Here are my top 25 tight ends for Week 5 (standard-scoring leagues).
This countdown identifies the weekend's best bets for catches, total yards, touchdowns and targets—a stat that must always factor into lineup strategies with receivers and tight ends.
NOTE: The Raiders, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Lions have bye weeks.
Week 5: Top 25 Tight Ends
1. Jimmy Graham vs. San Diego
2. Rob Gronkowski vs. Denver
3. Tony Gonzalez at Washington
4. Vernon Davis vs. Buffalo
5. Martellus Bennett vs. Cleveland
6. Heath Miller vs. Philadelphia
7. Fred Davis vs. Atlanta
8. Antonio Gates at New Orleans
9. Brent Celek at Pittsburgh
10. Owen Daniels at N.Y. Jets
11. Dennis Pitta at Kansas City
12. Scott Chandler at San Francisco
13. Greg Olsen vs. Seattle
14. Jermichael Finley at Indianapolis
15. Kyle Rudolph vs. Tennessee
16. Jermaine Gresham vs. Miami
17. Jacob Tamme at New England
18. Coby Fleener vs. Green Bay
19. Jared Cook at Minnesota
20. Marcedes Lewis vs. Chicago
21. Tony Moeaki vs. Baltimore
22. Benjamin Watson at N.Y. Giants
23. Anthony Fasano at Cincinnati
24. Lance Kendricks vs. Arizona
25. Zach Miller at Carolina
1. I can only give Jermichael Finley the benefit of the fantasy doubt for so long. He's currently riding a three-game streak of four catches, five targets and 60 yards or less receiving—without the complement of a touchdown. We're talking middling numbers for a high-end prospect at his position. Hence, the No. 14 ranking in a week when Aaron Rodgers garners top-two billing, among quarterbacks.
2. It's been 11 long years since Tony Gonzalez last played an NFL game at FedFex Field. For what it's worth, he registered five catches, 88 yards and one touchdown in his lone appearance at the Redskins' home digs (September 2001).
3. In his third NFL season, Jermaine Gresham (17 catches, 178 yards, one TD) has never caught more than five balls in a home game. Luckily for fantasy owners, Gresham has also averaged 0.5 touchdowns in his last 10 games at Paul Brown Stadium.
4. Just like Coby Fleener from Week 3 (zero catches), I'm willing to dole out "Get Out Of Fantasy Jail Free" cards to Dennis Pitta (zero catches, two targets) and Kyle Rudolph (two catches, eight yards) for their invisible outings last weekend.
5. On the flip side, Heath Miller (four TD in 2012—matching his combined scoring output for 2010-11) and Greg Olsen (21 targets for Weeks 3/4) have built up enough gratis to not be penalized—the following week—after the next clunker.
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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