2012 Fantasy Football Week 5: Tight Ends (TE) Rankings/ Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 2, 2012

Sept. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Patriots beat the Bills 52 to 28.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

After dropping two games in a row, it was important for the Patriots to find a way to win in Buffalo. Queue up the passing game as Rob Gronkowski played a major hand in a win for his team with five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Another big game is on deck for New England as the Broncos and rival Peyton Manning come to town. With Aaron Hernandez down, look for Brady to lean on Gronkowski. He should have another top-notch performance.

What Did We Learn From Week Four?

- Antonio Gates has yet to find the end zone, but he did have a long reception of over 30 yards against the Chiefs. The Chargers' star tight end has had some bad luck early in the season as he battled a rib injury and in the past two weeks the Chargers have played in unbalanced scoring games—both good and bad. He should find the end zone against the Saints this week.

- Scott Chandler suffered a head injury against the Patriots, but before he was done for the day he had two touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite red-zone target, Chandler will have some productive games this year.

- Jermaine Gresham hasn’t put it together for a big game yet, but he’s come on in the past two weeks after a slow start because of a pre-season injury.

Sean’s Week Five Watch List

- Both Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme were active early on against the Raiders. I will be interested to see if they can step up against the Patriots this week.

1 Rob Gronkowski Broncos
2 Jimmy Graham Chargers
3 Vernon Davis Bills
4 Antonio Gates @ Saints
5 Tony Gonzalez @ Redskins
6 Jermichael Finley @ Colts
7 Dennis Pitta @ Chiefs
8 Jacob Tamme @ Patriots
9 Scott Chandler (I) @ 49ers
10 Brent Celek @ Steelers
11 Jermaine Gresham Dolphins
12 Kyle Rudolph Titans
13 Martellus Bennett Browns
14 Fred Davis Falcons
15 Jared Cook @ Vikings
16 Greg Olsen Seahawks
17 Owen Daniels @ Jets
18 Joel Dreessen @ Patriots
19 Marcedes Lewis Bears
20 Kellen Davis @ Jaguars

Week 5 Standard Rankings – | RB | WR | TE | K | D |