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Week 16 Rankings

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 16 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at CAR -
2 Vernon Davis vs. ATL -
3 Julius Thomas at HOU Probable (knee)
4 Greg Olsen vs. NO Probable (foot)
5 Delanie Walker at JAC Probable (concussion)
6 Jason Witten at WAS -
7 Tony Gonzalez at SF Questionable (toe)
8 Dennis Pitta vs. NE -
9 Charles Clay at BUF -
10 Martellus Bennett at PHI -
11 Heath Miller at GB -
12 Antonio Gates vs. OAK Probable (hamstring)
13 Ryan Griffin vs. DEN -
14 Zach Miller vs. ARZ Probable (ribs)
15 Coby Fleener at KC -
16 Scott Chandler vs. MIA -
17 Tim Wright at STL -
18 Zach Ertz vs. CHI Probable (shoulder)
19 Brandon Myers at DET -
20 Andrew Quarless vs. PIT -
21 Joseph Fauria vs. NYG -
22 Marcedes Lewis vs. TEN Probable (thigh)
23 Logan Paulsen vs. DAL -
24 Jared Cook vs. TB -
25 Jermaine Gresham vs. MIN Probable (abdomen)
26 Tyler Eifert vs. MIN -
27 Mychal Rivera at SD -
28 Anthony Fasano vs. IND Probable (concussion)
29 Brent Celek vs. CHI Probable (hip)
30 Kellen Winslow vs. CLE Probable (knee)
31 Rob Housler at SEA Questionable (groin)
32 Jeff Cumberland vs. CLE -
33 Lance Kendricks vs. TB Probable (finger)
34 Luke Willson vs. ARZ -
35 Michael Hoomanawanui at BAL Probable (knee)
36 Ladarius Green vs. OAK -
37 MarQueis Gray at NYJ -
38 Rhett Ellison at CIN -
39 Ed Dickson vs. NE -
40 Clay Harbor vs. TEN -
41 Fred Davis vs. DAL -
42 Ben Watson at CAR -
43 Jim Dray at SEA -
44 Sean McGrath vs. IND -
45 Jacob Tamme at HOU -
46 Gary Barnidge at NYJ -
47 Chase Ford at CIN -
48 Dorin Dickerson vs. NYG -
49 Tony Moeaki vs. MIA -

TE Notes: Vernon Davis has scored in five straight games, and 10 of 13 on the season. Now there’s a TE1. Julius Thomas has almost been Davis’ equal, finding paydirt in 9 of 12 games. The difference is Thomas has 131 fewer yards on five more catches. Davis’ big-play ability is the kind rarely found at the tight end position. Davis’ 16.4 yards per catch is first amongst tight ends, and eighth in the league. … Greg Olsen’s 28 catches over the past five weeks are tied with Heath Miller for the most amongst tight ends. Playing his best football at the right time of year for both Carolina and fantasy owners, Olsen is an extremely safe option even in a fairly-forbidding matchup. … Facing a Cardinals team allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends, Delanie Walker took advantage of a cakewalk matchup in Week 15, stinging Arizona for 8/53/1. His reward? A matchup with the second worst defense against tight ends, Jacksonville. Walker can’t be benched for the fantasy finals.

Jordan Cameron is extremely dicey for Week 16 after coming down with concussion symptoms on Monday. Although the odds that he suits up are probably less than 50-50, he’ll be a must start if he goes. Only seven teams are allowing more fantasy points to rival tight ends than the Jets. … The 49ers defend everything well, including tight ends. Tony Gonzalez is always a good bet to find the end zone, but don’t expect him to match the 8/78/1 he dropped on San Francisco in last season’s NFC Championship Game. … Dennis Pitta was one of Week 15’s major disappointments, but owners have to shake it off against a Patriots team with linebackers that can’t cover anybody. Only four teams have allowed more catches to tight ends than New England. Baltimore needs Pitta as much as you do. He’s going to get the rock. … Charles Clay’s Week 15 dud wasn’t surprising — Miami’s game plans have never been known for their consistency — but it was spectacular. It was just the second time all season that Clay caught fewer than three passes. He should bounce back against Buffalo.

The Eagles are stout against tight ends, but Martellus Bennett is still a good bet to find the end zone. Bennett is a much bigger part of the Bears offense when Jay Cutler is under center. … With Garrett Graham (hamstring) “iffy” for Week 16, owners should be prepared to roll with Ryan Griffin, who essentially did the world’s greatest Garrett Graham impression in Week 15. … The Broncos are allowing the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends. … Coby Fleener is a no-go against a Chiefs defense allowing the fewest fantasy points to tight ends. … Zach Miller’s specialty is random touchdowns. A score wouldn’t be so random against Arizona’s infamous tight-end defense. … Scott Chandler is a low-upside, but safe, TE2 against a Dolphins defense that’s been getting burned by tight ends all season. … Tyler Eifert would be an intriguing play if Jermaine Gresham (hip) can’t go. For now, it appears he will, rendering both fantasy nonentities.  

Week 16 Kickers

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

Week 16 Defense/Special Teams

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


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