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Week 13 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:18
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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

For now we are leaving Rob Gronkowski off the rankings, as it’s easy to imagine the Patriots sitting him down and waiting for him to be 100% healthy.  Jordan Reed, on the other hand, is a different story as the Redskins need all the help they can get as they battle for a playoff spot.  There’s a chance he plays, so we’ll leave him on the rankings, but have a backup plan in place just in case (and the chance he’s limited does drag him down a bit).  How does everything else look for Week 13?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Seattle
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Atlanta
  3. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Arizona
  6. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Carolina
  7. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  8. C.J. Fiedorowicz – Houston Texans – at Green Bay
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  10. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. Los Angeles
  11. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Dallas
  12. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at San Diego
  13. Vance McDonald – San Francisco 49ers – at Chicago
  14. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Jermaine Gresham – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Washington
  16. Lance Kendricks – Los Angeles Rams – at New England
  17. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New York Giants
  18. Will Tye – New York Giants – at Pittsburgh
  19. Clive Walford – Oakland Raiders – vs. Buffalo
  20. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit

Thoughts:

  • Travis Kelce has been targeted 47 times over the past four weeks while the Falcons have been among the poorer defenses against opposing tight ends all season (60 receptions, 634 yards, 7 TD).  In other words, fire him up as a Top 3 option and the argument can be made he belongs atop the rankings.
  • In the Bengals first game without A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard, Eifert was utilized as a go to target (11).  He wasn’t efficient, with just 5 catches for 68 yards and 1 TD, but the opportunities should continue to be there moving forward.  That’s more than enough to consider him a lock TE1 in all formats.
  • C.J. Fiedorowicz has seen his workload increase in recent weeks, though he still hasn’t surpassed 85 yards and is hardly a lock to find the end zone.  That said the Packers have had trouble stopping opposing tight ends in recent weeks and that should mean there’s a chance he puts up bigger numbers.  Consider him a borderline TE1.
  • In what would seem like an aberration, Antonio Gates went without a target this past week against the Texans.  While we’d expect a bounce back performance fantasy owners are going to have to be cautious with him for the coming week just in case.

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