2020 Fantasy Football: Week 5 tight end rankings
2020 Fantasy Football: Week 5 Tight End Rankings originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Tight end is usually one of the most difficult positions in fantasy football to find stability.
So far, teams across the NFL have been running at record speeds, benefiting several bottlenecks.
The position is no longer just the show of Travis Kelce and George Kittle, as the number of tight ends you could comfortably start at the position is in double digits this season.
Here are the best tight-end options for week 5.
Bye: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
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2020 FANTASY FOOTBALL TE RANKING: WEEK 5 (STANDARD SCORING)
1. George Kittle (49ers) versus Dolphins
2020 statistics: 19 receptions, 227 meters, 1 TD
Kittle returned from injury last week and put in an impressive 15 catches and 183 yards against Philadelphia. It doesn't matter who San Francisco's QB is. When kittle is healthy it is a must have in all formats.
2. Travis Kelce (Chiefs) versus Raiders
2020 stats: 24 receptions, 294 yards, 2 TDs
Kelce was notorious throughout his career for burning the Raiders. There's no reason to believe this will stop this weekend.
3. Darren Waller (Raiders) versus Chiefs
2020 stats: 29 receptions, 247 yards, 2 TDs
After a quiet outing in New England in Week 3, Waller returned in Week 4 with a solid nine-catch attempt against the Bills. The Chiefs Secondary is solid, but Waller is just too talented to sit on the bench.
4. Mark Andrews (Ravens) versus Bengals
2020 stats: 12 receptions, 166 yards, 4 TDs
After two tough runs in weeks 2 and 3, Andrews rebounded with a solid performance against Washington and scored two touchdowns. While the receptions may not be where Andrews' owners want them to be, he has a good chance of another solid outing against Cincinnati this week.
5. Evan Engram (Giants) versus Cowboys
2020 stats: 17 receptions, 131 yards, 0 TDs
Few fantasy bottlenecks have been more disappointing this season than Evan Engram. However, Engram finally gets the chance to show what he is capable of against a terrible cowboy secondary. If he doesn't play well this week, Engram owners should start looking at the position in a different direction.
6. Jonnu Smith (Titans) against bills
2020 stats: 13 receptions, 1818 yards, 3 TDs
Smith had put together one of the best starts to the 2020 season by the end before a COVID-19 outbreak brought Tennessee's season to a halt. When the Titans get active again this week, Smith is a must see.
7. Hunter Henry (Chargers) versus Saints
2020 stats: 18 receptions, 245 yards, 0 TDs
Henry got the volume that many fantasy owners love to see, but he hasn't found the end zone in 2020. The Saints have good passport defense, but Monday night could be preparing for a big night out for Henry.
8. Zach Ertz (Eagles) versus Steelers
2020 statistics: 19 receptions, 139 meters, 1 TD
Ertz should benefit from Dallas Goedert's long absence, but the first game of the close end without Goedert was no different than before. It's only a matter of time before it rebounds, however. He's too talented not to be. Pittsburgh is having a tough matchup, but you still don't want to leave him on your bench.
9. Dalton Schultz (Cowboys) versus Giants
Statistics for 2020: 18 receptions, 219 yards, 2 TDs
It only took Schultz three weeks to prove he was a borderline TE1. Against a poor New York high school, you can remove the limit from this sentence. Start Schultz.
10. Hayden Hurst (Falcons) versus Panthers
2020 stats: 13 receptions, 162 yards, 2 TDs
The Panthers have solidly defended tight ends, but it's worth noting that this is only a sample size of four games. Atlanta enters week 5 extremely desperate (can't stress this enough) and needs its temporary attack to bloom. With some Falcons receivers injured, Hurst could become a boom game on Sunday.
11. Jimmy Graham (Bears) versus Buccaneers
Statistics for 2020: 14 receptions, 136 yards, 3 TDs
Since Nick Foles took over Mitch Trubisky, he's been targeting Graham. The 33-year-old tight end has proven that he still has something in his tank. In a short week, graham is a risky piece, but it also has a high ceiling.
12. Tyler Higbee (Rams) v Washington
2020 statistics: 13 receptions, 154 yards, 3 TDs
Since his breakout performance in Week 2, Higbee has only taken five passes for 60 yards in the last two games. That simply does not work. However, he faces a team from Washington who allowed two touchdowns for Mark Andrews last week, a perfect bounce-back opponent.
13. Eric Ebron (Steelers) versus Eagles
2020 statistics: 9 receptions, 113 meters, 1 TD
Ebron has not shown real performance since joining Pittsburgh but this week against Philadelphia the chance comes. Only two teams allowed more fantasy points for close opponents in four weeks of the Philadelphia season. Ebron has proven to be a major threat to the red zone. Now is the time for him to show it.
14. Mike Gesicki (Dolphins) against 49ers
2020 statistics: 13 receptions, 190 meters, 2 TDs
Gesicki had two terrifying trips in a row, picking up only one catch from each of the week 3 and week 4 contests in Miami. San Francisco isn't announcing a cheap matchup either, but Miami will need a Gesicki production to get its offensive going again.
15. Rob Gronkowski (privateer) against bears
The Bucs are down Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and a few other assault weapons. If Tom Brady and Gronkowski don't restore their old New England magic this week, who knows if it will ever come?
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