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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 11

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Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas

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

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Rob Gronkowski

NE

at CAR (Mon.)

Coming off of bye, went for 9-143-1 in last game.

2

Jimmy Graham

NO

vs. SF

No TD last week for just third game this season.

3

Julius Thomas

DEN

vs. KC

Second only to Graham with 9 TD catches.

4

Jordan Cameron

CLE

at CIN

Caught season-high 10 passes in Week 4 vs. CIN.

5

Antonio Gates

SD

at MIA

No TD catches in last five games.

6

Jordan Reed

WAS

at PHI

No. 1 fantasy TE over last four weeks.

7

Vernon Davis

SF

at NO

Suffered concussion last week, monitor status.

8

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

at TB

Injured his toe last week. Iron man streak in jeopardy?

9

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. NE (Mon.)

Held to season lows across the board by 49ers.

10

Coby Fleener

IND

at TEN (Thurs.)

Saw season-high 10 targets (4 rec.) last week.

11

Martellus Bennett

CHI

vs. BAL

Has 3 TDs in first two games, just one since.

12

Charles Clay

MIA

vs. SD

Just 13 receptions, 1 TD over last four games.

13

Timothy Wright

TB

vs. ATL

Held to just 1 catch (19 yards) on MNF vs. MIA.

14

John Carlson

MIN

at SEA

Came up big (7-98-1) in first game w/o Rudolph.

15

Scott Chandler

BUF

vs. NYJ

Best game of season vs. Jets (5-79-1) in Week 3.

16

Tyler Eifert

CIN

vs. CLE

Saw season-high 10 targets w/ Gresham out.

17

Rob Housler

ARI

at JAC

Recorded first career TD catch (34 GP) last week.

18

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

at PIT

Posted season-high 70 yards receiving last week.

19

Heath Miller

PIT

vs. DET

Minimal impact over last four games.

20

Delanie Walker

TEN

vs. IND (Thurs.)

Hauled in fourth TD catch last week.

21

Garrett Graham

HOU

vs. OAK

Keenum TD to TE last week went to Griffin not Graham.

22

Zach Miller

SEA

vs. MIN

 

23

Dallas Clark

BAL

at CHI

 

24

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

vs. CLE

Did not play last week b/c of groin injury.

25

Brent Celek

PHI

vs. WAS

Redskins have given up 7 TD catches to TEs.

26

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

at BUF

Missed last game two weeks ago (concussion).

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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 11 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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