Week 12 TE Fantasy Football Rankings
The biggest question mark, in terms of the tight end rankings, is the status of Aaron Hernandez. With the loss of Rob Gronkowski, many had figured Hernandez would vault to one of the top 3 fantasy options., but it appears Hernandez owners will have to make yet another decision regarding Hernandez and the other option they have on their roster, if there is one. Jason La Canfora confirmed on Tuesday that Hernandez, who has been dealing with an ankle injury for most of the season, will suit up and start against the Jets in the night game. But he also added that he’ll be in for a limited role. What that means is anyone’s guess. Half the snaps? A quarter? There is no doubt that Visanthe Shianco and Julian Edelman will see more time on the field with Gronk out, but Hernandez’s role will be a mystery. The good news is is that back in Week 6 against the Seahawks, Hernandez returned from a 4-game absence and wound up with 6 catches for 30 yards and a score (15PPR points). He only played on 38-of-87 snaps in that game. So while his “limited” status might scare some owners, it’s easy to see Hernandez can put up double-digit fantasy points and not even see 50% of the action. That’s enough to make me put him in over someone who has a big questionable tag connected to him. Especially against a Jets Defense that ranks 5th-to-last against fantasy tight ends.
Also, make sure to check the rankings again between now and Friday to see if anyone has moved up or down due to latest news.
RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT NOTES
1. Jason Witten Dallas vs. Washington Always seems to come up big on Thanksgiving.
2. Tony Gonzalez Atlanta @ Tampa Bay 3. Jimmy Graham New Orleans vs San Francisco 4. Vernon Davis San Francisco @ New Orleans With Colin Kaepernick likely starting again, Davis shoots back up the rankings.
5. Owen Daniels Houston @ Detroit 6. Aaron Hernandez New England @ New York Jets Would love to rank him higher with Rob Gronkowski out, but his "limited" tag is a bit worrisome.
7. Antonio Gates San Diego vs. Baltimore 8. Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati vs. Oakland 9. Brandon Myers Oakland @ Cincinnati Myers actually played BETTER coming off a concussion last week.
10. Brandon Pettigrew Detroit vs. Houston Could see more targets with Titus Young benched.
11. Greg Olsen Carolina @ Philadelphia Always seems to flip flop big games with Brandon LaFell. Will this week be Olsen's turn?
12. Martellus Bennett New York Giants vs. Green Bay 13. Dustin Keller New York Jets vs. New England 14. Jermichael Finley Green Bay @ New York Giants Finally got into the passing game last week, but he'll have to show me his is still a big part of the offense gain more fantasy value.
15. Heath Miller Pittsburgh @ Cleveland As expected, Miller fell flat without Big Ben. I don't expect that to change now that Charlie Batch is under center.
16. Dwayne Allen Indianapolis vs. Buffalo Moves up if Coby Fleeners sits out again, but there is the possibility Fleener comes back.
17. Scott Chandler Buffalo @ Indianapolis 18. Kyle Rudolph Minnesota @ Chicago With the chances of Percy Harvin (ankle) out again, the team has to figure out how to get the ball into Rudolph's hands.
19. Marcedes Lewis Jacksonville vs. Tennessee Came out of his shell with Chad Henne under center. But like Jermichael FInley, he'll have to prove it wasn't a one-week fluke.
20. Jared Cook Tennessee @ Jacksonville