Qualls Fantasy Football Corner

Normally tight ends are an afterthought on a fantasy roster. Given the right circumstances, they can provide a much needed boost to a struggling team. Qualls' Fantasy Football Corner is bringing the top five tight ends of week 14. If your quarterback is struggling or your receiver doesn't practice proper gun safety, here are some under the radar players who can save the day.

1. Tony Gonzales: Gonzales should easily continue his hot streak against a poor Denver pass defense. Over the last two weeks he has combined for 223 yards and one touchdown. As the game is in Denver, expect the Chiefs to fall behind early and be forced to the air. This should bode well for Gonzales and a third consecutive 100 yard game could be within reach.

2. Dustin Keller: Brett Favre loves his tight ends. Keller has bloomed late in the season and should be a viable option the rest of the way. Playing against the San Francisco 49ers should lead to easy points. Expect quite a few red zone opportunities and as long as Thomas Jones doesn't run it in from 20 yards out, he should get at least one touchdown. Keller has cracked at least 50 yards in three of the last four games and should continue to be Favre's favorite target.

3. Donald Lee: Relying on Donald Lee for yards may be a bit risky, but he can be a nice source of touchdowns in the right situations. This week Lee matches up against the Houston Texans, winners of two in a row. Their defense ranks 21st in the league and that should lead to quite a few scoring chances for the Packers. Near the end zone Lee is money. Expect around 35 yards and a touchdown from this red zone specialist.

4. Dallas Clark: Mired in a recent slump, this will be the week that Clark breaks out. Playing against a horrendous Cincinnati Bengals' defense, Clark should have a field day. At 1-10-1 the Bengals have already thrown in the towel on this disastrous season. Their lack of passion and effort should be a catalyst for a solid day by the tight end. Clark has yet to break the 100 yard mark this season, but with a little help from Peyton Manning he could easily do it this week.

5. Jeremy Shockey: Placing a player on this list that has yet to catch a touchdown pass is dangerous. Fortunately, Shockey is playing a lower tier defense. He is also almost certainly due for a touchdown. After forcing his way out of New York, Shockey was brought in to help solidify the Saints offense. Not finding the end zone for 13 consecutive weeks is not the best way to accomplish that task. This week, however, it all changes. At home against the Falcons Shockey will finally contribute. Look for 75 yards and a touchdown, without a doubt.


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