Fantasy Football Week 6: Early Top 15 Tight End Rankings

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIOctober 11, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tight end Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 23, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Fantasy tight ends are becoming a bit more predictable as the NFL season enters its second-third of the schedule. The guys who were drafted as top-two options remain as such after five weeks, but one of them (Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints) will be on a bye in Week 6.

The New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski may or may not find himself in the end zone in his matchup against the Seattle Seahawks on the road. He may not see another defensive backfield that is as physically large as the one the Seahawks have.

He’s obviously a bigger guy than any of them, but it’s not like he’ll be dealing with tiny DBs this time around.

The tight end matching up against the Tennessee Titans in Week 6 is Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unless you own Tony Gonzalez (who has been a dominant presence in the fantasy tight end landscape) or Vernon Davis (who can put up two TDs in any given week as the No. 1 red-zone receiving option in San Francisco), Miller should be your fantasy tight end of choice this week.

Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings has had a nice season so far; his zero-point output in Week 4 notwithstanding.

He has the second-best matchup for fantasy tight ends this week: a date with the Washington Redskins.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been very stingy against opposing fantasy tight ends this season. Brandon Pettigrew of the Detroit Lions, therefore, should be used with extreme caution in Week 6.

There may very well be enough balls to go around in the Lions/Eagles matchup for him to place a fingerprint on the stat sheet.

Since allowing a 157-yard outing to Philadelphia’s Brent Celek in Week 2, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t given up 100 yards to all opposing fantasy tight ends combined.

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys might not have the best of luck in Week 6, but Tony Romo may look his way enough for him to get a few points.

Below are my top 15 tight ends for Week 6 before the Thursday night game.


1. Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (vs. Oakland Raiders)

2. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (vs. New York Giants)

3. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Tennessee Titans)

4. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (at Washington Redskins)

5. Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Detroit Lions)

6. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (vs. Denver Broncos)

7. Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (at New York Jets)

8. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

9. Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. Green Bay Packers)

10. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (at Seattle Seahawks)

11. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots (at Seattle Seahawks)

12. Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)

13. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (at San Francisco 49ers)

14. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (at Baltimore Ravens)

15. Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (at Philadelphia Eagles)