The big news in the world of tight ends right now is Rob Gronkowski’s chest injury. My advice is to plan to start someone else. I don’t think he will play this week so naturally he won’t be in my rankings.
Last week the tight end position was unpredictable and I'll be the first to admit when I'm pretty off on my predictions. I was on a really good span of shot calling but last week for tight ends left a sour taste in my mouth. But I don’t think anyone had Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Gronk, and Travis Kelce finishing in the bottom seven TE’s (using my 25-TE rankings). And if you did you're either psychic and kept it to yourself because you want to win your league or need to start writing fantasy advice. This week should stable out however, so let’s get to the rankings.
BYE WEEKS: Atlanta, Denver, NY Jets, San Diego
Ladarius Green - Hey remember this guy? He made a name for himself in San Diego filling in for Antonio Gates when he was injured? He's in Pittsburgh now and made a quiet debut last week after missing nine games with an ankle injury. He's healthy now and last week he was slowly worked into the offense and managed to haul in three passes for 30 yards. I think this week he's a good streaming option. Green is going to see more action in the offense this week, although his involvement and splitting time with Jesse James will be a factor. Facing a weak Cleveland team, Green should be able to find space using his amazing athleticism that made him a hit on the Chargers. He should see more and more targets each week as he settles in so even if you don't need him I suggest picking this guy up for later use.
Lance Kendricks - He had one catch for zero yards last week, a pitiful performance especially coming off two solid games. But I'm sticking with him. A lot that goes into selecting who to start out of mid-tier TE's comes down to their matchup. Kendricks has a great matchup against Miami who give up around 12 points per game to tight ends. He has the potential for a solid week.
Zach Miller - With Alshon Jeffery suspended for the next four games, Miller's value shoots up. He along with the rest of the Bears WR core are going to have to make up for the loss of their top wide out. Cutler has a nice bond with Miller that will translate into a lot of those targets coming his way. He's already been a great option this year but Miller will solidify himself as a top tight end for the week's to come as long as Jeffery isn't on the field.