Vernon Davis has produced the expected yardage, but owners are still waiting for him to reach the end zone -- something he did 13 times last season. Against a Chiefs defense that has been vulnerable against tight ends, I think this is the week he gets his first score. Chris Cooley, Visanthe Shiancoe, Dallas Clark and Jason Witten also have very appealing matchups.
Digging deeper, Aaron Hernandez and Jermaine Gresham are two rookies who can take advantage of easy opponents. For just this week, I'm giving someone else a spot on Antonio Gates' throne. Treat it well, Vernon.
IDP Rankings: Linebackers | Defensive Backs | Defensive Linemen
1. Vernon Davis, SF (at KC)
2. Dallas Clark, IND (at DEN)
3. Antonio Gates, SD (at SEA)
4. Jason Witten, DAL (at HOU)
5. Chris Cooley, WAS (at STL)
6. Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN (vs. DET)
7. Jermichael Finley, GB (at CHI)
8. Owen Daniels, HOU (vs. DAL)
9. Tony Gonzalez, ATL (at NO)
10. John Carlson, SEA (vs. SD)
11. Brent Celek, PHI (at JAC)
12. Dustin Keller, NYJ (at MIA)
13. Kellen Winslow, TB (vs. PIT)
14. Zach Miller, OAK (at ARI)
15. Aaron Hernandez, NE (vs. BUF)
16. Heath Miller, PIT (at TB)
17. Todd Heap, BAL (vs. CLE)
18. Greg Olsen, CHI (vs. GB)
19. Jermaine Gresham, CIN (at CAR)
20. Marcedes Lewis, JAC (vs. PHI)
21. Brandon Pettigrew, DET (at MIN)
22. Bo Scaife, TEN (at NYG)
23. Jeremy Shockey, NO (vs. ATL)
24. Tony Moeaki, KC (vs. SF)
25. Benjamin Watson, CLE (at BAL)
• When R.J. White pegged Chris Cooley as one of the greatly undervalued tight ends in August, one commenter disagreed and said that Fred Davis would likely eat into his targets. Through two games, it's crystal clear that Cooley is Donovan McNabb's primary option and it's possible Cooley sets a career high in yardage if this keeps up. The good times should continue to roll against St. Louis.
• Just in case, keep an eye on Jason Witten's status heading into Sunday's game at Houston. Witten sustained a concussion against the Bears last week, but he practiced on Wednesday after passing his tests. This will be the third elite tight end in a row Houston faces after giving up a combined 144 yards and two touchdowns to Dallas Clark and Chris Cooley.
• Brent Celek has bombed two straight weeks, but it's been tough with the quarterback shuffle in Philadelphia. Even with Michael Vick under center, we should start to see Celek get more involved against a Jaguars secondary that gave up two TDs to Antonio Gates last week.
• Hey may be at the bottom of this week's list, but Tony Moeaki has done enough to warrant recognition in deeper leagues or two-TE formats. The rookie out of Iowa has tallied eight catches for 79 yards and a TD despite the struggles in the Chiefs' passing game.
• Looking for a buy-low tight end? Tony Gonzalez is your man. Yes, he's 34, but he's nowhere near this bad. The schedule gets easier starting this week against the Saints who have yielded big games to Visanthe Shiancoe and Vernon Davis.