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I was on fire last week as both Jordan Reed and Delanie Walker had very productive outings. Reed had eight receptions for 98 yards against the Giants, which is why he was an obvious choice for someone “Who I liked” this past week.  I also liked Delanie Walker a lot last and he came through with six catches and 91 yards. Both TEs were great starts, which you would have known if you read last week’s rankings article.

On a more disappointing note, I did believe Gronk would give us gas during the Thanksgiving week but I did not think it would be in the form of an injury. Gronk was able to attack the Denver defense early with a quick touchdown despite the weather conditions and the Denver defense. I was surprised by his start, but he was relatively quiet after that.

This week I wanted to identify a TE that nobody has rostered up until the Gronk injury. Scott Chandler is the No. 12 ranked TE according to the So-Called Fantasy Experts TE rankings this week. This is great value for a guy who will be receiving the ball from Tom Brady.

On the flip side, I am not feeling good about Ben Watson who is the No. 9 ranked TE playing against the Panthers defense this week. The Saints are a mess right now as evidenced by their offensive output of six total points vs. the tough Houston Texans defense. This week they have the Carolina Panthers, who are even better defensively, which does not bode well for Ben Watson.

Let’s put a spotlight on these tight ends and identify why they will either be productive or disappear.

Week 13 Tight End Rankings Reaction

Who I Like More

Scott Chandler, New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

Rob Gronkowski’s injury has opened the door for Scott Chandler to receive an increase in targets. After Gronk left last week, Brady repeatedly targeted Chandler down the sidelines looking for a big play. He is not a very mobile TE or one who can catch a ball that isn’t thrown right to him. Despite some of his weaknesses, I believe Chandler will have a good day.

Chandler will be a huge target at the goal line this week against an Eagles team that is very poor defensively. How poor? They gave up 45 points to the Detroit Lions, which included five Matthew Stafford touchdown passes. Although the Eagles don’t give up a lot of touchdowns to tight ends (two this season), I fully expect Brady to exploit this defense. I believe Chandler will be more productive if Amendola returns because he will occupy the middle of the field while Chandler will then have more room to operate. I think Chandler is a lock for a TD but the yards will not be there.

Who I Like Less

Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Ben Watson had four catches for 53 yards last week versus a good Texan defense who is 8th vs. tight ends. Watson has a similar match-up this week versus the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have allowed 55 catches, 547 yards and four total touchdowns to tight ends over a span of 11 games. That averages to five catches, 50 yards and .36 touchdowns over the course of the season. These averages are very similar to the numbers Watson put up last week, which were very pedestrian. The Panthers are only allowing an average of 1.18 touchdowns per game to opposing quarterbacks which really stifles my expectations for Watson this week.

Considering all of this data, I would expect four to five receptions for close to 50 yards and no touchdowns, which is not the type of production I would want from my starting tight end.

I absolutely feel great about Chandler’s potential this week and expect one or two touchdowns from him as a fill-in for Gronk. On the other hand, I cannot see any positives for Ben Watson this week and ask that you stay away from him this week especially if your playoff life is on the line!
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Pete has been a part of Fantasy Football since 1990.As a commissioner since 1998, he adapts his league to adjust to industry changes as well as to maintain the excitement and energy level of owners.He shares his knowledge and enthusiasm as a writer forFantasygurubro.com and panfather.blogspot.com.Located in the Chicagoland area he loves the Bears and the Cubs.
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