Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 11

Julius Thomas is second only to Jimmy Graham in touchdowns and fantasy points among tight ends this season

As dominant as Jimmy Graham has been this season, his bad foot and tough matchup are enough reasons to remove him from the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 11 tight end rankings, at least for this week. Rob Gronkowski isn't exactly 100 percent healthy, but he is coming off of a bye and in his last game caught nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Graham still leads the NFL in touchdown catches (10) and is dominating his peers when it comes to on-field production and fantasy points, but the plantar fasciitis he is battling in his foot continues to limit his snaps, and he has a difficult test ahead of him in San Francisco's athletic, physical linebackers and secondary. Gronk and the Patriots take on Carolina, who has a pretty nasty defense of its own, but from a fantasy perspective the Panthers have been more generous to tight ends than the 49ers.

These aren't the only two tight ends worth paying attention to either, as Denver's Julius Thomas has somewhat quietly put together an impressive breakout season. Thomas is second only to Graham in both touchdown catches (9) and fantasy points, as Peyton Manning's big, athletic target has scored in all but one game so far. The Broncos host undefeated Kansas City, and as impressive as the Chiefs' defense has been this season, the only top-flight tight end it has faced is Cleveland's Jordan Cameron. And when it comes to comparing the Browns' offense to the Broncos' attack, it's pretty obvious that Thomas has a much more dangerous and productive supporting cast to help draw attention and coverage away from him. This should be an interesting game-within-the-game to watch Sunday night.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Dallas, St. Louis

1Rob GronkowskiNEat CAR (Mon.)Coming off of bye, went for 9-143-1 in last game.
2Jimmy GrahamNOvs. SFNo TD last week for just third game this season.
3Julius ThomasDENvs. KCSecond only to Graham with 9 TD catches.
4Jordan CameronCLEat CINCaught season-high 10 passes in Week 4 vs. CIN.
5Antonio GatesSDat MIANo TD catches in last five games.
6Jordan ReedWASat PHINo. 1 fantasy TE over last four weeks.
7Vernon DavisSFat NOSuffered concussion last week, monitor status.
8Tony GonzalezATLat TBInjured his toe last week. Iron man streak in jeopardy?
9Greg OlsenCARvs. NE (Mon.)Held to season lows across the board by 49ers.
10Coby FleenerINDat TEN (Thurs.)Saw season-high 10 targets (4 rec.) last week.
11Martellus BennettCHIvs. BALHas 3 TDs in first two games, just one since.
12Charles ClayMIAvs. SDJust 13 receptions, 1 TD over last four games.
13Timothy WrightTBvs. ATLHeld to just 1 catch (19 yards) on MNF vs. MIA.
14John CarlsonMINat SEACame up big (7-98-1) in first game w/o Rudolph.
15Scott ChandlerBUFvs. NYJBest game of season vs. Jets (5-79-1) in Week 3.
16Tyler EifertCINvs. CLESaw season-high 10 targets w/ Gresham out.
17Rob HouslerARIat JACRecorded first career TD catch (34 GP) last week.
18Brandon PettigrewDETat PITPosted season-high 70 yards receiving last week.
19Heath MillerPITvs. DETMinimal impact over last four games.
20Delanie WalkerTENvs. IND (Thurs.)Hauled in fourth TD catch last week.
21Garrett GrahamHOUvs. OAKKeenum TD to TE last week went to Griffin not Graham.
22Zach MillerSEAvs. MIN 
23Dallas ClarkBALat CHI 
24Jermaine GreshamCINvs. CLEDid not play last week b/c of groin injury.
25Brent CelekPHIvs. WASRedskins have given up 7 TD catches to TEs.
26Jeff CumberlandNYJat BUFMissed last game two weeks ago (concussion).

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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