Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 10 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends.
NOTE: The Browns, Cardinals, Packers and Redskins are all on byes.
Week 10: Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Rob Gronkowski vs. Buffalo
2. Tony Gonzalez @ New Orleans
3. Jason Witten @ Philadelphia
4. Jimmy Graham vs. Atlanta
5. Heath Miller vs. Kansas City
6. Antonio Gates @ Tampa Bay
7. Dustin Keller @ Seattle
8. Aaron Hernandez vs. Buffalo
9. Brandon Pettigrew @ Minnesota
10. Vernon Davis vs. St. Louis
11. Owen Daniels @ Chicago
12. Jermaine Gresham vs. N.Y. Giants
13. Brandon Myers @ Baltimore
14. Dwayne Allen @ Jacksonville
15. Jacob Tamme @ Carolina
16. Martellus Bennett @ Cincinnati
17. Brent Celek vs. Dallas
18. Greg Olsen vs. Denver
19. Jared Cook @ Miami
20. Scott Chandler @ New England
21. Kyle Rudolph vs. Detroit
22. Joel Dreessen @ Carolina
23. Zach Miller vs. N.Y. Jets
24. Dennis Pitta vs. Oakland
25. Dallas Clark vs. San Diego
25a. Anthony Fasano vs. Tennessee
25b. Lance Kendricks @ San Francisco
25c. Tony Moeaki @ Pittsburgh
1. Owen Daniels (37 catches, 478 yards, five TDs) may have a touchdown in five of his last six games, but that matchup with the red-hot Bears defense—along with a nagging hip ailment—are enough to boot him from the weekly top 10.
2. In his last six games against the Saints, Tony Gonzalez (50 catches, 495 yards, four TDs) has crossed the PPR-elite threshold (among tight ends) of six catches, 80 yards and/or one touchdown four times.
3. Vernon Davis has respectable numbers against the Rams, averaging five catches, 72 yards and 0.33 TDs over the last six meetings (2009-11). Perhaps that'll obscure the deflating fact Davis hasn't scored a touchdown in four games.
4. Since his breakout campaign of 2004 (13 touchdowns), Antonio Gates has played only four games inside the state of Florida. Of those four outings, he's averaging a pedestrian 3.8 catches, 44.8 yards and 0.75 touchdowns.
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