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Week 6 TE Rankings - Standard Leagues

Heath drops some Week 6 TE knowledge.

Tyler Eifert has been the most consistent tight end not named Rob Gronkowski.
Tyler Eifert has been the most consistent tight end not named Rob Gronkowski.
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Last week was the week of the no-name tight end, with only four of the top twelve scores coming from guys who are greater than 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues. I know ownership percentages can vary wildly from site to site, but Yahoo! is my default for season-long leagues so that is what I work from.

Five weeks into the season there is one tight end who has posted at least a top-12 finish each week, and that guy's name is Rob Gronkowski. In standard leagues he has finished 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 11th (and had a bye week). All I see in that pattern is that Gronkowski is due for another big one this weekend against the Colts. He is simply too good to not finish at the top.

Outside of a bagel in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens, Tyler Eifert has been a model of consistency. He has finished 4th, 4th, last, 12th, and 2nd through five weeks. Against Buffalo, Eifert is my #2 choice this week behind Gronkowski. The Bills appear to be more vulnerable down the middle, as corners Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby aim to lock down opposing receivers on the outside. This week, Eifert has the best chance to outperform Gronkowski.

Travis Kelce gets all the hype but he has been a boom-or-bust option this year. He has ranked 3rd, 19th, 7th, 21st, and 18th so far. He has immense potential each week, but you'll have to live with the lows when the running game is clicking for Kansas City or when Jeremy Maclin is soaking up the targets. Of course, Jamaal Charles is now out for the season with another torn ACL. While that is heartbreaking for Charles, it may be a boon to Kelce's targets. But I'm not holding my breath.

Julio Jones has been upgraded to probable for the Thursday night game, so you may want to temper your excitement for Jacob Tamme. We all know how this charade can work, though. If Julio plays more of a decoy role or is limited at all, Tamme could do plenty of damage against a forgiving Saints defense in the Thursday night game. I am banking on just that scenario occurring, and the rankings will reflect this idea.

I'll give you Jimmy Graham's finishes and then we'll get to some Week 6 rankings. Graham has finished 11th, 39th, 3rd, 20th, and 23rd. So you could say he is due for a big one. He is also facing the Carolina Panthers defense, which has been the stingiest to tight ends so far. So good luck figuring that one out! For me, Graham is a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE1 until further notice. Good luck this week!

RANK NAME TEAM OPPONENT
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @ IND
2 Tyler Eifert CIN @ BUF
3 Travis Kelce KC @ MIN
4 Greg Olsen CAR @ SEA
5 Martellus Bennett CHI @ DET
6 Antonio Gates SD @ GB
7 Delanie Walker TEN MIA
8 Gary Barnidge CLE DEN
9 Zach Ertz PHI NYG
10 Jimmy Graham SEA CAR
11 Jordan Cameron MIA @ TEN
12 Larry Donnell NYG @ PHI
13 Jacob Tamme ATL @ NO
14 Charles Clay BUF CIN
15 Richard Rodgers GB SD
16 Julius Thomas JAC HOU
17 Kyle Rudolph MIN KC
18 Crockett Gillmore BAL @ SF
19 Ladarius Green SD @ GB
20 Heath Miller PIT ARI
21 Vernon Davis SF BAL
22 Owen Daniels DEN @ CLE
23 Dwayne Allen IND NE
24 Eric Ebron DET CHI
25 Coby Fleener IND NE
26 Brent Celek PHI NYG
27 Derek Carrier WAS @ NYJ
28 Ben Watson NO @ ATL
29 Darren Fells ARI @ PIT
30 Maxx Williams BAL @ SF
31 Garrett Celek SF BAL
32 Jordan Reed WAS @ NYJ