Fantasy Football is a fickle hobby. One player will break out and look like he will never come crashing down, while another who has been at the top for years seems to have been grounded. As you read the Week 7 TE Fantasy Football Rankings, you will notice a couple changes to the list. It seems one player who had super-value as a TE1 has slipped, mightily, while another player who was buried early in the season has been resurrected from the fantasy scrap heap.
Dennis Pitta, Where Art Thou?
For the first 3 weeks of the season, Pitta was the epitome of a TE1. With 18 catches and 2 touchdowns, Pitta was flirting with the status only the elite like Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez could hold. All that changed in Week Four against the Browns. Zero stats. Not even a catch. Not even a fumble. Not only did he come up with the biggest goose egg for tight ends so far this year, but he hasn't been the same player since. In the last 2 weeks, Pitta has 7 catches total and has yet to top 35 yards after averaging 63 from those first 3 weeks. It seems Joe Flacco has taken to Anquan Boldin instead, who has been a monster ever since that Browns game. Will this continue? Time will tell. But for now, don't expect Pitta to even be close to the top 12 this week. He's landed into TE2 hell.
Welcome Back Jason Witten
While Pitta's value has been floundering, Witten has gone back to the Witten we have seen in years past. After averaging a putrid 2 catches per game in Weeks 1-3, Witten has amassed 19 in the last 2, including a 13-catch performance against the Bears. Most of Witten's early-season disappointment can be blamed on a spleen injury that was supposed to have knocked him out. But the trooper that he is, Witten wound up suiting up for Week One anyway. Another boost for Witten is he isn't dropping the ball, which had been a problem earlier in the season. Witten caught every target thrown to him in Week 4 and missed just 1-out-of-7 in Week 6. Witten's value is at an all-time high. He deserves the No. 1 ranking this week.
UPDATE 10/19: Saints TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) is a huge game-time decision after being listed as questionable going up against the Buccaneers. Even if he does play, there is a good chance he could be limited. I'd look elsewhere for your starting option.
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