Week 6 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Dallas Clark has been a fixture atop our tight end rankings all year long, but in Week 6 that is no longer the case.  Couple that with the emergence of Aaron Hernandez, Dustin Keller and Tony Moeaki as Top 10 options and it certainly is an interesting week.  Let’s take a look at how things currently look:
  1. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at St. Louis
  2. Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – at San Francisco
  3. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Oakland
  5. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Philadelphia
  6. Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  8. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at Denver
  9. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston
  10. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  11. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Atlanta
  12. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  13. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  14. Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  15. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Dallas
  16. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  17. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at New York Giants
  18. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
  19. Kevin Boss – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
  20. Todd Heap – Baltimore Ravens – at New England

Thoughts:

  • With Randy Moss no longer in New England, his targets are likely to be spread across the offense.  Wes Welker isn’t likely to see many more chances.  Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate should see more action, but so should emerging tight end Aaron Hernandez.  He’s had at least five catches in each of his last three games, and while he has yet to score a TD, he could become the big red zone target without Moss on the outside.  He’s a Top 10 option this week and could become a fixture there for the rest of the season.
  • Dallas Clark has a great matchup, but the Colts are running into a numbers game.  With Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie all contributing in Week 5, Clark saw just six targets (3 receptions for 20 yards).  We all know he’s better then that, but are there going to be enough balls to go around?  He’s a TE1, but he’s certainly not atop the list this week.
  • With as bad as the Texans passing defense has been (329.6 passing yards per game), and how poorly the Chiefs wide receiving corps has looked (no wide receiver has more then nine catches), you have to think Tony Moeaki is in line for a big game.  He leads the team in receptions (16), yards (173 yards) and touchdowns (2).
  • Vernon Davis may finally be waking up.  After putting up 58 yards total in Weeks 3 & 4, he had five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles in Week 5.  He’s actually scored in back-to-back games and should be one of the top targets against a tough Raiders passing defense.
  • With one touchdown and at least 60 yards in each of his last three games, it’s hard to argue that Zach Miller has emerged as the passing option in the passing game for the Raiders.  With Jason Campbell looking like he’s going to start again, those types of numbers could easily continue, at the least.
  • It doesn’t seem to matter who the quarterback is, Brent Celek continues to struggle.  Yes, he’s scored in each of the past two games, but the reception and yard totals are far from what owners would have hoped for.
  • Greg Olsen may have been ranked high if Jay Cutler wasn’t returning, thanks to the matchup against the Seahawks (302.0 passing yards per game).  Cutler is likely going to take his shots to his receivers, limiting Olsen’s potential value.  Given his performance to date (15 receptions for 179 yards), he’s a low-end TE1/high-end TE2.
  • Owen Daniels has finally shown some signs of life.  He’s putting himself back on fantasy radars at this point.

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 6 Rankings:

Week 6 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Week 6 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers

6 comments

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Simple question, Aaron Hernandez or Dustin Keller this week?

    I traded Witten for Hernandez last week, and Keller disappointed me last week, too. So my heart is really telling me to go for Hernandez, but is Baltimore’s defense going to be too tough? They have barely let up any fantasy points against Tight Ends

  2. admin says:

    Who would’ve thought this would be a debate at the beginning of the season? I’d go Hernandez, as I think he’ll be the red zone target with Moss gone and I could see the Jets going more to a ground game (as well as getting Santonio Holmes more involved).

  3. Nick Tenaglia says:

    So is it time to sell high on Keller then?

    I proposed a trade to this guy where I would get Brandon Marshall and Ahmad Bradshaw and I give up Michael Turner and Larry Fitzgerald. He declined and said he wanted no part of Fitz. His TEs are Olsen and Gresham.

  4. admin says:

    If he’s willing to do that, I certainly would. Bradshaw/Turner is pretty even at this point and Hernandez is a safe bet the rest of the way. The improvement of Marshall is a huge one, so it’s throwing out there. I tend to think he won’t take it, but it’s worth a shot.

  5. Jaymz says:

    So are you really saying to start Zach Miller over Dallas Clark?

  6. admin says:

    If I had the decision, it would be tempting given the status of the Colts offense. There are certainly only so many balls to go around, though I agree, it’s tough to imagine putting Clark on the bench.

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