Week 16 TE Fantasy Football Rankings
Like I always say, if you’re reading the Week 16 TE Fantasy Football Rankings, then you’re rolling into your championship. As usual, with most of my tight end articles, I want to use this forum to talk about a fantasy football player who no longer has TE1 appeal, even though I had ranked him as such many times in the past.
Vernon Davis No Longer Has Any Upside
It used to be that if you wanted to lock up a TE1 early, grabbing Davis was almost just as good as locking up a wide receiver. I remember in 2009, I was in a league where you could flex a tight end. So I went away from the norm and took Davis and Dallas Clark in back-to-back picks. Yeah it was unconventional, but when you have a tight end who can put up 100 and a score, ala Tony Gonzalez, nabbing Davis earlier than usual was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, changes to the 49ers have caused Davis’ value to sink…..fast. Maybe Alex Smith wasn’t the best quarterback. But with him under center, you knew Davis would go off any week. Most of us had thought the same thing with Colin Kaepernick getting his first start. Against the Bears in Week 11, Davis caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a score. Not only that, but Davis was seen bowing down to Kaepernick like he was the second coming of Joe Montana. Davis is still on his knees, but he’s begging for mercy from the NFL Gods to get him back on track. And so are his owners. Since that Week 11 outing, Davis has caught 4 passes for 29 yards and no scores. All that in 4 games. For the past few weeks, I had ranked Davis as either a low-end TE1, or a high-end TE2, with the upside that he would go off. No more. San Francisco scored 41 points against the Patriots Sunday night, but Davis only caught 1 ball. That’s the nail on his fantasy coffin. If you have Davis, you better look for other options. He barely made it in my rankings this week.
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 and injuries.
RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT NOTES
1. Aaron Hernandez New England @ Jacksonville No. 1 whether Gronk plays or not.
2. Jason Witten Dallas vs. New Orleans 3. Tony Gonzalez Atlanta @ Detroit 4. Heath Miller Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati Was huge last week, despite the loss.
5. Jimmy Graham New Orleans @ Dallas Had a team-high 69 yards last week, but lost endzone looks to David Thomas.
6. Owen Daniels Houston vs. Minnesota 7. Greg Olsen Carolina vs. Oakland 8. Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 9. Dennis Pitta Baltimore vs. New York Giants Was shocked at how much he was involved in the offense last week. Could this be one of the changes in the post Cam Cameron era?
10 Martellus Bennett New York Giants @ Baltimore 11. Brandon Myers Oakland Carolina Myers is no longer a must start at this point.
12. Marcedes Lewis Jacksonville vs. New England Banking on the matchup here.
13. Kyle Rudolph Minnesota @ Houston 14. Antonio Gates San Diego @ New York Jets 15. Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Will push him up to top 10 if he is probable.
16. Tony Scheffler Detroit vs. Atlanta No word if Brandon Pettigrew will miss another game with a high-ankle sprain.
17. Jermichael Finley Green Bay vs. Tennessee It's safe to say Finley won't be a Packer in 2013.
18. Vernon Davis San Francisco @ Seattle Kept getting listed as a borderline TE1, but he has lost his way in the offense.
19. Scott Chandler Buffalo @ Miami 20. Jacob Tamme Denver vs. Cleveland