by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Tight end continues to be one of the trickier positions on a weekly basis. Unless you have one of the truly elite options in the league, and even then there’s some risk (considering Rob Gronkowski and his history of health issues), we continue to struggle finding a trustworthy option. We see someone emerge nearly every week (Ed Dickson in Week 5), while some that we want to trust continue struggling (Hunter Henry). Who should we be trusting heading into Week 6? Let’s take a look:
- Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Carolina
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
- Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
- Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. New England
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – at Denver
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
- Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
- Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami
- Jesse James – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Kansas City
- Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
- Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – vs. Philadelphia
- Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Chicago
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – at Oakland
- Zach Miller – Chicago Bears – at Baltimore
- Delanie Walker has continued to get opportunities, but he has 31 yards or less in two of the past three games and has yet to find the end zone. His matchup, along with bye weeks/injuries, keeps him elevated on the rankings, but the numbers shed a lot of doubt in his actual upside. Proceed with caution.
- As per usual Jordan Reed has battled injuries throughout the start of the season. However the Week 5 bye should allow him to get healthy and when right he offers as much upside as anyone at the position. The matchup is not an easy one, but he’s still going to be a Top 5 option in all formats.
- While Evan Engram surprisingly didn’t play a significant role in Week 5, considering the injuries to the receiving corps game plans are going to change. It’s a tough matchup against Denver, so be cautious in Week 6, but Engram could easily be a consistent Top 10 option moving forward.
- It was a big Week 5 for George Kittle (7 receptions for 83 yards and 1 TD) and now draws a Washington defense that is among the worst in defending opposing tight ends (25 receptions, 361 yards, 2 TD over four games). With the options limited this week, Kittle is a low-end TE1 this week and may provide the “surprising” performance for the week.
- Injuries helped to force Austin Hooper into a significant role in Week 4, but a Week 5 bye should help to allow the receiving corps to get healthy. That said the matchup with the Dolphins and the somewhat breakout performance (5 receptions for 50 yards) should help keep Hooper entrenched in the offense. He’s a high risk, high reward option and a borderline TE1.
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