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Updated Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week 6 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at SEA Questionable (hip)
2 Tony Gonzalez vs. OAK -
3 Antonio Gates vs. DEN -
4 Vernon Davis vs. NYG -
5 Owen Daniels vs. GB -
6 Jason Witten at BAL -
7 Heath Miller at TEN -
8 Kyle Rudolph at WAS -
9 Dennis Pitta vs. DAL -
10 Brent Celek vs. DET -
11 Fred Davis vs. MIN -
12 Aaron Hernandez at SEA Questionable (ankle)
13 Brandon Pettigrew at PHI Probable (knee)
14 Jared Cook vs. PIT -
15 Jacob Tamme at SD Probable (groin)
16 Scott Chandler at ARZ -
17 Jermaine Gresham at CLE -
18 Jermichael Finley at HOU Questionable (shoulder)
19 Martellus Bennett at SF Probable (knee)
20 Coby Fleener at NYJ -
21 Dustin Keller vs. IND Questionable (hamstring)
22 Brandon Myers at ATL Probable (shoulder)
23 Anthony Fasano vs. STL -
24 Joel Dreessen at SD -
25 Rob Housler vs. BUF -
26 Zach Miller vs. NE Questionable (foot)
27 Dwayne Allen at NYJ -
28 D.J. Williams at HOU Questionable (hamstring)

TE Notes: On a team with Julio Jones and Roddy White, it’s impressive that Gonzalez leads the Falcons in targets (47) through five games. Call me crazy, but he’s actually playing better at age 36 than he was two years ago. … Vernon Davis leads all tight ends in fantasy points per target. … Antonio Gates is in the bottom 10 at turning targets into fantasy points. He’s due for a breakout game against a Broncos defense allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Owen Daniels is third among tight ends in receptions, yards and fantasy points. He’s a TE1 until we have reason to believe otherwise. … Aaron Hernandez will be a top-three option most weeks, but it’s a good idea to exercise a bit of caution in his first game back against arguably the NFL’s top defense. Check back Friday afternoon to ensure that Hernandez has the green light this week.

No one at the position has a better matchup this week than Heath Miller, who faces a Titans defense allowing nearly two scores per game to opposing tight ends. … Rudolph is a good bet to find paydirt against a Redskins defense trailing only the Titans in fantasy points surrendered to tight ends. … Pitta is a good bounce-back candidate. … Celek’s targets take a tumble whenever Jeremy Maclin is healthy, but the matchup is enticing versus a Lions defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Fred Davis is third in yards and second in receptions among tight ends the past three weeks. … Pettigrew is healthy, but the Eagles have shut down tight ends so far. … Jacob Tamme’s 27 targets are second only to Tony Gonzalez the past three weeks, but he’s an afterthought in the red zone. … Drop-prone Jermichael Finley is headed toward a game-time decision versus the Texans. Backup D.J. Williams is a deep-league option if Finley can’t go. … Dustin Keller is expected to return this week, though Martellus Bennett’s (knee) status is up in the air.  

Sunday Updates: Dropped Hernandez from 7th to 12th, as he could be limited to less than half of his normal snaps. Dropped Finley again, as he's 50-50 to play through a shoulder injury. Packers backup D.J. Williams is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Week 6 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Steelers Def/Spec Team at TEN -
2 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
3 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
4 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
5 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
6 Giants Def/Spec Team at SF -
7 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
8 Lions Def/Spec Team at PHI -
9 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
10 Patriots Def/Spec Team at SEA -
11 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
12 Bills Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
13 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. STL -
14 Rams Def/Spec Team at MIA -
15 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
16 Bengals Def/Spec Team at CLE -
17 Vikings Def/Spec Team at WAS -
18 Colts Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
19 Broncos Def/Spec Team at SD -
20 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at TB -
21 Packers Def/Spec Team at HOU -
22 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at BAL -
23 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
24 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
25 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
26 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
27 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
28 Raiders Def/Spec Team at ATL -

Week 6 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 David Akers vs. NYG -
2 Matt Bryant vs. OAK -
3 Stephen Gostkowski at SEA -
4 Greg Zuerlein at MIA -
5 Sebastian Janikowski at ATL -
6 Jason Hanson at PHI -
7 Alex Henery vs. DET -
8 Shayne Graham vs. GB -
9 Blair Walsh at WAS -
10 Steven Hauschka vs. NE -
11 Nick Novak vs. DEN -
12 Mason Crosby at HOU -
13 Shaun Suisham at TEN -
14 Justin Tucker vs. DAL -
15 Matt Prater at SD -
16 Lawrence Tynes at SF -
17 Dan Bailey at BAL -
18 Adam Vinatieri at NYJ -
19 Mike Nugent at CLE -
20 Jay Feely vs. BUF -
21 Connor Barth vs. KC -
22 Phil Dawson vs. CIN -
23 Rob Bironas vs. PIT -
24 Dan Carpenter vs. STL -
25 Rian Lindell at ARZ -
26 Nick Folk vs. IND -
27 Kai Forbath vs. MIN -
28 Ryan Succop at TB -

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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