Week 7 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends

Let’s keep our Week 7 rankings rolling with a look at the Top 20 tight ends for the coming week:

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
  3. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  4. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  5. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  6. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  7. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
  8. Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – at New Orleans
  9. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at New York Jets
  10. Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  11. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  12. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. San Diego
  13. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
  14. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  15. Ed Dickson – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  16. Visanthe Shiancoe – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  17. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  18. Todd Heap – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  19. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  20. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • You really could go either way with Jimmy Graham or Jason Witten at the top of these rankings this week.  The difference for me was Witten’s lack of targets in Week 6 (he was targeted just 4 times), which means a little bit less opportunity.  Graham has been targeted early and often all season long.
  • Brandon Pettigrew has been solid all year long, with 34 receptions for 321 yards and 2 TD.  Just to make things more impressive, his touchdowns have come in each of the past two weeks.  He’s developed into an easy must use option in all formats.
  • Finally, Dallas Clark showed a little bit of the upside we all know he has in Week 6.  He was targeted 7 times, picking up 6 receptions for 53 yards and 1 TD.  It’s hard to get overly excited off of one week, so he should remain a low-end option in all formats.
  • Kellen Winslow is the fourth most targeted tight end thus far this season, with 46 targets (he had 10 targets in Week 6).  Of course, targets are only half the battle as he’s managed just 27 receptions for 257 yards and 0 TD.  The matchup with the Bears is a positive one making him viable, but he’s not a top option.
  • Will Antonio Gates return to the lineup this week?  That’s what it looks like, at least for now.  He’ll be a good play if he’s on the field, even against the Jets.
  • Jared Cook had been picking up steam prior to the Titans bye week, with 6 receptions for 152 yards and 1 TD over two games (on 15 targets).  He’s definitely an option to keep an eye on, especially with Kenny Britt out for the year.
  • Could Viasnthe Shiancoe be the safety valve for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder?  There’s certainly a good chance of it, making him an intriguing option for those in deeper formats.

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2 comments

  1. jake soriano says:

    I am loaded @ the te position: should I start fred davis or antonio gates?

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