1. Antonio Gates at DEN
The Broncos are the NFL's worst team at defending the tight end. Much of that is due to the murderer's row of tight ends they have faced this season. Each of the following tight ends have scored against the Broncos this season: Heath Miller, Tony Gonzalez, Owen Daniels, Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen (twice) and Antonio Gates (also twice). Denver has also allowed a tight end to top 100 yards in each of the last two weeks.
2. Jimmy Graham at OAK
Jimmy Graham has busted back into your fantasy heart in a big way. He's now scored in three straight weeks and was on the winning end of a seven-catch, 146-yard and two touchdown performance against the Falcons last week. It was like TE Christmas in the Bayou last weekend. This week he faces off against an Oakland team that allowed Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson to combine for seven receptions, 126 yards and ascore last week.
3. Rob Gronkowski vs. IND
Only A.J. Green has more receiving TDs in the NFL this season than Gronk. The dude is Gronk-tastic. He's now scored a Gronk-tacular five times in his last three games. Last year he scored twice in his only meeting with the Colts, but this season Indy has been tough against TEs. Kyle Rudolph is the only TE to score against the Colts and Jared Cook has the high-water mark for yardage with a paltry 45 yards.
4. Tony Gonzalez vs. ARI
After three straight games of 42 or fewer yards and no scores, Gonzalez came back in a big way with an 11-catch, 122-yard and two touchdown performance against the Saints. If this is truly the swan song for the Great Gonzo, I fully expect the Falcons to utilize his talents. This week Gonzo faces an Arizona team that just allowed Tom Crabtree to sprint away with a 72-yard touchdown catch.
5. Greg Olsen vs. TB
In what was a huge week for tight ends in general, perhaps the most surprising game came from Greg Olsen, who racked up 102 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches against the Broncos. If you read the Antonio Gates blurb above, you'd probably realize that the Broncos are the worst in the league against the TE. Tampa Bay isn't too far behind. The Bucs have allowed four TE touchdowns in their last four games.
6. Jason Witten vs. CLE
The Browns are bad at quite a few things, but the team seems to not allow tight end touchdowns for some reason. In their last 20 games Cleveland has only given up three tight end scores, but in that time only three tight ends have had more than four receptions. Enter Jason Witten, who is averaging over nine receptions per game over the last six weeks. We'll see which side of the ball is telling the truth this week.
7. Heath Miller vs. BAL
In his last three weeks Heath Miller has had exactly four catches in each game and had yardage totals of 46, 47 and 48 yards. In the first of those three games he scored, which redeems his value somewhat, but in the latter two he was held out of the end zone. We're not sure what to make of the dip in production, nor do we know how to read Byron Leftwich starting at quarterback. The Ravens have only allowed one TE to score this season, so there are far too many clouds surrounding this matchup to see it clearly. He's still start-able over most available TEs though.
8. Jermaine Gresham at KC
After a 108-yard performance against Denver and a touchdown last week against the Giants, Gresham is getting a little steam as we head into fantasy crunch time. What you know you'll get with Gresham is consistency. He's never had fewer than three receptions this season, but never more than six. The Bucs have allowed every starting tight end they've faced in the last month to gain between 40 and 50 yards. I like Gresham to do just that and add in a score as the Bengals run it up.
9. Dustin Keller at STL
Keller owners need to hope that Mark Sanchez hangs on to the job in the Big Apple, because Keller has been the dirty quarterback's go-to guy since he's been healthy. In his last three games, Keller is averaging almost eight targets per game and has had seven receptions in two of his last three. In Tim Tebow's 11 games starting for the Broncos last season, the Broncos' tight ends combined for only 15 receptions and only two scores. As long as Sanchez is starting, Keller has value, if and when Tebow gets the ball, drop him immediately.
10. Brandon Myers vs. NO
Last week Brandon Myers suffered a concussion just as his star began to rise in the sky. If you were watching any games on FOX, Myers' name was scrolling by as a top fantasy pick up on the ticker. Provided that he clears his concussion screens and plays this week he faces off against a Saints team that just let Tony Gonzalez dunk a football over the crossbar twice last week. Carson Palmer is going to pass like crazy against the Saints this weekend, so if Myers is healthy he's a great play.
11. Owen Daniels vs. JAC
12. Brent Celek at WAS
13. Dwayne Allen at NE
14. Tom Crabtree at DET
15. Dennis Pitta at PIT