Week 3 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

While tight end may be an extremely unpredictable position, we need to remember to play the percentages.  Let’s take a look at who has things slated in their favor putting them in line for a potentially strong week:

  1. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
  2. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Seattle
  3. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  4. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Detroit
  5. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Houston
  6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – at Kansas City
  7. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – at St. Louis
  8. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  9. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Jacksonville
  10. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  11. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – at Arizona
  12. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Pittsburgh
  13. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tampa Bay
  14. Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  15. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Carolina
  16. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. San Francisco
  17. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Miami
  18. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Minnesota
  19. Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  20. John Carlson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Diego

Thoughts:

  • If Percy Harvin does ultimately miss this week’s game, Visanthe Shiancoe will be in line to be the top receiving option for the Vikings (sorry Bernard Berrian fans).  That certainly could mean a big performance, of course that’s dependent on Brett Favre finally showing up.
  • The Saints have faced off with some of the best tight ends in the league over the first few weeks.  First it was Shiancoe, who went for 4 receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Then it was Vernon Davis, who had 4 receptions for 78 yards.  You have to like the chances of Tony Gonzalez posting a similar line or better this week.
  • Jason Witten’s spot on these rankings is contingent on him being able to play after suffering a concussion in Week 2.  The early word is he’ll be out there, so have confidence unless something changes.
  • While others in San Francisco have been under fire, it’s hard to complain about Vernon Davis’ 12 receptions for 151 yards.  He remains one of the better tight end options in the league.
  • Brent Celek has been an extreme disappointment over the first two weeks, totaling just five catches for 59 yards.  He could be in store of a rebound performance against a Jacksonville defense subject to big plays in the passing game (already have allowed 11 plays of 20+ yards), so don’t give up hope quite yet.
  • Until Owen Daniels proves he is healthy and can produce, I would continue to keep him stashed on your bench.
  • Tony Moeaki is quickly emerging as one of the go to receivers for the Chiefs.  That certainly puts him on the map, and he has the potential to develop into a low-end TE1 before long.  Keep a close eye on him.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 Rankings:

Week 3 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Week 3 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers

9 comments

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    I currently have Witten and Keller. On the Wire: Heap, Scaife, Gronkowski, Moeaki

    FIRST- Assuming Witten is cleared for Week 3, who is a SAFER play this week, Witten or Keller?
    SECOND- Are any of the TEs on the wire a better play than Witten/Keller?

    LAST- Moeaki has the upside of a TE1; I feel that Keller does not have TE1 potential. I am thinking of grabbing Moeaki before he starts to score big numbers. Who should I drop? Here are my options:
    Eddie Royal, Dustin Keller, Jacoby Jones, Louis Murphy
    Personally I am thinking Royal – he presents the least likelihood of becoming a true WR1 by the end of the season. (Its a Auction Keeper league. So I am also looking at future value as well)

  2. Nick Tenaglia says:

    PS- when I asked who the SAFER play was this week, I was implying that I want to know who has the higher floor, not the higher ceiling this week. I have a really solid team with big play capability as it is – I am just looking to get a ‘guaranteed’ 7-10 pts from my TE.

  3. admin says:

    Nick, it really depends on the news on Witten throughout the week. He would normally be the safer option, with Moeaki and Keller being a close second. Both could be the #2 targets on their team’s this week, with Braylon Edwards playing status up in the air.

    Keller probably has a slightly better matchup, but Moeaki has the better upside. In other words, it’s a toss up, really.

  4. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Who should I drop for Moeaki? Or should I not get Moeaki?

  5. admin says:

    I’m not sure it makes sense carrying three tight ends when you only play one and to me, Keller/Moeaki is a coinflip right now. I’d say go with your gut.

  6. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Well the purpose for carrying 3 is the hope that one turns into a TE1 and becomes a better value keeper than Witten

    We get to keep 7 players, and their Auction Values also carry over. So my definite keepers are Ray Rice ($8), Rashard Mendenhall, Miles Austin ($1), DeSean Jackson ($8) and Aaron Rodgers ($16). This leaves 2 more spots.
    I still have Michael Turner @ $59
    Larry Fitzgerald @ $40
    Ryan Matthews @ $31
    Witten @ $12
    D McFadden @ $6
    Jason Snelling @ $1 (in case Turner loses his job as RB1)
    Louis Murphy @ $1

    I really don’t want to have to keep Turner or Fitzgerald because they are so expensive, and their values will probably decline going into next season. If McFadden keeps his RB1 job in OAK then he is a steal at $6. Witten is a decent price @ $12 (seeing as how Brent Celek was drafted at $19 this year), but if Moeaki can turn into a TE1 by season’s end, then he is the better player to keep.

    So the long-and-short of it is that I am not overly concerned about rostering a 3rd TE because I don’t need the space for skill players – I am already stacked there. Really what I need to know is who of my “lesser” skill players has the lowest upside – and that is the player that I will drop.

    (God I love Fantasy Football…)

  7. admin says:

    Nick, I understand now. I think Witten is a clear-cut TE1, but as for the other two, I like Moeaki’s chances a bit better of developing into one. He should be the #2 receiving option on the Chiefs and possibly the best red zone option through the air.

    I’d probably drop Murphy, because I’m not sure that he can develop into a viable keeper, even at $1, and you could likely get a similar player off the waiver wire.

  8. Jimmy says:

    any reason your not showing Mercades Lewis any love?

  9. admin says:

    Lewis is one of those players who you never really know what type of production he’s going to give. Considering it is not a passing offense, he’s just extremely unpredictable.

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