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Week 17 Rankings

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Week 17 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Aaron Hernandez vs. MIA Probable (ankle)
2 Jimmy Graham vs. CAR Probable (wrist)
3 Jason Witten at WAS -
4 Rob Gronkowski vs. MIA Questionable (arm)
5 Greg Olsen at NO Probable (back)
6 Martellus Bennett vs. PHI -
7 Kyle Rudolph vs. GB -
8 Jermichael Finley at MIN -
9 Jacob Tamme vs. KC -
10 Owen Daniels at IND Probable (hamstring)
11 Dennis Pitta at CIN -
12 Jermaine Gresham vs. BAL -
13 Antonio Gates vs. OAK -
14 Tony Scheffler vs. CHI -
15 Marcedes Lewis at TEN -
16 Brent Celek at NYG -
17 Dorin Dickerson vs. NYJ -
18 Tony Gonzalez vs. TB -
19 Dallas Clark at ATL -
20 Delanie Walker vs. ARZ -
21 Ben Watson at PIT -
22 Lance Kendricks at SEA -
23 Brandon Myers at SD -
24 Joel Dreessen vs. KC -
25 Dwayne Allen vs. HOU -
26 Brandon Pettigrew vs. CHI Doubtful (ankle)
27 Jeff Cumberland at BUF -
28 Zach Miller vs. STL -

 

Sunday Update: Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Pettigrew on. Vernon Davis off. Tony Gonzalez down slightly. Considering the unreliability of tight ends this season, I couldn't sit Gronk unless I had a top-three tight end. Even if Gronk is in a limited role, his upside is high enough to justify starting him in fantasy leagues.


TE Notes: Even with Aaron Hernandez's Week 16 whiff, he's still second in fantasy points over the past three weeks and third over the past five weeks. ... Jimmy Graham is overdue for a touchdown after posting his second-highest targets (11), receptions (7), and yards (88) of the season last week. ... Jason Witten has the benefit of a must-win game Sunday night. ... In a season of disappearing acts at tight end, Greg Olsen has been a fantasy rock. He's seventh in fantasy points over the past three weeks, sixth over the past five weeks, and sixth on the season. 

Owen Daniels hasn't topped 45 yards since Week 11. ... Jermichael Finley, on the other hand, has cleared 50 yards in five of the past six games. ... Similarly, Jacob Tamme has at least 45 yards in four of the past five weeks. ... I don't trust Dennis Pitta and Jermaine Gresham to play the entire game, but I think 2-3 quarters is a reasonable expectation. ... I wouldn't expect quite that much playing time for a 36-year-old Tony Gonzalez with the No. 1 already secured.

Antonio Gates has scored in consecutive games, but he's still not consistently targeted. ... Looking for a surprise breakout player at tight end? Former Pitt star Dorin Dickerson saw season highs in targets (8), receptions (4), and yards (54) after Scott Chandler went down with an ACL tear last week. ... Lance Kendrick's slow-footed 80-yard touchdown last week was nine yards longer than any single-game yardage total since he entered the league. ... Brandon Myers has managed just 32 yards over the past three weeks. He can't be trusted with the Leinart-Pryor tag-team replacing Carson Palmer.


Top 10 TEs for 2013:

1. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

2. Jimmy Graham, Saints

3. Aaron Hernandez, Patriots

4. Jason Witten, Cowboys

5. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons

6. Greg Olsen, Panthers

7. Antonio Gates, Chargers

8. Vernon Davis, 49ers

9. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings

10. Martellus Bennett, Giants 


 

Week 17 Team Defense

 

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



 Week 17 Kickers

 

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


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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