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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 12

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Charles Clay

Charles Clay

The usual suspects head up Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 12 tight end rankings, but this season hasn’t lacked for surprises when it comes to the position either. Take Miami’s Charles Clay for example. Not really on the radar entering this season, a serious leg injury suffered by Dustin Keller, provided Clay an opportunity for more playing time, and the hybrid fullback/tight end has made the most of it.

Clay has 42 catches for 474 yards and four touchdowns, along with one rushing score, which places him eighth in fantasy points among tight ends. He faces a pretty tough matchup this week with Carolina’s defense, but his versatility and obvious presence in the Dolphins’ offense makes it hard to bench him.

This doesn’t mean that Jimmy Graham won’t continue his domination at the position or that Rob Gronkowski or Julius Thomas won’t both put up big numbers when their teams face off on Sunday night. What it does mean is that Graham, Gronk, Thomas, along with the likes of Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten aren’t the only tight ends you have to own to make some noise at the position. After all, who would have guessed that Jordan Reed would emerge as a top-10 option in 2013 or that Garrett Graham or Delanie Walker would enter Week 12 with more fantasy points than Gronk, Jermichael Finley, Heath Miller, Jared Cook or Kyle Rudolph?

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 12 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

at ATL (Thurs.)

No TDs in last 2 G, still No. 1 fantasy TE by wide margin.

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. DEN

No debate on the one TD he caught vs. CAR on MNF.

3

Julius Thomas

DEN

at NE

Tied Graham with 10th TD grab, dealing w/ knee strain.

4

Vernon Davis

SF

at WAS (Mon.)

Shook off concussion, caught 8th TD pass.

5

Jason Witten

DAL

at NYG

Had 8 catches for 70 yards and 2 TD vs. Giants in Week 1.

6

Antonio Gates

SD

at KC

Only 3 TD catches, but still a top 5 fantasy TE.

7

Coby Fleener

IND

at ARI

Cardinals have surrendered 10 TD catches to TEs.

8

Jordan Cameron

CLE

vs. PIT

Just 1 TD catch in his last six games.

9

Greg Olsen

CAR

at MIA

Has a TD catch in three of last four games.

10

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

vs. NO (Thurs.)

Played through toe injury, caught 7 passes for 63 yds.

11

Jordan Reed

WAS

vs. SF (Mon.)

Held to just 1 catch for 12 yards last week by PHI.

12

Delanie Walker

TEN

at OAK

Quietly putting together solid (39-403-5) season.

13

Charles Clay

MIA

vs. CAR

Recorded 4th TD catch last week, top 10 fantasy TE.

14

John Carlson

MIN

at GB

Solid (12-167-1) production in 2 G w/o Rudolph.

15

Martellus Bennett

CHI

at STL

Rams giving up second-fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.

16

Garrett Graham

HOU

vs. JAC

Broke out (7-136-1) last week vs. Raiders.

17

Timothy Wright

TB

at DET

Has totaled 3 catches for 32 yards in last 2 games.

18

Rob Housler

ARI

vs. IND

Has 10 catches for 127 yards and a TD in last 2 games.

19

Heath Miller

PIT

at CLE

Season-high 8 catches (67 yards) last week.

20

Jared Cook

STL

vs. CHI

Bears have yielded just 2 TD receptions by TEs.

21

Brandon Pettigrew

DET

vs. TB

One TD reception this season.

22

Dallas Clark

BAL

vs. NYJ

Jets have had some problems defending TEs.

23

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

at BAL

One of few bright spots on offense last week for Jets.

24

Brandon Myers

NYG

vs. DAL

 

25

Anthony Fasano

KC

vs. SD

Fasano's presence in the passing game growing.

26

Andrew Quarless

GB

vs. MIN

 

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 12 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

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