Down the Seam: Top Five Fantasy Football TE’s for Week 11
Last week we did pretty well, minus the fact that Vernon DAvis had a bit of a concussion in the first quarter and ended up missing the rest of the game. Not only did my rankings suffer because of it – my big money league team suffered. I lost to a guy that started Seneca f***ing Wallace. Anywho, we’re not here to sadden everyone, so let’s get to it! Here’s your top five tight ends for week 11!
5. Vernon Davis @ Saints
V-Dub, my man. Please be symptom free come Sunday! Last year Davis had one of his best games against the Saints – of course, they’re revamped that awful defense and they have one of the best young safeties in the game in Kenny Vacarro, but the 49ers NEED to win this game. They laid down last week against the Panthers and have set themselves a few games back in the division behind Seattle. This 49ers offense revolves around Vernon, and Bill Williamson at ESPN showcased just how important he is to that team. Colin Kaepernick has an 81.7 QBR with Davis on the field. With him missing, it’s 13.1. They should get back on track this week, and Davis will be leading the charge.
4. Antonio Gates @ Dolphins
Gates has been relatively quiet in the second half of the season so far, but the Dolphins are the new Jaguars. I mean, really? You let the BUCCANEERS walk all over you? You should be ashamed of yourselves, Miami. Gates should be a primary target against the Fins this week as they have an embarrassing secondary and they’ve clearly folded under pressure in light of this whole Bullygate thing.
3. Julius Thomas vs. Chiefs
Thomas started things off nice last week right off the bat as he flew down the sidelines for a 74-yard score to start the game. It was all Manning from there, and he gave the ball to Thomas a few more times to put him just below the century mark. He got his targets in the redzone as well but didn’t’ capitalize. This week against the scary Chiefs defense I don’t expect a career game out of Thomas – but he’ll do enough to justify his top three position. He’ll get plenty of targets as the Chiefs will be doing everything in their power to get a pass rush on Manning – and he’ll get it out fast.
2. Rob Gronkowski @ Panthers
Alright – this Panthers defense is legit. I didn’t think they are who we thought they were, but they Denny Green’d me and shut me right up. They’re gonna do their thing against the Pats, but Tom Brady is Tom Brady still – and he’ll find a way to get the Gronk the ball. They’re coming off a bye week and they’ve had plenty of time to prepare. They don’t have the consistency outside of the hashamarks as they’d like – which leaves Gronk down the seam as the safer throw and he’ll land in the top two until someone can stop it.
1. Jimmy Graham vs. 49ers
Jimmy Graham continues to add to his insane stat line. All while doing so on a half-broken foot. He plays the 49ers this week, and he’s been Brees’ favorite target in each game. That wont’ change this week as Graham helps many fantasy owners cruise to yet another victory.
Honorable Mentions: Jordan Reed @ Eagles, Tony Gonzalez @ Bucs, Coby Fleener @ Titans
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