1. Jimmy Graham, NO @ STL
With Rob Gronkowski out Jimmy Graham's perch atop the TE rankings is no longer in jeopardy. He faces a tough matchup against St. Louis who has yet to allow an opposing TE to go for more than 82 yards and has only allowed four TD's to the position. Graham is on a scoring tear as of late as he has four TD's in the last three weeks. Graham is averaging 95.3 yards a game away from New Orleans so despite the matchup he is easily the top TE this week and for the rest of the season.
2. Julius Thomas, DEN vs. SD
When Julius Thomas faced the Chargers back in week 10 he put up his 3rd best yardage total of the season. As Peyton Manning has become more comfortable with his receivers this season Thomas's yardage numbers have suffered but his TD's have not as only Jimmy Graham has more this season. San Diego hasn't allowed a 100-yard game this season but only seven teams have allowed more scores to the position. Thomas burned them once and there is no reason to believe that he won't do it again this week.
3. Vernon Davis, SF @ TB
The closest competition to Jimmy Graham is a tie between Vernon Davis and Julius Thomas and against the Buccaneers Graham dropped an impressive 179 yards and one score back in week two. Davis's touches have fluctuated as of late but his proficiency in the redzone makes him a must start as he's scored in four straight weeks and only Graham has more TE scores. Tampa has only allowed the one 100-yard game to Graham but has allowed two TE scores in the last three weeks. Davis is locked in as a top 5 TE1 for the remainder of the season.
4. Jordan Cameron, CLE vs. CHI
Only four teams have allowed fewer TE scores this season but only the Arizona Cardinals have allowed more yards to position than the Bears. They have allowed two 100-yard games to Jimmy Graham and Jordan Reed who are both athletic TE's much like Jordan Cameron. Only Graham has more yards than Cameron this season and Cameron brought smiles to the faces of fantasy managers everywhere as he put up a monster game in week 14 which is typically the first week of the playoffs in the majority of fantasy leagues. Cameron might have trouble finding the endzone but he's a near lock for an 80+ yard game.
5. Charles Clay, MIA vs. NE
Charles Clay had his best fantasy game of the season last week against the Steelers with 97 yards and two scores. He's been the offensive Claymaker the last four weeks with three scores and three games of 80 yards or more. Clay struggled against the Patriots back in week eight but the New England defense is reeling and has given up an average of 29 points over the last three weeks including three TD's to opposing TE's. Only six teams have allowed more yards to opposing TE's which drops Clay into the top 5 TE1 rankings.
6. Tony Gonzalez, ATL vs. WAS
If he didn't regret not retiring earlier in the season Tony Gonzalez sure does now as the Falcons have barely clawed their way to three wins this year. His numbers have been a little better as of late with two scores in the last two weeks but he only has one game of over 80 yards in the last eight weeks. This week could be the break he needs as the Washington R-words come to town allowing the third most scores to the TE position this season. They have yet to allow a 100-yard game to opposing TE's but have allowed two scores in the last three weeks. Gonzo will likely retire (for real this time) at the end of the season so enjoy his last few remaining games while you can.
7. Jacob Tamme, DEN vs. SD
Jacob Tamme only has two games with more than one reception this season but with Wes Welker ruled out with a concussion Tamme will assume his position in the slot against the Chargers. It's a rare, weird situation in which you can use Tamme, who'll be playing wide receiver, in your tight end slot. Gronk problem solve! After Welker's head got rung like the Mingun Bell last week Tamme registered four receptions in relief. The Chargers pass defense has been terrible this season on all fronts as they've allowed the most yards to WR's, surrendered the night most scores to TE's and only four teams have allowed more passing yards. In other words, it's all green lights for any offensive player on the Broncos and Tamme is in line for some work.
8. Antonio Gates, SD @ DEN
Give Antonio Gates a drum and slap some pink ears on his helmet because the Energizer Bunny has been replaced. Gates just keeps going and has the third most receiving yards in the NFL after everyone had written him off this season. Gates has struggled to score this season but has two 100-yard games and only one game all season with less than six targets. Only two teams have allowed more receiving yards to the TE position than the Broncos this season and they've allowed three of the five TE scores in the last four weeks. The most yardage that Gates has put up in the last eight weeks came against Denver so look for him to have another nice outing with this soft matchup.
9. Greg Olsen, CAR vs. NYJ
Greg Olsen has finally become a permanent fixture on the TE rankings this season as only six players have more receiving yards through 13 weeks. He's scored four times in the last seven weeks and had his highest target and reception total of the season last week against New Orleans. He has an excellent matchup this week at home as only seven teams have allowed more scores and more yardage to opposing TE's than the Jets. They allowed tall, athletic TE's like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski take them out behind the woodshed so give Greg Olsen a 2x4 and a spot on your roster this week.
10. Jason Witten, DAL vs. GB
Jason Witten is on track for his lowest yardage total in the last six years but has a decent shot at a career high in TD's. Witten has averaged a miserable 31 yards a game over the past four weeks but has salvaged those numbers a bit with three scores. This is a great matchup for Witten as he is averaging a whopping 45.9 more yards per game at home this season and only seven teams have allowed more TD's to opposing TE's than the Packers. Green Bay hasn't allowed a TE to go for more than 36 yards in the last five weeks but they have allowed two scores in the last three.
11. Coby Fleener, IND vs. CLE
Coby Fleener has finally become a consistent cog in the Colts offense as he's averaged 8.4 targets for the last five weeks. He only has one score during that stretch but only seven teams have allowed more TD's to opposing TE's than the Texans so this should be his week to put up another six on the board. The Houston defense has allowed three of their seven TD's in the last four weeks against sub-par talent like Mychal Rivera and Marcedes Lewis. Fleener isn't an every week starter yet but if this run continues we could be talking about him quite a bit at the start of next season.
Delanie Walker, TEN vs. ARI
Delanie Walker had scored three TD's in four weeks heading into week 12 and 13 and then when into hibernation against Oakland and Indianapolis with 51 total yards including five against the Colts last week. This week he faces the Cardinals who seemingly forget to watch gametape on opposing TE's each week which has resulted in giving up the most yards and the most scores to the position in the NFL. Arizona has allowed three 100-yard games this season and four scores to opposing TE's in the last three weeks. Walker has career numbers in targets, receptions, yards and TD's this season and he will build on that this week against the Cardinals TE-allergic defense.
Brent Celek, PHI @ MIN
A basic fantasy football rule of thumb this season is if your player is facing the Vikings, you should start him immediately. They've allowed the second most scores to TE's, are tied for the third most scores to WR's and are sixth in the NFL in RB's TD's allowed. So if you have an Eagle on your roster, including Brent Celek find an open spot on your roster. The Vikings have allowed five TE scores in the last six weeks and have given up multiple scores opposing TE's in four games this season. Celek hasn't seen many touches this season but has nine targets and a score in the last two weeks. He's not a lock for big points this week but you have to embrace the suck that is the Minnesota Vikings and put him in your lineup.