Fantasy Football Week Ten Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 13, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 08: Dallas Clark #44 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans  during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.The Colts won 20-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It is here, week 10, and as Bruno Boys Matt has put it, this is the week that makes or breaks a lot of teams as far as possible playoff berths. And, although the tight end position is probably the least heralded of all, including kickers and defenses, it still should be noted that this position can provide a 10 point sway in your fantasy doings. If you want to compile as many points as possible, then you must check out all of the Bruno Boys’ rankings as closely as you possibly can. With that said, check out the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 10 Tight End Rankings below to get a leg up on your competition this week.

1. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) vs. New England

This week’s top tight end performer should be none other than Dallas Clark, who has been on fire all year. He leads the position with 703 receiving yards, which is 113 more than the next leading player, Antonio Gates. The New England Patriots are pretty stingy when its come to defending the position, allowing just 5.1 fantasy points per contest. The thing, though, is that this year the Patriots have not faced a tight end of Clark’s caliber. Clark should win the battle.
Point Projection: 14 points

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

For a top-notch defense, the Philadelphia Eagles cannot defend against the tight end position to save their lives. That is not good news for the City of Brotherly Love, who has to face the San Diego Chargers’ Antonio Gates, who has failed to reach the 50 yards receiving mark in only one game this season. If you own Gates he needs to be in your lineup.
Point Projection: 12 points

3. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) @ San Diego

Brent Celek looks to counter Antonio Gates’ production against his team with a bit of his own magic. Celek has been a very pleasant surprise to the fantasy football world in 2009 as he has gone for 486 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns and a total of 68 fantasy points. Trying to stop that production will be the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed 8 fantasy points per game to the position, a result of a fairly high 5 touchdowns. Celek is primed for a great game.
Point Projection: 11 points

4. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Chicago

There is no tight end in the NFL that is hotter than Vernon Davis who has scored in two of his last three games for a total of 4 touchdowns. In those three games, he also has had a 93 yard and a 102 yard performance. Davis, although a bit banged up, should give the Chicago Bears fits as they are one of the lesser defenders against the tight end. Plug Davis into your lineup with confidence.
Point Projection: 11 points

5. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) @ Green Bay

This bad stretch can’t keep going forever, can it? Jason Witten has been a top tight end for years, yet he hasn’t been able to put together more than one week in which he has had more than 7 fantasy points. He does have a solid match-up this week in Green Bay, who has allowed 6 tight end touchdowns, so this should be the week in which Witten’s owners’ patience will be rewarded.
Point Projection: 10 points

6. Visanthe Shiancoe (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Detroit

What do you get when you put a tight end in Visanthe Shiancoe that scores a lot of touchdowns against the Detroit Lions who allow a ton of touchdowns? A very nice fantasy football play, that’s what. If you own Shiancoe, plug in his six 2009 touchdowns as that number is about to swell.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Miami

Although Kellen Winslow is having a poor year to his standards, he still has had at least one touchdown in 4 of his 8 games this season. The Miami Dolphins, on the other hand, have struggled against opposing tight ends, allowing 8.8 fantasy points on average. If you are fretting because Winslow is your tight end this season, take solace in knowing that this week you will be able to collect some solid retribution.
Point Projection: 9 points

8. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) @ St. Louis

While Jeremy Shockey has been off and on all season long, this match-up has all of the makings of being a game in which he will be on. The St. Louis Rams are pretty putrid on the defensive side of the ball, and it is pretty consistent everywhere, including their inability to stop opposing tight ends. Don’t be scared off that the New Orleans Saints have too many weapons because Shockey’s chances of being the man are just as great as everyone else’s.
Point Projection: 9 points

9. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) @ Carolina

As highly as we think about Tony Gonzalez, this week will prove how highly he is regarded by Matt Ryan, who is going to need him to get through this tough stretch of games for the remainder of the season. In fact, the pass defenses that they will be facing are going to be so tough that quick pass patterns to Gonzalez should become a staple of the Atlanta Falcons offense from here on out. Don’t expect gigantic numbers like last year, but from here on out Gonzalez ranks as a solid tight end with upward potential.
Point Projection: 8 points

10. Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cincinnati

In the first meeting between these teams this season, Heath Miller went for a total of 20 yards against division rival Cincinnati. Don’t let that scare you off though, as he had been pretty consistent following that in weeks 4 to 6 when he pulled down 4 touchdowns. He is bound to get back on the board with a solid showing once again, and the Cincinnati Bengals present that opportunity. The 6.6 fantasy points that they allow tight ends on a weekly average will translate into a solid play as Miller will be a low-end TE1 in deeper 12-team leagues.
Point Projection: 8 points

11. Ben Watson (New England Patriots) @ Indianapolis

It has to be known that if you play Ben Watson against the Indianapolis Colts that you are playing with fire, as they are fantastic against the tight end. But, there are three things that you can guarantee in life; death, taxes and the fact that when the fire is getting hot Tom Brady relies heavily on Watson. Throwing stats at you won’t tell the whole story, so I will just say that his 4 touchdowns and 271 receiving yards should head north after this week.
Point Projection: 7 points

12. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) @ San Francisco

While it was fun watching Greg Olsen grab 3 touchdowns last week against the Arizona Cardinals, you have to realize that before that game Olsen hadn’t done much in his career. In fact, if you take out his 25 fantasy point performance last week he is sitting at a mere 37 fantasy points for the year which translates into a TE2 in deeper leagues for 2009. The San Francisco 49ers are fairly tough on tight ends having allowed only one touchdown to the position all year. Low-end TE1 in deeper leagues is pretty much the ceiling for Olsen this week.
Point Projection: 7 points