Although the position isn’t nearly as deep as wide receiver or even running back, having a big day from your tight end can make a huge difference in your fantasy football week. There are some elite options on a bye this week including Rob Gronkowski who had a huge week last week and Jordan Cameron who has emerged as a weekly top ten option. Without those two in the rankings, here are the top ten options for week 10 based 0n the composite ranks of Leo Howell who writes for Fansided at the Pewter Plank.
If you have any specific roster or lineup questions feel free to fire them at me on twitter @ZT_Sports or in the comments at the bottom of the page. These are the players who should be started in standard 10-team leagues.
1. Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints
Graham is clearly the elite option this week coming off back-to-back two touchdown games. He’s scored multiple TDs in four of his last six games and sets up nicely for another big week against Dallas who allow the second most fantasy points per game to opposing TE in standard scoring.
2. Jason Witten-Dallas Cowboys
On the other side, Witten should have a decent game as well after bouncing back with 102 yards and a touchdown last week. He’s been up and down, but he’ll get plenty of passes against New Orleans making him a nice start.
3. Julius Thomas-Denver Broncos
Thomas got injured in his last game but had the bye to recover and should be a full go this week against the Chargers. He’s a huge part of Peyton Manning’s attack, but there is some risk since he has to share targets with so many playmakers.
4. Jordan Reed-Washington Redskins
Reed and the Redskins travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings this week who allow the sixth most fantasy points per game to opposing TE in standard scoring. Reed has had a few very nice weeks lately against the Bears and Broncos although he was held in check by the Chargers last week. Reed has been targeted often enough by Robert Griffin to make him a nice option in week 10.
5. Antonio Gates-San Diego Chargers
Gates hasn’t found the end zone since week 4, but he has caught six or more passes in every game since then except one. He faces the Broncos this week in what could quickly become a shootout, so he should have a solid game this week once again as Philip Rivers throws the ball his way plenty of times.
6. Greg Olsen-Carolina Panthers
Olsen’s a top ten option as well coming off back-to-back games with a touchdown. He gets plenty of red zone looks from Cam Newton who will need to play well on the road against the 49ers if the Panthers are going to win this week and continue their rise to contender status in the NFC. San Francisco has been good against the tight end, but Olsen gets enough looks that you should still start him.
7. Charles Clay-Miami Dolphins
Miami plays their in-state rivals the Bucs who are almost as much of a mess as Miami. Clay has been one of the few bright spots for this team as he’s emerged as a nice pass-catching option for Ryan Tannehill. The Bucs have given up some big numbers when facing quality tight ends, and Clay is a solid starting option if you are looking for a fantasy backup ready to step up and fill in this week.
8. Vernon Davis-San Francisco 49ers
Davis was much higher than this on my list, but Leo had him low so he slipped to this spot in the composite. He faces a brutal Panthers defense this week, but Carolina has allowed a TE touchdown in four of their last five games. I expect Davis to have another big game after the 49ers bye following the London excursion.
9. Martellus Bennett-Chicago Bears
Bennett is a nice fill-in option as well as he and the Bears face a vulnerable Lions pass defense. He is a low-end TE1 this week, but could have a nice game in what could be a high-scoring shootout at Soldier Field.
10. Coby Fleener-Indianapolis Colts
Fleener had a solid 64 yards against Houston but only caught three passes. He does continue to grow into his new role as one of Andrew Luck’s options, and he probably could be much higher on the list in a better matchup. This week he faces St. Louis who is the second best team in the league at limiting fantasy TE’s.
Honorable Mention: Timothy Wright-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Zach Miller-Seattle Seahawks, Delanie Walker-Tennessee Titans
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