Week 6 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As always the tight end position is a tricky one to maneuver.  Who can we trust?  Who is far too risky?  There never seems to be an easy answer, because who would’ve expected Martellus Bennett to post a 3 TD game when Rob Gronkowski was on the field?  With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s rankings:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  2. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  6. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  7. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  9. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at New York Giants
  11. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Chicago
  12. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  13. Jesse James – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Miami
  14. Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Jacksonville
  15. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  16. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  17. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Francisco
  18. Hunter Henry – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  19. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  20. Jacob Tamme – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Delanie Walker has been one of the better tight ends in the league this season (16 receptions, 225 yards, 2 TD) and draws a Browns’ defense that was just torched for 3 TD by Martellus Bennett and has allowed a league high 501 receiving yards.  Is there any reason to think that he won’t continue to produce?
  • We all know how good Rob Gronkowski is, but he continues to work his way back from injury and is now losing opportunities to Bennett.  While it’s impossible not to slot him among the Top 5 options, there is more risk involved than normal.
  • The Steelers’ Jesse James has scored in back-to-back games (and now has 3 TD on the season).  The Dolphins are in the bottom 10 in the league in regards to points per game to opposing tight ends, so he’s a pretty good bet to keep the good times rolling.
  • Tyler Eifert is closing in on his return, and if he plays he will have value.  That said there also would be significant risk, as his snaps could be limited.  Long-term he should be a Top 10 option, but he won’t get there immediately.
  • Hunter Henry has produced in the absence of Antonio Gates, but with Gates back his opportunities could start to diminish.  That uncertainty makes him rather difficult to trust on a weekly basis, until he proves he can keep producing.
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11 comments

  1. Beans says:

    What’s up proffesser? I am a die hard NYG fan and have never owned a Giant in all my years doing this. This yr I darfted my guy ELI and he is killing me. Should I wait it out or start streaming? Only prob with that is iBradford on a bye, Alex Smith, Brock, Gabbert, Keenum, Siemian, Lynch and Kaepernick are literally the only abs avail. What do you think? Smith has a nice schedule for a few weeks right? Can I go with him over Eli? I hate fantasy!!!!

  2. Jim says:

    I have KC and Miami DEF’s. I picked up Miami for KC’s bye week. I am thinking about using the waiver wire to pick up GB or Seattle DEF, who were both recently dumped, and dumping Miami DEF. We only get points for TO’s, sacks and TD’s. Should I go for Seattle or GB. I plan on keeping KC DEF, unless you think should dump them as well, maybe for a position player. I kinda like having 2 DEF and play matchups with them.

  3. dodge10 says:

    dennis pitta or jesse james

  4. Gern says:

    Hey Prof,
    It looks like Eifert will be out another week so I need to pic up a TE. I noticed you have the dreaded “Double Witten” on the list and was wondering whether one of those was supposed to be Gates. I’ll probably pick up The outlaw instead, but withGates on the waiver wire I thought I’d check with you first before pulling the trigger (word play is such fun)…

    So do you take the old Sherriff (Gates) or the young outlaw (James) in the OK corral?

  5. Krysta says:

    Charles Clay (could then start Tyrod Taylor, QB1 is Blake Bortles), Jesse James or Richard Rodgers

  6. Malcolm mcgartland says:

    Should I wait Eli out or grab someone off the wire? Alex Smith, Osweiler, Flacco, and Dak are available.

  7. Gwen – id probably go James of this two (and sorry about the double!!)

    Krysta – id definitely go James

    Malcolm – id wait him out, the offense could still be explosive if they figure it out

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