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Here’s a look at the LestersLegends Super Bowl XLVIII fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
2. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
3. Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos
4. Luke Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2013-14 NFL Playoffs.
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1. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
2. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
3. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
4. Michael Hoomanawanui, New England Patriots
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham was held out of the end zone last week and managed just 44 yards. He averaged 75.9 yards and a touchdown per game during the regular season. He had 42 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis averaged 56.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game during the regular season. The fun continued with 37 yards and a touchdown last week against the Green Bay Packers. He’s averaging 97.2 yards and a touchdown in his past six playoff games.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas averaged 56.3 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He averaged 72.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in two meetings with the San Diego Chargers.
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4. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen averaged 51 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. With Steve Smith out or limited, Olsen will a primary target for Cam Newtwon.
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5. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is inconsistent, but he had 46 yards and a touchdown last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. If the New England Patriots look to take T.Y. Hilton out of the equation, Fleener could see an uptick in value.
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6. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates averaged 54.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game during the regular season. He had just one catch for five yards last week, but I expect a heavier workload against the Broncos.
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7. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
Zach Miller had 86 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the New Orleans Saints. I wouldn’t expect a repeat, but he could produce a decent game.
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8. Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
Ladarius Green scored a touchdown last week. He’s not a great play, but could play a factor.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football tight end rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham averaged 75.9 yards and a touchdown per game. He’s the undisputed top tight end in the game and is going up against the league’s worst pass defense in terms of yards allowed. The Philadelphia Eagles allowed 289.8 passing yards per game.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis averaged 56.7 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He scored in the final six games. He’ll look to extend that streak against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack allowed 247.3 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game. Davis had 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first game against Green Bay. In his past five playoff games he’s averaging 109.2 yards and a touchdown.
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3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates averaged 54.5 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s a clear step down from the top two, but he’s the best of the rest. Gates takes on the Cincinnati Bengals.
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4. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Celek averaged 31.4 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. In his final five games he averaged 42.4 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. Celek takes on the New Orleans Saints.
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5. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener averaged 38 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He’s a little hit-or-miss, but he had seven games with at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown. Fleener faces the Kansas City Chiefs.
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6. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz averaged 29.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. In his final six games he averaged 44.7 yards and 0.7 touchdowns.
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7. Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers
Andrew Quarless averaged 45.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his final four games. He’s a low-end play against the San Francisco 49ers.
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Here’s a look at the LestersLegends’ Super Bowl XLVII fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis was a forgotten man for most of the regular season, but stepped up his game in the NFC Championship against the Atlanta Falcons. Davis hauled in five of his six targets for 106 yards and a touchdown. His size and speed combination is a nightmare to deal with when he’s an active part of the game plan.
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2. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta doesn’t have the upside that Davis does, but he is the more reliable option. He averaged 45.7 yards in the three playoff wins, but he scored in two of the three games. Going back to last year, he has scored in three of his past four playoff games. Pitta has seven touchdowns in his past 11 games. He’s a significant red zone threat.
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3. Delanie Walker, San Francisco 49ers
Walker finished the season as the preferred tight end target for Colin Kaepernick, but has been quiet during the playoffs. Walker caught just one pass in each game for a total of 37 yards. It is certainly possible that he will re-emerge in the passing game, but it’s a bit of a risk.
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4. Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens
Dickson combined for 53 yards in the Ravens’ first two playoff wins, but was not targeted against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. He’s not a good option for the Super Bowl.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends tight end rankings for the  the AFC & NFC Conference Championship Games of the 2012-13 NFL Playoffs.
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1.  Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Aaron Hernandez caught six passes for 85 yards last week. With Rob Gronkowski down, the Patriots will lean heavily on Hernandez. He missed the first meeeting with the Baltimore Ravens, but should be a focal point in the AFC title game.
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2. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo won his first career playoff game. He caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown along the way. The San Francisco 49ers allowed eight tight end touchdowns during the season.
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3. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta caught three passes for 55 yards against the Denver Broncos. He scored a touchdown in the Wild Card win over the Indianapolis Colts. He’ll be leaned on heavily against the Patriots. He had 50 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 3 and 41 yards and a touchdown against them in last year’s AFC title game.
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4. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis and Delanie Walker were each targeted five times in the Divisional Round. They each caught one pass. Davis went for 44 yards. While Walker has been more productive down the stretch, Davis still has more upside. Davis has more upside while Walker is probably the safer play.
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5. Delanie Walker, San Francisco 49ers
See Davis, Vernon.
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6. Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens
Dickson has started to see a little more work of late, but he’s typically the sixth option for the Ravens in the passing game.
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Here are the Lester’s Legends fantasy football tight end rankings for the Wild Card Round.
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1.  Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley finished strong, averaging 56.6 yards in his past six games. He averaged 66 yards in two games against the Minnesota Vikings. He is averaging 68 yards with two touchdowns in five career games against the Vikes.
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2. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta scored five touchdowns during Weeks 10-16. He averaged 75.7 yards and a touchdown during Weeks 14-16.
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3. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham’s 737 yards were the most among the tight ends playing in the Wild Card Round.
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4. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels struggled down the stretch, but finished with the second most yards (716) of the Wild Card tight ends.
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5. Kyle Rudloph, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph’s nine touchdowns are the most of the Wild Card tight ends. He had just 20 yards in Week 17 against the Packers, but had 55 yards and a score in the first meeting.
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6. Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks
Miller averaged 22 yards with two touchdowns in his last four games. He’s a decent option against a weak Redskins secondary.
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7. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Allen and Coby Fleener give the Colts two solid tight ends. Unfortunately there isn’t enough for either to be reliable fantasy options.
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8. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Fleener scored last week, giving him two touchdowns in the past five game. He hasn’t had multiple receptions since Week 8.
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9. Logan Paulsen, Washington Redskins
Paulsen had just two receptions for 14 yards in the last two games of the year. He’s not a quality option.
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