Injury UpdatePoor Rob Gronkowski. He just can’t avoid the injury bug that has haunted him the past couple years. It appears that his knee injury will cost him the rest of the 2013 season. It’s unlikely that any other Patriots tight end will become fantasy relevant due to his absence. If anything, the Patriots wide receivers, along with Shane Vereen, will now see more targets.Owen Daniels, Kyle Rudolph, and Jordan Reed are all still listed as questionable heading in to Week 15. If you are an owner of one of them, I certainly wouldn’t rely on any of them to be in your lineup this week. The Redskins might be the most desperate to get their tight end back, and Reed would have a nice matchup against the Falcons if he did return. The majority of owners are in the fantasy playoffs right now. If you have made it to the second round, congratulations. If you are starting the playoffs this week, I hope our rankings are able to help carry you to the championship.
Dennis Pitta showed up big in his first game of the season with 48 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Cameron‘s play this week was a flashback to his dominance earlier in the season. Charles Clay had two touchdown receptions, and continues to be a versatile target for Ryan Tannehill.
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Q = Questionable, P = Probable
Note: Opponents are always taken into account when ranking players week to week.
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Analysis1. Jimmy Graham – With the injury to Rob Gronkowski, Graham is once again king of the tight end mountain. A favorable matchup against the Rams this week.2. Julius Thomas – He has scored a touchdown in all but 2 games he has played in this season. That is absurd.3. Vernon Davis – He has scored four weeks in a row. Colin Kaepernick looks his way on every red zone trip, and he has a great matchup this week with the Bucs.4. Tony Gonzalez – The yardage isn’t there this year, but he is still lethal in the red zone, and faces the stumbling Redskins this week, who are in even worse shape than the Falcons.5. Jason Witten – He’s been hit or miss this year, but he is still a reliable target in a powerful offense. A pretty good matchup against the Packers at home, not in frigid Green Bay.6. Jordan Cameron – Imagine that. The Browns finally utilize their super-talent at tight end again, and he explodes for 121 yards and a TD. Let’s hope it continues.7. Charles Clay – A great surprise this year. He’s been great. Jordan Cameron exploited the Patriots secondary last week. Maybe Clay can do some of the same.8. Garrett Graham – He has filled in very nicely in the absence of Owen Daniels. The Texans are awful, but this game could be close. The Colts are struggling to score points.9. Greg Olsen – Continues to be heavily targeted. The Jets defense is tough. This game should be a defensive fist fight.10. Antonio Gates – Philip Rivers spreads it around a lot, so Gates hasn’t had the great seasons he is used to. A decent matchup against the Broncos average pass defense.11-15. Coby Fleener has seen plenty of targets. He will continue to be a middle of the pack tight end. Dennis Pitta was great in his debut. Him and Joe Flacco have some nice chemistry. The Redskins offense looks awful. Jordan Reed is dearly missed. Let’s hope his concussion recovery comes to a close this week. If Delanie Walker plays this week, he has a great matchup against one of the worst defenses against tight ends.16-20. Jared Cook didn’t quite have the game against the Cardinals last week as he did the first week of the season, but he is still a decent weapon in the Rams passing game. Rob Housler continues to get a steady dose of targets. Brent Celek didn’t get many opportunities last week due to a snow-infested field and LeSean McCoy‘s dominance, but he has a great matchup this week against the Vikings.