Updated Week 5 RankingsSunday, October 07, 2012
Week 5 Tight Ends
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.
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