Fantasy Football 2012 Week 6 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons catches the ball against Charles Mitchell #26 of the San Diego Chargers on September 23, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The tight end position is littered with banged-up options as well as many disappointments.  With those in mind, who has risen to become top options?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Oakland
  2. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New York Giants
  3. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Baltimore
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at Seattle
  5. Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – at Seattle
  6. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Detroit
  7. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  9. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Green Bay
  10. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Dallas
  11. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  12. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Houston
  13. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – at Cleveland
  14. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Philadelphia
  15. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh
  16. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – at San Francisco
  17. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  18. Zach Miller – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New England
  19. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Arizona
  20. Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – at San Diego
  21. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – vs. St. Louis
  22. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
  23. Joel Dressen – Denver Broncos – at San Diego
  24. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – at Atlanta
  25. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets


Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski could see his role scaled back a bit, given his reported hip injury, especially with Aaron Hernandez likely to return in Week 6.  He actually has been surprisingly hit-or-miss, with 35 yards or less (and no TDs) in two of his past three games.  At this point, it is impossible to have him sitting atop the rankings.


Tony Gonzalez

Would anyone have really expected Tony Gonzalez to be sitting atop the rankings at any point in 2012?  He just continues to get the job done, with 39 receptions (13 for 123 yards and a TD in Week 5) for 388 yards and four TDs.  There’s no questioning that he is going to play a significant role in the team’s new passing approach.  With a favorable matchup against the Raiders, he should be in store for another big week.


Jason Witten

Week 4 was Jason Witten’s “return” performance, with 13 receptions for 112 yards and a TD.  He should continue to play a major role in the Cowboys' passing attack and should simply build on this performance.


Heath Miller

The Tennessee Titans have been burned by tight ends week after week after week.  This week it is Heath Miller’s turn, who has been a focus of the Steelers in the red zone.  While his value is mostly tied to his ability to score TD, it’s a pretty good bet that he gets there this week.


Antonio Gates

Has the time really come when Antonio Gates is not viewed as a TE1?  He’s played in four games this season and hasn’t had more than four receptions, hasn’t scored a TD and only once has been above 43 yards (he had 59 in Week 4).  At this point, there are definitely more promising options out there, though given his upside I would still hold out hope that Gates gets on track.


Joel Dressen, Jacob Tamme

Joel Dressen or Jacob Tamme?  The problem is, without the number of targets the Patriots’ tight end duo get, there likely aren’t enough chances to go around.  It’s going to be hit-or-miss on which one makes the impact, so it’s a situation you may want to avoid.


Injured Tight Ends

Both Jermichael Finley and Martellus Bennett came out of Week 5 banged up.  We’ll have to keep a close eye on the news to see if they are going to be at full strength or not.  The same can be said for the Jets’ Dustin Keller, who remained out in Week 5.  If he plays, he’s a TE2


Zach Miller

Is Zach Miller returning to fantasy viability?  He had three receptions for 59 yards in Week 5 and will likely be called upon heavily in Week 6 against the Patriots.  The Seahawks are going to want to try and keep the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands, so utilizing the running game and a short passing game makes sense.

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