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Week 16 tight end rankings

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1. Vernon Davis vs. ATL

After this past week, we now have five straight games with a score for Vernon Davis. This makes ten of thirteen games that he has started where he has scored. He also ranks third amongst tight ends in yardage and second in total scores with 12. Atlanta packed it in on defense several weeks ago. The two passing touchdowns per game they are allowing ranks third worst. They have particularly struggled against tight ends, allowing the third most touchdowns to that position.

2. Jimmy Graham @ CAR

There is a pretty good chance that if you started Jimmy Graham last week, you are now playing for third place rather than first. Here's hoping the rest of your roster went all Jamaal Charles on the competition. Graham's fourteen overall touchdowns trail only Charles. Yeah, you could linger on Graham's gutter ball last week. The more positive way to look at is that Graham was targeted twice in the end zone. One time he was triple covered and it led to an interception. The other time, Janoris Jenkins made a solid play to break up the touchdown pass. Graham scored twice two weeks ago against Carolina. It remains to be seen if they change up their game plan to better hold him in check this time around.

3. Jason Witten @ WAS

As demoralizing as their epic collapse must have been; the Cowboys have to be happy with the continued domination by Jason Witten. He has scored in three of four and four of six. This week he gets to take his turn with the Washington Whipping Boy Defense. The Redskins are allowing the third most touchdowns to opposing tight ends. This includes touchdowns in four of the last six. I don't foresee them having any success defending against Witten here.

4. Jordan Cameron vs. NYJ

Jordan Cameron pulled his own Jimmy Graham disappearing act this week. The blame for Cameron's vanishing act can be thrown more at the feet of Jason Campbell though. After receiving 33 targets over the previous four games, he received a measly six targets last week, and two of those came on the last drive in garbage time. Over the last twelve games, the Jets have either allowed a tight end touchdown and/or at least 79 yards to the position in every game but one. If Cameron can get the targets he needs, he will dismantle the Jets.

5. Julius Thomas @ HOU

Due to injury, Julius Thomas has only scored once since Week 11. Fortunately, he is still being targeted by Peyton Manning. In the two starts since returning from his knee injury he has been targeted seven and eight times respectively. Houston has allowed tight end touchdowns in four of the last six games, despite facing only one quality tight end (Rob Gronkowski) over that span.

6. Charles Clay @ BUF

Buffalo has allowed eight tight end touchdowns, including one each of the last four weeks. Charles Clay scored in their earlier matchup, but that was also his only catch of that game. Speaking of one-catch weeks; that is what Clay doomed his owners with last week. Doubly-painful for those owners is that it wasn't a touchdown either. If you throw out last week's albatross, Clay had been targeted 42 times over his prior five games. During that span he had 28 catches, 315 yards, and three touchdowns. With both Ryan Tannehill and Charles Clay kicking it into high gear, Buffalo's defense should be putty in Clay's hands.

7. Dennis Pitta vs. NE

Dennis Pitta scored in his first start since returning from hip surgery. He then posted a quiet second game back. Joe Flacco has had no qualms about looking Pitta's way early and often. He already has 15 targets over those two starts. New England is amongst the league bottom-feeders in tight end receptions allowed and they have allowed six touchdowns to the position. This includes two weeks ago when Jordan Cameron schooled them to the tune of 9-121-1.

8. Delanie Walker @ JAX

Delanie Walker is back healthy again, and he scored last week versus the Cardinals. That alone shouldn't be a caveat to start him, because each and every one of you could line up at tight end and score against the Cardinals. What that score did do, is reassure Walker's owners that Ryan Fitzpatrick hadn't forgotten about him while he out with his injury. Prior to leaving Week 13 early with a concussion, Walker had scored in three of five. During that span he had 34 targets, 24 catches, and 264 yards. Jacksonville has struggled mightily allowing nine tight end touchdowns, and an average of 6-68 to the position.

9. Tony Gonzalez @ SF

Tony Gonzalez has scored in three straight. It's a tad bit unfortunate that Atlanta started so slowly this season, because it appears that Gonzo wants to go out with a bang. This matchup won't be a cakewalk for Tony G. against an otherwise tough defense. Tight end is one of those spots that can be exposed against the 49ers. They have allowed six tight end scores this year, including one each of the last two weeks.

10. Greg Olsen vs. NO

Two weeks back, Greg Olsen gained only 40 yards against the Saints. Of course, he did catch eight passes on twelve targets in that game, so PPR-leaguers are not complaining too much. Olsen has 44 targets over the last five games. During that run he has 28 catches for 299 yards and a pair of scores. New Orleans just allowed Lance Kendricks and something called Cory Harkey to score last week. Zach Miller and Vernon Davis have also both scored against this defense recently.

Sleepers:

1. Zach Miller vs. ARI

Last week, Delanie Walker continued the castration of the Cardinals defense by opposing tight ends. Their performance is beyond laughable, it's downright ludicrous. Zach Miller has only four touchdowns on the season, but one of those came in Week 7 at Arizona. Seattle has been utilizing their tight ends of late, Miller rolled up 9-155-1 over the two games surrounding their bye. He then got hurt and Luke Wilson posted a 3-70-1 in his place the following week. Neither of them did anything last week, but neither of them was facing this defense either. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they both scored here.

2. Tim Wright @ STL

Tim Wright has scored in back-to-back games, for the second time this season. Hopefully he fairs better following this pair of scores than he did earlier this season. Back then, he posted back-to-back one-catch encore performances after the initial pair of touchdowns. St. Louis has allowed only four tight end scores, so this won't be a pushover game for Wright.

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