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Fantasy football rankings: Tight ends for Week 5

Wading through the tight end cesspool is a thankless task. You are welcome.

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I have added notes this week so I will keep the introduction short. Make sure you double-check the status of Rob Gronkowski tonight, but my short insight into that situation is that you PLAY HIM if he starts.

A lot of the upper-echelon guys have tough matchups this week, but that isn’t enough for me to downgrade any of them in a massive way.

Cheers, and haggle with me in the comments.

Tight End Rankings: Week 5

1 Rob Gronkowski @ TB Gronk is questionable with a thigh injury, but if he plays you start him.
2 Travis Kelce @ HOU A tough matchup, but you cannot bench a guy getting his volume.
3 Jimmy Graham @ LAR The Rams have given up scores to Garrett Celek and James Hanna. Graham gets a TD.
4 Charles Clay @ CIN CIN allows the 5th fewest points to TEs but have played none of Clay's caliber
5 Evan Engram vs. LAC I like Engram's floor over Ertz's tough matchup this week.
6 Zach Ertz vs. ARI A nightmare matchup against the Cardinals drops Ertz to the #6 spot.
7 Cameron Brate vs. NE This New England defense is in shambles and Brate is Tampa's primary TE threat.
8 Austin Seferian-Jenkins @ CLE The Browns have allowed the 2nd most points to tight ends in 2017. ASJ is the main guy.
9 Hunter Henry @ NYG The Giants have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends in 2017.
10 Benjamin Watson @ OAK OAK played NYJ w/o ASJ and WAS w/o Reed. They still allow the 10th most points to TEs.
11 Antonio Gates @ NYG The Giants allowed Brate and Howard to finish as Top 5 TE options in Week 4.
12 Martellus Bennett @ DAL He has 28 targets already, good for 4th most among TEs. Just needs more efficiency.
13 Delanie Walker @ MIA This is strictly betting on Walker's talent. Mariota's absence hurts, but Davis out helps.
14 Jared Cook vs. BAL No Derek Carr, but Cook should get targets and BAL allows the 4th most points to TEs.
15 Jesse James vs. JAC This is an aggressive ranking, but targets should go away from Ramsey and Bouye.
16 Jason Witten vs. GB The Pack allow the 2nd fewest points to enemy tight ends and Witten is ice cold right now.
17 Kyle Rudolph @ CHI Sam Bradford looks like he won't go, which means Rudolph is mired in TE2 territory.
18 Zach Miller vs. MIN A tight end has caught at least four balls against MIN in every game. Miller gets targets.
19 Ryan Griffin vs. KC A solid matchup for Griffin awaits. He has 11 targets over the last two weeks (6 and 5).
20 Tyler Kroft vs. BUF A recent neck injury limited Kroft on Wednesday but he is expected to play against BUF.
21 O.J. Howard vs. NE I may be too low on Howard, but he hasn't caught more than two balls in any game so far.
22 Eric Ebron vs. CAR The other Lions tight end (Darren Fells) outplayed him last week. Ebron is fading fast...
23 Ed Dickson @ DET Darius Slay's presence outside helps Dickson's case as a low-end streamer this week.
24 Jack Doyle vs. SF The Niners have allowed the fewest points to tight ends so far. I can't invest in him.
25 David Njoku vs. NYJ NYJ gives up the 7th fewest points to TEs but Njoku has been making plays.
26 Julius Thomas vs. TEN He hasn't cleared three receptions or 29 receiving yards in any game. Disappointing.
27 George Kittle @ IND He had five catches in Week 1 but has five catches over the last three weeks. Yikes.
28 Seth DeValve vs. NYJ Again, a tough matchup. The Browns could benefit from more two-TE sets, but will they?
29 Jermaine Gresham @ PHI A low-end, low-ceiling option.
30 Marcedes Lewis @ PIT Another low-end, low-ceiling option.
31 Gerald Everett vs. SEA Arguably more upside than a few guys ahead of him, but he isn't getting opportunity either.
32 Dwayne Allen @ TB Only makes the list due to Gronk's potential injury. Has zero catches on the season.