Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 15, 2016

Five weeks of NFL and fantasy football are now in the books and whether you are 5-0, 0-5 or somewhere in between it is important to stay focused and continue to put your best possible lineup out there each and every week. It usually takes seven wins to get in the playoffs in a standard 13-week fantasy league that allows six playoff teams. So, if you are winless at this point of the season, you have a tough road ahead of you, but all is not lost, you can right this ship.

We are approaching a crucial point in the fantasy football season. This is the stretch of the season that can make or break a fantasy football team, making it very important not to make any mistakes in your starting lineup. You need to start the right players at each and every position and that includes tight end. 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 6 Tight End Rankings.

1. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) vs. Denver

In the Chargers’ last game in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Antonio Gates had the monster game fantasy owners have been waiting for. He had nine catches for 124 yards with two touchdowns, giving him 24 receptions for 349 yards with two touchdowns through four games. Gates is a must-start fantasy tight end this week against the division rival Denver Broncos.
Point Projection: 13 points

2. Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) @ Cincinnati

Owen Daniels had eight catches for 94 yards in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. With 39 fantasy points through five games this season, he is emerging into a weekly must-start TE1. Look for another good performance from Daniels this week against the 4-1 Cincinnati Bengals.
Point Projection: 12 points

3. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Chicago

Coming back from a bye week Tony Gonzalez had six receptions for 55 yards last week against the San Francisco 49ers. He now has 19 receptions for 215 yards with two touchdowns during his first four games with the Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez should be started in all formats this week against the Chicago Bears who rank 20th defensively against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 11 points

4. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. Carolina

Kellen Winslow posted his best numbers of the season in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, when he had nine receptions for 102 yards with two touchdowns. He now has 26 receptions for 257 yards with four touchdowns this season, and he is the one Tampa Bay Buccaneer who is worth starting on a weekly basis. Use Winslow as a TE1 this week even in a tough match-up against very good Carolina Panthers pass defense.
Point Projection: 10 points

5. Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland

Heath Miller has been a sure handed tight end this season. He has been targeted by Ben Roethlisberger 33 times this season, and he has made 29 catches. In his last two games, Miller has totaled 13 receptions for 124 yards with three touchdowns. He makes a very good TE1 this week in a good match-up at home against the Cleveland Browns.
Point Projection: 9 points

6. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland

Brent Celek returned from the Eagles bye week with high expectations after posting back-to-back 104 yard performances Week 2 and Week 3. He had four receptions for 58 yards Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which are modest numbers from a player who had posted nine or more fantasy points in each of his first three games this season. Celek should be starting in all leagues this week as the Eagles travel to Oakland to face the Raiders.
Point projection: 9 points

7. Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins) vs. Kansas City

Chris Cooley was held without a catch Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers. He had been one of Jason Campbell’s favorite targets over the first four weeks of the season, but against a good Panthers’ pass rush, he was forced to stay in and block more than usual. He has 22 receptions for 254 yards with two touchdowns on the season, and he will look for a bounce back performance this week. Use Cooley as a starting fantasy tight end this week versus the Chiefs who rank 29th against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 8 points

8. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ Atlanta

In his last game back in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions, Greg Olsen had one catch for one yard and a touchdown. He has not been the elite fantasy tight end owners were hoping for this season as he has just 10 receptions for 92 yards with two touchdowns in four games. Olsen has scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and is worth starting as a low-end TE1 this week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Point Projection: 8 points

9. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona

John Carlson did not benefit from the return of Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback for the Seahawks as much as fantasy owners were hoping. His two receptions were his lowest output of the season, and he hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1, when he had two. Look for a bounce back game this week as Seattle hosts an Arizona Cardinals defense that is ranked dead-last against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 8 points

10. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Giants

Through four games this season, Jeremy Shockey has 18 receptions for 162 yards with two touchdowns. He had four catches for 34 yards Week 4 against the New York Jets, but he was held without a touchdown for the third straight week. Consider Shockey a low-end TE1 this week against a very good New York Giants defense that is ranked No. 1 against the pass.
Point Projection: 7 points

11. Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) @ Minnesota

Todd Heap had seven receptions for 41 yards Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Heap is having a nice season with 21 catches for 211 yards with two touchdowns, but is averaging just four fantasy points over his last three games. Consider him low-end TE1 this week against the Vikings, making him a nice bye week replacement.
Point Projection: 7 points

12. Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore

After scoring touchdowns in three of his last four games, Visanthe Shiancoe is starting to become the red zone threat many were hoping he would be this season. He is not a big reception and yardage tight end as he has just 13 receptions for 116 yards in five games, but his three touchdowns this season keep him as a low-end starting tight end this week against a very good Ravens defense.
Point Projection: 7 points

13. Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit

In his last outing, Jermichael Finley had a big game when he posted six receptions for 128 yards with one touchdown against a good Minnesota Vikings defense. He will look to continue where he left off before the bye week when the Packers host the Detroit Lions this week. Finley makes an excellent bye week replacement against the Lions, who have given up 15 passing touchdowns this season.
Point Projection: 6 points

14. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) vs. Buffalo

Dustin Keller has been a bit of a disappointment since totaling 17 fantasy points after the first two games this season. He has only managed five fantasy points over the following three weeks, including his zero catch performance Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins. Keller will look to post better numbers this week against a suspect Buffalo defense.
Point Projection: 6 points

15. Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. St. Louis

Marcedes Lewis has been a decent, but inconsistent fantasy tight end option this season. He has been posting good numbers every other week this season and after posting three catches for 13 yards last week, he is due for his bounce back week against a St. Louis Rams team ranks No. 25 against the pass through five games. Consider him a low-end TE1, worth using as a one-week replacement.
Point Projection: 5 points