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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 15

Author:
Charles Clay

Charles Clay

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.

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2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

Rk

Player

Team

OPP

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:

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 15 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers