Week 5 Rankings (2013) – Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time when finding a dependable tight end, on a weekly basis, was hard to come by.  While there are still a shortage of guarantees, the position is significantly deeper than it used to be.  Who is the top options this week?  Who should we be avoiding?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
  2. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Denver
  3. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
  4. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
  5. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – at Dallas
  6. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  7. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Jets
  8. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – vs. Jacksonville
  9. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
  10. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at San Francisco
  11. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Houston
  12. Brandon Myers – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  13. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  14. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Seattle
  15. Kellen Winslow – New York Jets – at Atlanta
  16. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  17. Charles Clay – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
  18. Mychal Rivera – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  19. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New England                `
  20. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland

Thoughts:

  • Julius Thomas exploded in Week 1 and scored in the first three weeks of the season.  That said, he’s failed to eclipse 50 yards in three straight games and has totaled just 8 targets over the past two weeks.  He has a favorable matchup and is still one of the better options in the league, but with so many options and a growing running game he’s not going to be one of the Top 3 option.
  • The Cowboys are going to have to pass to keep up with the Broncos and, with Miles Austin out, Jason Witten should be one of the prime targets.  His biggest issue has always been TD, but he has 2 already this season and should be a force once again this week.
  • Greg Olsen draws an Arizona defense that has been abysmal against opposing tight ends this season.  With his potential he has to be considered one of the Top 5 options.
  • Will Rob Gronkowski play this week or won’t he?  We are keeping him off the rankings, for now, because of the uncertainty.  If he dresses he’ll be a viable TE1, albeit a risky one in his first week back.
  • Jermichael Finley is trying to come back from a concussion, making him a very questionable option for the coming week.  Keep that in mind before depending on him.
  • You have to think the Giants will go to a quicker passing game, don’t you?  That should mean an expanded role for Brandon Myers, who has been hit or miss thus far.  He has plenty of potential and should be considered a borderline TE1.
  • In three games this season Vernon Davis has 20 yards or fewer in two of them.  He was banged up, costing him one game, so that has to be taken into account.  Still, can you fully trust him in a matchup that is not an overly simply one?  He’s a low-end option for the coming week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Week 5 Rankings - Top 15 Kickers
Week 5 Rankings (2013) - Top 15 Defenses

16 comments

  1. EJ says:

    I have Owen Daniels and Jermichael Finley but having a hard time deciding who I should start. Do you think Owen Daniels will put up some pts against SF’s defence?

  2. jacob says:

    I have russell wilson and thinking of picking up hoyer. Its a ppr league. Im also playing josh gordon. Should I pick up hoyer?

  3. EJ – It is close, but I’d lean Daniels. Finley is a bit of an injury risk at this point.

    jacob – I’m a big fan of Hoyer this week and would use him over Wilson just for Week 5 (at the least).

  4. Andy says:

    I have 2 good TE J Cameron and Antonio Gates;
    Buffalo is hot now. Should I start Cameron and sit Gates? or be safe with Gates and sit Cameron this time? I also have J Gordon to play and sit Reggie Wayne. Thanks.

  5. Liz says:

    I have Gronk and have been playing Myers in his absence, but it’s getting really old haha. The last 2 weeks Myers hasn’t even gotten 3pts for me (in total!). I’ve also read that the Eagles haven’t given up a TD to a tight end this season.

    With all this in mind, if Gronk is still out, should I keep playing Myers or pick up Kellan Winslow. (I’m in a 10 team league and he is somehow the only good TE left…)

    • Liz says:

      ok, I misspoke – Myers has scored 3.3pts in the past 2 weeks (with none of them coming last week)

    • Te problem with Myers is that the Giants have needed him to block, as opposed to being a receiver. Me hold I still like him, I can nderstand the frustrations and I would say Winslow is on about the same level.

  6. Brandon says:

    Thinking of trading Colston and Bennett for Brandon Marshall.

    My league starts 5 positional players so it can be 1 RB and 4 receivers if need be. I have Foster and Martin at RB and WR would be Julio Jones, Randall Cobb, Brandon Marshall, and Hakeem Nicks and would leave my lone TE as Charles Clay.

    I know TEs are thin and Bennett has proven a decent option but my thinking is Clay has been just as good an option and I could potentially in the near future trade Clay and Nicks for a better TE if need be. Do you agree or think Id be giving up too much to get Marshall. It’s a 1 pt PPR.

  7. Moe says:

    Would you trade A. Luck and Tony Gonzalez for P Rivers and Jason Witten???? PPR…Thank you

  8. MrS says:

    I’ve got my lineup pretty much set for this week, but am having trouble deciding who to start in my flex position:

    * Fleener
    * Givens
    * Jeffrey

    I’ve been pretty let down by Givens over the past few weeks. Jeffrey’s matchup doesn’t feel worth it, especially if NO’s pressuring Cutler all the time. Fleener seems promising, but Seattle’s secondary worries me.

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