Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We continue to wait for some of the true elite tight ends to produce big numbers (like Jordan Cameron and Jason Witten), but the position certainly isn’t lacking for options.  We’ve seen some incredible breakouts already (like Larry Donnell), while others have produced consistently.  No longer a wasteland, let’s take a look at the best options for the coming week:

 

  1. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Julius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Arizona
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  4. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  5. Jordan Cameron – Cleveland Browns – at Tennessee
  6. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Jacksonville
  7. Martellus Bennett – Chicago Bears – at Carolina
  8. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Chicago
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Houston
  10. Larry Donnell – New York Giants – vs. Atlanta
  11. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. New York Jets
  12. Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Kansas City
  13. Garrett Graham – Houston Texans – at Dallas
  14. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. St. Louis
  15. Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – at Philadelphia
  16. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at San Francisco
  17. Jace Amaro – New York Jets – at San Diego
  18. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Buffalo
  19. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  20. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • Jordan Cameron played in Week 3 and even though he managed just 1 catch for 23 yards, he came through healthy and should be primed to excel in Week 5.  With the Titans allowing 3 TD to opposing tight ends, including two in Week 4 (Coby Fleener & Dwayne Allen each picked one up), there’s every reason to believe in Cameron as a TE1.
  • We all know Larry Donnell isn’t going to match last week’s monster numbers.  That said, he’s proven that he is going to be a significant factor in the Giants’ passing attack and regardless of the matchup is going to be someone worth considering.  Atlanta has been among the best against tight ends thus far, so consider Donnell more of a low-end TE1.
  • Delanie Walker has scored in three of four games this season, showing that he’s going to be a consistent threat as Justin Hunter and others disappoint.  With at least 7 targets in each of the past three games, it also clearly doesn’t matter who the QB is.  Walker is going to play a vital role in the offense.
  • Jacksonville has been abysmal on defense and Heath Miller has seen his numbers grow on a weekly basis, reaching 10 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD in Week 4.  Consider him a good play as a TE1.
  • Since blowing up in Week 2 Antonio Gates has posted a total of 4 receptions for 38 yards (on 6 targets) over the past two weeks.  The Jets secondary is bad, but how can we depend on Gates at this point?  Philip Rivers could easily target Keenan Allen and/or Eddie Royal instead.
  • Garrett Graham hasn’t produced big numbers yet, but the Cowboys have been the worst defense against opposing tight ends this season (including 6 TD allowed).  The lack of production keeps him just outside the TE1 class, but he’s a great sleeper option for the coming week.
  • The Ravens have been among the best defenses against tight ends and the fact that Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are going to split targets hurts them both.  Neither are going to be considered a high-end option this week.

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

Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers
Week 5 Rankings (2014): Top 40 Running Backs

11 comments

  1. OD says:

    Garret Graham Should be in your “Top 10 TE” for Week 5

  2. Tommy Boy says:

    I have Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates. I’m leaning to start Cameron, but I can start both (one at flex) if I bump out an RB. The question is: Is the second string TE a better option than the third string RB? 2 RB + flex league.

    Rashad Jennings-definite starter
    Alfred Morris-possible starter
    Ahmad Bradshaw-possible starter
    Ben Tate-possible starter
    Bishop Sankey-possible starter
    Donald Brown-secure spot on bench

    J Cameron
    Antonio Gates

    Thanks!

  3. OD – I talked about him in the comments. He’s a great sleeper, but hasn’t produced yet this season.

    Tommy Boy – Nah, with Gates possibly losing touches to Ladarius Green I’d go with one of the RB

    • Bob says:

      Good stuff, thanks for helping me out.

      So pick 2
      Alfred Morris
      Ahmad Bradshaw
      Ben Tate
      Bishop Sankey

      I’m leaning Sankey and Bradshaw. But Tate looks enticing with his first start back. I’m okay with sitting Morris this week against Seattle.

  4. Adam says:

    Could you give a little insight as to why you have Kelce so far down on your list? Is it simply due to a matchup against Patrick Willis?

    The reason I ask is because I have both Kelce and Jordan Cameron. I’m struggling with deciding on who to start. Cameron, to me, is a little hard to trust at this point with the lack of productivity and the shoulder not being 100% healthy.

    • It is an extremely tough matchup and I have little faith in Alex Smith (despite what he did last week). The offense could easily run through Jamaal Charles/Knile Davis, though the injury to the team’s #2 WR does boost Kelce up a little bit. That said, for me I see Cameron’s upside as being much higher, so that’s the way I’d go

  5. RT says:

    Cameron or D Walker? Thanks RP!

  6. Paul says:

    I have m.Ball and will need a replacement out of these Williams,Oliver or Hillman?

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