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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 tight ends to target for Week 12

Some quarterbacks are having a tough time getting the ball down the field, so that bodes well for tight ends. We break down the fantasy implications.

Tight end is such a weird position. There's really no way to overstate how important Rob Gronkowski is in fantasy. If we were able to go back in time and have a re-do of the top-15 picks, there's a very good chance most people would want Gronk first. Almost every early-round RB in fantasy is either out for the year or struggling big time. Andrew Luck has been horrible and is hurt, and Aaron Rodgers isn't the same guy.

If you don't have Gronk, there's probably only a 20 percent chance you're happy with the tight end you drafted -- Cincinnati Bengals Tyler Eifert and Carolina Panthers Greg Olsen are the only guys worth their ADP in 10-team leagues.

Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore Ravens (owned in 22 percent of leagues)

The Ravens are in deep trouble. Quarterback Matt Schaub is going to get the start the rest of the year with Joe Flacco out. Based on his past, Schaub should be targeting his tight ends a lot. He is not good at deep passes and the Ravens are razor thin at receiver right now.

Gillmore is coming off a nice Week 11 with 101 receiving yards on his eight targets. He's fairly close to a must-own tight end in 12-team leagues.

Vernon Davis, Denver Broncos (owned in 55 percent of leagues)

He's on his way to more touches now. On Sunday, he matched his season-high six catches on his six targets to go with a season-high 68 yards. Clearly, the Broncos are going to use him more with quarterback Brock Osweiler, who doesn't quite throw the ball outside the numbers like Peyton Manning did.

Davis has some risk, but he's a solid pickup to see what happens. He has the talent to be a difference maker.

Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (owned in 47 percent of leagues)

For whatever reason, Aaron Rodgers can't get the ball down the field like he used to. That means there should be more chances for Richard Rodgers. He has three scores in his last three games and has been targeted five times or more in each of his last three.

Looking at the schedule, he has some very good matchups against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys in his next three. Rodgers scored a TD against the Lions in Week 10 and that was when Aaron was way off his game. He's worth a look if you hate your TE right now.

Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (owned in 1 percent of leagues)

The Eagles almost certainly won't have Zach Ertz this Thursday for Thanksgiving. That means Celek should be heavily targeted against the Detroit Lions, who are the eighth-best matchup for fantasy tight ends. Celek probably won't have value beyond this week, but he should put up top-eight value for Week 12.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in 27 percent of leagues)

For the past four weeks, ASJ was expected to return. Well, he hasn't and the Bucs haven't really missed him. Quarterback Jameis Winston is coming off his best game with five TDs while his receivers are healthy for the first time in a long time. ASJ is more of a stash because you can't use him this week.

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