1. Rob Gronkowski @ CAR
Rob Gronkowski finally reached the end zone for the first time in the three games he has played this season. Gronk has been targeted the most of any Patriots pass catcher in the last three games (32) and has corralled an average of 96 receiving yards over his last three games. The Panthers defense has been stingy this season, but has had a glaring problem covering tight ends over the past few weeks. The Carolina defense has surrendered tight end touchdowns in two of their last three contests and this will be a close game, requiring Tom Brady to find his trusty steed.
2. Jimmy Graham vs. SF
After finishing with just 59 yards in a demolition of the JonesBoys last week, Jimmy Graham will not be denied on consecutive weeks. The 49ers defense has allowed just three touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, but when you square off with a cast of characters such as Jim Dray and Clay Harbor, this isn't an accurate assessment. On the two occasions Graham hasn't reached the end zone this season, he has scored a pair of touchdowns the following week. If he doesn't reach for the pylon this week, someone needs to check his temperature.
3. Antonio Gates @ MIA
Miami is playing as if they are incognito and need to purchase some new jock straps before they hit the field this week. After allowing the Bucs to rub MRSA in their face, it seems natural for Antonio Gates to continue his success in week eleven. Gates has quietly accumulated a second best 612 yards this season, but hasn't reached the end zone since week four. Nonetheless, only four teams have allowed more tight end touchdowns (6) than the Miami Dolphins, which makes Gates rather intriguing this week.
4. Jordan Cameron @ CIN
It doesn't matter if you have a soup can or an elite quarterback, Jordan Cameron is going to accumulate yards and touchdowns. For the first time this season, Cameron failed to surpass 35 yards of receiving, but this week he faces a Cincinnati defense that has struggled to defend tight ends. The Bengals defense has allowed a fifth-most five touchdowns to tight ends this season and three of these grabs have come over the past four weeks. The Browns are off of the bye week, which allowed them an extra week to exploit the Bengals weakness to cover tight ends.
5. Vernon Davis @ NO
Vernon Davis left last week's game versus the Panthers with a concussion, which left fantasy owners screaming in disgust as he logged just two yards before exiting the field. It is worth monitoring his status throughout the week, but if he is deemed healthy, he should see adequate action this week. The Saints defense has surrendered just three touchdowns to tight ends this season, which is a definite concern. Nonetheless, the 49ers passing game has been much maligned, but in order to defeat a Saints team that will score a high volume of points, Colin Kaepernick will need to ramp up the passing game, meaning Davis should see an increased amount of passes.
6. Tony Gonzalez @ TB
Good ol' Gonzo has found the end zone just four times this season, but he managed to score against a stingy Panthers defense two weeks ago. The Atlanta offense has been rather vile, which attributes to his minor lapse in production. Gonzalez caught a touchdown in an earlier matchup with the Bucs this season and he is due to emerge. Tampa Bay has allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends this season, but they have surrendered a fairly respectable 485 receiving yards. Please monitor his status on Sunday morning as he is battling a toe injury, but all signs point to Gonzo being ready for Sunday's game.
7. Julius Thomas vs. KC
The Chiefs haven't allowed a tight end touchdown in nine games this season, but it seems likely the trend will end this week. Julius Thomas has caught a touchdown in four of his last five matchups and only Jimmy Graham has caught more touchdowns (10) than the Orange Julius (9). Peyton Manning will look to use Thomas' size and athleticism to combat the physicality of the Kansas City defense. The Chiefs will hit reality and face their first challenge with Thomas and a talented Broncos team ready to prove they are the best in the AFC.
8. Greg Olsen vs. NE
Greg Olsen is steaming hot after catching a pair of touchdowns over the past three weeks. The Patriots have allowed just two touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, but only 11 teams have awarded more yards (484) to pass catchers than New England. Olsen has been targeted 12 times in his last three games and is quietly evolving as the Panthers play more competitive games, which requires more passing to stay competitive.
9. Martellus Bennett vs. BAL
Only five tight ends have caught more touchdowns (4) than Martellus Bennett this season, which bodes well for fantasy owners this week. The Ravens defense has allowed a fifth-most six touchdowns to tight ends this season, along with a whopping 517 yards. Bennett has recorded just one touchdown in his last seven games, but he has been targeted a fifth-most 61 times this season, which makes him favorable start against a Ravens defense that has struggled to defend tight ends.
10. Jordan Reed @ PHI
Jordan Reed hauled in a touchdown grab last week and dropped another against the Vikings last week. He has reached the end zone in two of his last four games and Reed has been targeted a whopping 28 times in the last four matchups. The Eagles defense allowed their first touchdown to a tight end against Green Bay last week and Reed has quickly become RG3's security blanket in the red zone.
Scott Chandler vs. NYJ
Scott Chandler hasn't scored a touchdown since week six, but he has a great chance to end this skid against a Jets team that allowed him to produce a career-high 79 yards and a touchdown in week three. Chandler is one of multiple tight ends to shred the Jets defense, which has surrendered a fourth-most six touchdowns this season. E.J. Manuel spent last week getting his feet underneath him after missing several weeks with a knee sprain, which benefits Chandler this week.
Rob Housler @ JAC
Rob Housler has been injured and ineffective for the majority of the season, but he has topped 50 receiving yards in two of his past three games. He reached the end zone for the first time last week and he squares of with a Jaguars defense that has awarded a second-worst eight touchdowns to tight ends this season. Bruce Arians has always featured the tight end in his offensive scheme and now that Housler is healthy, we are starting to see production again. If you have a starter on a bye week, Housler is the perfect option to roll the dice with in week eleven.