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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 12 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 84.6  yards and a touchdown per game. He hasn’t scored a touchdown in his past two games so he’s due. Graham has six touchdowns in seven career games against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 249.2 yards and 2.1 touchdowns.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski will be a difficult cover for the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have allowed 279.1 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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3. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis is averaging 61.4 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 274.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 66.4 yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. He has a tough matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, but Gates could see more looks with Keenan Allen hurting.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 53.2 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He had 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed 238.1 yards and 1.4 touchdowns.
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6. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez is averaging 55.6 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He should see plenty of looks as the Atlanta Falcons try to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints.
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7. Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Garrett Graham had seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown last week against the Oakland Raiders. He is a strong play again this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have allowed 252.5 yards and two touchdowns per game.
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8. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is averaging 43.9 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. In the past three games without Reggie Wayne he’s averaged 68 yards per game. Fleener faces the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have allowed 243.5 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker has scored a touchdown in three of the past four games. On the year he’s averaging 40.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders. They just got torched by Garrett Graham. The Raiders have allowed 252.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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10. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen continues to offer low-end TE1 value. He should have a solid game against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year.
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With an exciting 11th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 12 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
With Gronk out Graham is now the top option without question. He has five touchdowns in his past four games. There is no reason to think he won’t continue to excel against the San Francisco 49ers.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten racked up seven more receptions giving him 65 in the past seven games. A trip to the end zone would be nice. The Washington Redskins have allowed seven tight end touchdowns so it could happen.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones is hurting so Gonzo could be active against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have allowed five tight end touchdowns, including four in the past five games.
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4. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates had a disappointing showing against the Denver Broncos. He should rebound against the Baltimore Ravens.
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5. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Davis should be able to produce against the New Orleans Saints.
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6. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez should be back just in time to replace Gronk. The New York Jets have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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7. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 64 yards in his past three games. The Oakland Raiders have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels is averaging 59.3 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. The Detroit Lions have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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9. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
I expect the Lions to have a hard time running against Houston. That’s when Pettigrew seems to be active. The Texans have allowed six tight end touchdowns.
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10. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers has three touchdowns in the past three games. The Bengals have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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11. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen remains a top weapon for Cam Newton. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed two tight end scores in the past three games.
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12. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley came off bye to score. He’s a risky TE1, but with Aaron Rodgers he could be solid against the New York Giants.
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13. Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts
Allen is averaging 57.8 yards over the past four games. The Bills have allowed three tight end touchdowns in the past three games.
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14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is not a legit TE1 against the Cleveland Browns without Big Ben in the lineup.
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15. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
He looked good prior to the bye. He’s a risk because Christian Ponder often forgets he’s there. Rudolph is a great athlete though. The Bears present a tough challenge.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 12 2011 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1.  Rob Gronkowski @ Philadelphia:  Creeping up on Megatron (11 TDs) for the league lead with ten TDs. Five in his last three games.
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2.  Jimmy Graham vs. New York Giants:  Leads all TEs with 87.3 yards per game.

3.  Antonio Gates vs. Denver:  Averaging 68 yards over the past five games with three scores.

4.  Tony Gonzalez vs. Minnesota:  Up to seven TDs after scoring for the third straight week.

5.  Jason Witten vs. Miami:  Averaging 64.3 yards with two TDs in the past three games.

6.  Aaron Hernandez @ Philadelphia:  Eagles have the corners to match up with the WRs but the TEs create mismatches.

7.  Vernon Davis @ Baltimore:  Has scored in consecutive weeks as he becomes a bigger part of the offense.

8.  Jermichael Finley @ Detroit:  Continues to be hit or miss with big game potential.

9.  Scott Chandler @ New York Jets:  Red zone threat that could see more looks with a banged up WR corps.

10.  Heath Miller @ Kansas City:  Averaging 62.0 yards over the past four games.

11.  Brent Celek vs. New England:  Averaging 61.8 yards with two TDs in his past five games.

12.  Kellen Winslow @ Tennessee:  Monster game (132 yards) and two more with scores in his past four games.

13.  Fred Davis @ Seattle:  Still catching passes (13 in past three games), but he’s only averaging 39.7 ypg during that stretch.

14.  Jake Ballard @ New Orleans:  With the WRs getting healthy Ballard has not been as productive in recent weeks.

15.  Tony Scheffler vs. Green Bay:  Has scored in three straight games.

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Here’s my Week 12 tight end rankings.

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1. Brandon Pettigrew vs. New England (Thursday)
2. Jacob Tamme vs. San Diego
3. Todd Heap vs. Tampa Bay
4. Chris Cooley vs. Minnesota
5. Kellen Winslow @ Baltimore
6. Tony Gonzalez vs. Green Bay
7. Vernon Davis @ Arizona (Monday)
8. Zach Miller (OAK) vs. Miami
9. Marcedes Lewis @ New York Giants
10. Jason Witten vs. New Orleans (Thursday)
11. Visanthe Shiancoe @ Washington
12. Jermaine Gresham @ New York Jets (Thursday)
13. Kevin Boss vs. Jacksonville
14. Jimmy Graham @ Dallas (Thursday)
15. Aaron Hernandez @ Detroit (Thursday)
16. Joel Dreessen vs. Tennessee
17. Rob Gronkowski @ Detroit (Thursday)
18. Greg Olsen vs. Philadelphia
19. Randy McMichael @ Indianapolis
20. Brent Celek @ Chicago
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Inside the numbers:

  • The Lions will be forced to throw a lot against New England, which works in their favor as the Patriots struggle to defend the pass. I’m expecting big things from Brandon Pettigrew this week.
  • Jacob Tamme shrugged off the back injury and caught seven catches for 70 yards. He’s a strong play yet again this week.
  • Todd Heap is averaging 51.4 yards with four touchdowns in his past five games.
  • I can’t trust Antonio Gates until he shows signs that he’ll be ready to go.
  • Jason Witten was more involved this week, but isn’t the focus of the offense the way he was in Weeks 7 & 8.
  • The Jets aggressive style lends itself to strong TE play. Look for Gresham to have a decent game.
  • With their WRs banged up, Kevin Boss figures to step up for the Giants.
  • I’m expecting Owen Daniels to be out again, meaning Joel Dreessen has fantasy relevance again.
  • ***UPDATE*** – Tony Moeaki (concussion) is out again this week. I added Jimmy Graham, and bumped him up a spell as Jeremy Shockey could miss this week as well.

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