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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 09, 2012


Week 14 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at NYG -
2 Aaron Hernandez vs. HOU -
3 Jason Witten at CIN -
4 Brandon Myers vs. DEN Probable (shoulder)
5 Tony Gonzalez at CAR -
6 Owen Daniels at NE -
7 Jermaine Gresham vs. DAL Questionable (hamstring)
8 Heath Miller vs. SD -
9 Kyle Rudolph vs. CHI Probable (shoulder)
10 Martellus Bennett vs. NO -
11 Greg Olsen vs. ATL Questionable (back)
12 Marcedes Lewis vs. NYJ -
13 Jared Cook at IND -
14 Dennis Pitta at WAS -
15 Vernon Davis vs. MIA -
16 Jacob Tamme at OAK Stokley active, Tamme's role reduced?
17 Brandon Pettigrew at GB -
18 Jermichael Finley vs. DET -
19 Brent Celek at TB -
20 Antonio Gates at PIT -
21 Dallas Clark vs. PHI -
22 Tony Scheffler at GB -
23 Tony Moeaki at CLE Questionable (shoulder)
24 Ben Watson vs. KC -
25 Dwayne Allen vs. TEN -
26 Scott Chandler vs. STL -
27 Rob Housler at SEA -
28 Coby Fleener vs. TEN -
29 Jeff Cumberland at JAC -
30 Joel Dreessen at OAK -


TE Notes: Although Garrett Graham has more fantasy points than Jimmy Graham over the past three weeks, Jimmy is still tied with Brandon Myers for the most among tight ends over the past five. Yes, tight end has been pot luck over the past month. … Myers and garbage time king Carson Palmer should have plenty of opportunity for fourth-quarter stat-padding against a Broncos defense that struggles only to defend tight ends.

Owen Daniels just missed a touchdown at Tennessee last week. He should make up for it against a Pats defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Jermaine Gresham is shockingly at the top of Pro Football Focus’ yards-after-catch and YAC/reception metrics. … Heath Miller may have the steadiest floor among all tight ends, failing to top 40 yards just twice all season while finding the end zone in half of his games.

Rudolph has averaged nine targets and 6/57/1 stat line with Percy Harvin out of the lineup. … Martellus Bennett has another plus matchup after burning the Redskins for a season-best 5/82/1 stat line in Week 13. … Keep an eye on Brandon Stokley’s (wrist, hip) status Thursday night. Jacob Tamme played the slot last week, leading to a team-high 13 targets. Should Stokley get the green light, Tamme should drop six spots on this list.

Olsen missed Wednesday’s practice with a back injury. As long as he returns by Friday, he should be good for low-end TE1 production with Brandon LaFell (turf toe) in doubt. … Marcedes Lewis has posted season-highs in yards for three consecutive weeks. … Jared Cook was the passing-game focal point in the first game under new play-caller Dowell Loggains, seeing a season-high in targets and snaps. He’s finished extremely strong in the past two seasons. … Dennis Pitta has an excellent matchup against a Redskins defense that gives up the most fantasy points to tight ends. Bump him 7-8 spots in PPR formats. … Vernon Davis still has a ceiling that ranks with the best of the tight ends. His floor has become untenable, however. … Ditto Antonio Gates -- without the sky-high ceiling.

 

Thursday evening update: Brandon Stokley (wrist, hip) is active at Oakland. Tamme saw a season-high 13 targets while playing the slot with Stokley out of the lineup last week. Stokley's return makes Tamme far less appetizing as a low-upside fantasy tight end.


Week 14 Defense/Special Teams

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



Week 14 Kickers

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


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