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Week 5 Rankings Update

Friday, October 09, 2009



Week 5 Tight Ends

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Jason Wittenat KC -
2Dallas Clarkat TEN -
3Tony Gonzalezat SF -
4Brent Celekvs. TB -
5Chris Cooleyat CAR -
6Owen Danielsat ARZ -
7John Carlsonvs. JAC -
8Vernon Davisvs. ATL -
9Dustin Kellerat MIA -
10Heath Millerat DET -
11Todd Heapvs. CIN -
12Kellen Winslowat PHI -
13Zach Millerat NYG Questionable(concussion)
14Marcedes Lewisat SEA -
15Visanthe Shiancoeat STL -
16Randy McMichaelvs. MIN -
17Ben Watsonat DEN -
18Bo Scaifevs. IND -
19Alge Crumplervs. IND -
20Anthony Fasanovs. NYJ -
21Tony Schefflervs. NE -
22Martellus Bennettat KC -


Tight End Notes: 15 tight ends are on pace for 50 catches, which would set a NFL record. And is totally insane. It's more proof that a tight end taken high in the draft better be a huge difference-maker or he's not worth the early draft pick. Dallas Clark has been. Antonio Gates just had a difference-making game. Jason Witten will be fine, but needs eight touchdowns to live up to his draft slot. … The kids at the position are all right. It will be interesting to see if Brent Celek will stay on fire with Donovan McNabb returning to the lineup, but he's a quality starter. Vernon Davis has turned the corner, although he doesn't have the ceiling of players because the receptions and yardage won't quite be there. John Carlson isn't experiencing any second-year slump, although he could use Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback again.

Davis and Celek were drafted as TE2s and now make fine weekly options. The same goes for Heath Miller, who is benefiting from the pass-friendly approach in Pittsburgh. … There was concern Tony Gonzalez would be de-emphasized in Atlanta, but the upgrade at quarterback makes up for it. Matt Ryan will continue to look for him in the red zone.

All of this happiness almost makes the tight end position irrelevant, but there have been disappointments. Greg Olsen is getting lost in all the wide receiver success in Chicago. That the Bears are racking up passing yards is good news long term. He may not bust out, but he'll bounce back closer to an Owen Daniels-like level. … We haven't seen a passing attack as gnarly as Oakland's without a rookie quarterback involved in a while. Hold on to Zach Miller, but don't expect him to emerge from the JaMarcus abyss until Oakland is finished with a brutal three game stretch coming up. … Dustin Keller has been quiet the last two weeks, but we're not concerned about his value long term. … Kellen Winslow, on the other hand, doesn't look explosive in the open field and Josh Johnson won't help his value.

Week 5 Team Defense

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Giants Def/Spec Teamvs. OAK -
2Vikings Def/Spec Teamat STL -
3Steelers Def/Spec Teamat DET -
4Eagles Def/Spec Teamvs. TB -
5Cowboys Def/Spec Teamat KC -
6Jets Def/Spec Teamat MIA -
7Ravens Def/Spec Teamvs. CIN -
8Colts Def/Spec Teamat TEN -
9Dolphins Def/Spec Teamvs. NYJ -
10Fortyniners Def/Spec Teamvs. ATL -
11Patriots Def/Spec Teamat DEN -
12Falcons Def/Spec Teamat SF -
13Redskins Def/Spec Teamat CAR -
14Jaguars Def/Spec Teamat SEA -
15Bills Def/Spec Teamvs. CLE -
16Bengals Def/Spec Teamat BAL -
17Panthers Def/Spec Teamvs. WAS -
18Cardinals Def/Spec Teamvs. HOU -
19Broncos Def/Spec Teamvs. NE -
20Seahawks Def/Spec Teamvs. JAC -
21Titans Def/Spec Teamvs. IND -
22Browns Def/Spec Teamat BUF -
23Chiefs Def/Spec Teamvs. DAL -
24Texans Def/Spec Teamat ARZ -
25Raiders Def/Spec Teamat NYG -
26Lions Def/Spec Teamvs. PIT -
27Buccaneers Def/Spec Teamat PHI -
28Rams Def/Spec Teamvs. MIN -


Week 5 Kickers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Stephen Gostkowskiat DEN -
2Lawrence Tynesvs. OAK -
3Ryan Longwellat STL -
4Neil Rackersvs. HOU -
5Kris Brownat ARZ -
6David Akersvs. TB -
7Nick Folkat KC -
8Jason Elamat SF Probable(hamstring)
9Steven Hauschkavs. CIN -
10Josh Scobeeat SEA -
11Joe Nedneyvs. ATL -
12Rob Bironasvs. IND -
13Matt Pratervs. NE -
14Jay Feelyat MIA -
15Jeff Reedat DET -
16Shaun Suishamat CAR -
17Adam Vinatieriat TEN -
18Jason Hansonvs. PIT -
19Rian Lindellvs. CLE -
20Sebastian Janikowskiat NYG -
21Shayne Grahamat BAL -
22Dan Carpentervs. NYJ -
23Phil Dawsonat BUF Doubtful(groin)
24Olindo Marevs. JAC -
25Ryan Succopvs. DAL -
26Josh Brownvs. MIN -
27John Kasayvs. WAS -
28Shane Andrusat PHI -



Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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