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Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight Ends in Week 14

Welcome to the playoffs, ladies and gents!

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The big news of the week is Rob Gronkowski’s one-game suspension for a late hit against Tre’Davious White. Like it or love it, all it means this week is that Gronk is not at your disposal.

Hunter Henry has an epic matchup against Washington. The Redskins have allowed seven scores to tight ends and the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends overall.

Eli Manning returns under center, which makes me feel better about Evan Engram. Sterling Shepard put in a limited practice on Thursday, so hopefully he is active again and will draw some attention away from Engram.

Jason Witten the Giants-killer will always be ranked aggressively by yours truly whenever he draws the GMen. It helps that the Giants are the league’s worst defense against tight ends—though they have righted the ship over the last two weeks against Washington and Oakland. Still, Witten posted a 7-59-1 line (9 targets) against the GMen in Week 1. I’d prefer to lean his way instead of trusting the Giants.

Zach Ertz is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, so if he misses time his understudy Trey Burton will be a candidate to vault up this list into solid TE2 territory.

Cameron Brate is back since Jameis Winston is back and seems to favor Brate over the rookie O.J. Howard.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins gets a cheese matchup against Denver...perhaps he’ll finally not have a touchdown taken away from him!

Stephen Anderson and Ricky Seals-Jones make for solid streamers this week, especially Anderson (given last week’s 12 targets).

Charles Clay would be an epic start if Tyrod Taylor were healthy and if Clay himself were healthy. As is, it is tough to get excited about his prospects against the Colts.

Dwayne Allen hasn’t proven to be viable whenever Gronkowski misses, so I think you’re only using him as a TE2 option and hoping for a touchdown.

Greg Olsen returns to a brutal matchup against the Vikings, and I want no part in it.

The tight end position is beginning to look especially ugly. Maybe that’s just Gronk’s absence and Ertz’s potential absence...but there are a lot of guys that just haven’t panned out this year. For my part, I love chasing what looks like a sizable amount of volume for Stephen Anderson this week. I will be flexing him in at least one format.

Good luck out there, and feel free to haggle away in the comments!

Week 14 Tight End Rankings

1 Travis Kelce vs. OAK
2 Jimmy Graham @ JAC
3 Delanie Walker @ ARI
4 Hunter Henry vs. WAS
5 Evan Engram vs. DAL
6 Jason Witten @ NYG
7 Jack Doyle @ BUF
8 Zach Ertz @ LAR
9 Cameron Brate vs. DET
10 Austin Seferian-Jenkins @ DEN
11 Kyle Rudolph @ CAR
12 Stephen Anderson vs. SF
13 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. TEN
14 Jared Cook @ KC
15 Julius Thomas vs. NE
16 David Njoku vs. GB
17 Charles Clay vs. IND
18 Vernon Davis @ LAC
19 Tyler Kroft vs. CHI
20 Eric Ebron vs. TB
21 Austin Hooper vs. NO
22 Benjamin Watson @ PIT
23 Dwayne Allen @ MIA
24 Greg Olsen vs. MIN
25 Trey Burton @ LAR
26 Jesse James vs. BAL
27 Marcedes Lewis vs. SEA
28 O.J. Howard vs. DET
29 Garrett Celek @ HOU
30 Josh Hill @ ATL
31 Seth DeValve vs. GB
32 Ed Dickson vs. MIN