Fantasy Player Projections

 
Tight Ends
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

7 rec, 71 yards, 2 rec TDs

Miller is one of Ben Roethlisberger's most trusted targets, and he was able to roam freely in Oakland. The Steelers’ offense is at its best when Miller is deployed as a viable weapon. Expect a big week from Miller, especially if the Steelers' vertical threats struggle with the Eagles' secondary.

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2patriotsRob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

7 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Gronk finally had the big day fantasy owners had been waiting for when they picked him in the early rounds, catching five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown at Buffalo in Week 4. And the Broncos have had a tough time with tight ends so far this season.

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3falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

On a relatively quiet afternoon against Carolina in Week 4, Gonzalez caught five passes for 51 yards and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. He has 26 catches in four games so far and remains a great option against a porous Redskins defense.

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4chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Gates caught all three passes thrown his way for 59 yards, but he's still without a touchdown catch in 2012. This offense is still trying to click, as some of its 2011 members are elsewhere and other players have been injured. Stick with Gates in upcoming weeks against several bad pass defenses.

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5saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

7 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

While Graham was held out of the end zone for the first time this season in Week 4, he was able to haul in seven catches for 76 yards. San Diego, the Saints' Week 5 opponent, has allowed seven touchdown passes.

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6eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

6 rec, 63 yards, rec TD

If the Eagles are able to get their running game going with LeSean McCoy, Celek may well be the beneficiary. If McCoy can run the Eagles to second-and-short and third-and-short situations Celek should be targeted frequently, especially inside of the red zone. Celek remains one of the most dangerous tight ends in the NFL (just reference his Week 2 performance) and could be in for a big week.

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749ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

For the first time this season, Davis was held without a touchdown catch. He caught just two passes (on only two targets) for 28 yards at the Jets. He remains a top-five fantasy tight end, despite this bump in the road.

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8packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

4 rec, 54 yards, rec TD

Finley's yards per catch total was low (8.9) entering last week, but he was able to stretch the field like his usual self in Week 4. Aaron Rodgers likely will engineer some extended drives, and Rodgers usually throws to Finley on first down or second-and-short. Finley probably will be targeted in the red zone as well, even though he hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 1.

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9texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

5 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

Daniels remains an established tight end threat, and has strung together a series of impressive games this season. He has emerged as Matt Schaub's second-best receiving option, and already has 20 catches and two touchdowns this season.

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10redskinsFred Davis

Fred Davis

5 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

In the first two weeks of the season, Davis had just four catches for 52 yards. In his last two weeks, he has 11 catches for 160 yards, and he's back to being the TE1 he was drafted to be. Keep him active against the Rams in Week 5.

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11vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

4 rec, 34 yards, rec TD

Rudolph's targets dropped significantly last week, but he is still a safe bet to be targeted in the end zone should the Vikings get inside the 10-yard line. Rudolph's hands remain sure and the Vikings offense could use consistent tight end play to avoid relying too heavily on two speed receivers.

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12ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

6 rec, 62 yards

Pitta failed to catch a pass last game, but he'd caught at least five balls in every game to that point and works exceptionally well over the middle. If Joe Flacco can create a couple of long drives, Pitta will be targeted on first and second downs.

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13panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

5 rec, 55 yards

After a stinker in Week 2, Olsen now has 13 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games. Keep him active, even against a tough Seahawks defense.

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14coltsCoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

4 rec, 51 yards

Tight ends are playing an active role in the Colts offense and Fleener's chemistry with Andrew Luck already spans four years. Fleener is one of the most-targeted tight ends in the NFL and he will get several short-yardage looks since the Packers will be bringing plenty of pressure.

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15bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

5 rec, 40 yards

The third-year tight end caught five passes for 47 yards at Jacksonville in Week 4. He just hasn't done much offensively this season, with just one touchdown catch and 178 receiving yards so far.

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16broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 35 yards

Peyton Manning looked Tamme's way six times in Week 4, and the former Colts tight end caught five passes for 38 yards. He hasn't scored since Week 1, though, and fantasy owners are rightfully anxious. Give him one more week against the Patriots before looking to make a move.

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17billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

4 rec, 35 yards

Chandler didn't score in Week 3, but he made up for it with two touchdowns in Week 4, giving him four scores in four games. He was targeted eight times, and it's time to look at him as more than just a two-yard touchdown king. He left the game after a hit to the head, but he should be fine for Sunday.

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18dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 30 yards

Fasano caught all five passes intended for him for 30 yards against the Cardinals in Week 4. He has 15 targets over the past two weeks, and Ryan Tannehill is starting to look his way more. Even so, he's more of a TE2 in fantasy play against the Bengals.

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19titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 26 yards

The Titans have been using Cook and Craig Stevens pretty frequently, but Cook has emerged as the primary tight end. If the Vikings bring lots of pressure, Cook may see several targets.

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20jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

4 rec, 26 yards

Lewis has been a reliable Jacksonville target for years, and he's good for a few catches per game.

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21ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

2 rec, 25 yards

With two catches for 22 yards in Week 4, Kendricks is becoming a reliable TE3 in fantasy play. Look elsewhere for fantasy help this week.

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22seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

2 rec, 25 yards

Miller caught three passes for 32 yards at St. Louis in Week 4, and he continues to be a fantasy non-factor. He has yet to eclipse 40 yards receiving in a game this season.

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23chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 19 yards

The Chiefs have not effectively used their tight ends this season, but Moeaki may see more balls depending on Dwayne Bowe’s injury. Moeaki has not been a priority for Matt Cassel, however.

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24bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

3 rec, 19 yards

Davis was able to roam a little more freely than usual Monday night, and Jay Cutler found him. The tight end caught three passes for a season-high 62 yards, but after minimal production in the first three weeks, it just might be an outlier.

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25giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 17 yards

Bennett's production has been highly unpredictable, and the emergence of Bear Pascoe may reduce his targets.

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26cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

2 rec, 15 yards

Housler had a big 33-yard catch up the seam last week against the Dolphins, but didn't do much else. He's not worth a look in Week 5 at St. Louis.

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27brownsBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

2 rec, 14 yards

The Browns haven't exactly clarified Watson's role, but he was significantly more active last week. Watson will probably spend more of the game blocking for Trent Richardson than trying to stretch the field.

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28giantsBear Pascoe

Bear Pascoe

2 rec, 11 yards

Pascoe hauled in a touchdown catch last weekend, and he might get another look if the Giants get deep inside the red zone.

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29jetsJeff Cumberland

Jeff Cumberland

2 rec, 11 yards

Cumberland is not Dustin Keller; he is more of a blocking tight end. The Jets will probably throw the ball his way a couple times in short-yardage situations.

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