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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Tight Ends - Week 3
Tim Van Prooyen
September 22, 2010
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These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Antonio Gates SDC 10
  2 Vernon Davis SFO 9
  3 Dallas Clark IND 7
  4 Jermichael Finley GBP 10
  5 Visanthe Shiancoe MIN 4
Moving Up 6 Chris Cooley WAS 9
  7 Zach Miller OAK 10
  8 Brent Celek PHI 8
  9 Kellen Winslow TBB 4
Moving Down 10 Jason Witten DAL 4
Moving Down 11 Tony Gonzalez ATL 8
  12 John Carlson SEA 5
  13 Heath Miller PIT 5
  14 Greg Olsen CHI 8
  15 Jermaine Gresham CIN 6
  16 Todd Heap BAL 8
Moving Down 17 Owen Daniels HOU 7
  18 Jeremy Shockey NOS 10
  19 Bo Scaife TEN 9
  20 Marcedes Lewis JAC 9
  21 Dustin Keller NYJ 7
  22 Tony Moeaki KCC 4
Moving Up 23 Aaron Hernandez NEP 5
  24 Tony Scheffler DET 7
  25 Fred Davis WAS 9
  26 Michael Hoomanawanui STL 9
  27 Rob Gronkowski NEP 5
  28 Martellus Bennett DAL 4
  29 Daniel Fells STL 9
  30 Billy Bajema STL 9

Jason Witten, CowboysMoving Down
Chalk this decline up to the Cowboy’s shortcomings so far this season.  With a tough game against Houston coming up, there doesn’t appear to be too much daylight in sight.  Witten has been targeted eight times in each of his first two games, but he’s only caught half of those balls for no touchdowns and 78 yards.  The key thing is, Romo just isn’t looking for him the way he has in the past.  He did leave the game last week due to a slight concussion, but even without that, he and his offense just haven’t been able to click yet.

Tony Gonzalez, FalconsMoving Down
One bad week with a tough matchup is one thing, but two bad weeks when one of them is an offensive clinic is something else entirely.  As much as many owners admire and appreciate what Gonzo has done for fantasy teams over the last decade or so, the fact is that he is beginning to decline.  It was thought the decline would be gradual and that he’d still be a solid TE for a couple more years, and it still may go like that, however, after two weeks of the season concerns are beginning to mount.  He’s not dropping like a rock yet, and this week’s matchup would seem to favor positive output for him, but owners should be considering possible options going forward.

Owen Daniels, TexansMoving Down
Daniels has tons of potential, and the Texans, until this season, had relied on him a lot.  However, it so far has appeared that the new balance the team seems to have has affected their need to rely on the tight end.  This could change, but this Texan’s offense looks vastly better than it has in previous years, and that is good for them, but may have its fantasy victims, in this case Daniels.  For now his forward production expectations should be adjusted down until the point that they start making more use of him.                     

Aaron Hernandez, PatriotsMoving Up
Tom Brady seems to have found his favorite tight end target in Hernandez.  The negative is that he isn’t the primary tight end consideration in the end zone, but in the open field is another deal entirely.  For owners struggling with higher end TEs like Gonzalez and Daniels who are not living up to expectations, it could be worth subbing a guy like Hernandez for a few games at least, until things (hopefully) normalize.  If Hernandez keeps getting the attention he has been, a touchdown or two is sure to result at some point.

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