2012 Fantasy Football Week 14: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 4, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Myers #83 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after he caught a one yard touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter of an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Raiders are horrible and changes will be coming in Oakland soon after the season is over, once again. For all the problems this team is having there is one man who won’t let this team down, nor his fantasy owners and that is Brandon Myers.

Part of Myers' success is the Raiders playing from behind every week, but give the young tight end credit as he’s put together 69 receptions for 721 yards and four scores on the season. Last week was a career game with 14 receptions, 130 yards and a touchdown against the Browns.

Myers' skill set and usage in the Raiders offense will continue to make him a more valuable option in PPR leagues rather than standard leagues, but we should feel good about his odds of continuing to deliver productive numbers down the stretch.

What Did We Learn From Week 13?

- Aaron Hernandez may still feel some effects from his ankle injury earlier in the year, but you would never know it based on his play last week. With 13 targets for eight receptions and 97 yards, it’s time to view Hernandez as a legit top-five option at the tight end position.

With Rob Gronkowski out and Brandon Lloyd losing snaps because of his struggles as a starter, Hernandez figures to have a strong finish through the fantasy playoffs.

- Christian Ponder was horrible against the Packers, but he still targeted Kyle Rudolph eight times for six receptions, 51 yards and his eighth score of the season. After three weeks in a row where Rudolph went for a total of two receptions, the second-year tight end now has over 50 yards and a score in each of the Vikings past three games.

As long as Percy Harvin is out of the lineup, expect Rudolph to remain as the top target for Ponder. Because the Vikings still view Ponder as the “future” at the quarterback position, we shouldn’t expect him to find the bench, which is probably not a good thing, but at least he looks to Rudolph frequently.

Sean’s Week 14 Watch List

- Keep an eye on Brandon Stokley’s availability for the Broncos Thursday night game against the Raiders. With Stokley out last week, Jacob Tamme reaped the benefits with his biggest day of the season as he hauled in nine receptions for 89 yards on 13 targets.

- With the Packers receiving corps banged up, Jermichael Finley is starting to become a relevant option once again. The last time Finley faced the Lions less than a month ago, he posted a touchdown while totaling 66 yards in that game. Consider Finley a low-end starter going forward.

1 Jimmy Graham @ Giants
2 Tony Gonzalez @ Panthers
3 Brandon Myers Broncos
4 Jason Witten @ Bengals
5 Aaron Hernandez Texans
6 Jermaine Gresham Cowboys
7 Kyle Rudolph Bears
8 Brandon Pettigrew @ Packers
9 Owen Daniels @ Patriots
10 Jermichael Finley Lions
11 Jacob Tamme @ Raiders
12 Martellus Bennett Saints
13 Marcedes Lewis Jets
14 Greg Olsen Falcons
15 Antonio Gates @ Steelers
16 Vernon Davis Dolphins
17 Scott Chandler Rams
18 Heath Miller Chargers

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