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Week 12 Rankings

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Week 12 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. DEN Probable (back)
2 Jimmy Graham at ATL Probable (foot)
3 Vernon Davis at WAS -
4 Coby Fleener at ARZ -
5 Tony Gonzalez vs. NO Questionable (toe)
6 Jason Witten at NYG -
7 Greg Olsen at MIA -
8 Garrett Graham vs. JAC Probable (thigh)
9 Antonio Gates at KC -
10 Jordan Cameron vs. PIT -
11 Delanie Walker at OAK -
12 Charles Clay vs. CAR -
13 Martellus Bennett at STL -
14 John Carlson at GB -
15 Heath Miller at CLE Probable (-)
16 Rob Housler vs. IND Probable (groin)
17 Brandon Pettigrew vs. TB Probable (knee)
18 Jared Cook vs. CHI -
19 Tim Wright at DET -
20 Mychal Rivera vs. TEN -
21 Jeff Cumberland at BAL -
22 Brandon Myers vs. DAL -
23 Marcedes Lewis at HOU Probable (calf)
24 Joel Dreessen at NE Probable (knee)
25 Fred Davis vs. SF -
26 Anthony Fasano vs. SD -
27 Lance Kendricks vs. CHI Probable (finger)
28 Andrew Quarless vs. MIN -
29 Ladarius Green at KC -
30 Joseph Fauria vs. TB -
31 Ed Dickson vs. NYJ -
32 Sean McGrath vs. SD Probable (knee)
33 Dallas Clark vs. NYJ -
34 Ben Watson at ATL -
35 Logan Paulsen vs. SF -
36 James Hanna at NYG -
37 Jacob Tamme at NE -
38 Brandon Bostick vs. MIN -
39 Kellen Winslow at BAL Probable (knee)
40 Vance McDonald at WAS Questionable (ankle)
41 Levine Toilolo vs. NO -

TE Notes: Fantasy owners keep doubting him, but Vernon Davis trudges on as a top-four option at tight end. Only Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas are averaging more weekly points. Davis shouldn’t be benched in any format. … The matchup is not inviting in a Saints defense allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to rival tight ends, but Tony Gonzalez sits in at No. 7 in a week where both Jordan Reed (concussion) and Julius Thomas (knee) are banged up. New Orleans held Gonzo to 3-36-1 in Week 1. … Reed has yet to be cleared for Monday night’s game against the 49ers, and the Redskins haven’t hinted at his status one way or the other. Keep him penciled in for now, but be ready to erase Reed from your lineup. … The same is true of Thomas, who sat out of Wednesday’s practice. Considering Thomas’ lengthy injury history, it would be far from surprising if he missed Sunday night’s showdown with the Patriots.

Coby Fleener’s inconsistency has been a running theme in this column, but coming off his best game of the season into a matchup with a team allowing the most fantasy points to enemy tight ends, the time is now for a player the Colts desperately need to keep improving. It’s worth rolling the dice on Fleener over mid-range veterans like Jason Witten and Antonio Gates. … Speaking of Witten, he’s cleared five fantasy points just once in his past five games. But everyone knows that when Witten breaks, he breaks big. He can still win you a week when he’s on his game. The Giants are not an imposing matchup for tight ends. … You can practically set your watch to Greg Olsen catching four passes for 50 yards. That’s hardly a recipe for fantasy glory, but at least you know there won’t be a doughnut in your future. … Antonio Gates started out hot this season, but is averaging just six points over his past six games. It’s going to be a hard trend for Gates to shake against a Chiefs defense allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Jordan Cameron’s breakout year was slowed by Brandon Weeden, and now seemingly derailed by Jason Campbell. Cameron is still not a bad bet for 5-6 catches, but has only one touchdown in six games since Brian Hoyer tore up his knee against the Bills. He’s averaging 45 yards in the same timespan. … With 14 catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns in two games since Ryan Fitzpatrick took over as the Titans’ starter, Delanie Walker is a solid TE1 streamer against a Raiders defense that’s middle of the road against rival TEs. … Charles Clay’s floor and ceiling aren’t that far apart. … John Carlson has been the Vikings’ leading receiver in back-to-back weeks. … With 10 catches for 157 yards over his past two games, Rob Housler is finally defrosting. … Coming off back-to-back one-catch efforts, Tim Wright has a tough matchup in a Lions defense allowing the sixth fewest points to opposing tight ends. … Mychal Rivera showed a good rapport with Matt McGloin last weekend. It’s a connection worth keeping an eye on for desperate fantasy owners.  


Week 12 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. DEN -
2 Matt Prater at NE -
3 Mason Crosby vs. MIN -
4 Adam Vinatieri at ARZ -
5 Justin Tucker vs. NYJ -
6 Dan Bailey at NYG -
7 Nick Folk at BAL -
8 Garrett Hartley at ATL -
9 Shaun Suisham at CLE Probable (hamstring)
10 Robbie Gould at STL -
11 Ryan Succop vs. SD -
12 Nick Novak at KC -
13 Blair Walsh at GB Probable (hamstring)
14 Jay Feely vs. IND -
15 Phil Dawson at WAS -
16 Caleb Sturgis vs. CAR -
17 David Akers vs. TB -
18 Greg Zuerlein vs. CHI -
19 Graham Gano at MIA -
20 Sebastian Janikowski vs. TEN Probable (ribs)
21 Kai Forbath vs. SF -
22 Rob Bironas at OAK -
23 Matt Bryant vs. NO -
24 Randy Bullock vs. JAC -
25 Josh Brown vs. DAL -
26 Billy Cundiff vs. PIT Probable (quadriceps)
27 Rian Lindell at DET -
28 Josh Scobee at HOU -

Week 12 Defense/Special Teams

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

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