Fantasy Football Week Four Tight End Rankings

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 2, 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)

Tight end has always been a boom or bust position in fantasy football. Unless you own one of the elite options, your tight end seems to either get you near double-digit points or nothing.

There were eight tight ends this week to score nine points or more, but that number is inflated, as St. Louis Rams backup tight end Daniel Fells, who came into the game with one career reception, had two touchdown catches, and New England Patriots backup Chris Baker also added a touchdown—giving both these backups double-digit fantasy points.

With consistent tight end numbers so hard to find, it is extremely important to be well prepared when putting your starting lineup together. So, as you search for the tight end that can be a difference maker in your lineup this week, please enjoy the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Four Tight End Rankings.


1. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Seattle

Dallas Clark had another very good game in Week Three with seven catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has been the most productive tight end in football this season, and that should continue this week. Clark is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body; expect another double-digit performance this week against the Seahawks.

Point Projection: 13 points


2. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) @ Denver

Anyone who spent an early pick to draft Jason Witten as their top tight end may be slightly disappointed, as he has yet to score in double figures in a single game. He has been targeted 23 times though through three games and has scored 23 fantasy points on the season.

Witten is still the top receiving target on the Cowboys and is a must-start TE1 on a weekly basis. Look for him to finally exceed the 10-point mark this week against the Broncos.

Point Projection: 12 points


3. Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) vs. Oakland

Owen Daniels has emerged into a very good pass-catching tight end and has become another excellent weapon for the Texans and quarterback Matt Schaub. He is averaging five catches per game and has scored a touchdown in each of the past two games.

Look for Daniels to continue his solid play in what has become a big game for the 1-2 Texans at home against the Oakland Raiders.

Point Projection: 12 points


4. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) @ Pittsburgh

Like Jason Witten, based on his average draft position, Antonio Gates has been a bit of a disappointment for owners this season, especially when you consider that after three games he has been held without a touchdown. Gates does have 15 catches on the season for 225 yards and is a big target for quarterback Philip Rivers.

He will be a big target once again this week, and he should be started as a TE1 against a Steelers defense that has not lived up to expectations this season.

Point Projection: 11 points


5. Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins) vs. Tampa Bay

Cooley only managed three catches for 38 yards as the Redskins were stunned by the Detroit Lions last week, but with 17 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown on the season, he remains one of Jason Campbell’s top targets. Cooley is an excellent start this week against a Tampa Bay defense that has been worse against the pass than the Lions.

Point Projection: 10 points


6. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Washington

The entire Buccaneers offense, including Kellen Winslow, struggled last week against a very tough New York Giants defense. Winslow had just three catches for 14 yards after having 12 receptions for 120 yards with two touchdowns after the first two weeks.

Look for a bounce-back game from Winslow this week against a Redskins defense that is not as formidable as the Giants'.

Point Projection: 10 points


7. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) vs. Detroit

After only scoring four fantasy points in the first two weeks combined, Greg Olsen broke out with five catches for 44 yards and a touchdown last week against the Seattle Seahawks. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction for the third-year tight end. Consider Olsen a mid-level starting option this week as the Bears host the Detroit Lions.

Point projection: 9 points


8. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Jets

With a team-high six catches for 48 yards in Week Three versus the Buffalo Bills, Jeremy Shockey is proving to be an important part of the Saints offense. He has 14 catches for 128 yards with two touchdowns on the season. Shockey is a low-end starting TE1 this week against a much improved New York Jets defense.

Point Projection: 9 points


9. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. St. Louis

Vernon Davis had the game many fantasy owners have been expecting since he entered the league in 2006. He had seven catches for 96 yards with two touchdowns Week Three versus the Minnesota Vikings. One big game does not make a must-start fantasy tight end, but he should have another solid game this week against a porous St. Louis Rams pass defense.

Point Projection: 9 points


10. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) @ Indianapolis

After having six receptions in each of the first two games of the season, John Carlson only had three catches for 28 yards Week Three against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted 10 times in the game though, and whether it’s Seneca Wallace or Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, Carlson has been a favorite target.

Look for another solid game this week as the Seahawks travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts.

Point Projection: 9 points


11. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) @ New Orleans

Dustin Keller had just two receptions for 24 yards in a victory over the Tennessee Titans Week Three. His numbers were disappointing for fantasy owners who have already come to expect more from the young tight end. Keller should have a better game this week against the New Orleans Saints, and he should be used as a low-end TE1.

Point Projection: 8 points


12. Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) @ New England

Three weeks into the season, Todd Heap has been healthy and is once again becoming a viable fantasy football option at tight end. He has 10 catches for 124 yards with two touchdowns on the season, and he should be considered a low-end TE1 Week Four against the New England Patriots.

Point Projection: 8 points



Fantasy Football Week Four Tight End Rankings