Week 6 Rankings (2019): Top 20 Tight Ends: A New Top 5 Option Emerges, Gambles Worth Taking & More

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We feel like we say the same thing every week, but who will be the player who surprisingly steps up this week? We all know who the elite options are, but it’s identifying the next set of names who are often available on the waiver wire that could make or break you (especially if you aren’t lucky enough to own one of the best options). Who are the names to target this week? Let’s take a look:

  1. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  2. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  3. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
  4. Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
  5. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Los Angeles Rams
  6. Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  7. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  8. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
  9. Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – at. Los Angeles Chargers
  10. Chris Herndon – New York Jets – vs. Dallas
  11. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Jets
  12. Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
  13. Jared Cook – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
  14. Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  15. T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  16. Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Tennessee
  17. Jeremy Sprinkle – Washington Redskins – at Miami
  18. O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  19. Jordan Akins – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
  20. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • Surprised to see Austin Hooper pushing for the top spot in the rankings this week?  He’s actually been among the most productive tight ends in the game, with 34 receptions, 363 yards and 2 TD, and draws an Arizona defense that’s allowed the most points per week to opposing tight ends (461 yards and 6 TD).  Don’t be surprised if he keeps the good times rolling and posts another big day.
  • After a few weeks of being a TD dependent short yardage option Dissly showed more in Week 5, turning 4 catches into 81 yards (20.3 yards/reception) including a 38 yard catch.  Suddenly he’s pushing into the talk of the top options, with 22 catches, 250 yards and 4 TD over the past four games.  Taking on a Cleveland defense that’s allowed TD in back-to-back games (and 4 TD overall), he’s a Top 5 option.
  • Greg Olsen has been miserable over the past two weeks, including 0 catches in Week 5 and 2 catches for 5 yards in Week 4.  While that keeps him out of the Top 5, the matchup against Tampa Bay, who he has already burned for 6 catches and 110 yards this season, keeps him as a must use option.  Don’t make the mistake of writing him off due to a dry spell, because a bounce back is coming.
  • Chris Herndon is set to make his 2019 debut, after missing the first four games due to suspension, and figures to assume a prime spot in the offense almost immediately.  Given the state of the position that makes him a worthwhile low-end TE1, though one who carries significant risk (especially with it being unknown just how much Sam Darnold will be able to do in his return to the lineup).
  • Looking for a deep league sleeper?  Put the Redskins’ Jeremy Sprinkle on your list, as he should play a primary role given the injuries and draws a Miami defense that’s allowed 314 receiving yards to opposing tight ends (seventh most in the league).  It’s a stretch, but if you are desperate he’s well worth rolling the dice on.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

7 COMMENTS

  1. Two questions:

    1) 1/4pt PPR – I have Vernon Davis (& HH if he miraculously plays) right now, but Sprinkle & Fant are available, which one do I start? Howard is also an option if I can win him off waivers Friday morning, would I pick him up & start over the others?

    2) Standard – Does Herndon’s hammy injury take him out of the running (versus Hockenson) even if he plays?

    • 1) for this week I’m going Fant, and I wouldn’t be opposed to dropping Davis if necessary

      2) Unfortunately it appears that Herndon is going to miss the week, so look for the alternative

  2. Herndon owner too. ( at least for the next couple of hours) Just need bye week replacement for my TE.

    On the WW- Davis @ Miami – Great match up … but does he play, Should I wait until Fridays injury report comes out? Before I make a move?
    Cook @ Jac- Got 12 targets over the last 2 games. I like that, but tough match up
    OJ Howard vs Carolina in London- Good Talent but not getting any looks.

    Help. Who do I get? If Davis plays ( and we may not know until game time) or Cook or Howard.

    Thank you.

  3. My other TE is Waller. Get Henry and hopefully he does something this week? That way I have 2 top TE’s the rest of the way, and dont worry about 1 week? Help

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