There is a change in the formatting of my rankings as we head into bye weeks. Now, instead of 30 tight ends, I will only be ranking 25. It's not a huge change, but as I have been writing rankings, I have realized that the players ranked 26-30 really have no value and barely see the field. Therefore, I am only focusing on the guys that I think can provide some value to your lineup. But, enough of that, let's get to this weeks rankings.
The wait is over Antonio Gates owners, he's finally back in action this week! His long standing rapport with Philip Rivers makes him an automatic top-10 option this week. This Chargers offense has found its groove recently in the passing game, Gates has come in at perfect time. This is not to say that Ladarius Green doesn't hold any value this week, he still will get his share of snaps as Gates adjusts to being back. That being said, he should only be used if your desperate.
Heath Miller is a guy I'm staying away from until Ben Roethlisberger comes back. Mike Vick doesn't look look his way at all. In his last two games, Miller has caught a combined three passes for 18 yards. He is worth keeping, but he should be benched for the duration of Vick's time as a starter.
After being skeptical of Gary Barnidge last week, I can't argue with the numbers he is putting up. He has become Josh McCown's favorite target and has found the end zone in his last two outings. He's right outside my top-10 because he is facing a Baltimore defense that shuts down opposing tight ends. But, I think Barnidge can break through and have another solid game.