Fantasy Player Projections

Tight Ends
1falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

8 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Gonzalez caught five passes for 62 yards against the Buccaneers Sunday, but was unable to score for the second game in a row. The last time he scored was in Week 10 against the Saints, when he caught 11 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

2patriotsAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

6 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Hernandez was able to return from an ankle injury against the Jets, just as the Patriots lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a broken arm. But Hernandez was only good for two catches on three targets and 36 yards. He should improve on those figures against the Dolphins.

3jetsDustin Keller

Dustin Keller

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

Keller caught five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in Week 12. It was just his second touchdown of his injury-shortened season, but Keller is worth starting in all leagues in Week 13 against Arizona.

4texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Yes, we're aware James Casey and Garrett Graham each saw five targets last week, but Daniels saw eight and caught the Texans' only touchdown pass. When these teams met in September Daniels had his best all-around fantasy effort of the season, with six catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

5saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Graham caught just four passes for 33 yards against the 49ers in Week 12. He was only targeted six times, but he has scored in all three games he has started against the Falcons in his career.

6buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

6 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Clark caught four passes for 65 yards against Atlanta, as quarterback Josh Freeman continues to feel more comfortable throwing to the veteran tight end. The Broncos' defense allows more fantasy points to tight ends than any other defense, which makes Clark a sneaky sleeper in Week 13.

7broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

4 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Tamme caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown at Kansas City in Week 12. He now has eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. The Bucs aren't great against tight ends, so Tamme could be productive once again.

8packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

4 rec, 51 yards, rec TD

The past two weeks suggest Finley is on the verge of having a breakout game, and this could be it. He has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games against the Vikings.

9ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Pitta has picked his game up in recent weeks, having caught two scores in the past three games. And against San Diego last Sunday he was targeted nine times, his most since Week 2.

10steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 47 yards, rec TD

Miller has been a road warrior this season, with four touchdowns and an average of 56.8 yards in six games. And his fantasy stock will receive a boost from Ben Roethlisberger's return.

11titansJared Cook

Jared Cook

3 rec, 42 yards, rec TD

Cook looked good last week and could find success against a Houston defense that helped Brandon Pettigrew match a season-best eight catches on Thanksgiving, and allowed Marcedes Lewis to catch two scores in Week 11.

1249ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

4 rec, 40 yards, rec TD

Davis was shut out against the Saints in Week 12. He was targeted just once, but he failed to make the catch. Colin Kaepernick looked Davis' way often in Week 11, so expect these two to connect more in Week 13 again.

13jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

4 rec, 38 yards, rec TD

Opposing tight ends have found the end zone three times versus Buffalo in the past four weeks. Lewis has found new life since Chad Henne began taking snaps under center.

14cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

7 rec, 74 yards

There is no stopping Jason Witten -- not on third down, or late in games, or when everyone knows where the ball is going. He caught eight passes in his last game against the Eagles.

15vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 64 yards

A concussion took Rudolph out of action early last week, and is something for fantasy owners to watch. This season he's been the most reliable (and sometimes only) weapon for Christian Ponder.

16eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

5 rec, 60 yards

Expect Celek and the Eagles to exploit the absence of Dallas' best cover linebacker (Bruce Carter) and also safety Orlando Scandrick. In his last trip to Big D, Celek had 52 yards and a touchdown.

17giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

4 rec, 55 yards

Bennett has largely been a disappointment this year, but his best yardage day came against Washington (79 yards on five catches). Last week, Dallas' Jason Witten caught nine balls against the Redskins' pass defense.

18lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 47 yards

Pettigrew was targeted 15 times last week, but that amounted to less than 25 percent of Matthew Stafford's 61 attempts. And in a game featuring a combined 65 points he didn't catch a touchdown. It's OK, fantasy owners with Pettigrew have learned to live without.

19panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

4 rec, 45 yards

Olsen caught four passes for 50 yards against the Eagles, and he now has 194 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his past three games. Those numbers make him a top-five tight end in that span. The Chiefs have been pretty strong against tight ends, so Olsen could slow this week.

20chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 35 yards

Moeaki caught two passes for 40 yards against Denver, but he's showing better athleticism in recent weeks. A breakout game could happen any week now, but it's tough to start him if you have more consistent alternatives.

21dolphinsCharles Clay

Charles Clay

3 rec, 35 yards

Clay had the breakout game many had been expecting, catching six balls for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks in Week 12. The second-year tight end is becoming a bigger part of the offense than Anthony Fasano right now.

22cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

4 rec, 35 yards

Housler caught eight passes for 82 yards against the Rams, posting his best game of the season. It comes one week after he was shut out on the score sheet. The sophomore has promise, but is not yet a reliable fantasy option.

23bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

4 rec, 35 yards

Gresham caught four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders in Week 12. He's one of the hottest tight ends in fantasy these days, but the Chargers have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends so far.

24chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

3 rec, 35 yards

Gates caught two passes for 13 yards against Baltimore and he continues to be a major disappointment at the tight end position. He has just four catches for 30 yards in his past two games, but he's still capable of a two-touchdown game, which means he has to start for most owners.

25raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

4 rec, 35 yards

Myers caught five passes for 37 yards against the Bengals and he was targeted six times in the loss. Over the past three games, only three other tight ends have more catches than Myers. But the Browns are one of the toughest defenses against tight ends, so it's hard to count on anything this week.

26billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

3 rec, 31 yards

The Bills have completed just one pass to Chandler from within the opponents' 10-yard line in the past eight games. This is the biggest reason why he hasn't emerged as a viable weapon for fantasy owners.

27coltsDwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

2 rec, 29 yards

The Colts expect to get Coby Fleener back this week, but fantasy owners should keep Allen atop the depth chart for now. He's healthy and has been productive in Fleener's absence.

28brownsBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

3 rec, 29 yards

Watson caught three passes for 26 yards against the Steelers in Week 12. He caught a pair of touchdowns in Week 11, but it was tight end Jordan Cameron who caught a touchdown pass this week. Watson is a backup fantasy tight end for now.

29redskinsLogan Paulsen

Logan Paulsen

2 rec, 25 yards

Paulsen came out of the gates strong, but in recent weeks has not seen much opportunity. The Redskins are relying more on their young receiving corps, leaving Paulsen to play the role of bit player in the passing game.

3049ersDelanie Walker

Delanie Walker

2 rec, 25 yards

Walker broke out for a big game in Week 12, catching three passes for 81 yards, but he left the game with a hip injury. Even if Walker is healthy in Week 13, the 49ers will likely look to get No. 1 tight end Vernon Davis more involved.

31seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

2 rec, 24 yards

Over the past two games Miller has averaged a measly 6.6 yards per catch. He just doesn't play a big role in this passing game, and in a game in which Seattle's passing will be minimized, Miller will feel the pinch.

32ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

2 rec, 24 yards

Kendricks caught a 37-yard touchdown as his lone catch against the Cardinals in Week 12. Despite the score, he remains a desperation option only.

33bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

1 rec, 13 yards

Davis played last week despite being hobbled by a bad ankle –- not that fantasy owners took notice. He has caught less than 50 percent of the balls thrown to him this year, and has caught more than two passes in a game just once.

34brownsJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

1 rec, 12 yards

Cameron caught a touchdown last week, but he's too inconsistent to start. Before finding the end zone against the Steelers, Cameron had been shut out in the prior two games.

35dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

1 rec, 7 yards

Fasano hasn't caught a touchdown since Oct. 28, and he hasn't caught more than one pass in a game since Oct. 14. Look elsewhere.

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