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Dan Ciarrocchi of Pro Football Focus breaks down the top 25 options for Week 13 and highlights three breakout candidates.

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There's nothing more refreshing for fantasy owners than a week that produces predictably satisfying results, and that was Week 12 in a nutshell for owners with the usual suspects at tight end. The studs, not the sleepers, topped the leaderboard with huge games from Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis.

But with every team playing this week for the first time since Week 3, there will be a deep pool of tight ends of all investment values to put up points. Let's take a look at a few breakout candidates:


Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars):

He's back! Well, not Cameron, per se, because he never technically left in the first place, but Brandon Weeden did. Now, Weeden is back in action with Campbell sidelined this week, and Cameron's fantasy owners may see their tight end get out of his fantasy football rut. Cameron averaged six targets and 65 yards per game with Weeden in action, but then endured a noticeable decline with Campbell under center.

An uptick in production should be in order this week, especially versus a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has allowed the second-most points to tight ends this season and an average of 69 yards per game. If there was a week where Cameron rights the ship, expect it to be this one.

Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings):

After putting up a few clunkers with Josh McCown under center, Bennett's owners could exhale after the hulking tight end put up 62 yards and a score versus the St. Louis Rams. Bennett has put up gains of 42 and 37 over the past two weeks, and that big-play ability is something that the Chicago Bears would love to include this week against a susceptible Minnesota Vikings defense.

The Vikings secondary is in shambles, and the fact that they have allowed the fourth-most points to tight ends this season and nine touchdowns to them on the year is pretty damning evidence toward that. Fantasy owners could do far worse than take a Thanksgiving-weekend flier on Bennett, who could be in for a feast.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers):

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been torched by slot receivers and secondary receiving options in recent games (see: Rishard Matthews, Harry Douglas and Nate Burleson). With Darrelle Revis occupying the No. 1s and the ineptitude of other corners and safeties in coverage, it's not hard to see the incentive behind other teams' quarterbacks looking for their supporting cast instead of star receivers.

The Panthers love putting Greg Olsen in the slot, and he could be in for a big Thanksgiving weekend to follow-up scoring in four of his last five games, including his previous matchup with the Buccaneers. Olsen has caught 17 passes for 204 yards and two of his five touchdowns from the slot so far, and he finds himself in prime position to pad those totals this Sunday.

Let's take a look at the top 25 tight ends for Week 13:

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski NE HOU
2 Jimmy Graham NO SEA
3 Jason Witten DAL OAK
4 Julius Thomas DEN KC
5 Jordan Cameron CLE JAC
6 Greg Olsen CAR TB
7 Vernon Davis SF STL
8 Martellus Bennett CHI MIN
9 Jordan Reed WAS NYG
10 Coby Fleener IND TEN
11 Tony Gonzalez ATL BUF
12 Delanie Walker TEN IND
13 Tim Wright TAM CAR
14 Antonio Gates SD CIN
15 Heath Miller PIT BAL
16 Garrett Graham HOU NE
17 Charles Clay MIA NYJ
18 Brent Celek PHI ARI
19 John Carlson MIN GB
20 Rob Housler ARI PHI
21 Brandon Pettigrew DET GB
22 Jared Cook STL SF
23 Anthony Fasano KC DEN
24 Jeff Cumberland NYJ MIA
25 Tyler Eifert CIN SD

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