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Week 6 Rankings

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Week 6 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at NE -
2 Antonio Gates vs. IND -
3 Jason Witten vs. WAS -
4 Julius Thomas vs. JAC -
5 Jordan Cameron vs. DET -
6 Vernon Davis vs. ARZ Probable (hamstring)
7 Greg Olsen at MIN Probable (foot)
8 Jermichael Finley at BAL Probable (concussion)
9 Heath Miller at NYJ -
10 Martellus Bennett vs. NYG -
11 Garrett Graham vs. STL -
12 Coby Fleener at SD -
13 Jared Cook at HOU -
14 Kyle Rudolph vs. CAR -
15 Tyler Eifert at BUF -
16 Brandon Pettigrew at CLE -
17 Brandon Myers at CHI Questionable (ankle)
18 Jermaine Gresham at BUF -
19 Jordan Reed at DAL Probable (quadriceps)
20 Sean McGrath vs. OAK -
21 Brent Celek at TB -
22 Scott Chandler vs. CIN -
23 Delanie Walker at SEA -
24 Dallas Clark vs. GB -
25 Clay Harbor at DEN -
26 Jeff Cumberland vs. PIT -
27 Lance Kendricks at HOU -
28 Mychal Rivera at KC -
29 Tim Wright vs. PHI -
30 Joseph Fauria at CLE -
31 Rob Housler at SF -
32 Fred Davis at DAL Probable (ankle)
33 Zach Ertz at TB -
34 Gavin Escobar vs. WAS -
35 Luke Willson vs. TEN -
36 Michael Hoomanawanui vs. NO -

TE Notes: Forget tight ends, Jimmy Graham leads all pass catchers in receiving yards. … Averaging 7.5 catches for 97.3 yards since Week 1, Antonio Gates has turned back the clock. That means opposing defenses should soon do the same, bracketing Gates like they did during his glorious prime. For now, however, he’s a consistent bright spot at a position without much consistency this season. … 20 Jason Witten’s 43 targets have come during the two games Miles Austin missed. With Austin (hamstring) tentatively on track to return this weekend, it’s fair to wonder if the Witten gravy train might dry up to its Week 1-3 levels. Regardless, the matchup in Washington’s swinging-gate defense — a unit Witten stung for 16 catches in two games last season — is too good to consider Dallas’ ageless tight end anything other than a top-three option. … Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is finally expected to make his 2013 debut this weekend. Plug him in and never look back.

Julius Thomas is shaping up as a bit of a boom-or-bust option in Denver’s loaded option, but when someone booms the way Thomas does, you can never consider benching them. This week he’s squaring off with the Jaguars, a team allowing the seventh most points to opposing tight ends. … Something you may have forgotten about Jordan Cameron’s hot start: His first 14 catches, 193 yards and touchdown came with Brandon Weeden under center in Weeks 1-2. Of course Brian Hoyer is preferable, but Weeden isn’t going to suddenly derail Cameron’s breakout campaign. … Vernon Davis has been inconsistent this season, but is still No. 4 in tight end fantasy points, and is squaring off with a Cardinals team allowing the fourth most points to rival tight ends. … Martellus Bennett (knee) is expected to play Thursday evening, but is a game-time decision. Be ready to bench him if the 7ET inactives bring bad news.

Greg Olsen (foot/ankle) will be limited in this week’s practices, but is fully expected to suit up against the Vikings. He can’t be benched against a team getting positively smoked by tight ends this season. … An every-snap player in Week 4, Heath Miller has already resumed his role as the league’s top plug-and-play TE2. … A red-zone threat who’s posted a 15/141/3 line despite limited playing time, Garrett Graham is a TE1 sleeper to monitor in the absence of Owen Daniels. He’s worth a Week 6 flier. … As per usual, Coby Fleener followed up his Week 4 5/77/1 with a dud. He’s the definition of a TE2. … Jared Cook is averaging 3.3/31.3 since his 7/141/2 Week 1. The upside is still there, but St. Louis — Cook included — still appears to have no idea how to harness it. … Sean McGrath has at least four catches is three straight games, and is a mildly compelling TE3 in 12-14 team leagues.     

Week 6 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. NO -
2 Blair Walsh vs. CAR -
3 Dan Bailey vs. WAS -
4 Garrett Hartley at NE -
5 Matt Prater vs. JAC -
6 Sebastian Janikowski at KC Probable (calf)
7 Justin Tucker vs. GB -
8 David Akers at CLE -
9 Nick Novak vs. IND -
10 Greg Zuerlein at HOU -
11 Josh Brown at CHI -
12 Kai Forbath at DAL -
13 Mason Crosby at BAL -
14 Phil Dawson vs. ARZ -
15 Steven Hauschka vs. TEN -
16 Alex Henery at TB -
17 Jay Feely at SF -
18 Shaun Suisham at NYJ Probable (hamstring)
19 Adam Vinatieri at SD -
20 Robbie Gould vs. NYG -
21 Dan Carpenter vs. CIN -
22 Nick Folk vs. PIT -
23 Ryan Succop vs. OAK -
24 Rob Bironas at SEA -
25 Mike Nugent at BUF -
26 Randy Bullock vs. STL -
27 Graham Gano at MIN -
28 Josh Scobee at DEN -
29 Billy Cundiff vs. DET Probable (quadriceps)
30 Rian Lindell vs. PHI -

Week 6 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
2 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
3 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
4 Bengals Def/Spec Team at BUF -
5 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
6 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
7 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. STL -
8 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
9 Panthers Def/Spec Team at MIN -
10 Lions Def/Spec Team at CLE -
11 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
12 Eagles Def/Spec Team at TB -
13 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
14 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
15 Colts Def/Spec Team at SD -
16 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at SF -
17 Steelers Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
18 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
19 Ravens Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
20 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
21 Rams Def/Spec Team at HOU -
22 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
23 Packers Def/Spec Team at BAL -
24 Saints Def/Spec Team at NE -
25 Titans Def/Spec Team at SEA -
26 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
27 Raiders Def/Spec Team at KC -
28 Giants Def/Spec Team at CHI -
29 Redskins Def/Spec Team at DAL -
30 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at DEN -

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