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Week 11 Tight End Rankings

Kyle Rudolph is expected back this week, but does that mean he should be starting for you right away? Robert has his thoughts with his TE rankings for week 11.

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Well hopefully you made it through last week, as a lot of very good TE's were on a bye.  Now players like Rob Gronkowski, Dwanye Allen and others are back.  At this point in the season, if you don't own one of the top TE's, you may be better off trying to stream at the position every week.  The list of TE's I wouldn't stream if I owned would be, Gronk, Graham, Thomas, Gates, Olsen, and Bennett.  If you own any of the other guys, I would stream from week to week to fill this spot in your starting lineup because of the uncertainty that lays with the middle class of Tight Ends.  Yesterday we covered the QB, RB, and WR, positions, so now it is time to tackle the TE's.  Below are the top 32 TE's in order for week nine, and some added commentary below on a few guys.  Without dragging this intro longer, let's dive right into the commentary and rankings.

Travis Kelce - As our leader Ray Guilfoyle has continuously said throughout the season, one of these weeks he will have that breakout game.  I believe that it will happen this week against the SeahawksMychal Rivera caught two TD's against him two weeks ago, and Seattle has allowed the fourth most points to opposing TE's.

Kyle Rudolph - He is on track to play for the first time since his sports hernia injury in week 3, and I see him playing a decent number of snaps when he does come back here.  Chase Ford was okay while playing with Teddy Bridgewater, which should mean that Rudolph will find success as well.  Rudolph is better than Ford, and is a great redzone target for a young QB.  The yardage may not be there this week, but I believe that he will score a TD in his first game back.

Jared Cook - Last week was the first time that Cook scored a TD this year, which is because of Lance Kendricks.  I don't feel great about ranking him this high, but I look at the guys ranked after him and none of them present the upside or great matchup that Cook has.

Zach Ertz - Well it's about time that a TE in the Eagles offense had a big game this year.  Too bad though that guy ended up being Brent Celek last week.  This does show that the Tight End position is still useful in Philly, and I believe that Ertz will ultimately benefit from it in the long run.  This week is big for us to see which of the two is truly the go-to-guy.  I think Celek was just an anomaly last week, and that Ertz will take all of his work going forward.

John Carlson - If you are only worried about picking up a few points from your TE this week, then just start Carlson.  He has consistently been mediocre this season, but at least each week he gives you something.  That is more than can be said about others at the position, but the upside just isn't there with Carlson.  Pencil him in for 2-4 points this week and move on if you want to not deal with another headache that comes with those ranked right around him.

Teams On Bye: Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Jets

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots Colts
2 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints Bengals
3 Julius Thomas Denver Broncos Rams
4 Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers Falcons
5 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers Raiders
6 Dwayne Allen Indianapolis Colts Patriots
7 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs Seahawks
8 Martellus Bennett Chicago Bears Vikings
9 Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders Chargers
10 Jordan Reed Washington Redskins Buccaneers
11 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings Bears
12 Larry Donnell New York Giants 49ers
13 Coby Fleener Indianapolis Colts Patriots
14 Jared Cook St. Louis Rams Broncos
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tampa Bay Buccaneers Redskins
16 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers Giants
17 Charles Clay Miami Dolphins Bills
18 Heath Miller Pittsburgh Steelers Titans
19 Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles Packers
20 Tim Wright New England Patriots Colts
21 Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati Bengals Saints
22 John Carlson Arizona Cardinals Lions
23 Lance Kendricks St. Louis Rams Broncos
24 Scott Chandler Buffalo Bills Dolphins
25 Niles Paul Washington Redskins Buccaneers
26 Chase Ford Minnesota Vikings Bears
27 Andrew Quarless Green Bay Packers Eagles
28 Brent Celek Philadelphia Eagles Packers
29 Eric Ebron Detroit Lions Cardinals
30 Gary Barnidge Cleveland Browns Texans
31 Richard Rodgers Green Bay Packers Eagles
32 Cooper Helfet Seattle Seahawks Chiefs