Ah, tight ends. They are a necessary part of fantasy football, yet a frustrating one. You just never know what you're going to get.
Unless you own Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski.
If not, there are an awful lot of fantasy owners out there who prefer to play their tight end position by ear. They play the hot hand, hot matchups, hot hunches, whatever.
If you're one of these types, just make sure you play these guys.
Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns
Benjamin Watson's season has been a season of bookends so far. He had a good game in Week 1, two mediocre games and then a great game when the Browns last played in Week 4.
Expect another solid game from Watson this weekend against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are among the league leaders in terms of fantasy points given up to tight ends, and they are coming off a game in which they allowed over 200 receiving yards to two different tight ends.
Don't be surprised if Watson picks up where they left off.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Will Olsen make it touchdowns in four straight weeks?
It didn't take long for Cam Newton to develop a rapport with Steve Smith, and he's starting to develop one with Greg Olsen too. He's caught touchdown passes in three straight weeks.
The Atlanta Falcons have been admittedly quite tough against tight ends this season, but I would still start Olsen. He's starting to look like Newton's go-to guy in the red zone, and that's a place they promise to visit a couple times against a leaky Falcons D.
Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Aaron Hernandez was seen eating chicken in the locker room on Thursday. If the Patriots are anything like the Red Sox, this is a problem.
The bigger problem is Hernandez's knee, which knocked him out of action in Weeks 3 and 4. He was just okay in his return against the New York Jets in Week 5.
But I wouldn't worry about Hernandez. He's one of the best tight ends in fantasy, and he'll be going up against a Dallas Cowboys team that has been generous to tight ends this season.
Dustin Keller, New York Jets
Speaking of the Jets, Dustin Keller has slowed down quite a bit in the last three weeks. Many owners have ditched him altogether as a result.
Oh, they of little faith. Keller still has the goods to produce, and he's facing a Miami Dolphins team that has been burned by several tight ends this season.
The Dolphins are also hopeless, for whatever that's worth.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
This one should be a no-brainer, but my guess is that there might still be some people out there who are skeptical about Davis because of his slow start this season.
There's certainly no need to worry about Davis against the Detroit Lions. The 49ers will likely be passing a lot against Detroit's D, and Davis will be right in the middle of the action.
It's also worth noting that Detroit has given up touchdown grabs to tight ends in two straight weeks.