1. Antonio Gates (SD) – He continues to out perform even top flight WR’s on a weekly basis. Gates is the premier TE in the NFL and once again a lock at home vs. Oakland.
2. Kellen Winslow (CLE) – He makes a strong case for being among the NFL’s elite TE’s. Winslow has faced some pretty stiff competition over the last few weeks and still managed to shine. He has a great match up this week against Miami and he is likely to have one of his better games of the season.
3. Jason Witten (DAL) – He has been the go to guy of late in the Cowboy’s passing attack, even outshining T.O.. The Patriot’s defense will likely focus their attention on T.O. as well, leaving Witten with plenty of opportunities. Even with the extra looks, the New England defense will provide a challenge.
4. Ben Watson (NE) – Watson has managed to hit pay dirt five times this season including a two TD week 5. He is an inconsistent part of the Patriot’s game plan as far as looks and touches go but he is a touch down machine. Watson should be a big part of the New England game plan in Dallas, especially in the red zone.
5. Todd Heap (BAL) – Heap is expected to return to the starting line up this week after taking week 5 off with a hamstring injury. The Raven’s passing game struggled to find the end zone last week, and he should be able to help remedy that against a weak Ram’s defense. Great match up. (Check injury report: hamstring)
6. Tony Gonzalez (KC) – Gonzalez was pretty much the only bright spot for a lazy Chief’s offense last week. Huard continues to look for him in the red zone and Dwayne Bowe is taking the heat off of him. He should have another solid week at home against a shallow Bengal defense.
7. Chris Cooley (WAS) – He has not been targeted as often as we anticipated but he makes the most of his opportunities. Cooley’s numbers have increased each week and he has found pay dirt in his last three games as the Redskin’s, unquestionable, top red zone target. He should have a nice game against a Packer’s defense that has struggled to slow TE’s all season.
8. Jeremy Shockey (NYG) – He is off to a bit of a disappointing start by his standards. Shockey did manage to find the end zone for the first time last week, but his number of touches has not increased. He is very talented and too important to the Giant’s offense to be ignored for long. He faces a Falcon’s D that can be pretty stingy with TE’s but he is overdue for a monster game.
9. Owen Daniels (HOU) – He has stepped up and filled a huge void left by the platoon of injured Texan WR’s. Daniel’s has assumed the role of top target for Matt Schaub. Despite the fact that he has still yet to score his first TD this season, Daniels remains a top TE starter and should find his way to the end zone any time now.
10. Alge Crumpler (ATL) – After a very disappointing week 5, we expect Crumpler to get back on track this week against the Giants. He is not typically an inconsistent performer and this offense will have to find ways to get him the ball to win this game. (Check injury report: knee & ankle)
11. Eric Johnson (NO) – He continues to be the safety valve in a struggling Saint’s offense. Johnson is not a deep threat, but if the New Orleans’s offense could ever find their way into the red zone, he is a definite threat to score. We like this week’s match up against the Seahawks.
12. Desmond Clark (CHI) – With the QB change and the emergence of rookie phenom Greg Olsen, many expected Clark to just fade away. Contrary to those beliefs, he has actually increased production, and has become a top target in the Bear’s offense. Clark should have a nice game against a Viking’s defense pre occupied with stopping the run.
13. Greg Olsen (CHI) – He has been moved into platoon duty with fellow TE Desmond Clark. Olsen had his first breakout performance last week, and these two TE’s appear to be the hot ticket in an otherwise mediocre Bear’s offense. He should see his fantasy value continue to grow throughout the season. We like him again this week against Minnesota.
14. Donald Lee (GB) – He saw his production decline a bit last week, but he is still a valuable target in the pass heavy Packer’s offense. Lee should see a few passes come his way against the Skins, and he is always a red zone threat.
15. Randy McMichael (STL) – McMichael enjoyed his best game of his 07’ campaign last week. He even managed to find the end zone. It appears that he has more chemistry with new QB Gus Frerotte than he did with Bulger, so it is not out of the question to see his numbers increase while Frerotte is the starter. He is better suited as a back up TE in your fantasy league but we are optimistic that he could have another solid week even against the tough Raven’s D.
16. Chris Baker (NYJ) – Baker is typically a strong candidate to find the end zone as far as TE’s go. He has been held scoreless the last two weeks but has seen his reception and yardage total grow slightly. He is a risky option any week and better suited for mop up duty.
17. L.J. Smith (PHI) – He will be returning from injury this week and looks to improve on a disappointing start to the season. Smith has yet to contribute much to this offense, but he has the potential for a break out performance. He is a decent gamble if you are in desperate mode for a TE this week.
18. Mercedes Lewis (JAC) – Lewis was expected to be a big contributor to the Jaguar offense this season. So far, he has only been able to muster a mild contribution. He has been a target in every game, but his services have been used sparingly. He has a lot of upside, but until he can increase productivity, Lewis is little more than a back up who will get you a few points in a needy week.
19. Jeff King (CAR) – Since Delhomme went down with his season ending injury, the Carolina passing attack has struggled to find its way. King has not been immune to the fall out. He has seen his numbers drop off a bit, but they were not Pro Bowl caliber to begin with. You are best served to keep King on the bench this week, unless you are in a tight spot.
20. Alex Smith (TB) – He was able to find the end zone, not once, but twice last week. Smith has increased his role in this offense, but remains an unreliable and inconsistent starter for your fantasy team.