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Week 6 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 11:11
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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As always the tight end position is a tricky one to maneuver.  Who can we trust?  Who is far too risky?  There never seems to be an easy answer, because who would’ve expected Martellus Bennett to post a 3 TD game when Rob Gronkowski was on the field?  With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s rankings:

  1. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  2. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  6. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  7. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  8. Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  9. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at New York Giants
  11. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Chicago
  12. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  13. Jesse James – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Miami
  14. Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – vs. Jacksonville
  15. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  16. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  17. Charles Clay – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Francisco
  18. Hunter Henry – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  19. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  20. Jacob Tamme – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle

Thoughts:

  • Delanie Walker has been one of the better tight ends in the league this season (16 receptions, 225 yards, 2 TD) and draws a Browns’ defense that was just torched for 3 TD by Martellus Bennett and has allowed a league high 501 receiving yards.  Is there any reason to think that he won’t continue to produce?
  • We all know how good Rob Gronkowski is, but he continues to work his way back from injury and is now losing opportunities to Bennett.  While it’s impossible not to slot him among the Top 5 options, there is more risk involved than normal.
  • The Steelers’ Jesse James has scored in back-to-back games (and now has 3 TD on the season).  The Dolphins are in the bottom 10 in the league in regards to points per game to opposing tight ends, so he’s a pretty good bet to keep the good times rolling.
  • Tyler Eifert is closing in on his return, and if he plays he will have value.  That said there also would be significant risk, as his snaps could be limited.  Long-term he should be a Top 10 option, but he won’t get there immediately.
  • Hunter Henry has produced in the absence of Antonio Gates, but with Gates back his opportunities could start to diminish.  That uncertainty makes him rather difficult to trust on a weekly basis, until he proves he can keep producing.

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