Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

Let’s continue our rankings tour with a look at the top tight ends for Week 5.  Where does the struggling Antonio Gates fit in?  How about touchdown machines like Heath Miller or Scott Chandler?  Is it safe to expect a rebound for Dennis Pitta?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  2. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – at Washington
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Diego
  4. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo
  5. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – at Indianapolis
  6. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Tennessee
  7. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Cleveland
  8. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  9. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at New York Jets
  10. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
  11. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at New Orleans
  12. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at Pittsburgh
  13. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
  14. Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – at New England Patriots
  15. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
  16. Fred Davis – Washington Redskins – vs. Atlanta
  17. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at San Francisco
  18. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
  19. Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. Houston
  20. Joel Dressen – Denver Broncos – at New England Patriots
  21. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Green Bay
  22. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Chicago
  23. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
  24. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – at New York Giants
  25. Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • After Owen Daniels went off for 6 receptions, 72 yards and 1 TD, the Tennessee Titans have now allowed opposing tight ends to score 7 TD over the first 4 games.  Kyle Rudolph will look to continue the onslaught, as he brings 15 catches for 146 yards and 3 TD into the game.  Consider him a viable TE1 in all formats.
  • Will Tony Gonzalez ever slow down?  With the Falcons throwing the ball more in 2012, he has looked right at home with 26 catches (most among TE) for 265 yards (behind only Brent Celek) and 3 TD.  There is no reason to think he’s going to slow down now.
  • I know Dennis Pitta disappointed last Thursday, but that was more of an aberration.  He played way too big of a role over the first three weeks to think that he has suddenly been dropped from the offense.  He should bounce back nicely this week.
  • We all knew that Martellus Bennett couldn’t have a big game every week, didn’t we?  A lot of it probably had to do with the Giants needing him to help protect Eli Manning from the relentless Eagles’ pass rush.  If Hakeem Nicks is unable to play once again this week, I would expect a solid bounce back against a Browns’ defense that is allowing 286.0 passing yards per game.
  • Antonio Gates has been a bitter disappointment, with 10 receptions for 124 yards over 4 games.  Sooner or later you would think he has to turn it around.  Until he does, however, he’s a low-end option with upside.
  • There’s value in tight ends making the most of their targets, but there also is a lot of risk.  Good examples of this are Scott Chandler (12 receptions and 4 TD) and Heath Miller (15 receptions and 4 TD).  Just don’t push them too far, because if they don’t find the end zone their value is nil.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 5 rankings:

Week 5 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

16 comments

  1. gmoney says:

    How do you feel about Coby Fleener? Would you start Lewis or K. Davis over him?

  2. AP says:

    Here we are again with the same question as last week, Pitta or Gates? I ended up playing Pitta last week just following my gut, and that paid off with a (very surprising) goose egg. Gates didn’t have his “breakout game” everyone was predicting either so it’s not like I missed out on many points. I just can’t figure out what to make of either of these guys.

    • It’s frustrating and I actually have them back-to-back, so it’s kind of a coin flip/gut call. I’d probably go Pitta, because I think he’s due for a big bounce back, but it’s close.

  3. Alenn says:

    Finley against the colts?
    Chandler against the 49ers?

    Gut feeling tells me Finley, but I listened last week and missed out on 18.20 points Chandler put up last week.

    • I would agree as he has the higher upside. Chandler had a big week, but he doesn’t get nearly the same number of looks. If he doesn’t score, his value is next to nothing.

  4. gmoney says:

    What do you think of Brent Celek for the rest of the season? Can he keep up his production?

  5. gdommy says:

    What do you think of Bennett or Daniels this week? Both have favorable matchups…

    And should I keep both, switching weekly based off matchups, or stick with one and drop the other?

  6. gmoney says:

    I have RG3, Romo, Fleener, B. Myers. .5 ppr league. Would you trade Romo for Greg Olsen and pick up a back up QB of waivers?

  7. Eddie says:

    Pitta or finley? Also spiller, fred jackson or jacobs?

  8. Eddie says:

    You dont trade romo for a te! He has had his struggles but be assured romo will out preform a waiver qb thru the season

  9. gmoney – I wouldn’t do that at all. If you are going to trade Romo for a TE, I’d be shooting a lot higher than Olsen

    Eddie – Finley & Spiller, though all are close. Finley is probably the safer option and I don’t love any of the RB, but Spiller offers the most upside.

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