Fantasy owners were dealt a devastating blow on Sunday, when Rob Gronkowski went down with a major knee injury. Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL, ending his season and putting owners in a serious roster crunch during the playoffs. Despite the huge loss, things don't look as bad as it appears. Here are five tight ends that could help you out in a pinch as you continue your quest for fantasy glory.
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (owned in 32 percent of leagues)
Walker missed Sunday's game with a concussion, but he's on track to return in Week 15. Besides being one of Ryan Fitzpatrick's top safety valves, Walker will be facing a Cardinals defense that has struggled to cover tight ends all year. If he's cleared to practice, he has TE1 upside this week.
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (owned in 25 percent of leagues)
Eddie Royal returned in Week 14, and that hurt Green's production, as he saw just one target in a blowout win over the Giants. He has a good matchup with the Broncos this week, and the Chargers could give the youngster some more evaluation with their playoff hopes almost dead. His re-draft value is shaky, but he's a solid Dynasty breakout candidate for 2014.
Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (owned in 16 percent of leagues)
Wright continues to see redzone targets from Mike Glennon, catching his third touchdown of the year last week, but the Bucs' entire offense struggled despite routing the Bills. It was his first touchdown since Week 9 and he remains a boom-or-bust TE2 option. Only for deeper leagues, though he has strong Dynasty stash appeal.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (owned in 11 percent of leagues)
What dislocated hip? Pitta made his season debut and looked 100 percent, grabbing six catches for 48 yards. He caught a critical touchdown with two minutes left that sparked a wild back-and-forth win over the Vikings. Pitta is a much-needed boost to the Raven's offense as they look to make a playoff push and should see plenty of targets down the stretch. He could save fantasy owners missing Gronk during the playoffs. The Ravens play Detroit this week.
Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos (owned in five percent of leagues)
When Wes Welker went down with a concussion Sunday, Tamme stepped in as the slot receiver and did well for himself, finishing with 47 yards on four catches. Welker is unlikely to get cleared in time for Thursday, so Tamme could end up playing the same role against the Chargers' soft defense. Only one year removed from a respectable 52/555/2 season, Tamme is a worthy add for owners thin at the tight end or flex position.