Week 5 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Antonio Gates is having a monster season, unseating Dallas Clark atop our weekly rankings.  How does everyone else shake out?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  2. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Kansas City
  3. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Washington
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Cleveland
  5. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. Minnesota
  6. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – vs. Green Bay
  8. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at San Francisco
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tennessee
  10. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  11. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – at New York Jets
  12. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Cincinnati
  13. Tony Sheffler – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
  14. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  15. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – at Indianapolis
  16. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  17. Kevin Boss – New York Giants – at Houston
  18. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
  19. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Atlanta
  20. Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans – at Arizona


  • Antonio Gates has been amazing this season.  He has at least 5 receptions and 1 TD in all four games he’s played.  In the last two, he has 14 catches for 253 yards.  In total, he has 6 TD on the season.  Yeah, the Raiders have given up just 143.8 passing yards per game, but they have allowed 8 passing TDs, one behind the league leaders.  It’s hard to bet against him at this point.
  • Minnesota’s defense is among the best, but you just can’t question the rapport that has been developed between Dustin Keller and Mark Sanchez.  Even with just 4 catches for 28 yards in Week 4, he still managed a pair of TDs.  That gives him 5 TD over his last three games.  Minnesota is tough against the run, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Keller and Sanchez hook up again.
  • The injury to Michael Vick likely means improved play from Brent Celek.  He has proven to be Kevin Kolb’s safety valve, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that he scored his first TD in Week 4.  Don’t give up on him yet, this could be his best game to date in 2010.
  • Is the Cowboys offense just built to not get Jason Witten into the end zone?  Since Week 6 of 2008 (30 games), he’s scored just 4 TD.  He has to find the end zone sooner or later, doesn’t he?
  • Zach Miller is suffering from a hip injury, but you certainly wouldn’t have known it by his 11 catch, 122 yard, 1 TD performance in Week 4.  That was against the Texans, however, who have been burned by the pass all year.  This week he gets a tougher challenge against the Chargers, but he is arguably the best receiver on the Raiders.  Look for him to continue to perform.
  • The acquisition of Randy Moss means that defenses are going to have to focus more on him, potentially opening up other options.  Percy Harvin could be one benefactor, as can Vishante Shiancoe.  While he has just 11 catches for 169 yards and 1 TD on the year, he’s worth considering as a low-end TE1 this week.
  • At this point you have to consider Owen Daniels unusable until he actually makes an impact on the field.
  • Both the Lions TE, Tony Sheffler and Brandon Pettigrew, have been playing well, but Sheffler appears to be the better end zone target (Pettigrew has yet to score in 2010).  That gives him the edge in our rankings.
  • After watching Zach Miller torch the Texans defense in Week 4, you have to think Kevin Boss could make an impact this week.  Of course, the Giants have significantly more weapons then the Raiders, so temper the expectations.  Boss is a mid-range TE2.

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 5 Rankings:

    Week 5 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
    Week 5 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers


    1. Nick Tenaglia says:

      BTW – I love your comment about Jason Witten (“He has to find the end zone sooner or later, doesn’t he?”). The answer to your question is “No he does not.” Jason Witten still has all the hype in the world and is “supposed to be” a great TE1, but he just isn’t reliable anymore.

      Last week I traded Witten and Cowboys D/ST for Aaron Hernandez and Vikings D/ST. I sent out this trade expecting a counter offer – it was accepted within 10 minutes of me sending it out. Bear in mind, I also have Dustin Keller, so now I can play the matchups between the Keller and Hernandez.

      I think that its a very real possibility that Witten is not even a Top 10 TE by the end of the season:
      1/2. Gates / Clark (one of these guys will be #1)
      3. Finley
      4. Keller
      5. V Davis
      6. Gonzo
      7-10. Cooley, Z Miller, Shiancoe, Hernandez (in no specific order)
      11/12. Witten, Celek

    2. admin says:

      Nick, I certainly can’t argue with that possibility. It’s amazing, though, especially since he is still targeted and delivers receptions/yards. He did have 94 receptions in ’09 and over 1,000 yards. You’d think he’d find the end zone by accident.

    3. Eric says:

      not possible with Garret’s offense. Witten is routinely left in the block on redzone plays. It’s a shame since he is probably the 2nd best pair of hands on the offense.

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