Fantasy football: Week 5 tight end rankings update

By Alex Butler  |  Updated Oct. 8, 2017 at 12:38 PM
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Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce is back on top of our tight end rankings for Week 5.

Because of the first round of bye weeks, there are several notable names missing from the rankings.

Those names include: Jordan Reed, Austin Hooper and Coby Fleener.

If you own one of those players and don't have a backup, get ready to pull the trigger on your waiver wire. Here are my top players to add and top players to drop for Week 5.

Here are my Top 20 options at the position this week.

TOP 20 WEEK 5 RANKINGS BELOW

TOP SHELF

Quarterback Sam Bradford could suit up for the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. That fact alone vaults Kyle Rudolph back into high-end TE1 consideration. The Vikings are also facing the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, giving Bradford some more time to heal up. The Bears have allowed the eighth-most receiving yards to tight ends and Rudolph has the talent to expose this defense. He is my No. 3 tight end for Week 5.

Tennessee Titans Delanie Walker is my No. 4 tight end for Week 5 with a matchup against the Miami Dolphins. This season, the Dolphins have allowed the 13th most fantasy points per game to tight ends. Miami has allowed at least five receptions to tight ends in two of its three games this season. Expect Walker to be highly targeted in this matchup, especially with quarterback Marcus Mariota dealing with a hamstring injury. Matt Cassel will lean on Walker here.

SNEAKY PLAYS

Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook is my No. 9 tight end for the week with a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game and have allowed the second-most touchdowns (4) in the NFL to opposing tight ends. Cook has at least 43 receiving yards in three of his four starts this year. He has 16 catches for 170 yards and a score this season. Cook is a TE1 with some better options on a bye this week.

LONGSHOTS

You might not be excited about the prospect of starting Baltimore Ravens tight end Max Williams, but his matchup against the Oakland Raiders makes him a replacement-level option for Week 5. Williams is ranked No. 14 for me this week and is a TE2. The Raiders have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points per game and are tied for allowing the fourth-most touchdowns (2) to tight ends this season.

New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has great talent and you could see that come out this weekend against the Cleveland Browns. This season the Browns are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game, second-most touchdowns and fourth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins had five catches in Week 3 and four more grabs in Week 4. He is due for a score in this game, which I don't think will be a low scoring affair.

Week 5 Tight End Rankings
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