Fantasy Player Projections

Tight Ends
1saintsJimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham

7 rec, 99 yards, rec TD

Heath Miller beat up the Cowboys' defense last week, slipping past Anthony Spencer on his touchdown catch. Fantasy owners have been waiting patiently for Graham to explode. This week, he will.

2patriotsAaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

8 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Hernandez caught 10 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco in Week 15. There are no better options at the tight end position right now.

3ravensDennis Pitta

Dennis Pitta

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Pitta's fantasy owners are officially fans of the Ravens' new offensive coordinator. Under Jim Caldwell, Pitta had a career day with seven grabs for 125 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the Broncos. With five touchdowns in his past six games, he's worth a start in all fantasy formats.

4vikingsKyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Rudolph caught three passes for just 22 yards at St. Louis in Week 15. He's due for another good week, and the Texans are not very good against opposing tight ends.

5eaglesBrent Celek

Brent Celek

5 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

Celek missed Week 15 with a concussion, but he's hopeful of playing against the Redskins in Week 16. He should be: Washington gives up the most points to tight ends in the league.

6falconsTony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez

5 rec, 58 yards, rec TD

The middle of the Lions' defense has been vulnerable in the second half of 2012, allowing a touchdown to an opposing tight end in four of the past six weeks.

7jetsJeff Cumberland

Jeff Cumberland

4 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Cumberland led the Jets with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown at Tennessee in Week 15. He's a speedy tight end who the Jets are beginning to use regularly. He has 11 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns in his past four games.

8panthersGreg Olsen

Greg Olsen

5 rec, 52 yards, rec TD

Olsen caught five passes for 56 yards at San Diego in Week 15. He had caught two touchdown passes in his previous two games, and he should score against the Raiders in Week 16, too. Oakland has allowed eight touchdown catches to tight ends this season.

9texansOwen Daniels

Owen Daniels

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Daniels caught four passes for 40 yards against the Colts Sunday. He hasn't scored in three games, but he remains a very good fantasy tight end with six touchdown catches on the season.

10steelersHeath Miller

Heath Miller

5 rec, 44 yards, rec TD

Miller has now set a single-season best for touchdowns (eight) and is eight catches and 18 yards away from reaching new highs in those categories as well. He had 53 yards and a score earlier in the year against Cincinnati.

11dolphinsAnthony Fasano

Anthony Fasano

3 rec, 35 yards, rec TD

Fasano had his best day of the season in Week 15 against the Jaguars, catching six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. He now has touchdowns in back-to-back games and is starting to look like a top-20 tight end again.

12cowboysJason Witten

Jason Witten

6 rec, 64 yards

It felt like Pittsburgh held Witten in check last week, and yet he still had five catches and a touchdown by game's end. The Saints let Dallas Clark be the Buccaneers' leading receiver last week (eight catches). Do the math.

13giantsMartellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett

5 rec, 60 yards

Bennett caught just one pass for 15 yards at the Falcons in Week 15. Despite the quiet game, he still has 11 receptions for 129 yards in his past three games. He's a borderline fantasy starter in Week 16 against the Ravens.

14lionsTony Scheffler

Tony Scheffler

4 rec, 47 yards

Brandon Pettigrew's high-ankle sprain will likely keep him out another week. Scheffler finished second on the team in every significant receiving category last week (seven targets) and yet wasn't worth a whole lot to fantasy owners.

15bengalsJermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

4 rec, 46 yards

The Steelers have done a good job of covering opposing tight ends this season and last week held Jason Witten to just 43 yards, his lowest since September. It might be a good week to sit Gresham.

16packersJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

3 rec, 45 yards

Reports hinting that Finley will receive his walking papers have seemingly motivated the often aloof tight end. He's tightened his grip on the football, dropping fewer passes, and his production has increased accordingly.

17chargersAntonio Gates

Antonio Gates

4 rec, 45 yards

Gates caught four passes for 31 yards and a touchdown against Carolina in Week 15. Gates hadn't scored since Week 10, but the Jets are average against tight ends. That makes the veteran a good bet in fantasy play this week.

18coltsDwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

4 rec, 45 yards

Allen caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown at Houston in Week 15. He tied for the team lead in receptions and he continues to outperform fellow rookie tight end Coby Fleener.

19billsScott Chandler

Scott Chandler

5 rec, 45 yards

Chandler caught five passes for 58 yards against Seattle in Week 15. Over the past two weeks, he has 10 catches for 129 yards, and he's worth a look against the Dolphins in Week 16. However, he only caught two passes for 30 yards against them in Week 11.

20chiefsTony Moeaki

Tony Moeaki

3 rec, 40 yards

Moeaki caught three passes for 36 yards at Oakland on Sunday. He was expected to perform better as the Chiefs' most reliable receiving threat now that Dwayne Bowe is out for the year. He's still a sleeper in Week 16, however.

21buccaneersDallas Clark

Dallas Clark

4 rec, 35 yards

Clark caught a team-high eight passes for 42 yards at New Orleans in Week 15. The Buccaneers could move the ball through the air, but they couldn't get into the end zone before turning it over. Clark is a middle-of-the-road fantasy option in Week 16.

22raidersBrandon Myers

Brandon Myers

3 rec, 35 yards

Myers caught just two passes for 15 yards against the Chiefs in Week 15. His Week 14 bust apparently wasn't a mirage, and he now has just six targets and three receptions in the past two weeks. It's time to look elsewhere.

23ramsLance Kendricks

Lance Kendricks

3 rec, 32 yards

Kendricks caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against Minnesota. He now has a touchdown catch in two of his past four games, but there are still more reliable options out there in fantasy.

24broncosJoel Dreessen

Joel Dreessen

3 rec, 30 yards

Dreessen caught two passes for 36 yards at Baltimore in Week 15. The Broncos' tight ends just haven't been consistent fantasy producers lately, so look for an alternative.

25brownsBenjamin Watson

Benjamin Watson

3 rec, 28 yards

Watson caught two passes for 12 yards in Week 15 against the Redskins. He has delivered a couple strong weeks recently, but he's not consistent enough to rely on in most fantasy leagues.

26redskinsLogan Paulsen

Logan Paulsen

3 rec, 25 yards

Paulsen caught four passes for 47 yards at Cleveland in Week 15, but won't be a startable fantasy tight end until he sees those numbers every week.

27broncosJacob Tamme

Jacob Tamme

3 rec, 25 yards

Tamme did not catch a pass in Week 15 at Baltimore. With Brandon Stokley on the field for a lot of plays, Tamme is seeing fewer snaps. His fantasy production is too erratic to earn him a start during the fantasy playoffs.

2849ersVernon Davis

Vernon Davis

2 rec, 25 yards

Davis continued to be a fantasy bust late in this season, with just one catch for 10 yards at New England in Week 15. The news isn't any better when looking at his past four games, in which he has just four catches for 29 yards. Fantasy owners need to look elsewhere in Week 16.

29seahawksZach Miller

Zach Miller

3 rec, 25 yards

Miller caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown at Buffalo in Week 15, his second game in a row with a score. He deserves some fantasy consideration for Week 16 against the 49ers, who have allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends this season.

30cardinalsRob Housler

Rob Housler

3 rec, 25 yards

Housler caught two passes for 13 yards against the Lions in Week 15 and has 21 catches for 146 yards in his past four games. He doesn't score touchdowns, though, which kills his fantasy value.

31titansCraig Stevens

Craig Stevens

2 rec, 20 yards

Stevens is filling in for Jared Cook, but he's little more than a placeholder. He doesn't have the athleticism or experience Cook brings to the table, and he's not going to factor much into Tennessee's game plan in these final weeks.

32jaguarsMarcedes Lewis

Marcedes Lewis

3 rec, 18 yards

Lewis caught three passes for just eight yards in Week 15 at Miami. There are so many superior options this week, Lewis isn't even worth a look.

33bearsKellen Davis

Kellen Davis

2 rec, 12 yards

Davis didn't make any catches against the Packers in Week 15, mostly because he was never targeted. Look elsewhere for a fantasy tight end.

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