While Jimmy Graham is far and away the No. 1 choice on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 6 tight end rankings, Jason Witten also decided to join in on the fun last week. Witten went for a season-high 121 yards receiving and a touchdown in the high-scoring affair with Denver. Witten and his Broncos counterpart, Julius Thomas, were the two tight ends that did the most damage, fantasy wise, in Week 5. Thomas was the top scorer at the position with nine catches for 122 yards and two TDs. In fact, if you include the Cowboys' Gavin Escobar and James Hanna, all tight ends in this game combined for 18 receptions, 271 yards and three touchdowns. Welcome to today's NFL.
But we shouldn't forget about Graham either. All he did was quietly post his fourth-straight 100-yard game with another 10 grabs for 135 yards in the win in Chicago. Graham, who in September became the first tight end to be named NFL Player of the Month, is leading the entire NFL in receiving yards with 593 through five games. That's an average of nearly 120 yards per game and he's a tight end!
The Saints are in New England this week, which means we could see two of modern-day tight ends that are revolutionizing NFL offenses in Graham and the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski. Fantasy owners who have waited all season will no doubt be ecstatic to see Gronk back out there, but just keep in mind that he's no longer the fantasy standard-bearer for his position. Gronk, meet Mr. Graham.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Atlanta, Miami
Leads NFL in rec. yds., 4 100-yard games in a row.
Big part of Romo's big day (7-121-1).
Peyton's main target (9-122-2) vs. DAL.
Top receiver (3-88-1) vs. HOU despite hamstring.
Had his quietest (3-36) game of the season.
Will Gronk have immediate impact vs. Saints?
vs. IND (Mon.)
Second only to Graham in rec. yards (438).
Vikings have allowed second-most fantasy pts. to TEs.
vs. NYG (Thurs.)
Game-time decision (knee) to face old team.
Appears to be over concussion.
Now the starter w/ Daniels (leg) out 4-6 weeks.
at SD (Mon.)
Luck used WRs to attack Seahawks last week.
Should be even more involved following bye.
Lance Kendricks more involved than Cook last week.
First TD pass came courtesy of Foles last week.
at CHI (Thurs.)
Doing more blocking than catching lately.
Led Lions (4-59) in Megatron's absence.
Has emerged as Chiefs' top TE target.
Made most of 1 target last week = 1-yard TD.
Season-high 7 targets last week, had 5 catches.
Could be more involved with new QB starting.
Missed last week's game b/c of quad contusion.
Not targeted at all last week vs. Dolphins.
Been better in odd weeks this season.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 6 Positional Rankings