One could argue that the tight end position is the most frustrating in fantasy football. Others will argue that kicker and defense are harder to predict, but at tight end, the position is always so thin that if you’re trying the streamer strategy, it’s difficult to find an effective starter most weeks. That said, PPR makes it a bit easier to find worthwhile players because there are a handful of TEs that see at least a few more targets per game. Relying on them is easier than relying on the TD-dependent sleepers, so the target-heavy players will rise in our Week 5 fantasy TE PPR rankings.
In truth, there aren’t a lot of high-volume tight ends in the NFL. Those that are tend already to be the top players at the position position, like Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Darren Waller, and Zach Ertz. But there are some other PPR sleepers emerging, such as Logan Thomas and Dalton Schultz. They are both being targeted relatively frequently, so they could work their way into the streamer conversation against the Rams and Giants, respectively, in Week 5. These types of guys will be especially useful if you will be without T.J. Hockenson because of his bye.
WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker
Unfortunately, one of the top volume TEs in the league, Noah Fant of the Broncos, likely won’t be in action this week against the Patriots after suffering a knee injury on Thursday Night Football against the Jets. He is being deemed week-to-week with the injury, so he might play, but if he can’t go, the ranks will be weakened again. Even if he does suit up, trusting him against the Patriots won’t be easy.
WEEK 5 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker
Jonnu Smith (vs. Bills) and Eric Ebron (vs. Eagles) should be back in action after unexpected byes. Ebron has a fantastic matchup, so both are in play as starting TEs in all formats this week. Jordan Akins (vs. Jaguars) is also worth considering because of his matchup, though he’s had three-or-fewer targets in three of four games this year, so even in PPR leagues, you still could be relying on a “touchdown-or-bust” play.
Check back for updates to these TE PPR rankings throughout the week.
Week 5 Fantasy TE PPR Rankings
These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues
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