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Fantasy football rankings, Week 14: Tight ends

Where have all the big scores gone?

In Week 1, eight different tight ends put up at least 10 fantasy points. From that point through Week 9, we had at least six tight ends do the same every week. There were never more than eight, but the NFL averaged just under seven tight ends a week with 10-plus fantasy points.

In the four weeks since, the numbers have fallen. In Week 10, five tight ends reached 10 points. In Week 11, four. The last two weeks, it's been three each (Jimmy Graham, Delanie Walker and Tim Wright in Week 12; Martellus Bennett, Coby Fleener, Jordan Reed in Week 13).

The position, which early in the season was frustrating but reasonably productive, has been just frustrating in recent weeks. Between injuries (Reed, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, Dwayne Allen) and inconsistency (the three double-digit scores in Week 12 combined for one point in Week 13, and that went to the least relevant member Wright; the three Week 13 guys had combined for five points in Week 12), the only person happy with his tight end in your league is the guy who has Rob Gronkowski.

In some ways, that makes the player you pick as your starter even more important. With so few guys putting up big numbers, finding a guy who can do it becomes even more difficult, and therefore even more important. In other ways, though, it makes it a situation where you just throw your hands in the air. "Greg Olsen is off the table? That's fine, he's averaged only 5.2 points over his last five anyway. You know who has the same average in that span? Anthony dang Fasano." You can't really go right, which means you can't really go wrong.

Still, you have to play someone. So you make the best choice you can, and you run with it, even if in the end it's a dart throw. Here are our Week 14 rankings:

Tight end rankings, Week 14

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team Opponent DK DC JD SK
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @SD 1 1 1 1
2 Jimmy Graham NO CAR 2 2 2 2
3 Julius Thomas DEN BUF 3 3 3 3
4 Greg Olsen CAR @NO 4 5 4 5
5 Antonio Gates SD NE 6 4 6 6
6 Martellus Bennett CHI DAL 10 7 5 4
7 Delanie Walker TEN NYG 5 8 10 7
8 Jordan Reed WAS STL 8 6 7 10
9 Jason Witten DAL @CHI 7 13 11 8
10 Travis Kelce KC @ARI 13 9 9 11
11 Dwayne Allen IND @CLE 9 10 13 14
12 Coby Fleener IND @CLE 11 19 8 9
13 Larry Donnell NYG @TEN 12 14 14 12
14 Kyle Rudolph MIN NYJ 16 12 12 13
15 Jordan Cameron CLE IND 17 17 18 15
16 Heath Miller PIT @CIN 15 11 -- 17
17 Scott Chandler BUF @DEN 19 16 15 --
18 Owen Daniels BAL @MIA 18 21 17 20
19 Charles Clay MIA BAL 20 23 16 18
20 Tim Wright NE @SD 14 25 24 19
21 Mychal Rivera OAK SF -- 15 -- 16
22 Jared Cook STL @WAS -- 20 19 22
23 Jermaine Gresham CIN PIT 21 22 21 --
24 Eric Ebron DET TB 25 18 25 25
25 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB @DET -- -- 20 --
-- Anthony Fasano KC @ARI 22 -- -- 24
-- Richard Rodgers GB ATL -- -- -- 21
-- Luke Willson SEA @PHI 24 -- -- 23
-- Marcedes Lewis JAC HOU -- -- 22 --
-- John Carlson ARI KC 23 -- -- --
-- Jace Amaro NYJ @MIN -- -- 23 --
-- Zach Ertz PHI SEA -- 24 -- --