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