Tight end has been a confusing position so far in 2013, with random names popping up for a big performance or two before fading into obscurity -- Jared Cook anyone? -- so a stellar performance in Week 12 could bring big things to come or nothing much at all.
Best tight end in Week 11
Garrett Graham, HOU (136 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17 fantasy points)
Graham had his first huge game since replacing starter Owen Daniels when Daniels fractured his right fibula, including a 42-yard touchdown reception. It was the most receptions, targets, and yards of Graham's career, finally delivering on the promise some prognosticators called for when he got the gig. With Daniels possibly returning in the next three weeks or so, who knows if Graham can continue his level of performance, but for one week, he was the guy.
Next game: The Texans get to play the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, which is the cause for much celebration. Graham might be for real or he might not, but he could have a big game in Week 12 either way.
Delanie Walker, TEN (91 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15 fantasy points)
After a slow start to the season, Walker now has double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games, a strong series of performances that have him now firmly entrenched as the No. 3 receiving option in Tennessee behind wide receiver Kendall Wright and running back Chris Johnson. He was targeted 10 times against the Colts and caught all 10; both of those numbers -- and the receiving yardage -- were season highs.
Next game: The Titans face the Oakland Raiders in Oakland next week, with a few extra days of rest by virtue of their Thursday night game in Week 11. The Raiders are actually decent against tight ends, so Walker's hot streak could cool off a bit.
Charles Clay, MIA (90 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 15 fantasy points)
Clay is the No. 10 fantasy tight end this season, despite scoring more points in Week 11 than he had in Weeks 6-10 combined. Clay had a hot start to the season, but had cooled off considerably before his big performance -- including a 39-yard touchdown reception -- in Sunday's win over the San Diego Chargers. He now has almost 500 yards from scrimmage on the season, and has been a pleasant surprise at the tight end position.
Next game: The Dolphins host the Carolina Panthers next week. The Panthers have a tremendous front seven, and the Dolphins' O-line is a mess, so quarterback Ryan Tannehill could be looking to dump the ball off quickly next week, which could lead to big things for Clay. But that's the optimist's view, so tread lightly.
Worst tight ends in Week 11
Jordan Reed, WAS (12 receiving yards, 1 fantasy point)
This is "worst tight end" with an asterisk, as Reed left the game after only one catch when he suffered a concussion. Still, fantasy owners started him full of hope, and were rewarded with one point of production. Reed had been very productive leading up to this game so, assuming he's healthy, there is little reason to think he'll fade from production now.
Next game: The Redskins host the San Francisco 49ers next Monday night. The 49ers are stout against opposing tight ends, and the end-of-the-weekend kickoff could mean fantasy owners enter Sunday with questions about Reed's availability. Pay attention, but be prepared to have a Plan B.
Jordan Cameron, CLE (29 receiving yards, 2 fantasy points)
Fantasy's No. 3 tight end this season has had two miserable games back-to-back, with seven catches for 33 yards combined in his last two outings. Cameron is still getting targeted, so it's tough to figure why he's fallen off so significantly of late, but it looks like the huge performances Cameron had in the season's first half might have been a bit misleading.
Next game: The Browns get an intra-division game when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. The game will give everyone a much better idea of what to expect from Cameron going forward. If he struggles again, maybe this is his new reality; if he returns to his glory, then the last two games were the blip.