Week 16 Fantasy Football: Top 30 Tight Ends in Points-Per-Reception Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 21, 2012

Steelers tight end Heath Miller (68 catches, 771 yards, 8 TD)  caught six balls for 53 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals in Week 7.
Steelers tight end Heath Miller (68 catches, 771 yards, 8 TD) caught six balls for 53 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals in Week 7.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Here are my top 30 tight ends for Week 16 (points-per-reception leagues).

This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and receiving targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers, tight ends and running backs.

To view my weekly top 30 tight ends in standard-scoring leagues, click here.

On the injury front, Dustin Keller (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (forearm) shall remain off the board for now.

Week 16: Top 30 PPR Tight Ends

1. Aaron Hernandez @ Jacksonville
2. Jason Witten vs. New Orleans
3. Tony Gonzalez @ Detroit
4. Greg Olsen vs. Oakland
5. Jimmy Graham @ Dallas
6. Heath Miller vs. Cincinnati
7. Brandon Myers @ Carolina
8. Owen Daniels vs. Minnesota
9. Vernon Davis @ Seattle
10. Dennis Pitta vs. N.Y. Giants
11. Antonio Gates @ N.Y. Jets
12. Jermichael Finley vs. Tennessee
13. Jermaine Gresham @ Pittsburgh
14. Kyle Rudolph @ Houston
15. Scott Chandler @ Miami
16. Tony Scheffler vs. Atlanta
17. Jacob Tamme vs. Cleveland
18. Martellus Bennett @ Baltimore
19. Dallas Clark vs. St. Louis
20. Anthony Fasano vs. Buffalo
21. Brent Celek vs. Washington
22. Benjamin Watson @ Denver
23. Rob Housler vs. Chicago
24. Dwayne Allen @ Kansas City
25. Lance Kendricks @ Tampa Bay
26. Zach Miller vs. San Francisco
27. Jeff Cumberland vs. San Diego
28. Marcedes Lewis vs. New England
29. Tony Moeaki vs. Indianapolis
30. Delanie Walker @ Seattle
30a. Logan Paulsen @ Philadelphia
30b. Garrett Graham vs. Minnesota
30c. Craig Stevens @ Green Bay

Quick Hitters

1. In three games against NFC East foes this season, Jimmy Graham (69 catches, 779 yards, eight TDs) has robust averages of 6.3 catches, 71 yards and 0.7 touchdowns. Of equal importance, he notched double-digit targets on all three occasions.

2. Aaron Hernandez has been superb in the last three weeks, sans Rob Gronkowski, averaging nine catches, 14 targets, 82 yards and one touchdown in that span.

3. Against AFC West foes this season (three games), Greg Olsen has rock-solid averages of five catches, 64 yards and one touchdown.

4. Tony Gonzalez has faced the Lions only four times in his 16-year, Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. And that's too bad...since he churns out roughly seven catches, 91 yards and 0.75 TDs for each battle with the Detroit Lions.

5. Heath Miller has enjoyed a strong tally of 23 catches, 318 yards and two touchdowns in the last four weeks. However, his home numbers for this season (six outings) lean on the side of mediocrity: averages of 3.7 catches, 40 yards and 0.33 TDs.

Jay Clemons
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