Which tight ends are too risky to trust? Which could re-emerge as viable options? Which are must-use options?
Let’s break it all down for the coming week:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
- Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
- Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle
- Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
- Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
- Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
- Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
- Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Washington
- Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
- Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
- Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – at New England
- Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
- Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Oakland
- Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
- Lance Kendricks – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
- Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
- Kellen Davis – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
- Todd Heap – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
- Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
A limited Aaron Hernandez still managed six catches for 30 yards and a TD in his first game since Week 1. Is there any doubt that both he and Rob Gronkowski should have big days against a Jets defense that has generally struggled to stop opposing tight ends? Both should be considered top-five options, at worst, this week.
Despite the eruption of the Green Bay offense in Week 6, Jermichael Finley managed just two receptions for 12 yards and no TDs. Over the past two weeks, he has five catches for 23 yards, and he hasn’t had more than four receptions in a game since Week 1 (or more than 60 yards in any game this season).
We all know how talented he is, but does anyone actually have faith in him regardless of the opponent? The upside keeps him as a viable TE1, but it’s a low-end one at that.
Martellus Bennett has been banged up, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him re-emerge this week against a Redskins defense that has allowed six TDs to tight ends this season. He’s high-risk, but also high-reward. Depending on your other options, he’s worth considering as a TE1.
Over the past two games, Jason Witten has 19 catches for 200 yards and a TD. Clearly, he is back to health and a vital part of the Cowboys’ offense. With DeMarco Murray banged up, Witten’s role could increase even more. Don’t shy away from him.
It’s hard to read too much into Dustin Keller’s line in his return to the lineup, because the Jets attempted just 19 passes (and one was on a fake punt). So yes, Keller had just one reception for six yards, but we need to take the game plan into account. Do we really think they can get away with throwing the ball so few times against the Patriots? It’s unlikely, so look for Keller to play a much bigger role in Week 7.
Scott Chandler gets the next chance to abuse the Titans defense, as they have allowed eight TDs to opposing tight ends. With Chandler always a threat in the red zone (he has four TDs), he’s a TE1 this week.
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 7 rankings: