Charles Clay went for 97 yards and two touchdowns last week against Pittsburgh
The injury bug has struck again, causing some changes to Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 15 tight end rankings. The biggest being the removal of Rob Gronkowski, who tore his ACL and MCL last week. It's somewhat fitting that Gronk's season ends with yet another serious injury, as he missed the first half of the season recovering from back surgery.
Gronk was productive for his owners when he was in there, but the injuries have already taken a toll on his playing time and it's only a matter of time before that carries over to his draft value. Especially considering he's staring at another lengthy recovery and rehabilitation process, perhaps as long as a year, directly in the face.
While Gronkowski may be done for the season, another injured tight end who had a triumphant return was Dennis Pitta. One of Joe Flacco's favorite targets, Pitta dislocated his hip in training camp and at one time was feared lost for the entire season. He made his way back, however, and any one who doubted his importance to Baltimore's passing attack need look no further than the six passes for 48 yards and touchdown catch he produced against Minnesota last week in his first action of the season. It's a bit of a risk, but Pitta could be the answer to someone in need of a Gronkowski replacement or looking for more production from their tight end. Last season, Pitta and Flacco hooked up 61 times for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.
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 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
|1||Jimmy Graham||NO||at STL|
|2||Julius Thomas||DEN||vs. SD (Thurs.)|
|3||Vernon Davis||SF||at TB|
|4||Greg Olsen||CAR||vs. NYJ|
|5||Tony Gonzalez||ATL||vs. WAS|
|6||Jordan Cameron||CLE||vs. CHI|
|7||Jason Witten||DAL||vs. GB|
|8||Charles Clay||MIA||vs. NE|
|9||Antonio Gates||SD||at DEN (Thurs.)|
|10||Delanie Walker||TEN||vs. ARI|
|11||Dennis Pitta||BAL||at DET (Mon.)|
|12||Coby Fleener||IND||vs. HOU|
|13||Garrett Graham||HOU||at IND|
|14||Martellus Bennett||CHI||at CLE|
|15||Jacob Tamme||DEN||vs. SD (Thurs.)|
|16||Jordan Reed||WAS||at ATL|
|17||Heath Miller||PIT||vs. CIN|
|18||Jared Cook||STL||vs. NO|
|19||Ladarius Green||SD||at DEN (Thurs.)|
|20||Rob Housler||ARI||at TEN|
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
Additional Week 15 Positional Rankings