1. Rob Gronkowski, NE vs. STL (in London)
Shhh! You hear that? That's the sounds of the critics walking away in silence as Rob Gronkowski had 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets last weekend. It's insane to not start him. If you're not starting him, you should get yourself checked out. This week Gronk travels to foggy London Towne to face the St. Louis Rams. The mountain goats have not allowed a tight end to best 45 yards in six weeks, but they haven't faced this offense.
2. Heath Miller, PIT vs. WAS
Heath Miller scored again last week, brining his season total to five touchdowns, which ties him for the most among tight ends. Over his last four games, Miller is averaging six catches and 55 yards, but the touchdowns are what set him apart. In the last three weeks the Redskins have allowed Tony Gonzalez to go off for 13-123 and a score, Kyle Rudolph to have 56 yards and a touchdown and Martellus Bennett to gain 79 yards. Since Bennett didn't score against Washington, he's out of the top ten this week.
3. Tony Gonzalez, ATL at PHI
I imagine that when Tony Gonzalez finally retires that Bette Midler will sing him some sort of song, because he's been good since the Nixon administration. Gonzo's lackluster performance in Week 6 against the Raiders isn't that concerning, but a matchup against the Eagles is. Philly has allowed only one touchdown to tight ends this season, but did allow Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew to combine for six catches and 119 yards last week.
4. Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. TB
It's either that the Cardinals are either really good at defending the tight end, or Christian Ponder was having a Tim Tebow-like bad day passing last week. Rudolph's four targets for zero catches last week against the Cards sucked the life out of many a fantasy team, but hopefully you were playing an opponent with Vernon Davis in their lineup. This week Rudolph takes on the Bucs on Thursday night. Tampa allowed back up tight end David Thomas to score against them last week, let's see what happens when they face off against big Rudy!
5. Dustin Keller, NYJ vs. MIA
Dustin Keller's lingering hamstring injury has finally been Icy Hot-ted into submission, and it showed. In Keller's first full performance, he racked up seven catches, 93 yards and a score against the Patriots last week. Somebody needs to catch passes in New York now that Santonio Holmes is gone for the year. This week he takes on a Miami squad that has not allowed a tight end touchdown all season, but has allowed three TEs to top 60 yards.
6. Aaron Hernandez, NE vs. STL (in London)
While Aaron Hernandez did not score for the first time this season last week, he was a major factor in the offense. It just happened to be Gronk's turn. It's probably Hernandez's turn now, since in his last 20 pro games, he's scored a touchdown in 11 contests. The Rams have only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends and that was to Anthony Fasano in Week 6. I fully expect that number to change this week.
7. Antonio Gates, SD at CLE
After the most disappointing start to his career, Antonio Gates had a nice little Monday night rendezvous with the Broncos in Week 6, going off for 81 yards and two scores. Following a week of rest on the always troublesome and injured "Antonio Gates body," he should be fresh and ready to go this week against the Browns. Cleveland has held a few pretty good tight ends in check this season, but they did allow Jermaine Gresham to go off for a long TD strike in Week 6.
8. Vernon Davis, SF at ARI
Vernon Davis is so cool right now, you might want to call him Miles Davis. Not cool in a good way either, cooled off. Last week Davis did not register one target against the Seahawks. It's like he never existed. It's like Marty McFly disappearing from the photo. I don't love him this week either against the same Cardinals team that held Kyle Rudolph without a catch on four targets last week. The only saving grace may be that Davis probably has been the most annoying person in team meetings after Alex Smith didn't even give him a courtesy toss last week.
9. Jason Witten, DAL at NYG
Jason Witten has now recorded at least six catches in each of his last three games, although his yardage totals have gone from 112, to 88, to 44. Why will he turn it around this week? Because the Giants have allowed yardage totals of 27, to 43, to 89 yards to tight ends in each of their last three games. Something's got to give!
10. Greg Olsen, CAR at CHI
Let's face it. The Panthers entire offense is a mess. The quarterback is getting people fired. They have four legitimate running back options (including Cam Newton) and one of the best wide receivers in the last decade. Why should Greg Olsen matter in this game? Because the tight end is one of the only ways to beat the Bears. The Bears have allowed the second-most receptions to tight ends per game in the league. Opposing tight ends are averaging over six catches. Let's not forget the payback opportunity for Olsen against the team that traded him away for a sack of moldy tangerines just a few years ago.