Rob Gronkowski has targeted Week 6 as a return date for a month, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, so we shouldn't read too much into "Gronk's" unwillingness to declare himself ready for the Saints. Fantasy owners should finally prepare to start him—more than we have already considered him viable the past three weeks.
Heck, if the Patriots did not anticipate Gronk playing before this Sunday, they could have merely kept him on the PUP list and not burned a roster spot on him for the season's first six weeks.
Start Gronk if he is active, although the Patriots' awful treatment of the media with regard to injuries and a late afternoon start (4:25 p.m. ET) make things dicey all over again.
Kaepernick has a gem target in Davis
Vernon Davis (hamstring) scored a touchdown in Week 5 and has been upgraded to probable on the injury report for the matchup against Arizona, which has been the worst team in fantasy against tight ends. We should expect a big week for Davis, which is perhaps the reason for trusting Kaepernick in the face of his slow start.
Rudolph the red-faced tight end
Kyle Rudolph has a sketchy quarterback situation and has been one of the most-dropped tight ends in fantasy the past few weeks. Week 6 doesn't promise to change much. The Panthers have been the second-toughest opponent for tight ends in fantasy, allowing a league-low 100 yards receiving.
These factors leave Rudolph just out of the realm of a starter in standard leagues—but watch him sneak up for one catch for one yard and a touchdown to put himself among the top 15 scorers at the position this week.
Week 6 sleepers
The extended absence of Owen Daniels (leg) makes Garrett Graham a fantasy starter in standard leagues now. He was already cutting into Daniels' production in the early going, and the fact he won't have to compete for those goal-line targets going forward is intriguing. He is the most-added tight end for a reason, so we are shocked we like him more than the consensus below:
- Rob Gronkowski
- Garrett Graham
- Kyle Rudolph
- Brandon Pettigrew
- Jermaine Gresham
Week 6 duds
The Broncos' Julius Thomas was quiet for a few weeks before he returned to fantasy stardom with 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. The Jags line up as a favorable matchup for anyone, but doesn't it just feel like a potential week for a letdown with all of your Broncos receivers?
Well, consider this scenario: The Broncos go up three touchdowns in the first half and spend the rest of the game developing Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball in the running game against a Jags defense that is in the bottom 10 of fantasy against running backs.
You start Thomas in all leagues, but it is hard to guarantee he will be the one getting the targets and touchdowns in any given week, especially this one. He is among the tight ends we like less than the masses:
- Julius Thomas
- Martellus Bennett (already played Thursday night)
- Brandon Myers (already played Thursday night)
- Tyler Eifert
- Jordan Reed
- Brent Celek
- Kellen Winslow
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