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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 15 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 80.5 yards and 1.1 touchdowns per game. Now that Rob Gronkowski (knee) is done for the year, there’s not debate as to who the top tight end is each week. The St. Louis Rams will try to contend with him.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis has 11 touchdowns on the year and has scored in four straight games. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 24 passing scores this year, making the odds that Davis scores in this one pretty high.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas returned to action with another touchdown. He has 11 scores in 11 games. He had 96 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the San Diego Chargers.
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4. Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Jordan Cameron returned to form catching all nine of his targets for 121 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots. He should keep rolling against the Chicago Bears.
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5. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates is averaging 59.7 yards and 0.2 touchdowns per game. He had 62 yards in the first meeting with the Denver Broncos.
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6. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Dennis Pitta saw 11 targets, catching six for 48 yards and a score. Keep in mind that the Baltimore Ravens were playing the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have really struggled against tight ends. That said, Pitta should see plenty of looks against the Detroit Lions. The Lions have allowed 255.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.
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7. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten continues to get a ton of looks from Tony Romo. He should have a strong performance against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack have allowed 246.8 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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8. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez is averaging 52.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. Gonzo has scored in his past two games. He’s a good bet to continue that trend against the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 256.7 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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9. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 44.6 yards and 0.6 touchdowns in his past seven games. He’s facing the New York Jets. The Jets have allowed 254.9 yards and 1.8 touchdowns per game.
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10. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener is averaging 60.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns in his past four games. He had 64 yards in the first matchup with the Houston Texans.
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With an exciting 14th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 15 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
In a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, Hernandez should still see plenty of targets. He’s an extremely difficult cover. His versatility combined with Bill Belichick’s creativity and Tom Brady’s accuracy make him tough to stop.
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2. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has not scored in three straight games. He missed the first game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Look for Graham to get back on the board against the Bucs. He averaged 101 yards against them last year.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo has just one touchdown in the past four games, but remains one of the top weekly threats. His red zone prowess keeps him a notch about Jason Witten in non-PPR formats.
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4. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten is averaging 67.7 yards per game. His upside is minimal due to his lack of touchdowns, but he’s a nice, safe play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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5. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels has been one of the premier tight ends this year. The Indianapolis Colts have allowed six tight end touchdowns in the past six games.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen has scored in consecutive weeks and has four scores in the past five games. The San Diego Chargers have allowed a tight end touchdown in three of the past five games.
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7. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is averaging 75.3 yards in his past three games and has seven touchdowns on the year.
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8. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
Bennett has scored in consecutive weeks. The Falcons have allowed 50 yards or a touchdown to a tight end in nine of 13 games.
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9. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers is one of the top targeted tight ends. He is coming off a disaster of a game against the Denver Broncos, but should bounce back against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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10. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham is averaging 51.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past six games. The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed 56.2 yards and 0.5 touchdowns to tight ends in their past six games.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 15 2011 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski @ Denver: Are you kidding me? Gronk is redonkulous. I hate that term, but it applies.
2. Antonio Gates vs. Baltimore: Gronk and Graham are putting up video game numbers, but Gates is having a fine season of his own.
3. Tony Gonzalez vs. Jacksonville: If your last name starts with G you must be an elite TE. Gonzo feasts on the attention Roddy, Julio, and Turner get.
4. Jimmy Graham @ Minnesota: Brees is about to do some very bad things to Minnesota. Graham will be a primary partner in crime if his back checks out.
5. Jermichael Finley @ Kansas City: Should be called upon more with Jennings out.
6. Aaron Hernandez @ Denver: Averaging 54.8 yards over the past five games.
7. Jason Witten @ Tampa Bay: Miles Austin’s return seems to have an adverse effect on Witten’s production.
8. Vernon Davis vs. Pittsburgh: Averaging just 41.8 yards in the past five games. The position has really become four deep and everybody else.
9. Jermaine Gresham @ St. Louis: Averaging 44.2 yards in his past five games with two TDs.
10. Jake Ballard vs. Washington: Scored last week, but is hit or miss.
11. Dustin Keller @ Philadelphia: Keller is hit or miss, but is averaging a decent 47.7 ypg.
12. Brent Celek vs. New York Jets: Has 22 catches in the past five games for 49.6 ypg.
13. Kellen Winslow vs. Dallas: Averaging 59.2 yards in his past five games.
14. Anthony Fasano @ Buffalo: Averaging 43.3 yards with three TD in his past six games.
15. Brandon Pettigrew @ Oakland: Averaging 33.5 yards and 0.5 TDs in his past four games.
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Here’s my Week 15 tight end rankings.

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1. Jason Witten vs. Washington
2. Vernon Davis @ San Diego (Thursday)
3. Jacob Tamme vs. Jacksonville
4. Chris Cooley @ Dallas
5. Kellen Winslow vs. Detroit
6. Greg Olsen @ Minnesota (Monday)
7. Kevin Boss @ Philadelphia
8. Tony Gonzalez @ Seattle
9. Rob Gronkowski vs. Green Bay
10. Owen Daniels @ Tennessee
11. Brent Celek vs. New York Giants
12. Benjamin Watson @ Cincinnati
13. Marcedes Lewis @ Indianapolis
14. Aaron Hernandez vs. Green Bay
15. Dustin Keller @ Pittsburgh
16. Brandon Pettigrew @ Tampa Bay
17. Heath Miller vs. New York Jets
18. Ed Dickson vs. New Orleans
19. Jermaine Gresham vs. Cleveland
20. Jeremy Shockey @ Baltimore
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Inside the numbers:

  • Jason Witten is averaging 70 yards and a touchdown in his past three games.
  • Vernon Davis is really 1A. He’s been a beast the past two weeks, and plays well when Alex Smith is starting, but the Chargers are the number one pass defense.
  • Greg Olsen has scored a touchdown the past two times he’s faced the Vikings.
  • Hakeem Nicks returned, but Steve Smith (hamstring) and Mario Manningham (hip) got banged up on Monday. Boss should remain a ky option in the passing game.
  • Antonio Gates is so frustrating. If he can go, he’ll likely have a big game, but he’s a gamble. They do play on Thursday so you should get a feel whether or not he can play. If it looks promising, I’ll add him to the rankings.

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