Posted: 12:04 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
By Dan Ciarrocchi
Ah yes, another unpredictable week of having Coby Fleener, Garrett Graham, Sean McGrath and Mychal Rivera crack the top 10 in fantasy points for tight ends during Week 4. it's time to sort out what could be in store for Week 5 with our studs and duds series. For the sake of fantasy owners everywhere, here's to hoping things get a little more predictable.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Denver Broncos): Maybe it has to do with the types of games Denver has played this year - the type of game that has the Broncos jump out to an early, insurmountable lead that leaves their opponents scrambling to keep up with the passing game. But whatever the cause, the Broncos have given up plenty of points to opposing tight ends this season, averaging 86 yards allowed per game. Even with Jerry Jones' proclamations of wanting to get Dez Bryant the ball more, there are still plenty of targets to go around for Jason Witten, who ought to bounce back in a game that has "shootout" written all over it. Witten's 33 targets this season trail only Jordan Cameron and Jimmy Graham among tight ends, and he ought to cash-in on those with higher frequency this week.
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons (vs. New York Jets): I suppose Tony Gonzalez is back. There aren't any other conclusions that can be made about the veteran who just rode roughshod over the Patriots defense, catching 12 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and led all tight ends in fantasy points in Week 4. His owners would love for him to replicate those numbers versus a Jets defense that has been unforgiving to tight ends so far, but have yet to face a tight end like Gonzalez. They could be in for a rude awakening after shutting down the likes of Delanie Walker, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Luke Stocker. And it's worth pointing out, that the best tight end they have faced this year, Scott Chandler, reeled-in five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. A capable tight end can succeed versus the Jets this year, but an All-Pro caliber one like Gonzalez could potentially have a field day, especially with attention being paid to Julio Jones and now Roddy White.
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Seattle Seahawks): Fleener put his rapport with Andrew Luck on display in Week 4, catching five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. That was good enough to rank fifth among tight ends in standard-scoring fantasy leagues in Week 4, and there could be plenty more where that came from despite facing a stingy defense like the Seahawks on Sunday. While that's true, they were gashed by the Texans tandem of Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels for a combined 141 yards and a touchdown. That projection is obviously too generous for Fleener, but there could be plenty of room for him to run despite that, especially with Luck needing to find a safety valve while Richard Sherman and company clamping down on Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. That safety valve will be Fleener, and should he capitalize, it will be a big week for the second-year tight end.
Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. Seattle Seahawks): Daniels has posted respectable numbers in tough matchups before, and owners need not look any further than his 72-yard performance versus the Seahawks in Week 4. But the 49ers have somehow been stingier, averaging a paltry 32 yards to players at that position over the course of the year. With the exception of getting knifed-through by Jermichael Finley in Week 1, the 49ers have clamped down on Jared Cook and Coby Fleener since. That's not a small task, and Daniels will have his work cut out for him on Sunday as a result, even if Patrick Willis should sit once again.
Brandon Myers, New York Giants (vs. Philadelphia Eagles): Where did Brandon Myers go? After logging 25 targets over the Giants' first three games, all of which were high-scoring, Myers disappeared versus the Chiefs. Myers had just one target that he could not corral. However, there's a good reason for that. With the passing game failing to produce results and with an offensive line that's been rattled by injuries, Myers is receiving more blocking assignments. Expect that trend to continue until the Giants can prove competency in that regard, and until that happens, Myers' owners are better suited to look elsewhere for a TE1 option.
Let's take a look at the top 25 tight ends for Week 5: