2012 Fantasy Football Week 12: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIINovember 20, 2012

November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after catching a touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

So much for Vernon Davis struggling without Alex Smith. Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was terrific in his first start of his career on Monday night, and Davis was clearly featured in the offense. What has been another up-and-down season for Davis in terms of his stats should turn into two solid performances in a row as San Francisco heads out to New Orleans this week.

While we shouldn’t expect the type of numbers Davis up against the Saints in the playoffs last year, consider him a lock to at least repeat the production he put up against the Bears, whether Kaepernick or Smith start at quarterback.


What Did We Learn From Week 11?

- A broken forearm may cost Rob Gronkowski the rest of the regular season. That said, hold on to him on your roster just in case he should make an early return for the fantasy playoffs. Even if Gronkowski were wearing a cast on his arm, he’s still a better fantasy option that most at this position.

- Perhaps Charlie Batch will help Heath Miller and company, because Byron Leftwhich didn’t do much to give us confidence this passing game was going to produce anything.

In Leftwhich’s defense, he was playing through two broken ribs which is why Batch will be playing next week. All that said however, it’s advisable to look to other options at tight end until Ben Roethlisberger returns.


Sean’s Week 12 Watch List

- Apparently Jermichael Finley and Aaron Rodgers talked things out over the bye week, and it showed up on game day as Finley found the end zone. Finley finished the game with three receptions for 66 yards and the score.

We should consider this the high end for Finley’s production going forward, but hopefully it’s an encouraging sign that he will see more days like this from the talented tight end and we won’t see him phased out like has been the case for most of the season.

- According to the Boston Globe, it appears we should expect Aaron Hernandez back for Thursday night against the Jets now that Gronkowski is down. Not sure how much we will see of Hernandez as an inline tight end (Gronkowski’s natural position) or will he line up split wide from the line.


1 Tony Gonzalez @ Buccaneers
2 Jimmy Graham 49ers
3 Jason Witten Redskins
4 Vernon Davis @ Saints
5 Jermaine Gresham Raiders
6 Brandon Myers @ Bengals
7 Aaron Hernandez (I) @ Jets
8 Owen Daniels @ Lions
9 Dustin Keller Patriots
10 Antonio Gates Ravens
11 Heath Miller @ Browns
12 Jermichael Finley @ Giants
13 Kyle Rudolph @ Bears
14 Scott Chandler @ Colts
15 Brandon Pettigrew Texans
16 Martellus Bennett Packers
17 Greg Olsen @ Eagles
18 Logan Paulsen @ Cowboys

Week 12 Standard Rankings – QB | RB | WR | K | D |