1. Tony Gonzalez, ATL vs. OAK
After his massive 13 catch, one touchdown and 123 yard performance last week, the Great Gonzo has now scored in four of five games. What's better is that he has been targeted 47 times this season, which is more than both of the stud wide receivers he happens to be teammates with (Roddy White and Julio Jones for those not in the know). This week he faces a bad Oakland defense. The Raiders are allowing a touchdown to tight ends on one in every five receptions.
2. Heath Miller, PIT at TEN
There are five tight ends in the league that have four touchdowns already this season. Heath Miller is the only one of them who has not played five games as of yet. The new Todd Haley offense has showcased the passing game (and more specifically Miller) quite a bit this season. Ben Roethlisberger is averaging six more passes per game than he did last year. Those passes have to go somewhere! The Titans are the Thursday night opponent. Tennessee has given up a touchdown to a tight end in every week but one.
3. Kyle Rudolph, MIN at WAS
Kyle Rudolph scored his fourth touchdown last week against the aforementioned Titans. The lack of a true tall wide receiver in Minnesota has made Rudolph Christian Ponder's favorite target when he's in the red zone. The Redskins have given up a tight end touchdown in four of five weeks including the Week 5 heroics of Tony Gonzalez highlighted above.
4. Owen Daniels, HOU vs. GB
Did you know that in the last four weeks that Owen Daniels has more targets than Andre Johnson? Yeah, it's 25 for Daniels and 20 for Johnson. What does this mean? Are the Texans shifting to the short passing game more? Are they conserving Johnson's legs for a Super Bowl run? Either way, it's good for Daniels who has now scored in each of the last three weeks. The Packers have allowed a tight end to top 75 yards or score in four of five contests this season.
5. Jared Cook, TEN vs. PIT
Jared Cook has become fantasy relevant again after a touchdown in two of the last three weeks. The struggling Titans offense can't seem to get the running game going, nor can their quarterbacks stay upright long enough to throw deep, so Cook is fast becoming the best weapon on an offense full of decent fantasy players. The Steelers have had a ton of injuries to the linebacking corps and the safeties and it has shown. Pittsburgh has allowed a touchdown to a tight end in three of four contests this season.
6. Brent Celek, PHI vs. DET
Brent Celek only trails Tony Gonzalez in yards by a tight end this year, averaging 66 per game. That doesn't sound like a ton, but it's an average that gets him to a 1,056 yard season (which is great for any tight end). This week he squares off against a Lions team that has allowed three tight end touchdowns in the last three games. The pass rush hasn't been good for Detroit as of yet, when you add in a mobile quarterback like Mike Vick, it seems like Celek could be on the end of more than a handful of improvised plays.
7. Fred Davis, WAS vs. MIN
The uncertainty of Robert Griffin III's health is a major concern for Fred Davis owners, as it seems like in just the last couple of weeks the two have started to develop a rapport. In the last three weeks Davis is averaging 71 yards per game. While he hasn't scored a touchdown as of yet, he's got a great shot against the Vikings this week. While the Minnesota defense has been much stronger this season, defending the tight end seems to be their Achilles' heel. The Vikings have allowed a tight end touchdown in four of five games this season.
8. Dennis Pitta, BAL vs. DAL
While Dennis Pitta has fallen off of the cliff from his hot start (only three catches for 22 yards in the last two weeks) I'm not ready to give up on him as of yet. In the first three weeks of the season, Pitta was targeted 31 times. You just don't suddenly stop passing to a guy that you're going to over 10 times a game. This might be the opportunity he needs to get back into the fantasy game this weekend against the Cowboys. Dallas has been as tough as anyone against wide receivers, but have allowed a tight end score in each of the first three weeks and allowed the Bears' Kellen Davis to gain 62 yards in Week 4.
9. Rob Gronkowski, NE at SEA
It's almost ridiculous that Rob Gronkowski is listed as questionable on the depth chart. That Bill Belichick is such a prankster. This week he may be the only legitimate shot in the passing game as the Pats take on a Seahawks team with a tandem of really good, really tall cornerbacks. Gronk at 6'7" towers over the 6'3" duo of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. You could see him lineup out at wide receiver to create a rare mismatch for the Seahawks.
10. Vernon Davis, SF vs. NYG
Vernon Davis is one of the few tight ends in this league that can almost play as a top flight wide receiver. Case in point, we use the wide receiver benchmark of topping 100 yards or scoring in a game to rank Davis. He happens to have done either of those in four of five contests this season. Facing off against a Giants team that is allowing wide receivers to burn them at a Great Chicago Fire pace shouldn't be too bad if Davis gets a few more looks out at wide receiver. The Giants have allowed eight touchdowns to wide receivers this season but none to tight ends.