1. Rob Gronkowski, NE vs. BUF
We look like we may be on the verge of last year's version of Rob Gronkowski. Gronk scored twice in each of his last two games (something he did four times last season) and he's now had eight or more targets in each of the last three weeks. In five career games against the Bills, Gronk has never not scored. He's now scored now scored eight times against the Bills in five contests.
2. Vernon Davis, SF vs. STL
To say that Vernon Davis has fallen off the map is somewhat of an understatement. To say that he's fallen through a rift in the time-space continuum to a dimension with no football is closer to reality. In the last three weeks, Davis has totaled five catches and 71 yards. That's total over three games. He's simply too good of a player to stay down, and with the bye week out of the way, the Niners have to have devised some new ways of getting him the ball this week against the Rams. St. Louis has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in just the last three games.
3. Jimmy Graham, NO vs. ATL
Welcome back Jimmy Graham. It's almost like you never left us. Graham has now had 63 or more yards and scored in each of his last two games, and he faces off against the undefeated Falcons this week. In the last three games in which Graham has taken on the dirty birds he has scored a touchdown. I like his odds to do so again in the Superdome this week.
4. Owen Daniels, HOU at CHI
A few weeks ago I wrote that Owen Daniels was the best receiver in Houston… over Andre Johnson. It's hard to argue my awesomeness as Daniels has now scored in five of the last six weeks. I've also wrote something just about every week saying how one of the only ways to beat the Bears is with the tight end. That's proving to be a garbage idea since no tight end has topped 37 yards in the last four games. I still like Owens to outduel the Bears for another score this week.
5. Jason Witten, DAL at PHI
So you do realize that Jason Witten is not going to catch 18 balls a week right? We've always liked Witten as a great PPR play, but something about the urgency and impending doom in Dallas seems to have Tony Romo locking in on Witten. In his last seven games, Witten has been targeted at least six times in every game, and had double digit targets in three contests. While the Eagles haven't been bad against the tight end, they did allow Graham to score last week and Tony Scheffler had 81 yards only two weeks before that.
6. Antonio Gates, SD at TB
I'm pretty sure I called Antonio Gates' touchdown last week against the Chiefs too, but that's not really too bold of a prediction is it? On only three targets from the struggling Philip Rivers, Gates hauled in 43 yards and a score. I fear that may be the upside for Gates nowadays, not because of his declining skill, but because the offense is so weak. Tampa is Gates' opponent this week, and they are fresh off of allowing Brandon Myers to score his first two career touchdowns.
7. Brandon Myers, OAK at BAL
In the last four weeks, Brandon Myers has started to establish himself as one of the up and coming tight ends in this league. Carson Palmer is not afraid to chuck the ball his way, as Myers has averaged six catches in those last four weeks. While his yardage totals have stayed consistent in the 50's range, he did finally break the goal line for his first two career touchdowns last week. This week he faces off against a Ravens defense that is about as scary as the undead Edgar Allen Poe (not that scary). Baltimore has been pretty good against the tight ends this year, but in the last three weeks they did allow Jason Witten to gain 88 yards and Owen Daniels to go for 59 and a score.
8. Aaron Hernandez, NE vs. BUF
Congratulations to the new father, as Aaron Hernandez's wife just had a baby this week. How convenient for him to miss practice with the birth of his daughter and not give the sports world an inkling as to how his health is stacking up. My guess is that Hernandez, who has now had two weeks off, plays this week against the Bills and scores a touchdown this week, just as both of the Houston tight ends did last week.
9. Heath Miller, PIT vs. KC
When Heath Miller is not scoring, he's just not all that valuable. Luckily for fantasy owners he's scored in five of eight this season. Last week he didn't manage to find the end zone against the Giants, but hosting Kansas City can cure whatever ails you. The Chiefs have allowed a tight end to score in four of eight games so far, and have had trouble with the elite fantasy tight ends.
10. Tony Gonzalez, ATL at NO
It's now been three weeks in a row in which Tony Gonzalez has been held to fewer than 43 yards, four or less receptions and most importantly, no touchdowns. After scoring in four of the first five, fantasy owners have become accustomed to some scoring from Gonzo. I'm not really feeling it this week though. As I've stated before, for some reason the Saints can stop the tight end. They've not allowed a tight end to reach 55 yards yet this season and only one opposing tight end has scored against the Saints.
11. Jermaine Gresham, CIN vs. NYG
12. Martellus Bennett, NYG at CIN
13. Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. DET
14. Dustin Keller, NYJ at SEA
15. Greg Olsen, CAR vs. DEN