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Week 12 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings: Julius Thomas on the Rise

Up to date rankings of NFL TEs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 12.

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Nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. WRs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Rank Player Team Last Week
1 Rob Gronkowski Patriots 1
2 Greg Olsen Panthers 2
3 Tyler Eifert Bengals 3
4 Gary Barnidge Browns 4
5 Delanie Walker* Titans 7
6 Benjamin Watson* Saints 8
7 Julius Thomas Jaguars 14
8 Jordan Reed* Washington 6
9 Antonio Gates* Chargers 5
10 Travis Kelce* Chiefs 10
11 Jimmy Graham* Seahawks 11
12 Jacob Tamme* Falcons 12
13 Crockett Gillmore Ravens 20
14 Richard Rodgers Packers 18
15 Heath Miller Steelers 16
16 Kyle Rudolph Vikings 23
17 Martellus Bennett* Bears 9
18 Eric Ebron Lions 15
19 Charles Clay* Bills 13
20 Zach Miller Bears ---
21 Owen Daniels Broncos 17
22 Zach Ertz Eagles 30
23 Coby Fleener Colts 25
24 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Buccaneers ---
25 Jason Witten* Cowboys 22
26 Justin Perillo Packers ---
27 Ladarius Green Chargers 19
28 Brent Celek Eagles ---
29 Jordan Cameron* Dolphins 21
30 Maxx Williams Ravens ---
31 Larry Donnell Giants 24
* - notable players with increased PPR value

Notes:

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. Where we have healthy paths to the playoffs, playoff schedules matter more than the coming weeks; where we are fighting for playoff spots, we need to get to the playoffs to even make the playoffs relevant. Check the schedules.

  • Denoting PPR value with an asterisk is mainly for deciding your flex spots where a TE is a legitimate option in your deeper PPR leagues. Otherwise, it is very difficult to justify a TE as a flex. Jacob Tamme may be the cut-off spot in 12-team leagues.

  • Julius Thomas is the primary benefactor from Allen Hurns playing hurt and ineffective. Expect consistent volume and scoring opportunities to solidify him in the top-10 with top-5 upside.

  • Jordan Reed (MCL) is expected to play, but is always a deeper injury waiting to happen. He is top-3 when healthy, but is not healthy right now.

  • Be careful with these ranks. After Jordan Reed, we may be better off streaming whomever is playing the Giants, Lions, 49ers, Seahawks, or Chargers.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.