Tight End Rankings Week 5

Even with the QB change, George Kittle is a must-start TE for Week 5

Ranking tight ends in fantasy football might be the hardest position known to man. Sure, there is the usual top three in Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz (in some order), but if you don’t have any of those three studs, you might end up flipping a coin or drawing straws to determine your starter each week. 


That especially may be the case for Week 5 with Gronk banged up and set to play on Thursday night. As a result, he's never been ranked as low as he is this week. You still pretty much have to start him, unless he's ruled out prior to the game (which is not expected).


But Gronk's situation and other injuries combined with the bye week (no Trey Burton, O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate) leaves us with a tight end pool that has guys like Ricky Seals-Jones, Benjamin Watson and Austin Hooper as realistic starting options in Week 5. In fact, one of these may be safer than Gronk because of the uncertainty surrounding him with such a short turnaround for the Thursday night game.


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


Teams on bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay


Rank Player Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs. JAC
2 Zach Ertz PHI vs. MIN
3 Jared Cook OAK at LAC
4 Jordan Reed WAS at NO (Mon.)
5 Jimmy Graham GB at DET
6 George Kittle SF vs. ARI
7 Eric Ebron IND at NE (Thurs.)
8 Vance McDonald PIT vs. ATL
9 Kyle Rudolph MIN at PHI
10 David Njoku CLE vs. BAL
11 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI at SF
12 Benjamin Watson NO vs. WAS (Mon.)
13 Austin Hooper ATL at PIT
14 Austin Seferian-Jenkins JAC at KC
15 Antonio Gates LAC vs. OAK
16 Nick Vannett SEA vs. LAR
17 Rob Gronkowski NE vs. IND (Thurs.)
18 Dallas Goedert PHI vs. MIN
19 Ian Thomas CAR vs. NYG
20 Charles Clay BUF vs. TEN
21 Rhett Ellison NYG at CAR
22 Geoff Swaim DAL at HOU
23 Mike Gesicki MIA at CIN
24 Jesse James PIT vs. ATL
25 Jeff Heuerman DEN at NYJ
26 C.J. Uzomah CIN vs. MIA
27 Jonnu Smith TEN at BUF
28 Ryan Griffin HOU vs. DAL
29 Tyler Kroft CIN vs. MIA


— 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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