Fantasy Football

Week 5 lineup calls: Tight ends

Share This Story

Michael Harmon

Mike is a fantasy contributor for>>

Lineup calls: QB | RB | WR | TE | K | D/ST

It’s been a hectic week in the National Football League.

The week ended with two of the more ridiculous games that you’ll see in quite some time. The Bears were beaten down in a slugfest against the Giants. The Patriots then rolled up a huge effort with the defense and special teams to crush Miami.

We hadn’t even licked our wounds from some of the tepid efforts of Week 4 before our attention shifted to analyzing the work of GMs. It’s not often that we have to stand back and contemplate midseason trades and their ramifications. This week, the Seahawks made a move to shore up their 27th-ranked running attack (Marshawn Lynch), but that move was dwarfed by the Vikings’ acquisition of Randy Moss.

I digress. I have another long diatribe in me, but we’ll save it for another time.

Let’s lock and load with this week’s “Lineup Calls” at tight end.

Top 5 Tight Ends

(other than Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, Vernon Davis, Dallas Clark, Visanthe Shiancoe or Jason Witten)

Zach Miller vs. San Diego

Miller has scored in back-to-back games while piling up 15 catches and 15 catches for 186 yards). He ranks as Bruce Gradkowski’s most trusted target. The wide receivers are banged up, thereby creating more opportunities for Miller. The former Sun Devils star amassed 11 catches and 148 receiving yards in two games against the Chargers last season.


  • Who will score the most fantasy points for Week 5 of this group?
    • Brent Celek at San Francisco
    • Marcedes Lewis at Buffalo
    • Zach Miller vs. San Diego
    • Greg Olsen at Carolina
    • Brandon Pettigrew vs. St. Louis

Marcedes Lewis at Buffalo

Lewis has become one of David Garrard’s most trusted receivers. He’s caught multiple passes in each of the Jaguars’ first four games while averaging 34.5 receiving yards with three touchdowns. The Bills rank 12th in pass defense, but have ceded two passing touchdowns per game.

Brent Celek at San Francisco

Celek was rated as one of the top tight ends during draft season, but he started slowly with Michael Vick under center. He immediately became a bigger part of the offense once Kolb entered the game in Week 4, and he and LeSean McCoy were the primary targets. Kolb has struggled in the deep game, leaving DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin owners wanting. Celek is a big-time performer in this road trip to San Francisco.

Brandon Pettigrew vs. St. Louis

The second-year “sleeper” special has come into his own. Pettigrew has recorded 21 receptions in the past three weeks working alongside Shaun Hill. He’s a great option this weekend against the Rams, a tough defense that will force Hill to check down to his trusty tight end.

Greg Olsen at Carolina

Todd Collins is in for the battered Jay Cutler this week. That means that the short passing game will be on full display this weekend. It’s the Matt Forte and Greg Olsen show. Olsen led the Bears with eight targets (five catches for 39 yards) in that horrid display in Week 4. He and Jon Beason will get acquainted across the middle early in this one.

Tight End Sleepers

Kellen Winslow at Cincinnati

Winslow represents a solid, albeit unspectacular, option for fantasy owners this weekend. He’s a frequent target of Josh Freeman, although his yardage total may, at times, leave you wanting. Winslow caught 11 passes for 139 yards in the Buccaneers’ first three games. He’s averaged 64.2 receiving yards per game in five career starts against the Bengals.

Kevin Boss at Houston

Boss has been an infrequent target to date, but this is a good spot against the heretofore brutal Houston pass defense. Opponents are averaging 355.3 receiving yards and two touchdowns per game. He’s a longshot, but rates as a plug-in option this weekend.

Jermaine Gresham vs. Tampa Bay

Gresham hasn’t been dominant yet, but he’s been a consistent option for Carson Palmer. He’s caught a total of 18 passes to date, averaging 33.5 yards per game (bigger production of late). The Buccaneers will try to contain the “Dynamic Duo” on the edges, thereby leaving plenty of space for Gresham to roam the middle.

Tight End Flops

Dustin Keller vs. Minnesota

I certainly don’t suggest that you bench Keller this weekend. I’m just wondering how much Keller will need to stay home and help the blocking scheme early on against this Minnesota front. Keller may be able to creep out in space, as more attention is afforded to the wideouts with Santonio Holmes’ return. It all comes down to red zone love. Will he get those short-yardage opportunities again?

Tony Gonzalez at Cleveland

Gonzalez started the season with smallish efforts in the first two weeks, but he’s rallied with back-to-back PPR lovefests (15 catches in the past two weeks). He’s on the radar this weekend against Cleveland and rates as a back-end TE1 in my rankings based on targets alone. Gonzalez finished three of the Falcons’ first four games with 41 or fewer receiving yards. I’m not banking on a breakthrough performance here.

Tagged: Falcons, Bills, Bears, Bengals, Browns, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Packers, Titans, Colts, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams, Dolphins, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, Giants, Jets, Eagles, 49ers, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Redskins, Panthers, Jaguars, Ravens, Cardinals, Steelers, Chargers, Texans, Michael Vick, Jay Feely, Sammy Morris, Neil Rackers, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Mike Sellers, Phil Dawson, Joey Galloway, Charlie Batch, Jason Hanson, Donald Driver, Brett Favre, Ryan Longwell, Joe Nedney, Derrick Mason, Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Sebastian Janikowski, Marc Bulger, Olindo Mare, Randy Moss, Tom Brady, Kevin Faulk, Adam Vinatieri, Jake Delhomme, Ricky Williams, Kerry Collins, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, David Akers, Correll Buckhalter, Thomas Jones, Kris Brown, Hines Ward, LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, Terrell Owens, Rian Lindell, Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Smith Sr., John Kasay, Fred Taylor, Todd Heap, Brandon Stokley, Bowling Green, Florida, Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Maurice Morris, Jeremy Shockey, Josh Reed, Clinton Portis, Antonio Bryant, David Garrard, Daniel Graham, Chester Taylor, Ladell Betts, Shayne Graham, Matt Bryant, Shaun Hill, Antwaan Randle El, Brian Westbrook, Jeff Reed, Anquan Boldin, Jason Witten, Nate Burleson, Visanthe Shiancoe, Justin Fargas, Carson Palmer, Andre Johnson, Byron Leftwich, Bryant Johnson, Willis McGahee, Dallas Clark, Larry Johnson, Kevin Walter, Josh Brown, Justin Gage, Seneca Wallace, Antonio Gates, Tony Romo, Clifton Smith, Matt Schaub, Julius Jones, Devery Henderson, Larry Fitzgerald, Philip Rivers, Kellen Winslow, Roy Williams, Ben Roethlisberger, Lee Evans, Steven Jackson, Michael Jenkins, Benjamin Watson, Nate Kaeding, Bernard Berrian, Chris Cooley, Eli Manning, Derrick Ward, Patrick Crayton, Jerricho Cotchery, Mewelde Moore, Michael Turner, Lawrence Tynes, Wes Welker, Willie Parker, Earnest Graham, Malcom Floyd, Jason Wright, Mark Clayton, Aaron Rodgers, Jason Campbell, Roddy White, Heath Miller, Vincent Jackson, Frank Gore, Brandon Jones, Alex Smith, Ronnie Brown, Braylon Edwards, Cedric Benson, Carnell Williams, Troy Williamson, Dave Rayner, Derek Anderson, Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kyle Orton, Marion Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Alvin Pearman, Darren Sproles, Roydell Williams, Bo Scaife, Rob Bironas, Josh Cribbs, Leonard Weaver, Nate Washington, Robbie Gould, Lance Moore, Ryan Grant, Greg Camarillo, Tarvaris Jackson, Jerious Norwood, Maurice Stovall, Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Vernon Davis, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Laurence Maroney, Santonio Holmes, DeAngelo Williams, Marcedes Lewis, Joseph Addai, Kellen Clemens, Greg Jennings, Anthony Fasano, Devin Hester, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tony Scheffler, Marques Colston, Jeff King, Bruce Gradkowski, Devin Aromashodu, Michael Robinson, Brad Smith, Jason Avant, Leon Washington, Stephen Gostkowski, Brandon Marshall, Jerome Harrison, Hank Baskett, Miles Austin, Fred Jackson, Chansi Stuckey, Kenneth Darby, Ahmad Bradshaw, Le'Ron McClain, Steve Breaston, Kevin Boss, Dante Rosario, Brent Celek, Legedu Naanee, Troy Smith, Nick Folk, Mason Crosby, Steve Smith, Brian Leonard, Jacoby Jones, Laurent Robinson, James Jones, Mike Sims-Walker, Trent Edwards, Michael Bush, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Ted Ginn Jr., Marshawn Lynch, Brady Quinn, Dwayne Bowe, Robert Meachem, Greg Olsen, Anthony Gonzalez, Kevin Kolb, Zach Miller, Sidney Rice, Dwayne Jarrett, D.J. Ware, Matt Prater, Matt Moore, Pierre Thomas, Eldra Buckley, Jackie Battle, Jonathan Stewart, Joe Flacco, Felix Jones, Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Dustin Keller, Donnie Avery, Devin Thomas, Jordy Nelson, John Carlson, James Hardy, Eddie Royal, Matt Forte, Fred Davis, DeSean Jackson, Malcolm Kelly, Ray Rice, Chad Henne, Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden, Lex Hilliard, Pierre Garcon, Chaz Schilens, Justin Forsett, Adrian Arrington, Tashard Choice, Ryan Torain, Keenan Burton, Tim Hightower, Jalen Parmele, Jacob Hester, Earl Bennett, Jamaal Charles, Early Doucet, Harry Douglas, Steve Slaton, Jermichael Finley, Mario Manningham, Davone Bess, Dan Carpenter, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Albert Young, Garrett Hartley, Rashad Jennings, David Buehler, Javon Ringer, Cedric Peerman, Bernard Scott, Julian Edelman, Sammie Stroughter, Shonn Greene, Brandon Tate, Mike Wallace, Jared Cook, Deon Butler, Mike Thomas, Brian Hartline, Louis Murphy Jr., Austin Collie, Johnny Knox, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Knowshon Moreno, Josh Freeman, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Pettigrew, Percy Harvin, Donald Brown, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Beanie Wells, Mohamed Massaquoi, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Michael Bennett, Kareem Huggins, Kahlil Bell, Jimmy Clausen, Rob Gronkowski, Arrelious Benn, Dez Bryant, Jonathan Dwyer, Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Ryan Mathews, Aaron Hernandez, Jahvid Best, Tony Moeaki, Jimmy Graham, Ed Dickson, Garrett Graham, Montario Hardesty, Dennis Pitta, Brandon LaFell, Colt McCoy, Ben Tate, Boobie Dixon, Toby Gerhart, C.J. Spiller, Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, Dexter McCluster, Max Hall, Lance Ball

More Stories From Michael Harmon

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

More Than Sports on MSN