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September 28, 2007

WEEK 4 TE RANKINGS


1. Antonio Gates (SD) – Gates has been dominant in the Charger’s first three contests despite tough match ups. This week’s match up should make life a little easier on Gates which is a scary prospect. He should have another explosive week as the Charger’s top pass option.
2. Jason Witten (DAL) – Witten has become a major part of the Cowboys passing attack, especially in the red zone where he was forgotten much of last season. Look for him to get plenty of looks and touches which will translate into points for your fantasy team.
3. Todd Heap (BAL) – Heap has always played well against the Browns the last couple of seasons and this year should be no different. With key injuries, and a lack of depth in the WR corps, expect Heap to be a major contributor in the Raven’s offense this week especially in the red zone.
4. Kellen Winslow (CLE) – He is battling a shoulder injury this week which may keep him out but if he plays look for another great game. He has become the favorite target of QB Derek Anderson, and should Winslow play he will be looked to early and often. (Check injury report: dislocated shoulder)
5. Dallas Clark (IND) – Clark has been a playmaker so far this season. He doesn’t make an exceptional number of plays, but when he makes a play, it’s generally a big one. Manning loves to find him in the red zone, and this week provides a great match up against a Denver secondary that will likely give the Colt WR’s problems, leaving Clark to fill the void.
6. Tony Gonzalez (KC) – He finally played up to his potential last week. He has had a hard time scoring because defenses are really keying in on him in the red zone. This team must find another play maker in the offense to take the heat off of Gonzalez. It looks as though Dwayne Bowe may be that guy and could inadvertently aid in Gonzalez getting his first TD this season.
7. Jeremy Shockey (NYG) – Shockey has had a tough time finding pay dirt this season but has been very consistent each week. Consistency is nice to have in fantasy but TD’s are better. Eli has to get him involved in the red zone. We think the team as a whole could benefit. This could be the week he sets up an extra point try.
8. Alge Crumpler (ATL) – He is coming off of his best game of the year and seems to be connecting better with his new QB. He should carry the momentum into this week as he is known for being a streaky player. The improved play of the team’s WR’s should also take some of the heat off of Crumpler.
9. Ben Watson (NE) – He does not get a large amount of balls thrown his way but he usually makes the most of them. He is a favorite red zone target for Brady, scoring a TD in every game this season. He is a little risky as most of his fantasy value relies on his ability to find the end zone, but so far so good. He is worth the risk.
10. Owen Daniels (HOU) – With a WR corps decimated by injury, Daniels should be Schaub’s favorite target for a second straight week. He may not but as talented as the 9 guys preceding him in the rankings, but looks and touches always translate to points in fantasy, and are often more important than talent. Daniels should get plenty of attention this week.
11. Heath Miller (PIT) – He has been pretty steady so far this season but has yet to have that break out game that is expected of him. Miller should be more involved in the offense this week with Hines Ward out and is always a threat to hit pay dirt.
12. Jeff King (CAR) – King has been a staple in the Panther’s passing game so far this year. He doesn’t provide dramatic numbers each week but is a solid contributor for a TE. He has a new QB this week in David Carr. This shouldn’t be a big concern as Carr has a history of throwing to his TE’s.
13. Donald Lee (GB) – Lee isn’t going to leave your jaw hanging in amazement each week but what he will do is supply your fantasy squad with a few quality points that could make the difference. He may not be a top tier TE but he is a stable and steady contributor who will even garner you the occasional TD.
14. Chris Baker (NYJ) – Baker is a bit of a gamble as a starting TE as he is not targeted very often. The good news is that Pennington always looks for him in the red zone and Baker is a TD threat any given week.
15. Greg Olsen (CHI) – He had 2 catches for 28 yards in his pro debut. Olsen has huge upside but he is sharing the TE position with Desmond Clark at the present time which may limit him for now. Look for improvement each week from the talented rookie, especially if Grossman can get this offense rolling.
16. Bubba Franks (GB) – Franks has limited upside this season sharing the position with Donald Lee but either he or Donald Lee seem to get into the end zone every week which makes him a decent option for those of you in a tight spot.
17. David Martin (MIA) – At this point Martin has still not contributed much in terms of fantasy value. He has seen minor improvements each week but is not being utilized enough in the Dolphin’s passing game to be a quality option. That could all change any week and he is at least worth keeping an eye on.
18. Alex Smith (TB) – He is probably a last resort as a starting fantasy TE at this juncture but he is receiving more attention from QB Jeff Garcia each week. He is another guy to keep an eye on but we don’t expect much at this point.
19. Desmond Clark (CHI) – With the return of rookie Greg Olsen from injury, Clark now becomes a liability as your starting TE. He has had a decent start to the season but his touches will likely be few from this point on.
20. Randy McMichael (STL) –He has received very little attention in the Ram’s offense to this point. We kind of expected that given that Marc Bulger has never been one to look for his TE’s in the passing game, but for Bulger and the Ram’s offense sake, now might be a good time to start. McMichael is nothing more than a patch starter for now.

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