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Week 6 Tight End Rankings - PPR Leagues

Should you be concerned for Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham this week? Nick Petraccione shares his thoughts in his Week 6 Tight End Rankings.

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Last week was slim pickings at the tight end position. Only Tyler Eifert, Gary Barnidge, and Antonio Gates really made a splash, while big ticket guys like Greg Olsen and Travis Kelce barely produced. Kelce see an uptick in production as the Chiefs try to account for the loss of Jamaal Charles, who accounted for over 30% of the Kansas City's total offense. However, of my top-five tight ends this week, I'm skeptical about Greg Olsen. Facing Seattle on the road is never an easy task, but Olsen is all Cam Newton really has. I'm not saying bench Olsen, he should be a target-hog, I'm just saying that he has a low ceiling this week and could potentially fall out of the top-ten.

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Rank

Player

Team

Opponent

1

Rob Gronkowski

NE

@IND

2

Tyler Eifert

CIN

@BUF

3

Antonio Gates

SD

@GB

4

Greg Olsen

CAR

@SEA

5

Travis Kelce

KC

@MIN

6

Martellus Bennett

CHI

@DET

7

Gary Barnidge

CLE

DEN

8

Jimmy Graham

SEA

CAR

9

Charles Clay

BUF

CIN

10

Delanie Walker

TEN

MIA

11

Julius Thomas

JAC

HOU

12

Jordan Cameron

MIA

@TEN

13

Larry Donnell

NYG

@PHI

14

Zach Ertz

PHI

NYG

15

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

KC

16

Richard Rodgers

GB

SD

17

Derek Carrier

WAS

@NYJ

18

Owen Daniels

DEN

@CLE

19

Heath Miller

PIT

ARI

20

Crockett Gillmore

BAL

@SF

21

Vernon Davis

SF

BAL

22

Eric Ebron

DET

CHI

23

Jacob Tamme

ATL

@NO

24

Benjamin Watson

NO

ATL

25

Darren Fells

ARI

@PIT

Even though I don't own Antonio Gates in any of my leagues, I did enjoy watching the Rivers-Gates tandem back in action. Gates caught 9 passes for 92 yards and had a welcome home dance party in the end zone...twice. I pegged Gates as a top-five play last week and he didn't disappoint. Gates is Rivers' right-hand-man, and the two have incredibly chemistry. As long as Gates stays on the field, I see no reason why he can't maintain 11 targets a game and a lot of red zone looks. Gates scored his 100th and 101st career touchdowns last week. Expect many more to come.

Julius Thomas will make his season debut this week against Houston. He won't have quite the welcome back that Gates did, but he will add size and strength to a speedy Jacksonville receiving core. It may take a game or two to get back into the swing of things and connect with Blake Bortles, but I don't think Thomas will have a problem shaking off the rust.

Now we come to a man who did disappoint, Jimmy Graham. For the second consecutive week, Graham put up six fantasy points. It's been a struggle in Seattle for one of the leagues most gifted tight ends. That being said, Graham's talent will always give him great upside and lands him as a low top-ten option this week against Carolina, who is the best in the league at defending the tight end. However, you shouldn't give up on Graham. He is still a huge threat on the field and can breakout at anytime, he just needs the ball in his hands.