With the arrival of the first round of bye weeks, now is a good time to evaluate your roster. This is a difficult process for those of us who don’t have Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce. Tight end is a crazy position and even the best can give you a stinker of a game. Slow starts from Eric Ebron, Jordan Reed, and others make it hard to keep them on your roster, especially when you see guys like Tyler Kroft come out of nowhere to have huge games.

Reed, Coby Fleener and Vernon Davis are all on bye this week. Oddly enough, Fleener’s production may be the most difficult to replace with a streaming option.

Week 5 looks like it could be a rough one for the tight ends who have actually been relatively consistent this season. Kelce, Charles Clay, Gronk and Zach Ertz all have contests against teams that can defend the position fairly well. You still roll out all four this week, but you need to do a good deed or make a sacrifice to the fantasy gods to ensure they put up some numbers.

Both Tampa Bay tight ends finished in the top six last week. Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard have an excellent matchup against the New England Patriots’ suddenly awful defense. I’d go Brate over Howard, but it wouldn’t be crazy to see both finish in the top 12 again.

Another dynamic duo, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, will go up against the New York Giants, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Henry is a fantastic talent, but Gates isn’t going away and Philip Rivers has been a turnover machine. Outside of whoever is the cheaper daily fantasy play, I’m staying away from this temptation given the mystery surrounding their usage. Delanie Walker also has a plus matchup, but he’ll also be on the fantasy bench if Marcus Mariota misses the game.

Finally, I’m happy to see Austin Seferian-Jenkins getting involved in the Jets offense. He’s got an absolute dream matchup against the Browns this week in the Josh McCown revenge game. Don’t be surprised if he summons the ghost of Gary “Mashed Potato Mountain” Barnidge and shows up big on Sunday.

Did I miss a tight end you might need to start? Leave your question in the comment section and we’ll hash it out! Until then, enjoy our Week 5 rankings:

Tight end rankings, Week 5

(SK: Scott Kaliska; JG: Jeff Goldberg; DG: Derek Gordon; KB: Kyle Bennett ZS: Zach Senvisky; JM: Jason Marcum)

TE rankings, Week 5

Rk Consensus Tm Opp SK JG DG KB ZS JM
1 Rob Gronkowski NE @ TB 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Travis Kelce KC @ HOU 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 Charles Clay BUF @ CIN 5 3 3 3 3 3
4 Zach Ertz PHI vs. ARI 3 4 4 4 4 4
5 Kyle Rudolph MIN @ CHI 9 6 6 5 5 6
6 Evan Engram NYG vs. LAC 8 7 7 6 6 7
7 Jason Witten DAL vs. GB 11 5 5 9 14 5
8 Jack Doyle IND vs. SF 17 9 8 7 7 8
9 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @ CLE 14 8 9 8 8 10
10 Jimmy Graham SEA @ LAR 6 12 12 10 9 11
11 Cameron Brate TB vs. NE 7 13 14 11 10 13
12 Delanie Walker TEN @ MIA 4 14 15 13 11 15
13 Martellus Bennett GB @ DAL 13 10 10 15 16 9
14 Jared Cook OAK vs. BAL 12 16 16 12 12 20
15 Ryan Griffin HOU vs. KC 23 11 11 19 13 12
16 Eric Ebron DET vs. CAR 19 15 13 16 15 14
17 Benjamin Watson BAL @ OAK 15 17 17 17 17 17
18 Hunter Henry LAC @ NYG 10 19 19 20 20 16
19 David Njoku CLE vs. NYJ 18 18 18 18 18
20 Antonio Gates LAC @ NYG 18 21 20 21 21 19
21 Jesse James PIT vs. JAC 22 20 23 23 22 21
22 Julius Thomas MIA vs. TEN 21 23 21 22 25 22
23 Tyler Kroft CIN vs. BUF 16 14
23 Zach Miller CHI vs. MIN 20 22 25 19 24
24 Vance McDonald PIT vs. JAC 24 22 24 23 25
25 O.J. Howard TB vs. NE 24 25 24 25 24 23
Ed Dickson CAR @ DET 25

Via SBNation.com