Week 5 TE Rankings PPR: Tight End Fantasy Stats & Projections

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We saw some big performances out of some new names this week. Some we should keep a close eye on and some we should maybe pass up and wait another week to watch their production. Matchup and past performance are the main indicators of who you should be playing this week. Here is a list of the top tight ends going into Week 5 based on those indicators.

Week 5 TE Rankings

RankTierPlayerTeamOpponentWeek 5 Projection (PPR)
11Travis KelceKansas City ChiefsIndianapolis Colts18.37
21Mark AndrewsBaltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers14.85
31George KittleSan Francisco 49ersCleveland Browns14.28
41Zach ErtzPhiladelphia EaglesNew York Jets14.09
52Evan EngramNew York GiantsMinnesota Vikings12.94
62Austin HooperAtlanta FalconsHouston Texans11.58
72Darren WallerOakland RaidersChicago Bears11.23
82Will DisslySeattle SeahawksLos Angeles Rams10.58
93Jimmy GrahamGreen Bay PackersDallas Cowboys9.29
103Greg OlsenCarolina PanthersJacksonville Jaguars9.24
113Delanie WalkerTennessee TitansBuffalo Bills8.20
123Eric EbronIndianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs7.87
134Vance McDonaldPittsburgh SteelersBaltimore Ravens7.17
144Jason WittenDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers7.05
154Tyler EifertCincinnati BengalsArizona Cardinals6.81
164Gerald EverettLos Angeles RamsSeattle Seahawks6.76
175Jared CookNew Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers6.56
185Noah FantDenver BroncosLos Angeles Chargers6.35
195Trey BurtonChicago BearsOakland Raiders6.19
205O.J. HowardTampa Bay BuccaneersNew Orleans Saints5.89
215Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs5.68
226Vernon DavisWashington RedskinsNew England Patriots5.42
236James O'ShaughnessyJacksonville JaguarsCarolina Panthers5.39
246Dawson KnoxBuffalo BillsTennessee Titans5.30
256Jordan AkinsHouston TexansAtlanta Falcons5.25

New Names

gerald everettGerald Everett has been the top tight end for the Rams but hadn’t received much action from Goff who throws a lot. In fact, the Rams ran the highest percentage of pass plays in their last game of all NFL teams that week. This may be where Everett’s increased action came from, but he is a player to watch moving forward. Last week he had a season-high 5 receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown. The Rams are stacked with top tier receivers with Kupp, Woods, and Cooks, but Everett has the opportunity to sneak in there and be another problem for defenses. Ricky Seals-Jones also had quite the week this week with increased targets. While he only had 3 receptions, he managed to turn those into 82 yards with a touchdown. With David Njoku out for a while still, Seals-Jones has become the top tight end target for Baker Mayfield. It is hard to be full in on Seals-Jones already after just one game, but next week should be a good indication of how much the Browns plan to use him going forward. The Browns face the 49ers this week who have allowed the 7th least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season, so I wouldn’t expect too much out of him. Give him some time to fully convince fantasy owners that he is solid option.

Called It

Will DisslyLast week, I was expressing a lot of hype towards Seahawks’ tight end, Will Dissly, and he pulled through this past week. He showed that he is truly a top tight end in the league as he recorded 7 receptions for 57 yards and another touchdown. Dissly is Russell Wilson’s favorite red-zone target which has led to four touchdowns on the season. The Rams are a tougher matchup this week but this should be another big week where he is a must-start in every league. It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that he is owned in only 67.4% of leagues. He might find himself as a top 5 tight end by the end of the season.

Good Matchups

tyler eifertTyler Eifert and the Bengals take on the Cardinals this week. The Cardinals have given up five touchdowns to tight ends this season which, if you do the math, is over one touchdown per game on average. The chances of Eifert scoring this week are at an all-time high. For a struggling Bengals team, they will be looking for ways to get anything going at all. They should see this type of stat and use Eifert a lot more against Arizona. Jared Cook is set to play the Buccaneers this week who have allowed the most receiving yards to tight ends by far this season as well as the most targets and receptions. Besides touchdowns allowed, they are the worst tight end defense in the league. Teddy Bridgewater should be actively looking for Cook this week as he is likely to be open quite often.

Bad Matchups

vernon davisVernon Davis will have a very tough time this week against the Patriots. The Patriots’ defense finally let up their first touchdown last week, but their stat line against tight ends is very impressive. Through four games, they have allowed a total of 62 yards and, in PPR leagues, have allowed 3.7 fantasy points on average to tight ends. Vernon Davis is already a touchdown-dependent option, so there is no good reason to start him this week. Despite the Jets having their problems, their pass defense is a shining aspect. They are the second-best defense against tight ends this season behind the Patriots. Tight ends have averaged just 27 yards per game without any touchdowns. Playing the Jets this week is the Eagles. This is no reason to sit Zach Ertz this week, but it is something to be aware of. If you are in a position of debating between playing Ertz and another top tight end option, I would sway towards the latter.

  
I started playing fantasy football in 2010 at 12 years old where I subbed in for an owner who was having a baby. That year I won the championship in a 16-team league, carried by Arian Foster and Michael Vick. I have yet to bring a trophy home since then, but my love for fantasy football has grown, delving more and more in the statistics and finding ways to improve my drafting ability.

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