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With another exciting week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 16 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham is averaging 76.5 yards and a touchdown per game. He had 58 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
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2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Vernon Davis is averaging 61.9 yards and 0.9 touchdowns per game. He has scored in five straight games. He’ll look to continue that streak against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 254.9 yards and two touchdowns per game.
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3. Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Julius Thomas is averaging 56.2 yards and 0.9 touchdowns. He faces the Houston Texans. The Texans have allowed 1.8 touchdown passes per game
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4. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Dennis Pitta is averaging 36 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his two games this year. He draws the New England Patriots in Week 16. Pitta has scored in all three meetings with the Pats in his career. New England has allowed four tight end scores in the past five games.
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5. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten is averaging 50.2 yards and 0.6 touchdowns. He has scored in consecutive weeks and has four touchdowns in the past four games. Witten faces the Washington Redskins. The Skins have allowed 251.9 yards and 1.9 touchdowns per game.
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6. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez is averaging 52.9 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He has scored in three straight games. Gonzo will look to extend the streak against the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners have allowed a tight end touchdown the past two games.
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7. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Greg Olsen is averaging 52.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns. He caught eight passes last game against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed four tight end scores in the past five games.
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8. Tim Wright, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tim Wright has scored the past two games and is averaging 48.8 yards and 0.5 touchdowns in his past four games. He faces the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have allowed 257.5 yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game.
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9. Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears
Martellus Bennett is averaging 47.1 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game. He faces the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 291.6 yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game.
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10. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is averaging 39 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game. He has a nice matchup against Jacksonville. The Jags have struggled with opposing tight ends this year.
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With an exciting 15th week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 16 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez is averaging 82.3 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. Even if Rob Gronkowski does return, Hernandez should be a key option in the Patriots’ passing attack against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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2. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten scored for just the second time this year. He is a steady option and has serious upside against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have allowed five tight end touchdowns in the past six games.
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3. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
Gonzo has scored in two of his past three games. He’s up to eight touchdowns on the year. The Detroit Lions have allowed eight tight end touchdowns this year.
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4. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Graham has gone quiet as a wrist injury has slowed him down. Still, it’s hard to imagine sitting a player with Graham’s potential in the biggest fantasy game of the year.
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5. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is averaging 85 yards with two touchdowns in his past three games. He had 53 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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6. Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen ranks sixth among receivers with 747 yards. The Oakland Raiders have allowed eight tight end touchdowns, including three in the past four games.
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7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta has averaged 58 yards and a touchdown in his past four games. He has seven scores on the year. The New York Giants have allowed three tight end touchdowns in the past seven games.
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8. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans
Daniels ranks ninth in tight end yardage with 662 yards. He’s also one of eight tight ends with six or more touchdowns. The Minnesota Vikings have allowed seven tight end scores.
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9. Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham ranks eighth in tight end yardage with 699. He has two touchdowns in his past four games. The Steelers have allowed five tight end touchdowns.
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10. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Gates snapped a streak of four straight games without a touchdown. He’s a risk/reward play against the New York Jets.
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Here’s the LestersLegends’ Week 16 2011 fantasy football tight end rankings.
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1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Miami: Quiet last week so he’ll likely score multiple TDs this week.
2. Jimmy Graham vs. Atlanta: Caught seven passes for 82 yards and a score in the first meeting.
3. Antonio Gates @ Detroit: Tough draw against Baltimore last week, but should rebound.
4. Tony Gonzalez @ New Orleans: Overlooked last week, but he’s been hot. Had six catches for 71 yards and a score in the first meeting.
5. Jason Witten vs. Philadelphia: With so many weapons it’s hard to key in on Witten.
6. Aaron Hernandez vs. Miami: If the Dolphins key on Gronk, Hernandez will make them pay.
7. Jermichael Finley vs. Chicago: Solid option this week, but the risk of rest is real.
8. Brent Celek @ Dallas: Monster game last week. Caught seven passes for 94 yards and a score in the first meeting.
9. Vernon Davis @ Seattle: Caught five passes for 47 yards in the first meeting.
10. Dustin Keller vs. New York Giants: A bit inconsistent, but has averaged 49.5 ypg this year.
11. Anthony Fasano @ New England: Averaging 41.4 yards over the past seven games with four TDs.
12. Jermaine Gresham vs. Arizona: Quiet the past few games, but has had at least three catches in all but one game he’s played in this year.
13. Brandon Pettigrew vs. San Diego: Averaging 53.0 yards the past two games.
14. Kellen Winslow @ Carolina: Averaging 42.0 yards over the past four games.
15. Marcedes Lewis @ Tennessee: Averaging 45.3 yards in past four games.
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Here’s my Week 16 tight end rankings.

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1. Jason Witten @ Arizona (Saturday)
2. Chris Cooley @ Jacksonville
3. Jacob Tamme @ Oakland
4. Vernon Davis @ St. Louis
5. Brent Celek vs. Minnesota
6. Kevin Boss @ Green Bay
7. Marcedes Lewis vs. Washington
8. Greg Olsen vs. New York Jets
9. Benjamin Watson vs. Baltimore
10. Rob Gronkowski vs. Buffalo
11. Kellen Winslow vs. Seattle
12. Owen Daniels @ Denver
13. Jimmy Graham @ Atlanta (Monday)
14. Aaron Hernandez vs. Buffalo
15. Zach Miller vs. Indianapolis
16. Tony Gonzalez vs. New Orleans (Monday)
17. Dustin Keller @ Chicago
18. Ed Dickson @ Cleveland
19. Brandon Pettigrew @ Miami
20. Heath Miller vs. Carolina (Thursday)
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Inside the numbers:

  • Jason Witten did not let me down last week, and I’m going back to him as my top option again this week. Everybody else has question marks.
  • Vernon Davis was a letdown, but I expect him to bounce back this week.
  • Brent Celek is averaging 59 yards in his past three games with a pair of touchdowns.
  • Kevin Boss has scored in back-to-back games, and three of his past four.
  • Benjamin Watson had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced Baltimore.
  • It’s totally a gut thing, but I think this week’s it Rob Gronkowski’s turn to be Brady’s favorite tight end.
  • I’ll have to see Antonio Gates practice before I rank him.

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