Hard to believe that most teams have already played a fourth of the season. This is one of those times when what we saw last season gets put on the back burner compared to what we have seen so far this year. Sure Jason Witten has been a consistent option for a long time, but he has done nothing to help you out this year. Decisions to bench, and even drop Witten may seem tough because of the mid round pick you had to use on him, but to give yourself the best chance at winning, it is necessary. Same goes for those people who are surprising owners with top level performances. Trust Larry Donnell and Travis Kelce, even if they were not drafted in almost all leagues. To gather wins to make the playoffs, these choices are what separates the championship contenders, with those who need to rely heavily on its studs. Yesterday we covered the QB, RB, and WR, positions, so now it is time to tackle the TE's. Below are the top 32 TE's in order for week five, and some added commentary below on a few guys. Without dragging this intro longer, let's dive right into the commentary and rankings.
Vernon Davis - I think Davis will play, but he will be limited. There is a good chance that he has a snap count on him, or if he doesn't, that he re-aggravates his injury. His presence in the redzone is hard to ignore though, so he still barely makes the top ten.
Garrett Graham - I like his skill set, but his matchup is what really drives up his value this week. He has the best matchup a TE could hope for playing against the Cowboys. They have allowed opposing TE's nearly 100 yards a game, and a total of 6 TD's through four games. I feel that Graham is a safe bet this week to score, and put up some decent yards along the way.
Niles Paul - I'm taking a guess that Jordan Reed won't play until week 6, and that Paul will be cleared to play after his concussion. If Reed were to suit up and play, he would rank where Paul is, and Paul would be around the last 20's.
Jason Witten - Feel free to drop him in shallow ten or twelve team leagues. There is a good chance someone who is ranked higher is available on the waiver wire, and I do not want to deal with this three or four point effort each week.
Clay Harbor - Last week I picked Scott Chandler as a lower ranked guy available in a lot of leagues as someone who could put up a decent effort and find the endzone. Well that didn't go too well, but I expect this weeks pick in Clay Harbor to perform much better. He is the starter with the Jaguars, and Bortles kept looking his way. He could start to shoot up the rankings if he proves that this was not a one week thing.
Jace Amaro - Two straight weeks of five fantasy points is nothing special, but for a rookie it is a good start. Geno Smith really can't get any worse, so Amaro's value can't go down. Each week he appears to have a larger role, so clearly Rex Ryan has started to trust the rookie more, so he could find himself near the top 15 if his usage rate keeps up and he finds his way into the endzone a couple of times.
|1||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Buccaneers|
|2||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Cardinals|
|3||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||Bengals|
|4||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||Panthers|
|5||Delanie Walker||Tennessee Titans||Browns|
|6||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||Bears|
|7||Larry Donnell||New York Giants||Falcons|
|8||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||49ers|
|9||Heath Miller||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jaguars|
|10||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||Chiefs|
|11||Dwayne Allen||Indianapolis Colts||Ravens|
|12||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns||Titans|
|13||Garrett Graham||Houston Texans||Cowboys|
|14||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||Jets|
|15||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||Rams|
|16||Niles Paul||Washington Redskins||Seahawks|
|17||Owen Daniels||Baltimore Ravens||Colts|
|18||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||Texans|
|19||Clay Harbor||Jacksonville Jaguars
|20||Jared Cook||St. Louis Rams||Eagles|
|21||Coby Fleener||Indianapolis Colts||Ravens|
|22||Eric Ebron||Detroit Lionns||Bills|
|23||Jace Amaro||New York Jets||Chargers|
|24||Ladarius Green||San Diego Chargers||Jets|
|25||Luke Wilson||Seattle Seahawks||Redskins|
|26||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Saints|
|27||Daniel Fells||New York Giants||Falcons|
|28||John Carlson||Arizona Cardinals||Broncos|
|29||Levine Toilolo||Atlanta Falcons||Giants|
|30||Logan Paulson||Washington Redskins||Seahawks|
|31||Rhett Ellison||Minnesota Vikings||Packers|
|32||Josh Hill||New Orleans Saints||Buccaneers|