Is there really any question who is atop Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 10 tight end rankings? If Jimmy Graham can continue to dominate the position while playing with a bad case of plantar fasciitis, we may as well just retire the No. 1 spot to him and be done with it. In "limited" action the past two weeks, all Graham has done is catch 12 passes for 153 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the NFL with 10 touchdown receptions, is fifth in receiving yards (746) and tied for 10th in receptions (49) and he's at less than 100 percent? Unreal.
With Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron both on bye, which tight end will be the one to try and challenge Graham for top scoring honors in Week 10? Against Minnesota, Tony Romo connected with Jason Witten for his second 100-yard game this season, but this week Witten faces a New Orleans defense that is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Other games on the schedule include San Diego-Denver and Carolina-San Francisco, matchups that feature top-10 fantasy tight end options across the board. However, this does not mean significant fantasy production is a given for any of them.
Denver's Julius Thomas sustained an ankle injury in his last game and it remains to be seen if the bye week provided enough time for him to heal completely. On the other side is San Diego's Antonio Gates, who is facing a very different Denver defense now that All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is back in the lineup. Out in San Francisco, Vernon Davis and the 49ers face a Panthers defense that is third in yards and second in points allowed, while Greg Olsen goes up against a defense that is coming off of a bye and could have All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith back in the lineup.
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 10 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
Went for 9-116-2 last week w/ limited snaps, bad foot.
Davis will be needed vs. stingy Panthers D.
Posted second 100-yard game of season last week.
Hope is bye week allowed sprained ankle to heal.
Has 65 rec. for 821 yds. and 6 TDs in 15 G vs. DEN.
TD catch vs. Panthers Gonzo's first since Week 4.
at MIN (Thurs.)
Minnesota has given up 7 TD catches to TEs.
Had season-best 8 rec., 90 yds. vs. DET in Week 4.
49ers have been tough on TEs.
Averaged 21.4 ypc on 3 catches vs. Texans.
at TB (Mon.)
Really needs to score to be valuable.
Just 79 yards receiving in last 3 games combined.
vs. MIA (Mon.)
Quickly becoming No. 2 target for Bucs.
Cardinals allowing most fantasy pts. to TEs.
Colts have surrendered 1 TD catch to a TE.
Other than Gronk, Steelers have fared well vs. TEs.
Bears have given up 53 catches, but just 2 TDs to TEs.
Since Week 1: 16-199-0, incl. 2 games w/ 0 rec.
Jags giving up fourth-most fantasy pts. to TEs.
vs. WAS (Thurs.)
In line for more targets with Rudolph out (broken foot).
Joined in on the TD fun vs. Raiders last week.
Gresham continues to eat into opportunities.
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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