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Week 14 Rankings

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 14 Tight Ends

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

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski is 10th in yards amongst tight ends. Rob Gronkowski has played six games and it’s Week 14. Gronk is averaging 4.5 more fantasy points per game than Jimmy Graham over the past five weeks. Gronk is alone at the top. … Vernon Davis has found the end zone in three straight games, and four of five. His 10 scores are tied with Julius Thomas for the second most amongst tight ends. The Seahawks allow the 11th fewest fantasy points to tight ends, but are not a benchable matchup. … As for Julius Thomas (knee), his status remains up in the air. Thomas is practicing in a limited fashion, but also did so last week before sitting out his second consecutive game. Thomas has been productive enough as to be unbenchable when he plays, but owners have to have a contingency plan ready. Broncos/Titans doesn’t kick off until 4:05 ET, so it’s possible Thomas’ status will remain murky when you’re setting your lineup around the AM inactives.  

Garrett Graham has proven prone to disappointment, but the matchup is right in a Jaguars defense allowing the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Of course, the very same defense held Graham to five catches for 32 yards in Week 12. Graham is a TE1, but one with an exceedingly-low ceiling. … Jordan Reed (concussion) was held out of Wednesday’s practice after suffering a setback on Sunday. At this point, he appears unlikely to suit up against the Chiefs. Reed is too good to be benched if he plays, even against Kansas City’s stingy defense. But the odds are high you will have to look elsewhere for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. … Underachievement fits Coby Fleener like a glove, but with tight end as thin as ever, you have to keep trotting him out there as a TE1. The Colts desperately need Fleener to step up. They’re going to keep forcing the issue with their second-year pro.   

Jared Cook has won the Week 14 lottery: He gets an Arizona defense allowing far and away the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. This is the same Cardinals D Cook smoked for 7/141/2 in Week 1, leading many to believe his offseason hype was earned. It wasn’t, but Cook is an excellent streaming option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs. … Jordan Cameron has done the best he can to keep his TE1 head above water amidst the Browns’ chaos at quarterback, but he’s just a borderline option. Cameron should be back with a vengeance in 2014. … If Delanie Walker (concussion) can get cleared, he has a juicy matchup in a Broncos defense allowing the third most fantasy points to tight ends. … Fantasy’s No. 23 tight end over the past five weeks, Antonio Gates is losing targets to Ladarius Green. Even in a solid matchup, he’s a borderline TE1. Green, meanwhile, is stealing looks, but not enough of them to be considered a legitimate starting option.

Week 14 Kickers

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

Week 14 Defense/Special Teams  

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

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