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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 13 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at HOU Questionable (back)
2 Jimmy Graham at SEA Probable (foot)
3 Vernon Davis vs. STL -
4 Jason Witten vs. OAK -
5 Greg Olsen vs. TB -
6 Coby Fleener vs. TEN -
7 Tony Gonzalez at BUF Probable (toe)
8 Jordan Cameron vs. JAC -
9 Delanie Walker at IND Sidelined (concussion)
10 Martellus Bennett at MIN -
11 Charles Clay at NYJ -
12 Tim Wright at CAR -
13 Antonio Gates vs. CIN Probable (hamstring)
14 Garrett Graham vs. NE Probable (thigh)
15 Heath Miller at BAL -
16 Rob Housler at PHI -
17 John Carlson vs. CHI -
18 Jared Cook at SF -
19 Ladarius Green vs. CIN -
20 Brandon Pettigrew vs. GB Probable (knee)
21 Zach Ertz vs. ARZ -
22 Mychal Rivera at DAL -
23 Jermaine Gresham at SD -
24 Tyler Eifert at SD -
25 Scott Chandler vs. ATL -
26 Jacob Tamme at KC -
27 Brandon Myers at WAS -
28 Zach Miller vs. NO -
29 Anthony Fasano vs. DEN -
30 Marcedes Lewis at CLE Probable (calf)
31 Brent Celek vs. ARZ Probable (hip)
32 Joseph Fauria vs. GB -
33 Kellen Winslow vs. MIA Probable (knee)
34 Andrew Quarless at DET -
35 Jeff Cumberland vs. MIA -
36 Ed Dickson vs. PIT -
37 Dallas Clark vs. PIT -
38 Lance Kendricks at SF Probable (finger)
39 Ben Watson at SEA -
40 Jeron Mastrud at DAL -
41 Sean McGrath vs. DEN Probable (knee)
42 Levine Toilolo at BUF -
43 Logan Paulsen vs. NYG -
44 Luke Willson vs. NO -
45 Vance McDonald vs. STL Questionable (ankle)
46 Weslye Saunders vs. TEN -
47 Jim Dray at PHI -
48 Ryan Griffin vs. NE -
49 Ryan Taylor at DET Sidelined (knee)
50 Joel Dreessen at KC Probable (knee)


TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski played all 86 snaps in Sunday’s electrifying overtime win over the Broncos. It was the first time all season he had done so. Now with a touchdown in the three straight games, Gronk has reached the painted area 41 times in 48 career contests. … Coming off an absolutely dominant performance against the Falcons — just ask the goal postJimmy Graham is expected to play a “full load” against the Seahawks. That’s after playing 38-of-60 snaps in Atlanta. … Fantasy’s No. 1 tight end is a coin flip between Gronk and Graham. … With touchdowns in three of his past four games, Vernon Davis is up to nine on the season, putting him behind only Graham and Julius Thomas amongst tight ends. Davis is facing a Rams team allowing the third fewest fantasy points to tight ends, but got them for a score in Week 4. Matchups don’t really matter for the receiver in a tight end’s body. … Speaking of Thomas, he’s fully expected to return against the Chiefs. Thomas is in the same position as Davis. Kansas City is stout against tight ends, but Thomas got them his last time out, and has gotten pretty much everybody this season. He can never be benched.

Jordan Reed (concussion) has resumed practicing, which means it would be surprising were he to miss his second straight game. Down Reed and Leonard Hankerson in Monday’s loss, the Redskins presented pitifully little passing threat. If Reed can go, he’s going to soak up targets against a Giants defense allowing the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. … Coby Fleener, top-eight tight end? So is the state of fantasy’s thinnest position. What Fleener lacks in consistency, he’s slowly making up for it in opportunity. Although Fleener’s ceiling still isn’t what his role and talent suggest it should be, his doughnut days appear to be behind him. He had the best game of his career against these same Titans just two weeks ago. … As the state of the quarterback position slips in Cleveland, so does Jordan Cameron’s fantasy stock. That being said, the matchup is right in a Jaguars defense allowing the second most fantasy points to rival tight ends. … Delanie Walker and Ryan Fitzpatrick: BFFs. Averaging nine targets over his past three games, Walker has turned them into a weekly 6/66/0.6. Scout’s honor, I didn’t know what those numbers were going to be until I finished that sentence. There’s no hidden joke/meaning there.


Averaging 5.4 fantasy points over his past seven games and ceding snaps to explosive second-year pro Ladarius Green, Antonio Gates is fading from the TE1 radar. … As for Green, he’s an extremely exciting prospect, but has totaled just 71 snaps over the past three weeks. His upside is such that he certainly can’t be written off as a TE1/2 streamer, but there’s some high risk that comes along with his high reward. … Bucs coach Greg Schiano called Tim Wright an emerging “pass-catching force” following his eight-catch, 75-yard performance against the Lions. We certainly wouldn’t go that far with a player who combined for two grabs in Weeks 10-11, but Wright is clearly Mike Glennon’s No. 2 option, and a worthy plug-and-play tight end. … Finally becoming a part of the Cardinals’ offense, Rob Housler has 14 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. … Mychal Rivera is apparently going to start against the Cowboys just four days after going down with a seemingly-serious concussion. Developing a nice connection with Matt McGloin, he’s a legit TE2. … The winner of this week’s “facing the league’s worst defense against tight ends” sweepstakes? Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, who is a hail mary TE2 that might pay off.


Week 13 Kickers

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

Week 13 Defense/Special Teams

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

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