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October 4, 2007

WEEK 5 TE RANKINGS


1. Antonio Gates (SD) – We think his track record speaks for itself. He lit up the Denver defense in his last game against them with 7 catches for 107 yards and 2 TD’s. As usual, he is a lock for a big day.
2. Jason Witten (DAL) – He is a staple in this offense especially in the red zone. Great match up against Buffalo.
3. Todd Heap (BAL) - He isn’t getting into the end zone as often as fantasy owners would like but he has been consistent. He is due for a breakout game and Arizona provides a good match up. (Check injury report: hamstring)
4. Tony Gonzalez (KC) – The emergence of Dwayne Bowe in the passing game has opened things up for Gonzalez especially in the red zone. The return of Eddie Kennison should boost Gonzalez’s resurgence even more. We should see the “old him” once again.
5. Dallas Clark (IND) – He has been Manning’s favorite red zone target of late and is likely to score any given week. Clark has been a TD machine so far this season and there are no indications of him slowing down any time soon.
6. Jeremy Shockey (NYG) – He is coming off a bad game but Shockey is too talented to be shut down in consecutive weeks. We expect him to redeem himself against the Jets.
7. Chris Cooley (WAS) – He is not getting targeted as much as expected but he is making the most of those targets. Cooley is the go to guy in the red zone and is due for a break out game.
8. Kellen Winslow (CLE) – He is battling an injury and faces a very tough defense in New England but he has the tools to overcome any obstacle.
9. Alge Crumpler (ATL) – The Titans play TE’s pretty tough but with the emergence of the Falcon’s receivers, some of the heat should be off of Crumpler. He is always a threat and is targeted often by Harrington.
10. Owen Daniels (HOU) – He will again be looked to early and often in the bear bones Houston passing attack. Daniels needs to find the end zone to solidify his status as a top TE.
11. Ben Watson (NE) – Watson has seen his targets decrease on a weekly basis but he is always a threat to find pay dirt and we like the match up against Cleveland this week. Look for him to resurface with a big game any week now.
12. Eric Johnson (NO) – He is the guy Brees looks to first when the pressure is on. Needless to say the pressure has been on quite a bit and that will likely continue. Johnson faces a Carolina defense that is soft on TE’s so it should be a decent week for him.
13. Heath Miller (PIT) – We say it every week and we will say it again. This guy is highly talented and under utilized. It is hard to know what to expect from Miller any given week but you can never underestimate his potential.
14. Donald Lee (GB) – He is evidence that there is plenty to go around for everyone in the pass happy Packer offense. Favre continues to utilize the TE on a regular basis, especially in the red zone, and this week should be no different. We like Lee and his fantasy potential.
15. Bo Scaife (TEN) – He was able to find the end zone in his last game and look for Scaife to increase his fantasy value in coming weeks. We like his chances this week against Atlanta.
16. Desmond Clark (CHI) – The return of high profile rookie Greg Olsen has not seemed to hurt Clark’s fantasy value in any way. He was actually utilized more last week with Griese in at QB. We can’t promise that Clark will have another big game but the odds just turned in his favor with Griese.
17. Mercedes Lewis (JAC) – Lewis probably will not get you a ton of points but you can count on something, which is more than you can say about a lot of starting TE’s. He has yet to break out with a monster game but he the potential to do just that. He is consistent and a good start if you are in a tight spot this week.
18. Randy McMichael (STL) – He is still under utilized in the Ram’s offense but we are optimistic that new QB Gus Frerotte will show him more love than Bulger. McMichael will either sink or swim this week but he’s worth a shot in a pinch.
19. Chris Baker (NYJ) – He is not the best fantasy option, as he is as likely to get shut out as he is to get a TD, but it’s his proven potential to get in the end zone that makes him worth a look. Good match up.
20. Marcus Pollard (SEA) - Pollard has been inconsistent so far this season, but when Hasselbeck chooses to target him, it is usually often. This week against Pittsburgh looks to be a match up in which Pollard should be targeted often but you can never be sure . Pollard is a good red zone option.

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