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Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends for Week 13

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Heath ranks the big guys for Week 13.

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Welcome to Week 13! Land of no more bye weeks. Land of a healthy Rob Gronkowski. Land of backup quarterbacks. Yada, yada, yada. Here’s to you guys for making it to the end of the regular season (in most leagues). Hopefully your season-long tilts went far better than my own.

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Week 13 Tight Ends

RANK PLAYER OPPONENT NOTES
RANK PLAYER OPPONENT NOTES
1 Travis Kelce @ OAK The Raiders allow the 8th most points to tight ends. The only "fear" here is game script if it gets out of hand early.
2 Zach Ertz vs. WAS Ertz is a volume-monster. There's no way I'm letting a tough matchup deter me from playing him.
3 Rob Gronkowski vs. MIN Fun fact: Gronk has a higher average depth of target this year (13.4) than any TE on this list. Back to being an elite option.
4 George Kittle @ SEA The three guys ahead of him have slightly better QBs...the quality of all these targets matters, okay?
5 Greg Olsen @ TB We are all the way down to the fifth tight end, and it's the dependable Olsen in a great matchup? TE isn't horrible anymore!
6 Eric Ebron @ JAC With Doyle out for the season, Ebron will now receive volume AND red area love? Amen. Be sure to check on his back injury.
7 Cameron Brate vs CAR As bad as Carolina has been vs. TEs, plus the absence of OJ Howard...Brate is an extremely solid play this week.
8 David Njoku @ HOU The Browns are featuring Landry less in recent games, and that's good for Njoku.
9 Jared Cook vs KC He's the best weapon in Oakland, and no one confuses the Chiefs D/ST with the '85 Bears.
10 Austin Hooper vs BAL Baltimore is pretty average against tight ends, and I trust Matty Ice more than the next guy's QB...
11 Jordan Reed @ PHI A backup QB throwing him the rock and a rough defense against TEs (4th fewest fake points allowed). Low ceiling.
12 Kyle Rudolph @ NE Offically in WTH territory. Signs of life last week, and his outlook improves even more if Diggs misses practice Thurs/Fri.
13 Trey Burton @ NYG A middling matchup, a backup QB, and a tight end who doesn't see a ton of volume. Low floor. High ceiling, though.
14 Vance McDonald vs LAC He's a candidate to move up this list if we see some healthy practices this week (he missed Wednesday).
15 Chris Herndon @ TEN A brutal matchup (Titans allow the fewest points to TEs) but Herndon is the guy in New York (really).
16 C.J. Uzomah vs DEN He's seeing a lot of volume from backup Jeff Driskel, but that should be dampened by A.J. Green's return.
17 Jonnu Smith vs NYJ A tough matchup (10th fewest points allowed) and he's not seeing a lot of volume.
18 Gerald Everett @ DET Another low volume, high upside play. Hard to see Detroit keeping pace, too.
19 Matt LaCosse @ CIN A great matchup (2nd most points) and LaCosse is the guy at TE. How much can you trust a guy you just met, though?
20 Jimmy Graham vs. ARI He did not practice on Wednesday. Stay tuned. He's a candidate to move up or down this list depending on reports.