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Fantasy Football Week 5 Tight End Rankings

Kyle Pitts

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. It has shown fantasy trends that have started to develop and show what could happen the rest of the season. Already some players have proven to be fantasy relevant while some fantasy stars have been alarmingly disappointing to this point. Injuries have started to mount up this season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the fantasy football week 5 tight end rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting TE1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a solid floor.
TD Dependent Starter- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not because of depth at the position. Their production is based on whether they can get in the end zone or not. It can be the difference between a top 10 performance or top 25 performance
Deep League Starter- a player whose ceiling isn’t high but should put up enough production to be started in deep leagues. When a player like this is started it is because their production though it will likely be low, will be better than a few options.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Must StartTravis Kelcevs Buffalo BillsTE1
Must StartDarren Wallervs Chicago BearsTE2
 Must StartGeorge Kittlevs Arizona CardinalsTE3
Must StartT.J. Hockenson*vs Minnesota VikingsTE4
Starting TE1Kyle Pittsvs New York JetsTE5
Starting TE1Mark Andrewsvs Indianapolis ColtsTE6
Starting TE1Noah Fantvs Pittsburgh SteelersTE7
Starting TE1Dawson Knoxvs Kansas City ChiefsTE8
Starting TE1Dalton Schultzvs New York GiantsTE9
TD Dependent StarterTyler Higbeevs Seattle SeahawksTE10
TD Dependent StarterMike Gesickivs Tampa Bay BuccaneersTE11
TD Dependent StarterDallas Goedertvs Carolina PanthersTE12
TD Dependent StarterTyler Conklinvs Detriot LionsTE13
TD Dependent StarterJared Cookvs Cleveland BrownsTE14
TD Dependent StarterHunter Henryvs Houston TexansTE15
TD Dependent StarterJonnu Smithvs Houston TexansTE16
Deep League StarterAustin Hoopervs Los Angeles ChargersTE17
Deep League StarterCameron Bratevs Miami DolphinsTE18
Deep League StarterEvan Engramvs Dallas CowboysTE19
Deep League StarterMaxx Williams*vs San Francisco 49ersTE20
Deep League StarterCole Kmetvs Las Vegas RaidersTE21
Leave on the BenchRobert Tonyanvs Cincinnati BengalsTE22
Leave on the BenchJack Doylevs Baltimore RavensTE23
Leave on the BenchHayden Hurstvs New York JetsTE24
Leave on the BenchBlake Jarwinvs New York GiantsTE25
Leave on the BenchJuwan Johnsonvs Washington Football TeamTE26
Leave on the BenchRicky Seal-Jonesvs New Orleans SaintsTE27
Leave on the BenchC.J. Uzomahvs Green Bay PackersTE28
Leave on the BenchAnthony Firkservs Jacksonville JaguarsTE29
Leave on the BenchMo Alie-Coxvs Baltimore RavensTE30
Leave on the BenchWill Disslyvs Los Angeles RamsTE31
Leave on the BenchDan Arnoldvs Tennessee TitansTE32
Leave on the BenchZach Ertzvs Carolina PanthersTE33
Leave on the BenchPat Freiermuthvs Denver BroncosTE34
Leave on the BenchDavid Njoku*vs Los Angeles ChargersTE35
Leave on the BenchTommy Tremblevs  Philadelphia EaglesTE36
Leave on the BenchKyle Rudolphvs Dallas CowboysTE37
Leave on the BenchAlbert Okwuegbunamvs Pittsburgh SteelersTE38
Leave on the BenchJordan Akinsvs New England PatriotsTE39

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE4 T.J. Hockenson, Detriot Lions

Lions’ tight end T.J. Hockenson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury. If Hockenson misses this week Darren Fells would become the TE35 on the week in between David Njoku and Tommy Tremble. Managers who have Hockenson should make sure they have a tight end on their roster who can fill in for him in case he sits out.

TE20 Maxx Williams, Arizona Cardinals

Maxx Williams didn’t practice Wednesday because of a shoulder injury. It is hard to imagine another Cardinals tight end filling in for Williams if he was to sit out this week. This would give a boost to Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk if he was to miss the game against San Francisco.

TE35 David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

David Njoku missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury. If Njoku misses this week against the Chargers Harrison Bryant would take over his spot in the lineup.

TE38 Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos

Albert Okwuegbunam missed practice Thursday with a hamstring issue. This comes after being limited Wednesday with the same injury. Okwuegbunam would be an interesting player to watch this week if Drew Lock starts over Teddy Bridgewater because Okwuegbunam and Lock have chemistry dating back to their days at Missouri. He is someone to keep an eye on this week.

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