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Fantasy TE PPR Rankings Week 5: Who to start, sit at tight end in fantasy football

We’re a month into the regular season, and tight ends as a whole have been underwhelming. However, we are getting a few breakouts here and there, and maybe, just maybe, we can start to feel confident about the pecking order after the elites at the top. Our Week 5 fantasy TE PPR rankings are based on matchups and a month’s worth of stats, but at this position, we know top-five weeks can come out of nowhere (see C.J. Uzomah and Mo Alie-Cox).

Rob Gronkowski (ribs) might be sidelined for several weeks and bye weeks begin in Week 6, and Logan Thomas suffered a hamstring injury that knocked him out of most of Week 4. This scarce position is about to get even thinner. Because of that, all of the top players will be in lineups, regardless of disappointing they’ve been or how tough their matchups are. George Kittle (@ Cardinals) and even Noah Fant (@ Steelers) should be in your lineups despite potentially having new QBs this week.

WEEK 5 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

However, players on the start-or-sit bubble, such as Dallas Goedert (@ Panthers), warrant concern. Goedert looked like he might be a must-start each week heading into the season, but we’ve seen how pedestrian the Eagles’ passing defense is, and the Panthers have been one of the top defenses in football. Still, they struggled mightily against Dallas’ tight ends last week, so Goedert is still in play, as both him and Zach Ertz seem to be the top targets near the goal line.

WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Mike Gesicki (@ Buccaneers), Dalton Schultz (vs. Giants), Dawson Knox (@ Chiefs), Tyler Conklin (vs. Lions), and Week 4 breakout, C.J. Uzomah (vs. Packers) look to have higher ceilings this week. Schultz benefits from playing a lackluster Giants defense; Gesicki gets a Bucs pass defense that has been torched will ease, and Uzomah plays the Packers in what should be a high-scoring affair. Uzomah only has one week of top-level play, but the Packers have given up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends heading into Week 4. We’re not nearly as sold on him as Schultz and Knox, so start him at your own risk, but why play it safe and only start guys with “safe floors” when those floors are five-to-six points. We should point out that Schultz gets a bump in PPR leagues while Knox and Uzomah take slight hits.

Hunter Henry (@ Houston) and Jonnu Smith (@ Houston) had been the biggest disappointments until they each scored last week, but come on, it’s the Texans. Henry looks like the nominal “lead guy,” here, but you never know how things will play out in any given week.

Injury fill-ins Cameron Brate (vs. Dolphins) and Ricky Seals-Jones (vs. Saints) have both produced in the past, so they’re intriguing boom-or-bust plays. You could also try Evan Engram (vs. Cowboys) if the Giants’ WRs continue to deal with injuries. Engram couldn’t do anything the past two weeks, though, so you’d really be relying on garbage-time production if you start him.

We’ll be updating these TE PPR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy TE PPR Rankings Week 5: Who to start at tight end

Rankings based on full-point PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 Travis Kelce, KC vs. BUF
2 Darren Waller, LV vs. CHI
3 T.J. Hockenson, DET @ MIN
4 George Kittle, SF @ ARI
5 Noah Fant, DEN @ PIT
6 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. NYG
7 Mike Gesicki, MIA @ TB
8 Dawson Knox, BUF @ KC
9 Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. NYJ
10 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. IND
11 Tyler Higbee, LAR @ SEA
12 Tyler Conklin, MIN vs. DET
13 Dallas Goedert, PHI @ CAR
14 Zach Ertz, PHI @ CAR
15 Hunter Henry, NE @ HOU
16 Jared Cook, LAC vs. CLE
17 Robert Tonyan Jr., GB @ CIN
18 Jonnu Smith, NE @ HOU
19 Cameron Brate, TB vs. MIA
20 Austin Hooper, CLE @ LAC
21 Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS vs. NO
22 Evan Engram, NYG @ DAL
23 Gerald Everett, SEA vs. LAR
24 Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. DEN
25 Maxx Williams, ARI vs. SF
26 C.J. Uzomah, CIN vs. GB
27 Juwan Johnson, NO @ WAS
28 Mo Alie-Cox, IND @ BAL
29 Jack Doyle, IND @ BAL
30 Blake Jarwin, DAL vs. NYJ
31 Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. ATL
32 Cole Kmet, CHI @ LV
33 David Njoku, CLE @ LAC
34 Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. NYJ
35 Adam Trautman, NO @ WAS
36 Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN @ PIT
37 O.J. Howard, TB vs. MIA
38 Eric Ebron, PIT vs. DEN
39 Pharaoh Brown, HOU vs. NE
40 Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. JAX
41 Jimmy Graham, CHI @ LV
42 Will Dissly, SEA vs. LAR


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