With five weeks of the NFL season now behind us, it’s time for fantasy football managers to set their lineups and dive into each position for Week 6. At a position with a tendency to lack weekly upside, here are our fantasy football TE tiers and streamers for Week 6.
Week 6 TE Tiers
The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. Please check back regularly as we update the Week 6 TE fantasy football rankings throughout the week.
Teams on a bye in Week 6: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.
1. Travis Kelce | Kansas City Chiefs @ WAS
2. Darren Waller | Las Vegas Raiders @ DEN
3. Mark Andrews | Baltimore Ravens vs. LAC
4. T.J. Hockenson | Detroit Lions vs. CIN
5. Dawson Knox | Buffalo Bills @ TEN
6. Mike Gesicki | Miami Dolphins @ JAX
7. Zach Ertz | Philadelphia Eagles vs. TB
8. Noah Fant | Denver Broncos vs. LV
9. Dalton Schultz | Dallas Cowboys @ NE
10. Hunter Henry | New England Patriots vs. DAL
11. Tyler Higbee | Los Angeles Rams @ NYG
12. Jared Cook | Los Angeles Chargers @ BAL
13. Tyler Conklin | Minnesota Vikings @ CAR
14. Mo Alie-Cox | Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU
15. Ricky Seals-Jones | Washington Football Team vs. KC
16. Robert Tonyan | Green Bay Packers @ CHI
17. Jonnu Smith | New England Patriots vs. DAL
18. Evan Engram | New York Giants vs. LAR
19. Cameron Brate | Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ PHI
20. Dan Arnold | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. MIA
21. David Njoku | Cleveland Browns vs. ARI
22. C.J. Uzomah | Cincinnati Bengals @ DET
23. Austin Hooper | Cleveland Browns vs. ARI
24. Cole Kmet | Chicago Bears vs. GB
25. Dallas Goedert | Philadelphia Eagles vs. TB
26. Pat Freiermuth | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SEA
27. Blake Jarwin | Dallas Cowboys @ NE
28. Anthony Firkser | Tennessee Titans vs. BUF
29. Jack Doyle | Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU
30. Eric Ebron | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SEA
31. Will Dissly | Seattle Seahawks @ PIT
32. Gerald Everett | Seattle Seahawks @ PIT
33. O.J. Howard | Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ PHI
34. Tommy Tremble | Carolina Panthers vs. MIN
35. Ian Thomas | Carolina Panthers vs. MIN
36. Kyle Rudolph | New York Giants vs. LAR
37. Donald Parham Jr. | Los Angeles Chargers @ BAL
38. Rob Gronkowski | Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ PHI
39. Pharaoh Brown | Houston Texans @ IND
40. Jordan Akins | Houston Texans @ IND
41. Demetrius Harris | Arizona Cardinals @ CLE
42. Jacob Hollister | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. MIA
43. MyCole Pruitt | Tennessee Titans vs. BUF
44. Darrell Daniels | Arizona Cardinals @ CLE
45. Harrison Bryant | Cleveland Browns vs. ARI
46. Kylen Granson | Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU
47. Stephen Anderson | Los Angeles Chargers @ BAL
48. Jimmy Graham | Chicago Bears vs. GB
49. Eric Saubert | Denver Broncos vs. LV
50. Geoff Swaim | Tennessee Titans vs. BUF
TE Streamers for Week 6
Rather than focus on the top-tier fantasy football players, let’s look at the tight ends who might be going under the radar for Week 6. For this, we are using FleaFlicker and their availability percentage with a cut-off at 60%, meaning many of these TEs should be available in your fantasy football league.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (51% rostered)
Zach Ertz was here last week and again finds himself on the TE streamers list for Week 6. He has been solid this season despite all the focus on Dallas Goedert and the offseason trade talks. That’s not to say there have not been ups and downs along the way.
Ertz had one of those down games in Week 5, hauling in 1 reception for 7 yards. But if you dig a bit deeper, there were some decent signs. Ertz recorded 6 targets — his third straight game with 6+ — and played on 39 of the 67 offensive snaps while running routes 58.9% of the time (23). More importantly, of his 39 snaps, 25 were on passing downs, which gives Ertz a 92% route percentage on passing downs. That means he is in the middle of this offense and will remain a staple fixture of the passing game.
Even with his down game last week, Ertz is the TE15 over the last three weeks and might be the only TE on the field in Week 6 as the Eagles placed Goedert on the reserved/COVID-19 list. This is important as the Eagles play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, giving him hardly any time to clear protocols.
Should Goedert miss the game, Ertz is a TE1 that needs to be started on an Eagles offense that targets the position on 25.9% of their passes. The Buccaneers are a pass funnel and are No. 27 in points allowed to the position (17.2). Ertz is the perfect TE streaming option in Week 6.
Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (14% rostered)
This is my “leap of faith” play in Week 6 for the position, as I will assuredly be above the consensus regarding Mo Alie-Cox’s ranking this week. He is my TE14 on the week, which might come as a surprise to some. If we look at his usage in the past two games, Alie-Cox has 6 receptions on 9 targets for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns and has been the No. 8 TE with 12.5 ppg.
When on the field in passing downs, Alie-Cox is running routes on over 80% of his snaps. It also appears he has passed Jack Doyle on the depth chart, and when you add in his 6’6″ size and NFL record for wingspan (85″), he is a massive target for Carson Wentz.
Offensively, the Colts seem to have righted the ship by putting up 52 points and 862 total yards offense in the last two games. They should have knocked off the Ravens on MNF as well.
The Colts get another matchup that should have fantasy managers salivating as they take on the Houston Texans. While the Texans are not as bad as we initially thought, that does not mean they are good either.
For fantasy, they are No. 32 in points allowed to the position at 20.8 per game, having surrendered 35 receptions, 377 yards, and 4 TDs on the season. Alie-Cox could very well be a TE1 in Week 6 when the dust settles. If you are streaming TEs or are in a deeper league, I’m rolling the dice on him in Week 6 for fantasy.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team (8% rostered)
Addition by subtraction. With the loss of Logan Thomas to IR, Ricky Seals-Jones sees his volume go up as the “next man up” tag line strikes once again. Seals-Jones was busy in his first game as the starter, playing on 82 of the 83 offensive snaps, while coming in second on the team in targets with 8, catching 5 for 41 yards on Sunday.
When you add in Curtis Samuel now week to week after re-aggravating his groin after just 1 target, Seals-Jones could be the No. 2 passing option for Taylor Heinicke moving forward. And based on the upcoming schedule, that could lead to some solid production.
In Week 6, they take on the Kansas City Chiefs, who are No. 28 vs. TEs (17.92) and surrender the most yards per game (93.2). Then, in Week 7, it’s a matchup with the 20th-ranked Green Bay Packers (14.6 ppg). With bye weeks kicking in this week, Seals-Jones could be a great fill-in for the next couple of games. He is an outstanding waiver wire claim in Week 6 and streaming option.