Jan 30, 2013
- Written by Kyle Smith
- Edited by Marc Caviglia
The hype has reached a crescendo, and it’s about time for the final game of the NFL season. Unfortunately, this also means that fantasy football season has reached its conclusion, but we’re nothing if not thorough here at Bruno Boys, so for the final time this season, here are the tight end rankings.
::RANKINGS UPDATED AS OF JANUARY 29, 2013::
1. Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens) vs. San Francisco
Pitta was the number seven tight end in fantasy scoring during the regular season, despite a no-show during the middle of the year. His play turned around at the end of the season however, and he’s continued that strong play into the playoffs. Pitta has 10 catches for 137 yards and two scores during the postseason, with at least five fantasy points in each game. The 49ers allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends during the regular season, but allowed four touchdowns to players at the position over their final six games and another to Tony Gonzalez in the playoffs, and we think Pitta can have a similar impact in the Super Bowl.
Point Projection: 8 points
2. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Baltimore
Davis was one of the many tight ends to have a sub-par regular season, and finished 15th in fantasy scoring at his position. He had an excellent game against the Falcons in the Conference Championship game, with five catches for 106 yards and one touchdown, but it was just the third time this season that he had at least 75 receiving yards. Davis has obvious big-play potential, but his lackluster year combined with the fact that Baltimore allowed the fewest fantasy points in the league to tight ends this season makes us pessimistic about his chances for a big game this week.
Point Projection: 6 points
3. Delanie Walker (San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore
Walker has had his moments this year, especially at the end of the regular season, but the fact is he had fewer fantasy points than the likes of Jeff Cumberland, and is a number two tight end. Walker has caught one pass in each of San Francisco’s two postseason games, and had 10 games with one or zero catches during the regular season. He’s not a fantasy option this week, especially not against the Ravens’ defense.
Point Projection: 2 points
4. Ed Dickson (Baltimore Ravens) vs. San Francisco
Dickson has four receptions for 53 yards during the playoffs, which is about equivalent to what he did during the regular season. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but just a bit. He had 21 catches for 225 yards during the regular season, and didn’t score a touchdown all year. Dickson was a non-entity for fantasy owners, and will continue to be as the season ends.
Point Projection: 1 point