TE Player Rankings – Week 10
(BYE: Green Bay, New Orleans, Oakland, San Diego)
1. Jacob Tamme (vs Cin) – Alright, I’ve seen enough to know this kid is for real. Or at least to know that whoever plays the tight end position with Peyton Manning as his QB is going to be a fantasy stud. Tamme reeled in 11 catches on 17 targets last weekend for 108 yards and a touchdown. I don’t know if he can repeat that against a Bengals D that’s much better against tight ends than the Eagles are, but he’s definitely earned top billing this week regardless.
2. Jason Witten (@ NYG) – Witten has clearly become one of Kitna’s favorite targets, and he’s going to need him this Sunday with the Giants likely rushing down his throat all game. Three weeks ago against New York, Jason racked up 13 targets, nine catches, 95 yards and a TD. He’ll have every chance to repeat those numbers this weekend.
3. Vernon Davis (vs StL) – Vernon got himself a much needed rest this past week with the ‘Niners on their bye, so he should be coming out full speed again this Sunday against the Rams. The fantasy stud tight end put up a TD in each of his games against St. Louis last year, and though the Rams have definitely improved, I still have a hard time seeing them be able to stop Davis in Week 10.
4. Brandon Pettigrew (@ Buf) – Pettigrew loves that Shaun Hill is back under center, as he averaged 6.4 catches on 9 targets while he was the starter for five games earlier this year. Buffalo also happens to be the worst team in the league defending opposing tight ends, so don’t be surprised if Brandon has a career game this Sunday.
5. Tony Gonzalez (vs Bal) – Gonzo still isn’t the fantasy force he’s been in years past, but he’s coming off a game in which he had 11 targets, eight catches and 72 yards, so he could be hitting his stride right now. With Gates and Zach Miller on their bye weeks, it’s tough not to put the most talented tight end in history up here in the rankings.
6. Marcedes Lewis (vs Hou) – Marcedes doesn’t get enough targets or catches to normally be worth this high of a ranking, but against the league’s worst pass defense, you never know. His fantasy scoring comes in bunches, so take the chance this week on the 6’6”, 275-lb. monster.
7. Chris Cooley (vs Phi) – Cooley is getting the targets (2nd among tight ends with 61), but TDs have been scarce with him all year long. He did, however, score one of his two on the season against the Eagles earlier this year, and we all saw what Jacob Tamme did to Philly last weekend, so Cooley certainly looks worth a play this Monday night.
8. Dustin Keller (@ Cle) – Cleveland is tied for the 5th worst team at defending against tight ends this year and cough up the 3rd most receptions per game to them. Keller hasn’t been used in the Jets’ offense as much since Santonio Holmes returned, but I can see him getting a good opportunity this game against a porous Browns D.
9. Joel Dreessen (@ Jax) – If Owen Daniels is still sidelined with his hamstring injury, this will be a great opportunity for Dreessen to bust onto the fantasy scene. The Jaguars are tied for 5th worst in the league against tight ends, so with Joel accruing eight targets, five catches and 66 yards last weekend, it looks like he could be in for a big game.
10. Tony Moeaki (@ Den) – The Broncos have been pretty bad against opposing TEs so far this year (ranked 25th), so the talented rookie has a chance to repeat last week’s numbers of nine targets, six catches and 63 yards.
11. Aaron Hernandez (@ Pit) – Hernandez had the game of his life last weekend catching two TDs against the Browns. He also racked up the most targets he’s had all year with nine. However, the Steelers have only given up one TD to a tight end this year, so don’t expect a repeat performance.
12. Kellen Winslow Jr. (vs Car) – One of these days Winslow is going to break out of his slump, and though he’s never been a TD-machine, you’ve gotta expect at least ONE this year. The Panthers are the 4th worst defense in the NFL at defending TEs and have given up four touchdowns to them thus far.
13. Visanthe Shiancoe (@ Chi) – The Bears give up the second most catches to tight ends per game, yet are the only team in the league not to surrender a single touchdown to them through the first half of the season. However, Shank caught a TD in each of the Vikings games against Chicago last season, so this might be the week the Bears shutout falls.
14. Heath Miller (vs NE) – Miller has been awful this year, but a sieve like the Patriots Pass D could be all that he needs to break out of it as the Pats have already surrendered four TDs to tight ends this season.
15. Brent Celek (@ Was) – Brent is one of the biggest disappointments as a fantasy tight end this year, but one of his two touchdowns on the season did come against the Redskins back in Week 4, so there’s a little hope for him in this game.
16. Ben Watson (vs NYJ) – The Jets don’t give up a whole hell of a lot to tight ends, but Watson will be needed in this game as a dump-off for the rookie McCoy. Don’t expect too much here.