Fantasy Player Projections

 
Tight Ends
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1patriotsAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

7 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Hernandez caught eight passes for the second straight game and finished with 58 yards and two touchdowns Monday against Houston. He's healthy once again. The 49ers have a tough defense, but they also have allowed five touchdowns to tight ends this season.

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2raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

4 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Myers had his worst game of the season just one week after having his best week. He caught three passes for 49 yards against the Chiefs earlier this season, but he has become a bigger part of this offense since then.

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3packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

4 rec, 59 yards, rec TD

In his last visit to the Windy City, Finley caught seven balls for 85 yards and three scores. Fantasy owners haven't seen that level of production yet this season, but they'd gladly accept a watered-down version Sunday.

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4vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

4 rec, 53 yards, rec TD

The Bears snapped Rudolph's three-game touchdown streak last week, but we have a hunch he'll start a new one against St. Louis. After all, the Rams have given up nice numbers to Rob Housler and Scott Chandler in recent weeks, and Rudolph is better than both.

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5texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

3 rec, 46 yards, rec TD

Indianapolis has given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end in four straight games, and that list includes both the league's elite (Rob Gronkowski) and unknown (Lee Smith).

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6cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

5 rec, 42 yards, rec TD

The bright spot in last week's 58-0 drubbing by Seattle -- if there can be a bright spot in a game like that -- was Housler's seven-catch effort. The one-time unknown is projected to catch more than 50 passes this year. Not bad.

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7steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

4 rec, 41 yards, rec TD

Six of Miller's seven touchdowns this season have come with Ben Roethlisberger under center. The Cowboys have struggled to defend the tight end position since losing Bruce Carter.

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8saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

7 rec, 90 yards

Graham caught five passes for 56 yards against the Giants in Week 14, but he was held out of the end zone for the third straight week. Graham missed the Saints' last game against the Buccaneers, but he caught 13 passes for 202 yards in two games against the Bucs last season.

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9giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

6 rec, 59 yards

Opposing tight ends have gained 50 or more yards receiving against Atlanta in each of the past three weeks. Bennett, meanwhile, has caught five balls in New York's last two games.

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10bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

4 rec, 56 yards

Gresham has averaged 6.2 targets this season, and he has caught touchdowns in three of his past five games. He is still a No. 2 fantasy tight end, but this week's matchup is better than most.

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11panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

6 rec, 50 yards

Olsen caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons in Week 14. If Brandon LaFell (toe) remains sidelined again, Olsen can expect more passes to come his way. He now has four touchdowns in his past five games.

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12falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

4 rec, 48 yards

Gonzalez has been efficient in recent weeks, just not productive. He has caught 17 of the 19 balls thrown to him, but for an average of just 60.3 yards per week and with just one total score. His hot start to the season died off weeks ago; he's just an average fantasy starter now.

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13lionsBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

4 rec, 46 yards

Pettigrew's bum ankle kept him out for most of the Lions' loss to Green Bay. With the team's second, third and fourth wide receivers out, the Lions need Pettigrew to keep defenses from crowding Calvin Johnson.

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14ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

4 rec, 45 yards

Pitta caught five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 14. After a hot start to the season and a mediocre middle, Pitta is once again a solid fantasy tight end, scoring three touchdowns in his past five games.

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15chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

4 rec, 42 yards

With Dwayne Bowe (ribs) out for the season, the Chiefs will need some more production out of players like Moeaki. When they get near the end zone, he will be a big target for Brady Quinn. Even so, he caught just one pass in Week 14, so it's tough to recommend him as a starter.

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16chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 40 yards

Gates caught just three passes for 31 yards at Pittsburgh in Week 14. He hasn't caught a pass since Week 10 and he's looking more and more like Anthony Fasano than Antonio Gates.

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1749ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

4 rec, 40 yards

Davis had yet another bad fantasy performance, this time against the Dolphins in Week 14, catching just one pass for four yards. It's tough to blindly start him these days, so look for better alternatives before Week 15. It's possible you don't have better options, and it's possible that he breaks off another 83-yard performance, like he did in Week 11. It's Big risk/big reward with Davis these days.

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18eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

3 rec, 38 yards

To play, Celek must gain clearance from the concussion he suffered in last week's win over Tampa Bay. Even if he is able to go, fantasy owners should pencil someone else in at tight end.

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19billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

4 rec, 38 yards

Chandler caught five balls for a season-high 71 yards against the Rams in Week 14, and he continues to be one of Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite targets. Unfortunately, the Seahawks are the toughest team against tight ends in the league, allowing just two touchdowns to them all season.

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20cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

3 rec, 37 yards

The Steelers understand that stopping the Cowboys starts with stopping Witten. Easier said than done. Still, Pittsburgh has done a good job of covering the middle of the field lately and if any team can slow down the league's best pass-catching tight end, it's Pittsburgh.

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21buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

3 rec, 35 yards

Clark had just one grab for 19 yards against the Eagles in Week 15. But he has three touchdowns in his past five games and scored his first touchdown of the season against the Saints, whom he plays in Week 15.

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22broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

3 rec, 35 yards

Tamme had four targets in Week 14 against the Raiders, and he caught just two passes for 24 yards. That was devastating to many, considering his 98-yard performance the week before. The Ravens are solid defending the position, so look elsewhere in Week 15.

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23ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

2 rec, 31 yards

Kendricks has collected 30-40 yards in five of his last eight games. He offers fantasy owners very little upside in any scoring format.

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24broncosJoel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen

3 rec, 30 yards

Dreessen caught his fifth touchdown pass of the season, and his first since Week 9, against the Raiders in Week 14. The Ravens' defense, however, is especially tough against tight ends.

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25seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

3 rec, 30 yards

While Miller didn't have 105 receiving yards like teammate Anthony McCoy, he did catch two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. He's still not a reliable fantasy tight end, however.

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26lionsTony Scheffler

Tony Scheffler

2 rec, 29 yards

Depending on Brandon Pettigrew's availability, Scheffler could have a nice week against a Cardinals defense that surrendered 134 yards and a touchdown to Seattle's tight ends last week.

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27coltsDwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

2 rec, 24 yards

With Allen and Coby Fleener both back on the field, the Colts no longer have a viable fantasy tight end. Allen is seeing slightly more work, but not enough to justify a start.

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28jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

2 rec, 24 yards

Lewis caught just one pass for four yards against the Jets Sunday. With so many starters sidelined for Jacksonville, you'd think Lewis' numbers would have climbed. That wasn't the case –- and he should be avoided for now in most fantasy formats.

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29seahawksAnthony McCoy

Anthony McCoy

3 rec, 24 yards

McCoy caught three passes for a season-high 105 yards, including a 67-yard catch, against the Cardinals in Week 14. Don't expect that again this season.

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30titansCraig Stevens

Craig Stevens

3 rec, 24 yards

With Jared Cook (shoulder) out for the season, Stevens has a chance to pick up some late-season stats. Fantasy owners should still steer clear, however.

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31redskinsLogan Paulsen

Logan Paulsen

2 rec, 21 yards

The Redskins don't really have a tight end -- not one who factors into the passing game, anyhow. Last week Paulsen was targeted once, and Washington tight ends have caught just six balls during the team's four-game winning streak.

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32jetsJeff Cumberland

Jeff Cumberland

2 rec, 20 yards

Cumberland made just one catch at Jacksonville in Week 14, but it was for 37 yards to lead the team in receiving yards. With Dustin Keller sidelined, Cumberland will continue to see some action, but not enough to warrant fantasy consideration.

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33dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

2 rec, 15 yards

Fasano caught two passes for nine yards and a touchdown at San Francisco in Week 14. He was targeted twice as many times (four) as tight end Charles Clay, but neither should be counted on in fantasy right now.

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34brownsJordan Cameron

Jordan Cameron

2 rec, 12 yards

The Browns are still developing their passing attack, and Cameron is so far down the list of available options at this point that he's hardly worth fantasy owners' attention. He has caught just four passes in Cleveland's last four home games.

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35bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

1 rec, 11 yards

Davis is coming off of his best game in two months, having caught three passes for 25 yards against Minnesota. Yep, you read that right -- that's his best game in two months.

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