Fantasy Football Week Three Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 25, 2009

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Tight end Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts runs away from safety Yeremiah Bell #37 of the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 27-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Another exciting week of NFL action was capped off by another fourth quarter comeback by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on Monday night against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins dominated the time of possession in the game, but Manning and the Colts' big play offense did enough to win the game 27-23.

No one played bigger in this game then Colts’ tight end Dallas Clark, who started the game with an 80-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the game. Yes, you read that right a tight end had an 80-yard touchdown reception.

The first two weeks of the season have seen tight ends producing more fantasy football points then in years past. Week one saw 11 tight ends posting at least nine points and Week two saw much of the same as nine tight ends had nine points or more, topped by Clark’s 24-point effort Monday night.

Tight ends are becoming more of a factor in fantasy football, and it is becoming more crucial to find the right tight end to start for your team on a weekly basis. So as you search for the tight end that can be a difference maker in your line-up this week, please enjoy the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Three Tight End Rankings.

1. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) @ Arizona

After scoring a disappointing three fantasy points Week one, Dallas Clark had an astounding 24 point effort week two. He had seven catches for 183 yards against the Miami Dolphins, including the aforementioned 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game.

Look for another big week from Clark this week against the Arizona Cardinals as he continues to be one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets.
Point Projection: 14 points

2. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) vs. Miami

Gates has 10 receptions for 161 yards on the season, but fantasy owners have been left slightly disappointed as he has yet to find the end zone. He has a great match-up week three as the Chargers will host the same Miami Dolphins team that Dallas Clark exposed.

Look for Gates to find the end zone and double digit fantasy football points for the first time this season.
Point Projection: 14 points

3. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Carolina

Witten is only averaging eight fantasy points a game thus far this season, which is below expectations for our top-ranked preseason tight end. He has been targeted 14 times in two games (catching 10) and he continues to be one of the top options for Tony Romo in the passing game.

Witten is once again a must-start TE as he has a good matchup this week when the Cowboys host a Carolina Panthers team that is allowing an average of 33 points a game.
Point Projection: 13 points

4. Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins) @ Detroit

The Washington Redskins have struggled to score points this season, totaling 26 points in two weeks. Things could change this week as the Redskins travel to Detroit to face a Lions team that has given up 72 points on the season. Chris Cooley has been the most consistent cog in Washington’s offensive arsenal, totaling 14 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in two games.

Seventy-plus yards and a touchdown sound reasonable against a Lions team that has allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in two games.
Point Projection: 13 points

5. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) @ New England

Two games into his tenure with the Atlanta Falcons, Tony Gonzalez has been the big-play tight end the team was hoping for. He has also been the most consistent tight end in fantasy football, scoring 13 points in each of the first two games. Look for Gonzalez to extend his double digit scoring streak this week against the New England Patriots.
Point Projection: 12 points

6. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New York Giants

When the Buccaneers traded for Kellen Winslow during the offseason, he was expected to be featured in the offense. After two games, this has been the case. Winslow has 12 receptions for 120 yards on the season and he has scored a touchdown in each game.

Consider him a solid TE option this week against a New York Giants defense that has allowed a touchdown to a tight end in each of their first two games.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) vs. Jacksonville

After struggling mightily week one, the Texans offense bounced back with a big game week two against the Tennessee Titans and Owen Daniels was a big part of the offense. He had six receptions for 72 yards with a touchdown and he will look to pick-up where he left off this week against a struggling Jacksonville Jaguars defense.

Consider Daniels a mid-level TE this week at home against the Jaguars.
Point Projection: 10 points

8. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Chicago

After scoring 21 fantasy points week one, John Carlson was held to four points Week Two. He does have six receptions in each of the first two games, and is a featured part of the Seahawks offense.

Carlson would rank higher this week, but starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is likely out with fractured ribs and the Seahawks will likely turn to Seneca Wallace. Even if Hasselbeck is out, Carlson is worth using as a starting fantasy tight end this week.
Point Projection: 9 points

9. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Kansas City

Celek has been one of the early surprises at the tight end spot this season. He has 14 catches for 141 yards with a touchdown on the season and he has proved to be a nice outlet for both quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb over the first two weeks. Consider Celek a low-end TE this week against the Kansas City Chiefs
Point Projection: 9 points

10. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) @ Buffalo

Through two games this season, Shockey is starting to live up to some of the hype that surrounded him after being traded to the Saints before the 2008 season. He has scored 19 fantasy football points after two weeks and in New Orleans’ high-powered offensive attack he will be worth starting consideration most weeks, including this week against the Buffalo Bills.
Point Projection: 8 points

11. Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland

Todd Heap only had one catch for nine yards week two, but it did go for a touchdown. He now has six catches for 82 yards with two touchdowns on the season. Heap is proving to once again be an excellent red zone option for the Ravens.

Quarterback Joe Flacco looks comfortable with his veteran tight end, leaving Heap as a worthy low-end starting fantasy tight end option.
Point Projection: 8 points

12. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) vs. Tennessee

The Jets may be the surprise team early in this NFL season. They are winning games with what is proving to be a very good defense. The offense may be better then expected when considering they are starting a rookie quarterback. Dustin Keller has been a big part of the offense over the first two games, totaling seven catches for 116 yards with a touchdown.

Consider Keller a low-end starting option against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed 47 points in two games.
Point Projection: 8 points

13. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ Seattle

To say that Greg Olsen has been a disappointment this season is a bit of an understatement. With the addition of Jay Cutler at quarterback in Chicago, Olsen was thought of as a top-five fantasy tight end option by many of us experts.

He only has four receptions for 49 yards through two games and hasn’t been the red zone threat we expected heading into his third season in the NFL. Consider him a low-end TE1 at this point, he has a lot of talent, but our patience is running thin.
Point Projection: 6 points

14. Benjamin Watson (New England Patriots) vs. Atlanta

After a huge week one performance with 77 receiving yards and two touchdowns Benjamin Watson appeared to be back on the fantasy football radar, but after only managing three catches for 23 yards Week Two his fantasy value is again in question.

Watson is probably neither the stud tight end we saw the first week nor the dud tight end we saw last week. He is likely somewhere right in between. With Tom Brady at quarterback Watson is worth a look as a low-end starting fantasy tight end—with his true value coming in TD-only leagues.
Point Projection: 6 points

15. Kevin Boss (New York Giants) @ Tampa Bay

With the loss of Plaxico Burress at wide receiver for the Giants Kevin Boss was expected to take on a bigger role in the Giants passing game, but through two games he has only managed four catches for 75 yards. Instead of looking to Boss, quarterback Eli Manning has become very comfortable with young wide receivers Steve Smith and Mario Manningham.

Two weeks does not make a fantasy football bust, but Boss will need to get more looks before being more then a TE2 fantasy option.
Point Projection: 5 points

For the rest of the Week Three Tight End Rankings, click HERE!