Top 12 Tight End Plays for Week 5
We have reached the fifth week of the NFL season, making it time for your weekly top 12 for tight ends. The most important things for TEs are targets and TDs, so these are the two parameters I will look at the most, together with the matchup. Here are your top 12 tight end plays for Week 5.
1 Travis Kelce, KC vs. Bills
Yep. It’s Travis Kelce at TE1 for top 12 tight end plays of Week 5, and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon, barring an injury.
It was crazy that Kelce didn’t score a TD last week given how Mahomes tossed 5 passing touchdowns, but I suspect that the Chiefs might try and correct that in Week 5.
2 Darren Waller, LV vs. Bears
As certain as Kelce is at TE1, as certain it is that Waller is at TE2. Waller leads all tight ends in targets with 40 (8 more than Kelce at #2) and he is the TE2 on the season. So naturally he is TE2 in the top 12 tight end plays of Week 5.
Waller does have a below-average match-up in Week 5, but his target volume more than makes up for that. Especially given how the Raiders need to bounce back from a loss, they might look to their best offensive weapon, Waller, to help them get back in the win column.
3 TJ Hockenson, DET vs. Vikings
The Hockinator has cooled off a bit after getting off to a hot start this season, but he is still third in TE targets and the TE4 overall. After a few down weeks, look for Hockenson to bounce back in Week 5.
4 George Kittle, SF vs. Cardinals
Kittle is finally seeing his targets come up to where we expected them to be before the season (9-10 targets per game). On top of that, we know what Kittle can do. Yet he is still “only” TE4 in this week’s top 12 tight end plays of Week 5.
The reason is somewhat simple. He might have a rookie QB this week plus a rough match-up against the Cardinals who allow the third-fewest points to opposing tight ends.
5 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. Colts
Andrews started the season slow but has since picked up on his form, giving us three solid outings in a row. You really cannot ask for much more out of your TE. Against the Colts in Week 5, Andrews could quite easily add another solid game to the list. Given how he has seen 7 and 8 targets the last two games, it seems he has become as big a part of the passing game as we expected despite the dip to begin the season.
6 Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. Jets
It just doesn’t seem possible to overcome the rookie TE “curse” does it? Kyle Pitts has the talent, the draft pedigree, even the targets (seventh among TEs at 6.5 targets/game), yet he is still only the TE19 on the season.
Learning the tight end position in the NFL is just a different beast, but this week might be where he starts to turn it on for fantasy. Calvin Ridley is out which could mean the game plan finally starts to center a bit more around Pitts and his immense talent against the Jets.
7 Noah Fant, DEN vs. Steelers
Sitting at TE7 on the year currently, Fant has done pretty much what we expected of him. He’s gotten a couple of scores, and he is getting the targets in the Denver offense at 6.8 targets per game. That is good enough for fifth in targets among TEs.
Volume alone makes Fant a must-start at TE, and despite a somewhat tough matchup against Pittsburgh, he should produce enough for you to be happy with him.
8 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. Giants
No one saw this one coming, but Dalton Schultz is currently the TE4 on the season. It largely comes down to his three touchdowns, but he is as good a bet to score as any TE given that he has seen an average of 5.8 targets per game and 6+ in three of four contests.
He is a good choice against the Giants who are fourth-worst for fantasy at defending TEs.
9 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. Buccaneers
This week, Mike Gesicki makes his first appearance in a while as he comes in at TE9 for top 12 tight end plays of Week 5. By no means has Gesicki flashed for fantasy, but he is getting a lot of targets in the Dolphins’ offense, making him a volume play at the TE position, which is quite rare outside of the top 7.
10 Jared Cook, LAC vs. Browns
Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert has seemed to find his rhythm again after starting the season slow in the first two games. A part of that is his increased connection with TE Jared Cook.
Cook provides another big target for Herbert, giving him a weekly touchdown upside. Beyond just the possibility of a TD, Cook does present us with a good number of targets, sitting at 5.8 per game for the season.
11 Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. Panthers
Goedert has done well so far this season, coming in at TE9 currently. The biggest issue with Goedert is the externals surrounding him. Jalen Hurts, who is a great fantasy QB, is not a good passer, and that has hurt Goedert as well as other pass catchers on the Eagles.
In Week 5, Goedert face a Panthers defense that is middle-of-the-pack against opposing TEs, making him a decent play.
12 Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. Seahawks
Although Higbee has been somewhat forgotten in this Rams’ offense, he is still more than capable of being a TE1 on a weekly basis. Against the Seahawks, he is likely to get a decent number of points, as they allow the eighth-most points to opposing TEs at 10.3 points pr. game.
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