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Fantasy Football 2016 Tight End Rankings: Week 13

Tyler Eifert

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Remember when it was a forgone conclusion that Rob Gronkowski was going to be the No. 1-ranked fantasy tight end every week and the debate would be who was next? Well the battle for the top spot is on with the news on Thursday that Gronk has a herniated disc in his back and will undergo surgery. It's safe to assume that, from a fantasy standpoint, Gronk's season is over.

Jordan Reed also is hurting right now, dealing with a Grade 3 AC joint separation in his left shoulder, which has already caused him to miss practice time.

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So that leaves Greg Olsen, Travis Kelce (coming off back-to-back 100-yard games) and Jimmy Graham as the most likely leadoff options for this week’s rankings, and it’s possible Tyler Eifert could sneak into the conversation too. Two guys who already are eliminated from consideration are Delanie Walker and Gary Barnidge, as Tennessee and Cleveland are the last two teams to go on bye.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Cleveland, Tennessee

Note: Rankings were updated once it was reported that Rob Gronkowski would need back surgery.

Rk

Player

Team

Opp

1

Jimmy Graham 

SEA

vs. CAR

2

Travis Kelce

KC

at ATL

3

Greg Olsen 

CAR

at SEA

4

Tyler Eifert 

CIN

vs. PHI

5

Kyle Rudolph 

MIN

vs. DAL (Thurs.)

6

Eric Ebron 

DET

at NO

7

Cameron Brate 

TB

at SD

8

Antonio Gates 

SD

vs. TB

9

Zach Ertz 

PHI

at CIN

10

Martellus Bennett 

NE

vs. LA

11

C.J. Fiedorowicz 

HOU

at GB

12

Vance McDonald 

SF

at CHI

13

Jason Witten 

DAL

at MIN (Thurs.)

14

Coby Fleener  

NO

vs. DET

15

Lance Kendricks 

LA

at NE

16

Hunter Henry 

SD

vs. TB

17

Jordan Reed 

WAS

at ARI

18

Vernon Davis 

WAS

at ARI

19

Jared Cook 

GB

vs. HOU

20

Ladarius Green 

PIT

vs. NYG

21

Dennis Pitta 

BAL

vs. MIA

22

Jermaine Gresham  

ARI

vs. WAS

23

Will Tye 

NYG

at PIT

24

Jack Doyle 

IND

at NYJ (Mon.)

25

Virgil Green 

DEN

at JAC

26

Clive Walford 

OAK

vs. BUF

27

Charles Clay 

BUF

at OAK

28

Julius Thomas 

JAC

vs. DEN

29

Dwayne Allen 

IND

at NYJ (Mon.)

30

Josh Hill

NO

vs. DET


— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.