The Week Five Tight End Rankings don't really hold much change compared to last week. Outside of guys like Scott Chandler having a big week, then dropping off, guys like Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis continue to rule the roost. Before we get into this week's list, lets talk about some guys who stood out last week. In a good way and bad way.
Rob Gronkowski Is Doing Fine Without Aaron Hernandez
The Patriots as a whole aren't what they used to be. With an offense that was jam packed with talent, 2-2 and tied for first with the Dolphins and the Bills isn't exactly what I was expecting. But since fantasy owners care about players, one of the shining spots has continued to be the play of Rob Gronkowski. When Aaron Hernandez went down in Week Two, one would think Gronk's numbers would suffer a bit with defenses able to key in on one tight end instead of two. But outside of a disappointing 2 catch/21 yard performance in Week Three, Gronk has proven to be a fantasy commodity flying solo. He has scored 3-out-of-4 games and has notched 5 or more catches in the same span. The Patriots tried Kellen Winslow out as a complimentary piece, but he proved to be a dud. Continue to start Gronk with confidence going forward.
Dennis Pitta, Are You There?
Not only did Pitta do zip in what was supposed to be a good matchup against the Browns, but he made me look like a fool after I talked him up in last week's rankings. For a guy who was averaging 6 catches and 63 yards a game, one would think he would at least notch one catch. Nope. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith were the benefactors of the passing game last week. Don't fret owners. Pitta still outplayed Ed Dickson, so it isn't like the Ravens want a tight end tandem going. It was clearly an off night. I can't imagine him sucking it up again this week against the Chiefs. He is still going to be ranked in the top 10 again.
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