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12 Formation: Tight End Starts/Sits Week 5

Need a Streaming option at TE???? Who needs to be on your bench in Week 5??? @dynastydadmike has you covered with his Week 5 starts/sits.

Hello Nerds! The DynastyNerds writers are here once again to provide you with your weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus rankings from FantasyPros. Here are the cast and the position groups they will be covering to help you win your week. Follow us, friend us, stalk us, whatever floats your boat!

  • QB: Mike Liu (@MikeMeUpP)
  • RB: Erik Kortz (@ekballer)
  • WR: Tristan Cook (@tristancook_)
  • TE: Mychal Warno (@dynastydadmike)
  • FLEX: Tyler Grzegorek (@tyler_grez)

I will be tackling the Tight End position. Keep in mind this will not include the obvious starts of studs such as Travis Kelce, Evan Engram, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle. If you got them, you are starting them. START YOUR STUDS!

BYE WEEKS: Detroit Lions (TJ Hockenson), Miami Dolphins (Mike Gesicki)


Jimmy Graham (TE14)

After a Week 3 against Denver, Aaron Rodgers came out and said he had to get the football more to Davante Adams and Jimmy Graham. In Week 4, he did just that giving Adams 15 targets and Graham 9 targets while also giving Graham numerous red zone targets. It appears that Adams is not going to play against Dallas in Week 5, which will make Graham a great option against a defense that allows the 8th most points against the tight end and should easily outperform his TE 14 ranking.

Jack Doyle (TE16)

In Week 4, Doyle produced 10.2 points on a team-high 8 targets. This week, he gets the Kansas City Chiefs in a game script where Indianapolis will have to throw to keep up. Kansas City averages 8 catches and 71 yards to the tight end position and with the uncertainty of TY Hilton, Doyle should easily outproduce the TE16 production.

Tyler Eifert (TE12)

Until Arizona shows they can stop the tight end position, I will continue to roll out the tight end that is playing them. This week, Tyler Eifert gets the start. Arizona currently ranks first in most points given up to the tight end position and gives up an average of 27.5 points per game to the tight end position in PPR formats. There could be a chance that Eifert is still on your waiver wire and would be a great pickup if you need a fill-in for bye weeks or are streaming the position.


OJ Howard (TE14)

In a game where the Buccaneers score 55 points and rack up 385 passing yards, OJ Howard has a stat line of 3 receptions for 33 yards. In that matchup, Howard tied for fourth on the team in targets with fellow tight end Cameron Brate. He saw fewer targets than Bobo Wilson and Dare Ogunbwale. I’ll wait while you go look up Bobo Wilson. O.J Howard on the season has a stat line of 10 receptions for 131 yards and no touchdowns. OJ Howard continues to disappoint this year and I have no confidence starting him in a matchup with New Orleans.

Delanie Walker (TE10)

It is no longer a secret about the Buffalo Bill defense. The Bills are especially tough against the tight end position where they give up the second-fewest points allowed to the position. Walker is coming off a two-target game in Week 4 and should go to the bench for Week 5.


Austin Hooper (TE7)

I get that you might not have better options available than Hooper so this is more of a temper your expectations. Hooper is coming off a tremendous performance where he caught 9 passes for 130 yards. I would expect less as Atlanta will travel to Houston and their 3rd ranked defense against the tight end position. I understand that Hooper is coming into this matchup burning hot but keep in mind so was Greg Olsen and he caught 2 balls for 5 yards last week against Houston. If you have better options, I would look elsewhere.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to hit me up on twitter @dynastydadmike. I love to talk football and always love to interact with the fantasy football community. Good luck in your fantasy football week 5 matchups as well as your season. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Nerd Herd where for 3 bucks a month, you get exclusive content, dynasty/rookie rankings, buy/sell tool, and more tools coming soon. God Bless!

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