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.
Teams on bye: Chicago, Tampa Bay
at NO (Mon.)
at NE (Thurs.)
vs. WAS (Mon.)
vs. IND (Thurs.)
— 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.