Week 6 Rankings (2013) – Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries are going to play a role this week (Owen Daniels is now set to miss a few weeks), but an expected Rob Gronkowski return does give owners another strong option.  Who are the best options across the league?  Who should be avoided?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at New England
  2. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Jacksonville
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  4. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Detroit
  5. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  6. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
  7. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Martellis Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. New York Giants
  9. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New Orleans
  10. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at San Diego
  11. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Baltimore
  12. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  13. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
  14. Garrett Graham – Houston Texans – vs. St. Louis
  15. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  16. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Houston
  17. Brandon Myers – New York Giants – at Chicago
  18. Dallas Clark – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Green Bay
  19. Jermaine Gersham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
  20. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Carolina

Thoughts:

  • Remember the preseason concerns that Jason Witten could not consistently find the end zone?  He already has three touchdowns this season and now draws a Washington defense that has been among the worst in the league (298.2 passing yards per game, 9 TD, 2 INT in four games).  With Miles Austin banged up there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to be among the best in the league.
  • Martellus Bennett has been among the better tight ends in the league this season (25 receptions for 281 yards and 3 TD) and now gets to take on his former teammates.  When he took on the Cowboys in 2012 (his other former team) for the first time he scored a TD.  Of course, after scoring his three touchdowns in the first two games he has gone three straight scoreless and has seen Alshon Jeffery start to emerge (eating into his targets).  He’s got the upside, especially given the matchup, and should be considered a TE1.
  • Vernon Davis has scored in three out of four games this season and appears to be back to full health.  The Cardinals are among the worst teams against tight ends this season according to nfl.com (click here for the statistics) and we all know his ability and upside.  It’s nearly impossible to have him on your bench in any format.
  • Would a returning Rob Gronkowski be a usable option?  Absolutely.  Is it a guarantee he plays?  If he does play, is it a guarantee he produces big numbers?  Based on the favorable matchups fantasy owners could afford to play it cautious with him if he dresses, but this could be the final time he is a “borderline” TE1.
  • Coby Fleener has a favorable matchup and, with Dwayne Allen out of action, is the go to tight end in Indianapolis.  He’s far from a must use player, given how inconsistent he’s been (he’s had 15 yards or fewer without a TD in two of the past three games), but the upside is certainly there.
  • Jordan Reed sat out Week 4 with a quad injury, but with a bye in Week 5 he should be ready to go against a Cowboys team that has allowed the most receptions to tight ends this season (41, according to nfl.com’s rankings listed above).  That makes him an intriguing option as a borderline TE1.
  • Does anyone trust that the Giants will actually utilize Brandon Myers at this point?  You would think that they would, eventually, but with the offensive line in shambles they have given us no reason to think that they will.  It’s hard to trust him in any format at this point.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 Rankings:

Week 6 Rankings (2013) - Top 15 Kickers
Week 6 Rankings (2013) - Top 50 Wide Receivers

13 comments

  1. Cara says:

    Witten or Cameron? And should I use the other as my flex or would you use Moreno over them??

    • Can’t go wrong with either, but I’d go Witten. Moreno is a tough play this week, because you have to wonder if e will lose touches with a big lead (letting them get Monte Ball some work). He could score a TD or two early but it would t be surprising if he sits the rest of the day.

      It’s a gut call, and I’d probably use him oer Cameron still, but it’s real close.

  2. Luc says:

    Hey Prof,
    Would you drop Miles Austin for Vincent Brown?

  3. Hey says:

    Should I trade Ray Rice for Gronk and moreno in return?

  4. Dave – believe it or not I think Hilton and Shorts are the top two options. I’d probably go with Colston as the third, but they are all close.

    Hey – What are you needs/current tight end? Seems a little too risky for me, though

  5. hey says:

    i have gonzo and garret graham, so i dont really need a tight end. I want to start both gronk and gonzo for my Te and flex to push me over the top. Moreno seems to be very serviceable this year, think he’ll keep it up?

    • There’s no reason to think that he won’t, though he could easily lose touches as Ball settles in and his role expands. I’d keep Rice if you don’t need the TE, especially since we don’t know for sure how Gronkowski will come back from his surgery.

  6. Dan says:

    Roto Prof,

    I’m thinking of offering one of my WRs for Tony G. I offered Wayne for Tony G, but he has not accept it yet. What do you think of Marshall instead of Wayne?

    He already has Graham as his TE1. His main WR was Julio until he went down.

    My WR are Dez, Marshal, Wayne, Blackmon. My Current TE is Benette.

    Thanks!

  7. Paul says:

    Would you start Cameron or Davis?

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