Fantasy Football Week 5 tight end rankings: A first look at which matchups to target and avoid

Get your first look at the tight end rankings for Week 5 from Chris Towers, including thoughts on some of the most interesting players for this week. To see Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard, and Heath Cummings' rankings, make sure you head here. We'll be updating this throughout the week with new notes and rankings as we get news and the rankings get tweaked, so make sure you bookmark the page.

Week 5 TE Rankings

1. Travis Kelce vs. BUF -- You're not actually worried about Kelce, right? Good.

2. Darren Waller vs. CHI

3. George Kittle @ARI -- Kittle clearly wasn't 100% Sunday after he was limited in practice with a calf injury and then took a shot to the hip that left him hobbled for a while. Still, he earned 11 targets and nearly had a really nice game if he had been able to hold on to a would-be touchdown from Trey Lance. Kittle is less of a sure thing if Lance starts in Week 5, but I'd have a hard time sitting him as long as he is healthy.

4. T.J. Hockenson @MIN -- Hockenson has stumbled over the last two weeks, and while he may not be making the leap to the elite tier that we hoped for, he's absolutely a must-start option. He just may not be the difference maker you were hoping for.

5. Mark Andrews vs. IND

6. Kyle Pitts vs. NYJ -- We're still waiting for the breakout game, and I know you're getting restless. But here's the thing: Pitts ranks seventh among tight ends in targets and yards. It's frustrating that he hasn't been better, but trying to chase one of the touchdown-or-bust options is a lower-probability play than just having faith that Pitts' role will turn into points before long. I'm still viewing him as a must-start TE.

7. Noah Fant @PIT -- Fant has the role we want for him, averaging nearly seven targets per game, but he needs to get better results from those targets -- 5.8 yards per isn't cutting it. Fant is down to the lowest average depth of target of his career but also has his lowest average yards after catch, a bad combination. He's a must-start Fantasy TE because there are so few reliable ones, but it sure would be nice to see him break off a big play with the ball in his hands. We haven't seen that yet.

8. Dalton Schultz vs. NYG -- Schultz has played at least 68% of the snaps in every game and has six targets or more in three out of four. The touchdowns in the last two games have been nice, but even without them, he's scored double-digit PPR Fantasy points in three of four games just from his catches and yards. I think he's moved out of the realm of the touchdown-or-bust options for now.

9. Tyler Higbee @SEA

10. Dallas Goedert @CAR

11. Mike Gesicki @TB -- That's two good games in a row for Gesicki, who also has six targets in three straight games. At this point, that's enough to make him a borderline top-12 TE in a game where the Dolphins will probably be throwing from behind a lot.

12. Tyler Conklin vs. DET -- Conklin was a disappointment if you started him in Week 4, but the process was sound. Despite being limited during practice, he played a season-high 85% snap share and was targeted six times. He has a healthy role in the offense right now and is one of the more interesting streamers at the position ahead of a great matchup.

13. Dawson Knox @KC -- Knox has scored in three straight games, which is going to land him in a lot of Fantasy lineups. I'm not sure I'm buying him as a reliable Fantasy option, but as far as touchdown-or-bust tight ends go, there are worse offenses to chase.

14. Anthony Firkser @JAX

15. Evan Engram @DAL -- Engram has six targets in each of his first two games and he has ... 48 yards total. No matter how much you don't like Engram, he's better than this. And as long as he has this kind of role, I think he's going to be a viable tight end streamer.

16. Jonnu Smith @HOU -- Smith and Hunter Henry both scored in Week 4, but otherwise, they continued to struggle, combining for just 46 yards on 10 targets. They are touchdown-or-bust options at this point.

17. Jared Cook vs. CLE

18. Robert Tonyan @CIN -- Tonyan had an 88% catch rate in 2020 but caught just two of seven passes thrown his way in Week 4 to drop his season rate to 53.3%. He'll be better than that moving forward, but he's just a touchdown-or-bust option at this point.

19. C.J. Uzomah vs. GB -- Uzomah was awesome in Week 4, but I'm not counting on a repeat performance.

20. Austin Hooper @LAC

21. Zach Ertz @CAR

22. Hunter Henry @HOU

23. Dan Arnold vs. TEN

24. Cole Kmet @LV -- Kmet is getting the role we hoped for, but he just hasn't been able to get on the same page as his quarterbacks. He still has some sleeper appeal, but he'll have to show it before you trust him.

25. Blake Jarwin vs. NYG

26. Tommy Tremble vs. PHI

27. David Njoku @LAC

28. Cameron Brate vs. MIA

29. Mo Alie-Cox @BAL -- Alie-Cox played a season-high in snaps at 69% in Week 4. Whether that's the start of him being more involved in the offense remains to be seen, and you'll need more than just the one game to trust him even at tight end.

30. Maxx Williams vs. SF -- Williams has been around for a while and has never been Fantasy relevant, but he's playing a solid role in a very good offense and belongs in the streaming discussion for Week 5.