Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 6 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends.
NOTE: The Saints, Jaguars, Bears and Panthers have bye weeks.
Week 6: Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Tony Gonzalez vs. Oakland
2. Rob Gronkowski @ Seattle
3. Vernon Davis vs. N.Y. Giants
4. Jason Witten @ Baltimore
5. Brandon Pettigrew @ Philadelphia
6. Owen Daniels vs. Green Bay
7. Fred Davis vs. Minnesota
8. Antonio Gates vs. Denver
9. Martellus Bennett @ San Francisco
10. Brent Celek vs. Detroit
11. Heath Miller @ Tennessee
12. Scott Chandler @ Arizona
13. Jermaine Gresham @ Cleveland
14. Kyle Rudolph @ Washington
15. Jacob Tamme @ San Diego
16. Aaron Hernandez @ Seattle
17. Jared Cook vs. Pittsburgh
18. Coby Fleener @ N.Y. Jets
19. Dennis Pitta vs. Dallas
20. Jermichael Finley @ Houston (shoulder woes)
21. Tony Moeaki @ Tampa Bay
22. Lance Kendricks @ Miami
23. Brandon Myers @ Atlanta
24. Dustin Keller/Jeff Cumberland vs. Indianapolis
25. Benjamin Watson vs. Cincinnati
25a. Rob Housler vs. Buffalo
25b. Anthony Fasano vs. St. Louis
1. Tony Gonzalez—the NFL tight ends leader in catches, targets, receiving yards and TDs—is apparently hell-bent on finishing his illustrious career with a boom. For the season, he already has three games of 70-plus receiving yards, three games of double-digit targets and four games of one TD. And for all time, Gonzo has 12 games of double-digit receptions and 29 outings of 100-plus receiving yards.
2. Jacob Tamme is slowly making strides with the Broncos offense, even though he had a built-in rapport with QB Peyton Manning back in Indy. He has collected 23 targets in his last three games; and for Week 5, Tamme posted seasonal highs in catches (six), yards (50) and targets (11).
3. Detroit's Brandon Pettigrew (23 catches, 223 yards, 1 TD) has enjoyed three games of nine-plus targets and 60-plus yards this season. Unfortunately, he also has two end-zone drops and one red-zone fumble to his credit.
4. Jason Witten might not have the easiest of matchups (@ Baltimore), but who am I to deny a longtime great with double-digit targets for Weeks 2 and 4—especially coming off his bye week? My only gripe: Witten has an underwhelming catch-to-targets ratio (6:13) on the road this season.
5. I'm feeling a touchdown for Tony Moeaki. But my T-Moe powers of prognostication don't foretell anything beyond 30 receiving yards against the Bucs—the NFL's worst defense against the pass.
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