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Tight End Rankings Week 5

Tight End Rankings Week: George Kittle

Tight End Rankings Week: George Kittle

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.

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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.