Fantasy Football Week Seven Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts warms up against the Arizona Cardinals before the game at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tight end continues to be one of the toughest positions in fantasy football to evaluate. With an exception of a handful of tight ends in the NFL, you don’t know what you are going to get on a weekly basis.

In Week Five there were only six tight ends to score more then seven fantasy points, but in Week Six there were seven tight ends that scored 11 points or more. Tight end is often overlooked by fantasy owners, but a good tight end can balance your team and help lead you to the playoffs.
As you search for the fantasy balance that will help lead you to an important Week Seven victory, please enjoy the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Seven Rankings: Tight Ends. 

1. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) @ St. Louis

Dallas Clark has been the most productive tight end in the NFL this year. The Colts are coming off their bye week and he leads all tight ends in receptions (35) and yardage (441). He is one of the top targets in one of the most productive offenses in the league, and did we mention that he has Peyton Manning passing the ball to him?

Clark is a weekly must-start and he has a great matchup this week against a St. Louis Rams team that is ranked No. 27 against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 14 points

2. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) @ Kansas City

Antonio Gates led the Chargers with five receptions for 70 yards in a Week Six loss to the Denver Broncos. He is once again a very productive tight end this season, as he has at least five receptions and more than 60 receiving yards in each game, but fantasy owners would like more then the two touchdowns he has so far.

Gates will look to find the end zone this week against a Kansas City defense that is giving up nearly 250 passing yards per game and has surrendered 10 passing touchdowns through six games.
Point Projection: 13 points

3. Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) vs. San Francisco

In a Week Six victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Owen Daniels had seven receptions for 78 yards with two touchdowns. He is emerging into a stud tight end and he is quickly becoming a weekly must-start.

Daniels has posted nine or more points four times in six games this season. He will look to continue his solid fantasy production this week against a 49ers team that is ranked No. 20 against the pass through five games this season.
Point Projection: 12 points

4. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) @ Dallas

Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez had four receptions for 52 yards with a touchdown in the Falcons Week Six victory over the Chicago Bears. He continues to be a huge asset for Atlanta’s offense and fantasy owners alike.

He has 23 receptions for 267 yards with three touchdowns this season and he has scored double-digit fantasy points in three of the Falcons' five games this season. Continue to use Gonzalez as a No. 1 fantasy tight end, including this week against a Cowboys defense that is giving up 251.4 yards per game this year.
Point Projection: 12 points

5. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. New England   *At Wembley Stadium, London*

After scoring 22 fantasy points against the Philadelphia Eagles Week Five, fantasy owners were hoping for more then the two points Kellen Winslow managed in a loss to the Carolina Panthers last week. He has been a little hit or miss this season. His off weeks are bad, but his good weeks have been great.

Winslow has scored nine or more fantasy points three times and topped 15 twice. He is arguably the Buccaneers' biggest offensive threat and he should be used as a TE1 this week against a good New England Patriots defense at Wembley Stadium in London.
Point Projection: 11 points

6. Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota

Pittsburgh’s new passing offense has worked wonders for Heath Miller this season. After a slow start, he has scored in double-figure fantasy points each of the last three weeks. He has been targeted 40 times this season and he has rewarded the Steelers with 34 catches for 315 yards with four touchdowns.

It appears that Miller has finally turned the corner and is starting to live up to expectations. Use him as a mid-level No. 1 fantasy tight end this week in a tough matchup against a good Vikings defense.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Washington

At this point last season, not many of us even knew who Brent Celek was. Fast forward one season and his 47 fantasy points are top-six among tight ends after six weeks of the season. He has 30 receptions for 378 yards with two touchdowns this season and he has not scored less than five fantasy points in any of the Eagles' five games this season. Continue to use Celek as a starting fantasy tight end. 
Point Projection: Nine points

8. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ Cincinnati

Greg Olsen has been a disappointment to fantasy owners this season. He was drafted with hopes of being a top-five fantasy tight end, but he has only managed 15 catches for 151 yards this season with three touchdowns.

The good news is, he seems to be building a better rapport with quarterback Jay Cutler, who has found Olsen for a touchdown in each of the Bears' last three games. Use him as a TE1 this week against a Bengals defense that is ranked No. 27 against the pass this season. 
Point Projection: Nine points

9. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Atlanta

With 28 receptions for 259 yards and just one touchdown this season, Jason Witten has not lived up to the hopes of fantasy owners, many of whom took him as the No. 1 tight end in fantasy football drafts this summer. Witten should still be used as a low-end starting tight end this week against the Falcons. He has been targeted 33 times this season and he is the most consistent receiving option for the Cowboys.
Point Projection: Eight points

10. Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins) vs. Philadelphia

After not making a single catch Week Five against the Carolina Panthers, Chris Cooley led the Redskins in receiving last week in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He had five catches for 57 yards, but did not manage a touchdown. He is the top option in the Redskins passing game with 42 passes targeted his way this season and he has 27 catches for 311 yards with two touchdowns. Consider Cooley a low-end TE1 this week against a very good Eagles pass defense. 
Point Projection: Eight points

11. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) @ Houston

Vernon Davis is another tight end who appears to be ready to start living up to the hype. He is well on his way to having the best year of his career with 22 catches for 262 yards with three touchdowns through five games this season. Look for another solid performance from Davis this week as the 49ers return from their bye week and travel to Houston to take on the Texans.
Point Projection: Eight points

12 Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) @ Miami

In his first meeting against his former team, Jeremy Shockey did not disappoint the Saints or fantasy owners when they played the New York Giants last week. New Orleans won the game 48-27 in a battle of undefeated teams and Shockey had four receptions for 37 yards with a touchdown. Continue to use him as a starting fantasy tight end this week, as the Saints will play the Dolphins in Miami, where he played his college football.
Point Projection: Eight points