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Week 11 Rankings

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week 11 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at OAK -
2 Rob Gronkowski vs. IND Questionable (hip)
3 Antonio Gates at DEN -
4 Tony Gonzalez vs. ARZ Probable (shoulder)
5 Jason Witten vs. CLE -
6 Greg Olsen vs. TB -
7 Vernon Davis vs. CHI -
8 Owen Daniels vs. JAC Questionable (hip)
9 Jermaine Gresham at KC -
10 Brent Celek at WAS -
11 Brandon Myers vs. NO Probable (concussion)
12 Dustin Keller at STL -
13 Heath Miller vs. BAL -
14 Dwayne Allen at NE -
15 Scott Chandler vs. MIA -
16 Brandon Pettigrew vs. GB -
17 Jermichael Finley at DET Probable (shoulder)
18 Dennis Pitta at PIT -
19 Joel Dreessen vs. SD -
20 Logan Paulsen vs. PHI -
21 Anthony Fasano at BUF -
22 Jacob Tamme vs. SD -
23 Marcedes Lewis at HOU -
24 Rob Housler at ATL -
25 Dallas Clark at CAR -

TE Notes: Jimmy Graham’s production has increased each game since returning from an ankle injury. He’s coming off the highest single-game output of his career, and the Raiders allow eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Gates is averaging a touchdown per over the past four games. He drew a defensive holding penalty and should have had a pass interference call deep down the field to bolster a 4/57/1 outing at Tampa Bay. No defense has been more generous to fantasy tight ends than the Broncos this season, fresh off a career-best 9/102/2 line for Greg Olsen. Gates burned Denver for two scores in the previous meeting.

Only twice since the 1970 merger has an over-30 tight end gained the most receiver yards, and it was Tony Gonzalez both times (2007-08). He’s on pace to do it again this season. Against the Saints last week, he put on a clinic of how to use a tight end’s size to wall off defenders at the sticks and in the end zone. … Hernandez reportedly looked fine running at full speed in last week’s practices. Barring a setback, I would expect him to play versus the Colts.

Update: NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable) is expected to miss Week 11 against the Colts.

A top-five fantasy tight end over the past three weeks, Olsen enjoys his third straight plus matchup versus the Bucs. … Vernon Davis has disappeared of late because defenses game-planning to take away the 49ers’ most dangerous weapon in the passing game. Brian Urlacher admitted last week the Bears don’t scheme for tight ends. The matchup is right for Davis to get back on track.

Gresham may be more lumbering than he was billed coming into the NFL, but he’s had a touchdown or 60+ yards in four of the past five games. … With possession receiver Jason Avant (hamstring) out, Nick Foles may have to lean more heavily on Brent Celek versus a Redskins defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Myers practiced on Wednesday and appears to be on track to play against the NFL’s worst defense. … Heath Miller didn’t catch a single pass from Byron Leftwich Monday night. He’s fallen to the ranks of the TE2s.

Coby Fleener is out again this week, leaving Dwayne Allen as an every-down tight end against a Pats defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Finley should finally be over his shoulder injury coming out of the bye week, but I need to see Aaron Rodgers regaining trust in him before considering TE1 status. … Pitta has a tough matchup against a Steelers defense shutting down passing games over the past month. … Anthony Fasano has seen just 8 percent of Ryan Tannehill’s passes since the bye as opposed to 16 percent before.

Week 11 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
2 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. CHI -
3 Bears Def/Spec Team at SF -
4 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
5 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
6 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
7 Bengals Def/Spec Team at KC -
8 Ravens Def/Spec Team at PIT -
9 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
10 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
11 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
12 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at CAR -
13 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
14 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at BUF -
15 Jets Def/Spec Team at STL -
16 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
17 Packers Def/Spec Team at DET -
18 Eagles Def/Spec Team at WAS -
19 Saints Def/Spec Team at OAK -
20 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at ATL -
21 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
22 Browns Def/Spec Team at DAL -
23 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
24 Chargers Def/Spec Team at DEN -
25 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at HOU -
26 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
27 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
28 Colts Def/Spec Team at NE -

Week 11 Kickers Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. IND -
2 Sebastian Janikowski vs. NO -
3 Matt Bryant vs. ARZ -
4 Garrett Hartley at OAK -
5 Shayne Graham vs. JAC -
6 Jason Hanson vs. GB -
7 Matt Prater vs. SD -
8 Greg Zuerlein vs. NYJ -
9 David Akers vs. CHI -
10 Mason Crosby at DET -
11 Connor Barth at CAR -
12 Dan Bailey vs. CLE -
13 Mike Nugent at KC -
14 Justin Tucker at PIT -
15 Robbie Gould at SF -
16 Adam Vinatieri at NE -
17 Kai Forbath vs. PHI -
18 Phil Dawson at DAL -
19 Alex Henery at WAS -
20 Nick Novak at DEN -
21 Dan Carpenter at BUF -
22 Jay Feely at ATL -
23 Rian Lindell vs. MIA -
24 Shaun Suisham vs. BAL -
25 Justin Medlock vs. TB -
26 Josh Scobee at HOU -
27 Nick Folk at STL -
28 Ryan Succop vs. CIN -

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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