Fantasy Player Projections

 
Tight Ends
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

5 rec, 73 yards, rec TD

Graham is just now reaching peak condition after an injury slowed him down at the start of October. No, this isn't the 2011 version of Jimmy Graham, but unless Rob Gronkowski is sitting on your bench, who else are you going to put in your lineup?

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2lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

Pettigrew could have a nice week. Oakland's Brandon Myers led his team in targets when he faced the Jaguars two weeks ago, and Jermichael Finley would have had a nice game in Week 8 had he caught several of the balls thrown to him.

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3steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Last week, Jason Witten set a Dallas franchise record with 18 catches against New York. Granted, Miller is no Witten, but that number coupled with Miller's own touchdown total should sit favorably with fantasy owners pondering whether to start Pittsburgh's veteran tight end.

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4panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

4 rec, 48 yards, rec TD

Olsen caught three passes for 25 yards against his former team in Chicago in Week 8. He has been inconsistent from a fantasy perspective, but things should go better for him in Week 9 against a Redskins team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends.

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5buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

3 rec, 35 yards, rec TD

In the first four games of the season, Clark had nine catches for 81 yards. But in his past two games, he has eight catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders aren't too tough against tight ends, which makes Clark a nice sleeper tight end if yours is on a bye.

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6eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

3 rec, 34 yards, rec TD

Just two weeks ago, Tampa Bay's Dallas Clark caught five passes, including a touchdown, against New Orleans. Celek has been in a slump, but will be called upon in this contest.

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7bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

3 rec, 28 yards, rec TD

This is the best matchup Davis will see all season, as the middle of the Titans' pass defense has had trouble defending tight ends all year. Even so, Davis is probably not someone fantasy owners want to count on. He doesn't see a lot of targets, so he only has value if he gets a touchdown.

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8cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

6 rec, 67 yards

Coming off a record-setting day, Witten is closing in on Michael Irvin's all-time Cowboys record for catches. And at the age of 30 he is on pace to record his first career 100-catch season.

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9texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

5 rec, 65 yards

Daniels had four touchdown catches in his past five games going into the Texans' bye week. While the Bills have allowed just one touchdown catch from a tight end, Daniels remains a great start in Week 9.

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10bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

5 rec, 55 yards

While Gresham hasn't been a great disappointment, he hasn't been spectacular either. The Broncos do allow a lot of fantasy points to tight ends, though, so Gresham should be a good start in Week 9.

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11titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

4 rec, 53 yards

Cook may be the best fantasy option in Tennessee's offense this week. He has averaged 60 yards in four home games this season, and both of his touchdowns have come against NFC North opponents.

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12raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

5 rec, 53 yards

Since the Raiders' bye in Week 5, Myers has 15 catches for 155 yards and no touchdowns. He's obviously more helpful in PPR leagues because of his lack of touchdowns, and the Buccaneers have been pretty tough against tight ends this season.

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13falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

3 rec, 44 yards

Gonzalez has lost favor in the Atlanta passing game the past two weeks, seeing a combined 12 targets. Gonzalez is still someone to start on a weekly basis, but he is not performing on the same level as when he was tearing up the league in September.

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14giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

3 rec, 42 yards

Bennett has been more effective at home than on the road this season, having logged almost twice as many yards and five more catches in the same number of home/road dates.

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15vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

4 rec, 42 yards

Once again, Rudolph was a fantasy afterthought in Week 8. He caught two passes for 17 yards against the Buccaneers. The Seahawks have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season.

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16ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

3 rec, 41 yards

Pitta is clearly ahead of Ed Dickson on the Ravens' depth chart, but that means little to fantasy owners who bought into Pitta's fast start. He has not caught a touchdown pass or cracked the 50-yard mark since Week 3.

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17broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

3 rec, 40 yards

Tamme caught three balls for 33 yards against the Saints, and he still hasn't caught a touchdown pass since Week 1. The Bengals aren't strong against tight ends, but there should be better fantasy options for you elsewhere.

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18packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

3 rec, 36 yards

It just keeps getting worse for Green Bay's disgruntled tight end. Finley's drops have not gone away, and now he has fallen out of favor with Aaron Rodgers, seeing just 12 targets in the past three weeks despite injuries to the Packers' receiving corps.

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19chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 35 yards

Moeaki had his best game of the season, catching four passes for 57 yards against the Raiders. Moeaki joins a long list of tight ends you could use in a pinch if your fantasy starter is injured.

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20chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 35 yards

Gates had a two-touchdown game in Week 6 and a bye in Week 7, then went back to his disappointing ways in Week 8, with two catches for 14 yards against the Browns. It's time to start considering alternatives.

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21dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 35 yards

While Fasano caught just one pass against the Jets, he made it count, scoring his third touchdown of the season. Still, you should have better fantasy options at tight end in Week 9.

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22coltsDwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

4 rec, 35 yards

Allen, the Colts' other rookie tight end, caught four passes for 56 yards (second on the team behind Reggie Wayne) in Week 8. He's seeing more targets than tight end Coby Fleener, but fantasy owners should still find better alternatives for Week 9.

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23cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

3 rec, 31 yards

The Cardinals are dividing up the workload at tight end between Housler and Jeff King -- not a winning combination for fantasy owners. Housler is the better play of the two, but he's miles from being a viable fantasy option.

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24jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

3 rec, 27 yards

Blaine Gabbert has favored Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon in the passing game lately, leaving Lewis to pick up what's left over, which hasn't been much. Lewis did not score a touchdown or surpass the 25-yard mark in the month of October.

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25brownsJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

2 rec, 26 yards

The Browns' tight ends have been a non-factor for fantasy owners this season. Cameron hasn't caught more than two balls in any of the past five games, and Ben Watson hasn't been much better.

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26broncosJoel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen

2 rec, 25 yards

After four good fantasy weeks and a bye, many had big hopes for Dreessen against the Saints in Week 8. Instead, he didn't catch a pass and he saw just two targets. He should do better against the Bengals, who aren't great against tight ends, but it's tough to recommend starting him.

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27coltsCoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

3 rec, 25 yards

For the second week in a row, Fleener caught two passes from quarterback Andrew Luck. He still doesn't have a touchdown catch, and there are plenty of better fantasy options at tight end for Week 9.

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28redskinsLogan Paulsen

Logan Paulsen

3 rec, 25 yards

Despite Chris Cooley starting the game against the Steelers, Paulsen saw more targets and was a bigger part of the offense. He has eight catches for 118 yards in the past two weeks.

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29billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

3 rec, 22 yards

After scoring four touchdowns in his first four games, Chandler has no touchdowns on seven receptions and 59 yards in his last three games. Look elsewhere in Week 9, as the Texans host Chandler and the Bills.

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30redskinsChris Cooley

Chris Cooley

2 rec, 15 yards

Cooley started against the Steelers, but he was thrown to just once and he was unable to make the catch. Logan Paulsen appears to be the successor to tight end Fred Davis in Washington.

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