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2021 Fantasy Football Week 5 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Tight ends

Fantasy Football Tight ends Week 5, fantasy start, fantasy sit

Through the first five weeks of the 2021 NFL season, the tight end position has found some hidden gems that have stepped up their fantasy football value. It’s time to continue our fantasy series with a fantasy football Week 5 tight ends start ’em sit ’em evaluation.

Tight ends are a difficult position to rank in fantasy football. There are some elite players that continue to produce numbers, while most are usually inconsistent. It’s hard to put the blame on them though, as the number of teams that run their game plan through TEs can fit on one hand. Some defenses can shut down the TE position, so it’s smart to be aware of who they are going against.

Additionally, here are ClutchPoints’ start ’em sit ’em recommendations at running backwide receiver, and quarterback*

There are a few matchups in Week 5 that can result in poor fantasy production. With that said, here is our fantasy football Week 5 tight ends start ’em sit ’em breakdown for your fantasy leagues.

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Fantasy Football Week 5 Tight Ends Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills 

The Bills offense is rolling to start the season. Since the start of Week 3 however, Knox started to find his value. He’s caught 11 passes since the first game of the season, resulting in a total of four touchdowns. Josh Allen targeted Knox eight times in Week 4, which resulted in his best performance of the season at 20.7 points per ESPN rankings.

Knox is going up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night football. The Chiefs are ranked 29th against the TE position, which should give Knox another strong performance.

Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are going with backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett while Tua Tagovailoa is out with an injury. Brissett seems to like Gesicki a lot because he’s targeted him 18 times in the past two games. In the past two games, the Penn State Alum caught a total of 15 passes resulting in one touchdown.

Gesicki is another strong candidate for a breakout game this weekend. He’ll face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are ranked 30th against the TE position. The Bucs are also dealing with injuries among their secondary, which should boost Gesicki even more.

Dalton Schultz –  Dallas Cowboys 

The Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the NFL right now. Dak Prescott is looking better than ever since his return and doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down at all. Schultz is a huge part of his success. In the past two games, he’s caught six passes in each game and found the endzone three times. He looked very good last week against a solid Panthers’ defense.

This weekend he’ll go up against the New York Giants who are ranked 28th against TEs. This should once again be another high-performance game for the Cowboys’ tight end.

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Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gronk has been dominant all season long. He injured his ribs against the LA Rams and hasn’t played since. He missed the game against his old Patriots, which probably upset him.

Gronk is currently doubtful to play against the Miami Dolphins this weekend. He could very well play, but his fantasy production probably won’t be very high. The Bucs also have OJ Howard and Cameron Brate, so rushing Gronk back isn’t the smartest idea.

Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers

Tonyan might have been the best breakout tight end last season. With Aaron Rodgers throwing his way, it’s usually a good sign. Although, the start of 2021 hasn’t faired kindly for Tonyan. He only has a total of eight catches on the season but does have one touchdown.

This week he faces a good Bengals defense. Cincinnati is becoming a good football team and the defense looks improved. The Bengals are ranked 6th against TEs, so he should sit on the bench this week or until he looks like the 2020 version of himself.

Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons

The No. 4 overall pick in this past draft has yet to have a breakout game. Pitts is a versatile player, who can do a lot of good in an offense. So far this season he hasn’t produced much fantasy football production. He only has a total of 15 catches and zero touchdowns.

He’ll face the NY Jets this weekend who are ranked eighth among tight ends. There are plenty of better options to choose from this week, but Pitts will have his breakout game soon.