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Fantasy Football 2016 Tight End Rankings: Week 5

Tom Brady is back for the Patriots, does that mean Rob Gronkowski will soon be too?

It’s Week 5 and fantasy owners are still waiting on Rob Gronkowski to show why he’s not only the No. 1 tight end, but also why they used a first-round draft pick on him. The reality is that Gronk still isn’t 100 percent and there are whispers that this hamstring injury is taking longer to heal than the Patriots initially thought.

 

This is bad news for Gronk owners and also could be horrendous timing with Tom Brady set to return from his four-game suspension and the hapless Cleveland Browns sitting there on a tee. But until Gronkowski flashes his old form on the field, he’s not going to be the top-ranked TE. That distinction goes to Jordan Reed, who has gotten off to solid start, followed by Greg Olsen, currently leading his peers in fantasy points (depending on league scoring). Zach Ertz also looks like he will be back on the field for the first time since hurting his ribs in Week 1.

 

Four teams on bye in Week 5 means the Jimmy Graham renaissance will take a one-week hiatus, as will Travis Kelce. And maybe the break is what Coby Fleener needs to clear his head, learn his playbook and turn things around. Julius Thomas just needs to get healthy.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle

 

Rk Player Team Opp
1 Jordan Reed WAS at BAL
2 Greg Olsen CAR vs. TB (Mon.)
3 Kyle Rudolph MIN vs. HOU
4 Rob Gronkowski NE at CLE
5 Delanie Walker TEN at MIA
6 Zach Ertz PHI at DET
7 Zach Miller CHI at IND
8 Dennis Pitta BAL vs. WAS
9 Hunter Henry SD at OAK
10 Eric Ebron DET vs. PHI
11 Jason Witten DAL vs. CIN
12 Gary Barnidge CLE vs. NE
13 Cameron Brate TB at CAR (Mon.)
14 Jacob Tamme ATL at DEN
15 Martellus Bennett NE at CLE
16 Dwayne Allen IND vs. CHI
17 Richard Rodgers GB vs. NYG
18 Tyler Eifert CIN at DAL
19 Clive Walford OAK vs. SD
20 Jack Doyle IND vs. CHI
21 Charles Clay BUF at LA
22 Jesse James PIT vs. NYJ
23 Garrett Celek SF vs. ARI (Thurs.)
24 Will Tye NYG at GB
25 Ryan Griffin HOU at MIN
26 Lance Kendricks LA vs. BUF
27 Dion Sims MIA vs. TEN
28 Antonio Gates SD at OAK
29 Vance MacDonald SF vs. ARI (Thurs.)
30 C.J. Uzomah CIN at DAL

 

— Rankings by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.

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