Week 14 Tight End Rankings

Week 14 Tight End Rankings

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1. Brandon Myers vs. DEN

Brandon Myers has been hampered by a minor shoulder injury over the last few weeks, but it surely didn't show in his 14-catch, 130-yard and a touchdown performance last week against the Browns. Myers comes off his best game in his career into a matchup against one of the easiest matchups in the league, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed a touchdown in more than half of their games this season, including one last week to Dallas Clark.

2. Owen Daniels at NE

A frustrating string of one touchdown in the last four weeks has plagued Owen Daniels owners, but things could be turning around as early as this week. On Monday night, Daniels faces a Patriots squad that has been toasted by tight ends this season. New England has allowed the second-most yards to opposing tight ends and have allowed seven touchdowns to the position this season.

3. Jimmy Graham at NYG

I'm wondering if it's a soft "J" and it's pronounced "Yimmy," because Jimmy Graham's play has been exceptionally soft over the last few weeks. In the last three weeks, Graham has only managed yardage totals of 29, 33, and 59 yards, which is significantly worse than the 94 yards he was averaging over the previous three weeks. The Giants have only allowed two scores to tight ends this season, but the bright spot is that they were on the losing end of the 18 reception, 167-yard game for Jason Witten a few weeks back. They're susceptible to allowing a big game and there's no way I'm benching Yimmy in a playoff week.

4. Martellus Bennett vs. NO

Martellus Bennett broke back into the end zone for the first time in eight weeks on Monday night. His 82 yards and a score against the Redskins could help break him back into your fantasy lineup this week too. His matchup against the Saints looks to be an easy one. New Orleans started the season by giving up only one touchdown to a tight end in the first eight games, but they've allowed four touchdowns to the position in just the last four weeks.

5. Jermaine Gresham vs. DAL

Jermaine Gresham has firmly planted himself in the top 10 rankings among tight ends. With an average of nearly 50 yards per game and five total touchdowns, he ranks in the top 10 in both categories, meaning he's pretty much an every week starter. This week he faces a hot and cold Dallas defense. In the last three weeks the Cowboys were beaten by Ben Watson for two scores and Brent Celek rocked out seven catches for 73 yards. So it's not exactly the cream of the crop who has figured out a way to beat Big D.

6. Tony Gonzalez at CAR

In his last seven games, Tony Gonzalez has scored three times, all of which came against the New Orleans Saints. Unfortunately he does not face the Saints this weekend, but a Panthers team that's been pretty decent against the pass. Carolina has not allowed more than 73 yards to any tight end this season, but has given up three touchdowns to tight ends in just the last three weeks.

7. Kyle Rudolph vs. CHI

It looks like Percy Harvin will not suit up for the Vikings again this week, leaving Kyle Rudolph as Christian Ponder's only trusted target. Since Harvin went down in the Seattle game, Rudolph has topped 50 yards and scored in each of the last three games, including a matchup with this week's opponent, da Bears. Chicago lost both Brian Urlacher and Tim Jennings to injuries this week, so this defense doesn't look nearly as fierce as it once did.

8. Heath Miller vs. SD

For the first time in five weeks, Heath Miller had a chance to do his end zone dance, with a dramatic touchdown catch as a part of a five-catch, 97-yard afternoon last weekend in Baltimore. The Chargers are the opponent this week and they're kind of a weird bunch against tight ends. In the last four weeks the Chargers have allowed a tight end to score in three games and allowed 81 total yards to the Denver tight ends in the other contest. Either way, Miller looks like he should have a nice afternoon.

9. Jason Witten at CIN

Last week against the Eagles, Jason Witten grabbed six catches for 108 yards. It was his third 100-yard game this season. Unfortunately, he didn't score… again. Witten has only scored once this season, Week 4 against the Bears, but this weekend he's got a fair shot. While the Bengals are one of the league's best defenses against wide receivers, they're only middle-of-the-pack against the tight end. Cincy has allowed the 11th most receptions to opposing tight ends, something Witten owners, and PPR players, can feel pretty good about.

10. Dennis Pitta at WAS

Dennis Pitta is about to go off. Mark my words. He did not fare well in either game against the Steelers over the last three weeks, but has scored in the two other games he's played over a four-week span. A matchup with Washington is the first in a line of great tight end matchups for Pitta, and since the Ravens need wins to keep their hold on a first round bye, they're going to throw it. The Redskins have allowed the most receptions, yards and the second-most touchdowns to tight ends this season. Slam dunk.

Other options…

11. Greg Olsen vs. ATL

12. Jacob Tamme at OAK

13. Dallas Clark vs. PHI

14. Aaron Hernandez vs. HOU

15. Marcedes Lewis vs. NYJ

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