Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 8, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Tony Gonzalez #88 of the Atlanta Falcons pulls in a reception against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The further we get into this NFL season the harder it seems to be to predict what will happen at the tight end position. There have been several tight ends this season that have had one big game, but then seemingly disappear. Like any other fantasy football position the key is to find the most consistency from week-to-week. The problem is once you get outside of the top handful of tight ends there is very little consistency at the position.
With consistent tight end numbers so hard to find, it is extremely important to be well prepared when putting your starting lineup together. So as you search for the tight end that can be a difference maker in your line-up this week, please enjoy the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 5 Tight End Rankings.

1. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) @ Tennessee

Dallas Clark continues to be one of the most targeted tight ends in the league. Peyton Manning has looked his way 34 times this season and Clark has made the most of it. He has 26 receptions for 364 yards and his 47 fantasy points leads all tight ends. Continue starting him in all leagues this week against a Titans team that is giving up 282.2 passing yards per game and 10 passing touchdowns.
Point Projection: 14 points

2. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Tampa Bay

This may seem like a stretch, but when you take a look at the numbers Brent Celek has been one of the best and most consistent tight ends all season. In three games he has 22 catches for 245 yards with two touchdowns and his 35 fantasy points is tied for fourth at the position. Plus the Eagles play a Buccaneers team that is giving up an average of 221.8 passing yards per game and has given up nine passing touchdowns on the season, making Celek a must-start TE1 this week.
Point Projection: 13 points

3. Owen Daniels (Houston Texans) @ Arizona

Owen Daniels had two catches for 48 yards in the first half of the Texans Week 4 match-up with the Oakland Raiders and appeared to be well on his way to having standout fantasy week, but he did not have a catch the rest of the game. The problem was that Houston got out to a nice lead and became strictly a running team in the second half, as Matt Schaub only attempted a handful passes after the second quarter. Expect a Daniels rebound this week in what should be a shootout against an Arizona Cardinals team that is ranked 30th against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 12 points

4. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) @ San Francisco

Heading into the Falcons bye week Tony Gonzalez was exactly what the team was looking for, a difference making pass catching tight end. He has 13 catches on the season for 160 yards with two touchdowns. If Atlanta is going to beat the upstart 49ers in San Francisco this week, they will need a big game from the NFL’s all-time leader in almost every statistical category for tight ends. Consider Gonzalez a must-start TE1 in all formats this week.
Point Projection: 11 points

5. Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins) @ Carolina

Chris Cooley continues to be Jason Campbell’s favorite target this season and he has 22 receptions for 254 yards with two touchdowns. He had a team-high five catches for 65 yards with a touchdown in the Redskins Week 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Campbell should continue to look for Cooley often this week against the Carolina Panthers, in what is a big game for both teams.
Point Projection: 10 points

6. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Atlanta

During his first three NFL seasons Vernon Davis has been one of the most frustrating tight ends in all of football. There were high hopes for him coming out of the University of Maryland in 2006, but he hasn’t giving the 49ers or fantasy football owners a reason to trust him; until now that is. With three touchdowns in the past two weeks Davis has finally appeared to turn the corner. He has been targeted 27 times this season and he has 17 catches for 211 yards with three touchdowns. Look for a third straight solid performance from Davis this week against the Falcons.
Point Projection: 9 points

7. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) @ Kansas City

Fantasy football owners who drafted Jason Witten in the early rounds of drafts this summer continue to wait for the Pro-Bowl tight end to have a breakout game. Through four games he is tied for 14th with 26 fantasy points and the Cowboys passing game has struggled with consistency. He does have 23 catches for 212 yards this season, but he has only managed one touchdown. Witten is still Tony Romo’s top-option in the passing game and a very good fantasy tight end. Look for a big fantasy football Week 5 against a Kansas City team that has given up more then 250 passing yards per game and eight passing touchdowns this season.
Point Projection: 9 points

8. Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Detroit

Throughout his career Heath Miller has been consistently inconsistent, but these aren’t your father’s Pittsburgh Steelers anymore. The Steelers have gone from run heavy offense into a very good passing team. Miller had eight receptions for 70 yards with two touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers in Week 4 and now has 24 catches for 181 yards on the season. Miller will look to take advantage of a very good match-up this week as the Steelers travel to Detroit to take on a Lions team that has given up 12 passing touchdowns in four games this season. 
Point Projection: 9 points

9. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Jacksonville

Since his 21 point performance Week 1, John Carlson has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners. He continues to be one of the most targeted tight ends in the game, but he has only managed nine fantasy points in his past three games. The possible return of Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback for the Seahawks gives fantasy owners hope. Start him as a low-end TE1 this week against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that is ranked 31st against the pass this season.
Point Projection: 8 points

10. Dustin Keller (New York Jets) @ Miami

Dustin Keller has only managed 71 receiving yards over his past three games, which is disappointing since he had 95 yards receiving in the Jets first game of the season. Even with the low yardage totals over the past three games, Keller continues to be a low-end starting fantasy tight end this week against a Miami Dolphins team that is giving up more then 235 passing yards per game.
Point Projection: 8 points

11. Kellen Winslow (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) @ Philadelphia

After scoring 24 fantasy points the first two games of the season, Kellen Winslow has been very pedestrian of late. He has managed just 5 receptions for 35 yards over Tampa Bay’s last two games. He is a very talented tight end that plays in a below average offense. Consider Winslow a low-end TE1 this week against a very good Philadelphia defense.
Point Projection: 7 points

12. Todd Heap (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cincinnati

Coming into this season not a lot was expected from Todd Heap. He is a former Pro-Bowl tight end who has battled injuries over the past couple of seasons and the Ravens brought in L.J. Smith to compete with him. With 14 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns Heap has exceeded expectations at this point. He is not a weekly must-start, but he is a nice bye week replacement this week against a Cincinnati Bengals team who is currently ranked 26th against the pass.
Point Projection:7 points