Fantasy Player Projections

 
Tight Ends
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

9 rec, 111 yards, rec TD

The Packers have trouble defending the tight end position, and Graham is as difficult to match up against as they come. Graham will have a field day.

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2cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

6 rec, 73 yards, rec TD

Fantasy owners may be tempted to lose faith in Witten, who has posted two games of 10 or fewer yards this season. This we know: Tony Romo hasn't lost faith in his trusted tight end; the Dallas quarterback will continue to look for ways to get the ball to No. 82.

vsbears
3eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

5 rec, 66 yards, rec TD

In their game against New York last week, the Panthers threw 14 balls to their tight end, Greg Olsen, who led his club with 98 yards receiving. Celek and the Eagles will attempt to copy that formula, seeing as Celek is already off to one of the hottest starts among any player at his position.

vsgiants
4ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Pitta has seen no fewer than seven targets in any game this year, and he ranks second only to Jimmy Graham among tight ends in the category. It's not a matter of matchups; Joe Flacco has shown a commitment to throw to Pitta, so fantasy owners must trust that.

vsbrowns
549ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Davis scored his fourth touchdown of the season in Week 3 at Minnesota, and he could reach the end zone again in Week 4. The Jets have had tough times against tight ends this season.

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6vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

He's not the most exciting tight end, but he's one of the more efficient, with 13 catches on 18 targets for three touchdowns. Christian Ponder has enough confidence to throw to Rudolph in tight spots; against the Lions' underachieving secondary, Rudolph should have space to work.

atlions
7patriotsRob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Gronk had a quiet evening in Baltimore, with just two catches (on three targets) for 21 yards. The Patriots had a peculiar game plan going in, and Gronk suffered, along with running back Stevan Ridley. They'll both be fine in Week 4 at Buffalo. Gronk went over 100 yards with two touchdowns in both Buffalo games last year.

atbills
8lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 54 yards, rec TD

Pettigrew was a Vikings killer last year, with 112 yards in the first meeting and 57 yards plus a touchdown in the second. Among tight ends, only Jimmy Graham, Dennis Pitta and Tony Gonzalez have been targeted more this season.

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9bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

5 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

It's apparent Andy Dalton is becoming more comfortable with his tight end, which should pay dividends to fantasy owners. Gresham isn't "elite" or even worth starting each week, but he's moving in the right direction.

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10redskinsFred Davis

Fred Davis

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Seven catches for 90 yards and suddenly Fred Davis is back on the fantasy radar. The Buccaneers should have trouble with the Redskins offense, as well as with the fifth-year veteran out of USC. Start him if you don't have an elite alternative at the position.

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11chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 45 yards, rec TD

Returning from injury, Gates caught only three passes for 22 yards against the Falcons in Week 3. Overall, he has 65 yards receiving and no touchdowns -– and he's killing his owners who are watching players like Kyle Rudolph and Dennis Pitta excel.

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12brownsJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

3 rec, 41 yards, rec TD

Ben Watson saw a team-high eight targets in Week 3, but Cameron was the better fantasy weapon. Cleveland has talked about increasing his role in the offense and now fantasy owners are starting to see it.

atravens
13giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 41 yards, rec TD

Bennett can't make it four weeks in a row with a touchdown catch, can he? Sure, why not. The Eagles were exploited by Baltimore's Dennis Pitta earlier this season, and Bennett is playing as well as anyone.

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14packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

3 rec, 34 yards, rec TD

Finley led the club in receiving yardage on Monday, with more than half of his total coming on one reception. Unfortunately, those big plays have been few and far between, and Finley is averaging a paltry 8.9 yards per catch.

vssaints
15falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

7 rec, 70 yards

It was a big day for Gonzalez's fantasy owners, as the veteran hauled in a team-high nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown at San Diego. He averaged five catches for 55 yards in two games against the Panthers last season.

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16panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

6 rec, 65 yards

A quiet start to the season likely had Olsen's fantasy owners benching or cutting him. Those who stuck with him were rewarded with a big Week 3 against the Giants, when he caught seven balls for 98 yards. He totaled five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in two games against Atlanta in 2011.

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17broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 45 yards

Peyton Manning connected with Tamme only three times on 10 targets for 31 yards against the Texans in Week 3. If Tamme doesn't do much for you in Week 4 against the Raiders, it's time to start thinking about another fantasy tight end for your team.

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18texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

3 rec, 40 yards

Daniels hasn't been effective in recent years against the Titans, with just one touchdown and an average of 4.4 catches in his last five outings against the AFC South rival.

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19billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

4 rec, 40 yards

After scoring in his first two games, Chandler finally came back to earth in Week 3 with just two catches for 22 yards at Cleveland. He scored once against the Patriots in two games last season, but he's a better fantasy backup than starter.

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20raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

4 rec, 40 yards

Carson Palmer continues to look to his tight end for help and completed four passes to Myers for a team-high 55 yards in Week 3. Even so, there are so many good fantasy tight ends, Myers remains a better backup or bye-week replacement than starter.

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21chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 30 yards

Week 3 saw another relatively quiet day for Moeaki, with two catches for 12 yards against the Saints. He's averaging just two catches for 19 yards per game.

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22dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

4 rec, 30 yards

Fasano had a big Week 3 against the Jets, with five catches (on 10 targets) for 47 yards. Despite the additional attention he's getting from Ryan Tannehill, he's still no better than a backup fantasy tight end.

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23jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

2 rec, 28 yards

The Jaguars have relied more on Lewis as a blocker in recent weeks to make up for injuries along the offensive line. Lewis was a fringe No. 1 tight end to start the year; now he's a fringe No. 2.

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24titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

2 rec, 26 yards

Cook's star is on the rise, but the Texans do as good of a job as any defense of shutting down the opposing team's tight end. Jacob Tamme was targeted 10 times last week but caught just three balls; the week before, Marcedes Lewis didn't have a catch; in Week 1, Anthony Fasano had 19 yards.

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25ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

3 rec, 25 yards

While Kendricks was the Rams' second-leading receiver at Chicago, he still only had three catches for 18 yards. He's a fantasy backup at best right now.

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26buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

2 rec, 25 yards

Clark caught one pass for no yards against the Cowboys in Week 3 as he continues to try to find a place in this offense. Even with the horrible Redskins pass defense coming into town, he's a mere fantasy backup.

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27seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

2 rec, 20 yards

The days of using him in fantasy are long gone. There are a ton of better alternatives out there.

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28jetsDustin Keller

Dustin Keller

3 rec, 20 yards

Keller remains sidelined with a bad hamstring, but he could return in time for Week 4 against the Niners. Even if he comes back, let him prove he's healthy before you risk starting him in fantasy play.

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29cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

2 rec, 15 yards

The Cardinals' tight end caught two passes for 18 yards and continues to be a secondary option in this offense.

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30bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

1 rec, 14 yards

So far Davis has caught just three of the 10 balls thrown in his direction, the worst conversion percentage for any Chicago receiver. Fantasy owners could do better -- much, much better.

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31patriotsAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

0 rec, 0 yards

Hernandez was out for Week 3 with an ankle injury, and it's unlikely he'll be able to go at Buffalo in Week 4.

atbills
 
 
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