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Fantasy Football 2016 Tight End Rankings: Week 5

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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.

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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.