Fantasy Football Power Rankings: 10 Best TE Plays Heading into Week 6

Jimmy M Lizarde@@JimmyLizardeContributor IIOctober 12, 2011

Fantasy Football Power Rankings: 10 Best TE Plays Heading into Week 6

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    Many NFL tight ends have increase their fantasy value as of late.

    With an emerging ideology in passing first, teams are beginning to spread the ball more through the air and rely less on the running game. As a result, tight ends are consistently getting more touches and are beginning to influence the outcome of games. 

    Thus, here are the top 10 tight ends that every fantasy football owner should consider adding heading into Week 6.


    Sources: ESPN

10. Greg Olsen

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    Although Olsen does not get enough targets per game, QB Cam Newton tends to look for him in the red zone.

    Olsen has caught a TD in each of the last three weeks. In Week 6 the Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons, which should not be a problem for the Panthers offense to move down the field.

    Expect him to score another TD and push his streak to four consecutive games. 

9. Brandon Pettigrew

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    The Lions are in Week 6's game of the week against the San Francisco 49ers. Pettigrew finally found the end zone on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears and is averaging seven catches in the last three weeks. 

    Although Calvin Johnson tends to get more attention, Pettigrew has shown improvement as the weeks have progressed. He also appears to be the preferred tight end in Detroit, as Tony Scheffler's targets have fallen.

    Expect him to continue to be targeted and find the end zone again. If this game becomes a shoot out, his value increases dramatically and he should be a starter on any fantasy team. 

8. Jermaine Gresham

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    After two weeks without a TD Gresham finally bounced back and provided back-to-back weeks with a score. 

    Although the Indianapolis Colts have done a great job in preventing tight ends from having enormous numbers, it is this week where Gresham will be targeted the most. 

    QB Andy Dalton will seek to check the ball down quite a lot in this game to his tight end and give him the opportunity to make plays on field. If they are in the red zone, expect Dalton to look for Gresham once more and provide fantasy owners with points. 

7. Rob Gronkowski

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    Gronkowski appears to be losing some touches now that Aaron Hernandez has returned from his injury. Yet he is still a tight end that fantasy owners should start.

    Over the past two weeks he has not produced the same amount of fantasy points he was on pace to earlier in the year, but expect that to soon change. The Patriots love to use both of their tight ends in packages, and Gronkowski will get his touches. 

    If he his lucky, QB Tom Brady might find him in the red zone, since the Cowboys will place a great deal of attention to WR Wes Welker

6. Vernon Davis

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    Similar to Pettigrew, Davis' value should increase if the game becomes a shoot out. 

    In the last three weeks, Davis has put up 10 or more fantasy points. What this is saying is that he is being targeted more, and that should continue to happen this week. Additionally, the last two weeks he has found the end zone, including two TDs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

    The only reason why Davis is not higher is because I expect the Lions to double team him since the 49ers really do not have a big time wide receiver. At the same time, the Lions defensive line will pressure QB Alex Smith in this game and cause trouble in the passing game.

5. Owen Daniels

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    Yes, I know they play a top defense in the Baltimore Ravens this week, but the Houston Texans have to get some passing yards, right? And with WR Andre Johnson still out due to injury, it only makes Daniels' value rise.

    In last weeks game against the Oakland Raiders, Daniels had a strong start to the game. For some unknown reason, the Texans forgot about him for two quarters and then came back to him in the fourth. 

    Expect to see him more involved in the passing game and find the red zone.

4. Tony Gonzalez

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    Gonzalez is coming off a week where he failed to get into the end zone. But at the same time, he caught six passes for 60 yards, which was good, but not great.

    This week the Falcons play the Carolina Panthers, and Gonzalez should expect more targets. He may not be your star tight end, but he gives you consistency at the position. With at least six or more fantasy points, no owner can complain about a lack of consistent production. 

    Expect Gonzalez to bounce back from his lowest fantasy point total this season and find the end zone again. 

3. Jermichael Finley

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    Finley is a must start this week due to the fact that the Packers face the St. Louis Rams. It's nothing against the Rams, but more having to do with who the Packers are. 

    Let's face it. Although QB Aaron Rodgers has too many targets, there is bound to be another game where Finley finds the end zone. Besides his Week 3 performance against the Bears, Finley is just due to get another score.

    He has not shown you that he can be a reliable tight end, but when Rodgers targets him, that's when the fantasy points start showing up. Expect him to get plenty of attention this week, as he will be in single coverage against a Rams defense that will have their hands full come Sunday. 

2. Jason Witten

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    The Cowboys face the Patriots this week. The New England defense is very weak, and you can be sure QB Tony Romo will continue to search for his reliable tight end. 

    Witten is an obvious start, as he has had three weeks of 10 or more fantasy points, and averages seven receptions per game.

    He did find the end zone two weeks ago when they played the Broncos, and I would not be surprised if he repeated that same performance.

1. Jimmy Graham

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    Graham has emerged as the tight end that you can rely on every week. QB Drew Brees has targeted Graham throughout the field and has given him great numbers.

    Although he did not reach the end zone last week, Graham has had three consecutive 100-yard games and is playing a Tampa Bay defense that allowed Vernon Davis to get two TDs. 

    Start Graham and expect a 10-plus fantasy point performance and perhaps a touchdown as well.