Tight End Player Rankings – Week 5
(BYE: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Tight Ends (Updated: Sunday, Oct. 7 - 11:27AM CT)
1. Rob Gronkowski (vs. Den)
2. Jimmy Graham (vs. SD - Sunday Night)
3. Tony Gonzalez (@ Was) – Coincidentally, not only was Week 4 the first week in which Tony Gonzalez was held out of the endzone, but it was also the first game that the Redskins were able to keep a tight end from scoring a touchdown against them as well. Let’s call it an anomaly as I believe Gonzo gets back into the Promised Land again this weekend. Washington can’t cover anyone worth a lick out there and won’t be able to contain the league leader in receptions for tight ends.
4. Kyle Rudolph (vs. Ten) – The Tennessee Titans top the league in points allowed/game this year at 37.75, with 34 being the fewest they’ve given up in any of their four games. Tight ends have specifically caused the most damage against them catching a whopping 34 passes for 360 yards and six touchdowns so far, so Rudolph should at least be targeted quite a bit in this one. Besides, the Minnesota coaching staff recently discussed using Kyle’s skills more in the passing game from here on out, so a breakout game could be in the offing this week.
5. Vernon Davis (vs. Buf)
6. Antonio Gates (@ NO - Sunday Night)
7. Dennis Pitta (@ KC) – So Pitta had his first real stinker of a game last week against the Browns, but you can’t really expect a non-elite tight end to do well for your fantasy team every week. Besides, Cleveland has been good against tight ends for awhile now, so I’m really not that surprised by the goose-egg. The Chiefs are a more fantasy-generous team for TEs, so Pitta should be able to pick his game back up in Week 5. He’s still a relatively significant cog to the Ravens no-huddle offense, so I expect the targets and catches to be back up to where they were the first few weeks.
8. Greg Olsen (vs. Sea) – It seems Cam Newton has found himself a new favorite target this season as Greg Olsen has been thrown at six more times than Steve Smith through the team’s first four games. Olsen has done well with the attention, too, putting up three games with six or more receptions while also just grabbing his first TD of the year last weekend. The Panthers use of Greg as more of a wide receiver in their offense is a beautiful thing for fantasy owners due to the constant matchup problems it creates for opposing defenses. Seattle can be stingy against the pass, but Olsen might see double-digit targets with Smith and Brandon LaFell being locked down on the outside, so the opportunity to score big will be there.
9. Brent Celek (@ Pit)
10. Owen Daniels (@ NYJ - Monday Night)
11. Scott Chandler (@ SF)
12. Jared Cook (@ Min)
13. Heath Miller (vs. Phi)
14. Martellus Bennett (vs. Cle)
15. Jacob Tamme (@ NE)
16. Fred Davis (vs. Atl)
17. Jermichael Finley (@ Ind)
18. Jermaine Gresham (vs. Mia)
19. Dwayne Allen (vs. GB)
20. Joel Dreessen (@ NE)
21. Coby Fleener (vs. GB)
22. Ben Watson (@ NYG)
23. Marcedes Lewis (vs. Chi)
24. Anthony Fasano (@ Cin)
25. Rob Housler (@ StL - Thursday Night) – 3 catches - 45 yards - 0 TDs
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