It was a year of extremes for tight ends in 2012. If you picked up one of the “big two” in Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, you scored well at the position… when they were healthy. If you picked a mid-level guy like Antonio Gates, you were usually frustrated. If you went all waiver wire and ended up with a player like Brandon Myers or Dennis Pitta, the glory was yours.
Just for fun, here’s a list of the players who led the position in scoring every week of the season. Note that scoring for this article’s purpose is PPR, one point per 10 yards and six points for receiving touchdowns.
Week 1: Jimmy Graham (also Week 17, pity that)
Week 2: Dante Rosario (it was his inferno, as he scored seven points the rest of the season)
Week 3: Heath Miller
Week 4: Jason Witten
Week 5: Tony Gonzalez
Week 6: Antonio Gates
Week 7, 8: Rob Gronkowski
Week 9: Brandon Myers
Week 10: Gonzalez
Week 11: Gronk
Week 12: Charles Clay (almost half of his 2012 points; pity the fool who chased him for the fantasy playoffs)
Week 13: Brandon Myers
Week 14: Aaron Hernandez
Week 15: Dennis Pitta
Week 16: Lance Kendricks
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. From bottom to top, here are your Top 10 single-game tight end performances from 2012. Unlike the RBs, there are no “thanks for nothing” performances on Week 17.