The Gates Of Fantasy TE's Paying Off

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates who has 9 Td's this season is just one of the surprise Fantasy picks of the season. <br> Cowboys TE Jason Witten is receiving much attention and is a key asset to have with an under performing WR roster.

Atlanta Falcons
TE Alge Crumpler, who caught two touchdown passes against the Giants for a career first, might be close to receiving a new contract. Falcons president/general manager Rich McKay and Crumpler's agent have been working on an extension for the pending free agent for months and have made progress recently.

Washington Redskins
TE Chris Cooley had his fifth multi-catch game by snagging two passes for 22 yards at Philadelphia.

Dallas Cowboys
TE Jason Witten is putting together another solid season, one year after finishing fourth among all NFL rookies in receptions. Through 10 games, he has a team-high 57 catches for 650 yards and five touchdowns. He is on pace to catch 91 passes for 1,040 yards and eight touchdowns, the best receiving year by a Dallas tight end in club history. He ranks third in the league among tight ends in receptions and second among tight ends in receiving yards.

Arizona Cardinals
TE Freddie Jones is a decent receiver but is not a good blocker. He has given up several sacks this year.

Tennessee Titans
TE Erron Kinney had a huge fourth-down run and catch for 21 crucial yards in the touchdown drive that won the game in Jacksonville. He did not play in the Titans' first game against Houston and could be a significant factor in the rematch.

Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Kyle Brady has yet to make an impact in the passing game since coming back from injuries and caught just one pass for 12 yards against Tennessee.

Cincinnati Bengals
TE Reggie Kelly is the starter but has the fewest receptions of the team's three tight ends, seven. He also is the only one without a touchdown reception.

Oakland Raiders
TE Teyo Johnson caught the first pass thrown to him this regular season for an 8-yard touchdown.

TE Doug Jolley has now caught a pass in 11 straight games after going five games last season with a reception.

Philadelphia Eagles
TE Chad Lewis already has 27 catches this season, four more than he had all of last year.

New Orleans Saints
TE Boo Williams didn't start Sunday, but he caught three passes for 35 yards in joining Ernie Conwell in the two-tight end set.

Carolina Panthers
TE Michael Gaines was used more as a blocking tight end Sunday.

TE Mike Seidman saw more action again Sunday in place of Kris Mangum, who left with a sore ankle.

Pittsburgh Steelers
TE Matt Cushing remained the backup fullback and also was the No. 2 tight end last Sunday when Jay Riemersma did not play. Cushing has one catch.

TE Jerame Tuman's six receptions are half what he had all last season. He has started the past two years.

San Diego Chargers
TE Antonio Gates is no favorite of the Raiders. He added another touchdown catch on Sunday, which gives him nine on the year, with three coming against the Raiders. Gates also went over the 100-yard mark, and on his touchdown, delivered a very deft push off on Ray Buchanan to create separation -- no flag was thrown.

Denver Broncos
TE Patrick Hape didn't play much against New Orleans, and Mike Shanahan said Monday that he should have given Hape more playing time to spell Dwayne Carswell. Hape is a very capable blocker, either at tight end or when he lines up at fullback.

Seattle Seahawks
TE Jerramy Stevens is still getting significant playing time even though TE Itula Mili has moved ahead of him on the depth chart. The question for Stevens is whether he'll go into the tank now that Mili is the starter. Coach Mike Holmgren has used all three TE options liberally this season, working TE Ryan Hannam into the lineup as well.

Baltimore Ravens
TE Darnell Dinkins stepped in as a playmaker at tight end, where the Ravens lost Todd Heap and Terry Jones to injuries. He made three catches for 40 yards and scored the Ravens' first touchdown Sunday. If Heap and Jones are out again, he could get another couple of catches Sunday.

New York Jets
TE Anthony Becht was used almost exclusively as a blocker because the second tight end, Chris Baker, didn't play because of a broken bone in his right hand.

Miami Dolphins
TE Randy McMichael continues to lead the Dolphins in receptions 49) and receiving yardage 594) entering Sunday's game at San Francisco. McMichael had six catches for 43 yards in last Sunday's 24-17 loss to Seattle.

San Francisco 49ers
TE Eric Johnson was held in check against the Buccaneers, with just one catch for 9 yards. While Johnson is having an outstanding season as a receiver, team insiders say Johnson's poor blocking is partly to blame for the 49ers' inability to run the ball effectively.

Buffalo Bills
TE Mark Campbell posted the first multi-touchdown game of his career with three scoring catches against the Rams on Sunday. By doing so, he became just the seventh Bills player with three TD catches in one game and the first TE to do it.

New York Giants
TE Jeremy Shockey had three drops in the first half vs. Atlanta last week, and despite Eli Manning's attempt to take the blame, he refuted that. "They were great passes," he said. "I have to do a much better job of concentrating on the ball. That's all there is to it."


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