Jason Witten already put up some solid numbers yesterday, but there are a nice amount of fantasy options remaining at the tight end position in Week 12.
Unless you have Witten, your fantasy roster/lineup is not set in stone. With that in mind, let's take a look at five tight ends I highly recommend you start this week.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
If you need to look further than what Davis did against the Chicago Bears last week (14.3 fantasy point), take a gander at his performance against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs in January. Davis caught seven passes for 180 yards and two scores, including the game-winning pass from Alex Smith in the final seconds.
Various reports around the web seem to indicate that Colin Kaepernick will get the start over Smith against the Saints in New Orleans. Those who own Davis probably couldn't be more excited at this point. The No. 6 ranked fantasy tight end had tallied just 71 total yards in his previous six games with Smith under center. He has 113 yards in the last six quarters with Kaepernick at quarterback.
Equally as important, New Orleans ranks 31st in the NFL against the pass and has given up 21 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions in 10 games. Opposing quarterbacks have compiled a ridiculous 101.1 rating against them this season. Needless to say, Kaepernick shouldn't have a major issue getting the ball to Davis deep. Spell it out with me...Davis is going to have a huge game on Sunday. Expect over 100 receiving yards and a score.
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars
As I have mentioned in the past, Lewis is one of those fantasy players that you just don't want to own, but cannot give up on. He has the talent and build to be a dominating force between the hashes for Jacksonville, but continues to struggle with consistency. Somewhat of a Jermichael Finley type in terms of that.
He is 19th among tight ends in fantasy points this season, which pretty much correlates to being irrelevent in the grand scheme of things. That being said, Lewis did put up a season-high two touchdowns and 16 fantasy points against the Houston Texans last week. It seems that veteran quarterback Chad Henne, who is slated to start this week, has a solid relationship with the tight end.
While Lewis won't put up much in PPR leagues, he could easily give you a score or two in what has been a down season for the tight end position as it relates to fantasy football.
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals
Why not? The Oakland Raiders have yielded 45 points per game over their last three outings. They have absolutely no talent or depth in the secondary and will continue to be historically bad on defense. Meanwhile, Gresham is a top 10 fantasy tight end this season. He has put up over 60 yards in four of his last six games and seems to be finding a nice connection with starting quarterback Andy Dalton.
I see no reason to believe that Gresham won't be able to put up another TE1 performance against one of the worst defenses in the recent history of the National Football League. In fact, he could easily be a top three performer at that position when all is said and done.
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons
It seems that we have hit some time of wormhole here. Gonzalez, who has tallied eight miles in receiving yards during his stellar 17-year NFL career, is among the best fantasy tight ends in the league this season. He ranks third in yards, touchdowns and fantasy points through 10 games.
Despite accumulating less than five fantasy points in four of his last five games, Gonzalez is a must start this week. He is going up against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense that ranks dead last in the NFL. Yes, behind both the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints. Look for him to put up one of the top fantasy performances in Week 12.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Much like Gresham before, this former first-round pick has been an enigma of sorts in the world of fantasy football. He teases us with solid performances, but tends to crash back down to Earth the following week. Olsen is two weeks removed from a 22.2 point performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 10. He followed up that performance with a lackluster 4.2 point output against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
This seems like a common theme for the veteran. He has yet to put up two solid fantasy performances in a row this season and really cannot be counted on to do so. With that in mind, Olsen should be able to get his points this week. Carolina takes on a Philadelphia Eagles defense that has been shredded apart in its last few games and doesn't really seem to thrilled with actually having to show up and play football on Sunday's. I am expecting something rather solid from Olsen on Monday night.