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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 13 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 86 yards and a touchdown per game. He has a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, but I don’t think anyone can contain him.
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2. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski is averaging 86.6 yards per game and has scored a touchdown in his past three games. He’s facing the Houston Texans. As long as he’s healthy, nobody can contain him either.
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3. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis continues to deliver. He’s a solid bet to score a touchdown when he’s healthy. He’s facing the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 247 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
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4. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas is averaging 59 yards and a touchdown per game. He scored in his last meeting with the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning likes him near the goal line. As long as his knee checks out, he should be solid in this one.
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5. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett is averaging 48.3 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should smoke the Minnesota Vikings. He scored a pair of touchdowns against them in their last meeting. The Vikes have allowed 281.7 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.
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6. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 51.7 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 258.1 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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7. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez is averaging 55.5 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He should have a solid showing against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 229 yards and two touchdowns per game.
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8. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 47.8 yards with four touchdowns in the past five games. He’s facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He could see more looks with Steve Smith being covered by Darrelle Revis.
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9. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed has been a favorite target for Robert Griffin III. He’s facing the New York Giants. He should be solid option as long as he passes his concussion protocol.
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10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 62.3 yards and 0.3 touchdowns. He’s a low-end TE1 this week as he’s facing a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense. Plus, Ladarius Green has been eating into Gates’ production.
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With an exciting 12th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 13 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
In his last meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, Graham went for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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2. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo countered Graham with 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns of his own.
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3. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
He isn’t getting into the end zone, but at least you can count on Witten to receive plenty of looks against the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s securing 73.2 percent of his targets.
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4. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez had a mediocre return to action with 36 yards on Thanksgiving. He should benefit from the extended rest as he prepares for the Miami Dolphins.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates has 30 yards in his past two games. So glad I traded for him. I’m equal parts hopeful and convinced that he’ll bounce back this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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6. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham has had at least 69 yards or a touchdown in his past four games.
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7. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels has six touchdowns in his last eight games. The Titans have allowed seven tight end touchdowns.
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8. Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers
Finley had his second solid game in a row. Finley is averaging 69.3 yards with two touchdowns in three career meetings with the Minnesota Vikings.
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9. Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
With Chad Henne at quarterback, Lewis has been solid. He’s a decent option against the Buffalo Bills.
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10. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions
Pettigrew received a ridiculous 15 targets on Thanksgiving. The Indianapolis Colts have defended the tight end well this year though.
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11. Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Keller is averaging 57.4 yards with two touchdowns in his past five games. The Arizona Cardinals have allowed four tight end touchdowns.
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12. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers is averaging 52 yards with three touchdowns in the past four games. He should continue to be heavily targeted as the Raider face the Cleveland Browns.
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13. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Just when you think he’s back, Davis is skunked for the second time this year. It will take nerves of steel to start him against the St. Louis Rams.
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14. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants 
Bennett has been mediocre since the early part of the year. He did have 79 yards against the Washington Redskins (this week’s opponent) back in Week 7. They have allowed seven tight end touchdowns.
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15. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller has not scored in four straight games, but has six touchdowns on the year. He had 63 yards last week. He’s a low-end TE1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 13 2011 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1A.  Jimmy Graham vs. Detroit:  Leads all TEs in yards.
1B.  Rob Gronkowski vs. Indianapolis: Leads all TEs in TDs.
3.  Antonio Gates @ Jacksonville:  Has scored in three of the past four games and four of his past six.
4.  Tony Gonzalez @ Houston:  Has scored in three of his past four games and has averaged 71.3 yards in his past three games.
5.  Jason Witten @ Arizona:  Averaging 59.0 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past four games.
6.  Jermichael Finley @ New York Giants:  Jimmy Graham just torched the G-Men. It’s Finley’s turn.
7.  Brent Celek @ Seattle:  Averaging 68.4 yards in his past five games.
8.  Vernon Davis vs. St. Louis:  Averaging 46.5 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past four games.
9.  Jermaine Gresham @ Pittsburgh:  Scored in their last meeting. Averaging 46.3 yards with two TDs in past three games.
10.  Dustin Keller @ Washington:  Averaging 51.0 yards in his past six games.
11.  Kellen Winslow vs. Carolina:  Averaging 54.2 yards with two TDs in his past five games.
12.  Fred Davis vs. New York Jets:  Averaging 55.0 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past two games.
13.  Aaron Hernandez vs. Indianapolis:  Hasn’t been as big of a factor since their bye, but caught six passes last week.
14.  Scott Chandler vs. Tennessee:  Has 11 catches for 121 yards in the past two games.
15.  Jake Ballard vs. Green Bay:  Bounced back last week. G-Men should be forced to pass a lot.
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Here’s my Week 13 tight end rankings.

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1. Jacob Tamme vs. Dallas
2. Todd Heap vs. Pittsburgh
3. Antonio Gates vs. Oakland
4. Kevin Boss vs. Washington
5. Kellen Winslow vs. Atlanta
6. Tony Gonzalez @ Tampa Bay
7. Chris Cooley @ New York Giants
8. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Chicago
9. Jason Witten @ Indianapolis
10. Dustin Keller @ New England (Monday)
11. Marcedes Lewis @ Tennessee
12. Greg Olsen @ Detroit
13. Vernon Davis @ Green Bay
14. Rob Gronkowski vs. New York Jets (Monday)
15. Heath Miller @ Baltimore
16. Brent Celek vs. Houston (Thursday)
17. Joel Drsessen @ Philadelphia (Thursday)
18. Visanthe Shiancoe vs. Buffalo
19. Jermaine Gresham vs. New Orleans
20. Aaron Hernandez vs. New York Jets (Monday)
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Inside the numbers:

  • Antonio Gates returned, but I’d much rather trust Jacob Tamme (averaging 76.3 yards and 0.5 TDs in past four games) and the red hot Todd Heap (five TDs in past six games).
  • Still short at WR, I like Kevin Boss against pass-friendly Washington. He has three TDs in his past four games.
  • Greg Olsen has three TDs in the past four games and a favorable match-up against Detroit.
  • Rob Gronkowski has been the touchdown threat, but not he’s getting more looks than Aaron Hernandez, making him a borderlin TE1. Although Hernandez had six catches for 101 yards in the first meeting with the Jets.
  • Meanwhile Dustin Keller had 115 yards and a score against the Patriots.
  • Brent Celek made a brilliant touchdown grab, and is a decent option against Houston.

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