Here are my top 30 tight ends for Week 15 (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.
On the injury front, Dustin Keller (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm) shall remain off the board for now...although I'm selfishly hoping Gronk suits up against the Niners.
Week 15: Top 30 Tight Ends
1. Aaron Hernandez vs. San Francisco
2. Jimmy Graham vs. Tampa Bay
3. Brandon Myers vs. Kansas City
4. Tony Gonzalez vs. N.Y. Giants
5. Greg Olsen @ San Diego
6. Owen Daniels vs. Indianapolis
7. Dallas Clark @ New Orleans
8. Jermichael Finley @ Chicago
9. Jason Witten vs. Pittsburgh
10. Jermaine Gresham @ Philadelphia
11. Heath Miller @ Dallas
12. Antonio Gates vs. Carolina
13. Brandon Pettigrew @ Arizona
14. Vernon Davis @ New England
15. Martellus Bennett @ Atlanta
16. Benjamin Watson vs. Washington
17. Dennis Pitta vs. Denver
18. Jacob Tamme @ Baltimore
19. Rob Housler vs. Detroit
20. Kyle Rudolph @ St. Louis
21. Scott Chandler vs. Seattle (Toronto)
22. Marcedes Lewis @ Miami
23. Clay Harbor vs. Cincinnati
24. Dwayne Allen @ Houston
25. Tony Moeaki @ Oakland
26. Jeff Cumberland @ Tennessee
27. Anthony Fasano vs. Jacksonville
28. Logan Paulsen @ Cleveland
29. Zach Miller vs. Buffalo (Toronto)
30. Garrett Graham vs. Indianapolis
30a. Craig Stevens vs. N.Y. Jets
30b. Joel Dreessen @ Baltimore
30c. Lance Kendricks vs. Minnesota
1. Today's depressing stat of the day: Dating back to 2008, Owen Daniels has a five-game streak during which he's only made one catch per game against the Colts.
2. On a happier note, Jermichael Finley has been a dynamic performer in his last three trips to Chicago's Soldier Field, with per-outing averages of seven catches, 90 yards and one touchdown.
3. Sans Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez has collected 16 catches, 24 targets, 155 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. As part of that, the white-hot Patriots, winners of seven straight, have averaged 42.5 points in their last six outings.
4. Tony Gonzalez has been a feast-or-famine asset in his last five games against NFC East foes.
The good: 20 catches, 206 yards and three TDs for the two best outings.
The bad: 11 catches, 109 yards and zero scores in the other three.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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