Fantasy Football 2012, Week 14: Tight End Rankings

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Here it is. The big show. Week 14 marks the beginning of fantasy playoffs in most standard leagues. This is a dangerous time for fantasy owners when setting their lineups. Bottom line: set the lineup that will give you the maximum amount of points. This isnt a time to get attached to big names, or to start a guy for sentimental or historical reasons. This is most evident at the TE position. It is time to sit guys like Vernon Davis and Antonio Gates in favor of up and comers like Brandon Myers and Jacob Tamme.


  • I am a fan of Brandon Myers. Just last week I highlighted him in my rankings as a solid guy who will give you consistent production. Myers then proceeded to make me look like a genius to the tune of 14 catches, 130 yards, and a TD. But lets not overreact to one performance. I have seen that some sites are ranking Myers as high as a top 3 TE. While I do think he has firmly entrenched himself as a top 10 guy, there is no way he has entered elite status because of one huge week.
  • Jacob Tamme makes for an interesting player down the stretch. In no way am I overreacting to one big game where he caught 9 passes for 89 yards. I am more interested in the way that the Broncos chose to employ him in week 13. Instead of lining up as a traditional Tight End, Tamme spent quite a few snaps lining up out of the slot position where he can work the middle of the field. This game-plan will result in more catches and more general offensive involvement for Tamme.
  • Jermichael Finley has been the bane of my fantasy existence in 2012. In the pre-season I was talking up Finley to anybody who would listen, and even featured him in many of early season Tight End rankings. But the fact is, for a majority of the season Finley has been unplayable. With that being said, it might be time forgive and forget and give him a second chance All reports point to a healthy Finley that is starting to regain a connection with QB Aaron Rodgers. Finley has broken 50 yards receiving for 3 straight weeks and even was the recipient of 6 catches in week 13. All the things that drew me to him in the pre-season are again drawing me in: the great offense, wide open field, and elite QB. I think he could be a starting caliber TE down the stretch into the playoffs.
  • You can do so much worse then Martellus Bennett. I was thrilled to get him in one of my leagues in the aftermath of losing Rob Gronkowski. I know he has been inconsistent at times, but that is really the nature of the TE position. The bottom line is that he plays in an elite offense, with an elite QB, and two great WRs on the outside to take pressure off the middle. While I dont expect him to perform as well as he did in week 13, Bennett makes for a rock solid play this week against the Saints.
  • I dont think you can trust Antonio Gates or Vernon Davis anymore. At this point, you need to make sure that you get something out of your TE spot, and these guys have been consistently bad. While based on talent their upside remains high, I would much rather go with a safer choice during the playoffs.
  • My rankings of Jermaine Gresham and Kyle Rudolph and Greg Olsen are based on the assumption that they are healthy enough to play. Obviously you need to check their status before game time if you plan on using them.

Tight End Rankings


Jimmy Graham


Tony Gonzalez


Aaron Hernandez


Jason Witten


Owen Daniels


Heath Miller


Brandon Myers


Jermaine Gresham


Martellus Bennett


Kyle Rudolph


Jacob Tamme


Jermichael Finley


Brandon Pettigrew


Greg Olsen


Vernon Davis


Antonio Gates


Dallas Clark


Jared Cook


Marcedes Lewis


Scott Chandler


Dennis Pitta


Brent Celek


Ben Watson


Dwayne Allen


Tony Moeaki


Coby Fleener


Joel Dreessen


Dustin Keller


Rob Housler


Lance Kendricks

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