know, “only”, but the numbers are not quite up to the standard we have become accustomed to.  That and a tougher matchup with the Cowboys keep him outside of the Top 3 for one of the rare times this season.
  • Owen Daniels is among the best tight ends in the league, but he hasn’t been producing much over the past four weeks (19 receptions for 184 yards and 1 TD).  While he always has the potential to breakout, keeping him a viable option, the recent performance suppresses his spot on the rankings at least a little bit.
  • After virtually disappearing in Week 14 (1 receptions for 7 yards), Brandon Myers once again was a non-factor in Week 15 as he had two receptions for 15 yards on only four targets.  While we would expect the team to pass the ball significantly more this week against the Panthers, the team continues to try and get a look at its younger skill players.  That could continue to limit Myers, who had been a breakout performer earlier in the year.
  • Expectations are that Brent Celek is going to return for Week 16, but with just one touchdown on the season it is going to be hard to depend on him for your fantasy finals.  Look elsewhere due to the risk.
  • Against the Titans, could Jermichael Finley have a big day?  There’s going to be the opportunity, though his numbers this season certainly doesn’t warrant depending on him.

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5 comments

  1. AP says:

    Championship! Lots of important decisions to be made.. standard league, need to pick 2RB, 2WR, 1 FLEX (WR/RB) from the following:

    RB: spiller, gore, moreno, dwyer, ballard
    WR: roddy, cruz, garcon, danario

    TE: Owen Daniels. Moderately disappointing recently, but I feel like I have to stick with him? Only higher ranked guy available is Pitta..

    DEF: I have SF but not sure about playing them against Seattle. I’m trying to get the Pats D on waiver– you think that’s a better play? (against Jax)

  2. Mike W says:

    Do I go with Heath Miller or Dennis Pita? And why do you think so?

  3. AP:
    rB – Spiller & Moreno
    WR – White & Cruz
    FLEX – Gore
    TE – Go with your gut here
    D – Absolutiely the Pats

    Mike W – I go Miller because I think Roethlisberer is going to make a concerted efforts to get him the ball after last week. I also don’t trust Flacco right now.

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