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Week 13 Rankings

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week 13 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at BUF -
2 Travis Kelce at NYJ -
3 Zach Ertz at SEA -
4 Jimmy Graham vs. PHI Questionable (ankle)
5 Delanie Walker vs. HOU -
6 Jared Cook vs. NYG -
7 Vernon Davis at DAL -
8 Evan Engram at OAK -
9 Hunter Henry vs. CLE -
10 Jason Witten vs. WAS -
11 Jack Doyle at JAC -
12 Kyle Rudolph at ATL -
13 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. KC -
14 Charles Clay vs. NE Questionable (knee)
15 Tyler Kroft vs. PIT Questionable (wrist)
16 Austin Hooper vs. MIN -
17 Julius Thomas vs. DEN -
18 Eric Ebron at BAL -
19 Ben Watson vs. DET -
20 Ricky Seals-Jones vs. LAR -
21 O.J. Howard at GB -
22 C.J. Fiedorowicz at TEN Sidelined (concussion)
23 Cameron Brate at GB -
24 David Njoku at LAC -
25 Marcedes Lewis vs. IND -
26 Jesse James at CIN -
27 Tyler Higbee at ARZ -
28 Josh Hill vs. CAR -
29 Ed Dickson at NO Questionable (ankle)
30 Garrett Celek at CHI -
31 Adam Shaheen vs. SF -
32 George Kittle at CHI Questionable (ankle)

TE Notes: With the Chiefs’ recent offensive swoon, Rob Gronkowski is back on top of Travis Kelce for TE1 by average points status. For Week 13, he’s headed home to Buffalo. As Evan Silva points out, Gronk has done pretty well in six career games at The Ralph, averaging 6/97/1. It helps that the Bills have been getting ripped to shreds by everyone not named Alex Smith. … Kelce has done all he can to weather Smith’s downturn, posting 70 yards in two of his past three games. He’s been the one reliable Chief. The Jets are not an imposing matchup. … That’s more like it, Zach Ertz. The TE2 by average points snapped his slump against the Bears with season highs in catches (10) and yards (103). Especially with Kam Chancellor done for the season, the Seahawks are not intimidating up the seam. … With Rishard Matthews (hamstring) sidelined, Delanie Walker is the Titans’ No. 1 receiver. Walker has gone at least 4/60 in five straight games.

Jimmy Graham is averaging just 9.1 yards per catch, literally five off his 2016 mark. You can do that when you lead the league in red zone targets (23) by four. … With Amari Cooper sidelined and Michael Crabtree suspended, things could not set up more perfectly for Jared Cook against the Giants’ league-worst tight end defense. If there’s reason for pause, it’s that Cook was quiet in a similarly A+ setup in Denver. The Giants’ somewhat revived defense also held Vernon Davis to zero catches on Thanksgiving. … Speaking of Davis, with Jordan Reed (hamstring) set to miss yet another game, Davis should bounce back against the Cowboys. Davis had cleared 60 yards in 6-of-7 games heading into Week 12. … Coming off his worst two-game stretch of the season, Evan Engram now has to deal with the Giants’ switch to Geno Smith. Even with Sterling Shepard (migraines) likely to return, Smith still figures to lock onto Engram. The Raiders are an attackable foe.

With none of the Cowboys’ receivers separating, expect Jason Witten to be a focal point against a Redskins defense that’s allowed the most tight end yardage (796). … Jacoby Brissett could go off the rails against the Jaguars, but quietly consistent Jack Doyle is the TE8 by average points. … Even if he plays this week, Greg Olsen’s health concerns and nonexistent 2017 production renders him a “wait-and-see” TE2. … Cameron Brate has one catch for 10 or fewer yards in four straight games. Even if Jameis Winston finally returns, O.J. Howard will be the play against the Packers’ stingy tight end defense. … Averaging 4/44 over the past month, Julius Thomas is a floor-based TE2 against the Broncos’ burnable tight end defense. ... If you were willing to count a player who has made only three appearances, Ricky Seals-Jones would be the TE3 by average points. The 22-year-old converted wide receiver has chemistry with Blaine Gabbert. Limiting Week 13 expectations is a tough matchup with the Rams.

Week 13 Kickers 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski at BUF -
2 Greg Zuerlein at ARZ -
3 Wil Lutz vs. CAR -
4 Matt Bryant vs. MIN -
5 Justin Tucker vs. DET -
6 Ryan Succop vs. HOU -
7 Kai Forbath at ATL -
8 Matt Prater at BAL -
9 Jake Elliott at SEA -
10 Chris Boswell at CIN -
11 Josh Lambo vs. IND -
12 Travis Coons vs. CLE -
13 Dan Bailey vs. WAS -
14 Harrison Butker at NYJ -
15 Graham Gano at NO -
16 Nick Rose at DAL -
17 Giorgio Tavecchio vs. NYG -
18 Phil Dawson vs. LAR -
19 Blair Walsh vs. PHI -
20 Chandler Catanzaro vs. KC -
21 Mason Crosby vs. TB -
22 Stephen Hauschka vs. NE -
23 Patrick Murray at GB -
24 Robbie Gould at CHI -
25 Cairo Santos vs. SF -
26 Cody Parkey vs. DEN -
27 Brandon McManus at MIA -
28 Randy Bullock vs. PIT Questionable (back)
29 Ka'imi Fairbairn at TEN -
30 Adam Vinatieri at JAC -
31 Aldrick Rosas at OAK -
32 Zane Gonzalez at LAC -

Week 13 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
2 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
3 Rams Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
4 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
5 Steelers Def/Spec Team at CIN -
6 Broncos Def/Spec Team at MIA -
7 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
8 Eagles Def/Spec Team at SEA -
9 Patriots Def/Spec Team at BUF -
10 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
11 Lions Def/Spec Team at BAL -
12 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at CHI -
13 Redskins Def/Spec Team at DAL -
14 Texans Def/Spec Team at TEN -
15 Vikings Def/Spec Team at ATL -
16 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
17 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
18 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
19 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at GB -
20 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. LAR -
21 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
22 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
23 Panthers Def/Spec Team at NO -
24 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
25 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
26 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
27 Colts Def/Spec Team at JAC -
28 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
29 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
30 Giants Def/Spec Team at OAK -
31 Browns Def/Spec Team at LAC -
32 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NE -


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