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Updated Week 5 Rankings

Sunday, October 07, 2012


Week 5 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. SD -
2 Rob Gronkowski vs. DEN Probable(hip)
3 Vernon Davis vs. BUF Probable(back)
4 Antonio Gates at NO -
5 Tony Gonzalez at WAS -
6 Martellus Bennett vs. CLE -
7 Jermichael Finley at IND -
8 Dennis Pitta at KC -
9 Kyle Rudolph vs. TEN -
10 Owen Daniels at NYJ -
11 Brent Celek at PIT -
12 Fred Davis vs. ATL -
13 Jared Cook at MIN Probable(shoulder)
14 Jacob Tamme at NE Probable(groin)
15 Greg Olsen vs. SEA -
16 Heath Miller vs. PHI -
17 Jermaine Gresham vs. MIA -
18 Scott Chandler at SF Probable(head)
19 Anthony Fasano at CIN -
20 Coby Fleener vs. GB Probable(head)
21 Marcedes Lewis vs. CHI -
22 Dustin Keller vs. HOU Likely will not play
23 Joel Dreessen at NE -
24 Tony Moeaki vs. BAL -
25 Rob Housler at STL -
26 Jordan Cameron at NYG -
27 Dwayne Allen vs. GB -


TE Notes:
Gronk is neck-and-neck with Tony Gonzalez for the positional lead in fantasy points after a 100-yard game at Buffalo. It could have been so much better. Brady hit Gronk in stride for their second downfield strike, only to have a defender knock the ball out inside the 5-yard line. Not long after, he dropped another pass on the door step of the end zone.  Gronkowski’s afternoon could have been closer to 160 yards and three scores versus the Bills.

I expect Bennett and Pitta to bounce back strong after their first disappointing outings of 2012. … For owners wary of week-to-week inconsistency at tight end, though, the best TE1 trade targets are Gates and Aaron Hernandez. Gates look good after the catch at Kansas City and would have produced better stats had the Chiefs not doubled-teamed him in the red zone after a strong first half. Hernandez could return as early as next week.

Finley should see an increase in targets with Jennings out of the lineup. … Matchups don’t get much better than Rudolph’s versus a Titans defense that has already allowed seven touchdowns -- and the most fantasy points -- to opposing tight ends. … The defense allowing the second-most points? New England, which draws Tamme and Dreessen this week. The Pats were especially vulnerable down the seam at Buffalo.

Speaking of which, Chandler may be here to stay as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite red-zone target and a borderline TE1, but the matchup is daunting at San Francisco. … Olsen and Heath Miller join Chandler as borderline weekly starters squaring off against stingy defenses.  


Week 5 Team Defense

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Texans Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
2 Bears Def/Spec Team at JAC -
3 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
4 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
5 Ravens Def/Spec Team at KC -
6 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at STL -
7 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
8 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at CAR -
9 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
10 Eagles Def/Spec Team at PIT -
11 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
12 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
13 Packers Def/Spec Team at IND -
14 Falcons Def/Spec Team at WAS -
15 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at CIN -
16 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. CHI -
17 Browns Def/Spec Team at NYG -
18 Broncos Def/Spec Team at NE -
19 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
20 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
21 Chargers Def/Spec Team at NO -
22 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
23 Titans Def/Spec Team at MIN -
24 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
25 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
26 Bills Def/Spec Team at SF -
27 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
28 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. GB -


Week 5 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 David Akers vs. BUF -
2 Matt Bryant at WAS -
3 Mason Crosby at IND -
4 Garrett Hartley vs. SD -
5 Stephen Gostkowski vs. DEN -
6 Greg Zuerlein vs. ARZ -
7 Steven Hauschka at CAR -
8 Nick Novak at NO -
9 Alex Henery at PIT -
10 Justin Tucker at KC -
11 Matt Prater at NE -
12 Shayne Graham at NYJ -
13 Lawrence Tynes vs. CLE -
14 Robbie Gould at JAC -
15 Blair Walsh vs. TEN -
16 Justin Medlock vs. SEA -
17 Ryan Succop vs. BAL -
18 Adam Vinatieri vs. GB -
19 Shaun Suisham vs. PHI -
20 Mike Nugent vs. MIA -
21 Rob Bironas at MIN -
22 Jay Feely at STL -
23 Dan Carpenter at CIN -
24 Billy Cundiff vs. ATL -
25 Josh Scobee vs. CHI -
26 Rian Lindell at SF -
27 Phil Dawson at NYG -
28 Nick Folk vs. HOU -


Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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