1. Jimmy Graham NO @ NE
Jimmy Graham reached a new level of absurdity last week with his fourth straight 100-yard receiving game. It was the first week that he failed to score a TD, but his was second highest yardage total and tied his current season high in receptions. New England has only given up 287 yards to opposing tight ends, but 149 of them were to an elite one in Tony Gonzalez. Jimmy Graham is a better, younger version of Gonzo at this point in his career which easily makes him the consensus number one tight end this week.
2. Julius Thomas DEN vs. JAX
Julius Thomas's yardage totals have ebbed and flowed a bit this season but through five weeks he has two nice 100-yard game bookends. Thomas has been fantasy viable nearly every game by scoring two TD's in the three weeks where he didn't go over 100 yards. He has been a consistent redzone threat for Peyton Manning and his consistency has been spectacular with four TD's on five receptions and six targets. This week he faces a hapless Jaguars team that has yet to allow a 100-yard receiving game to a tight end, but only three teams have allowed more TE scores.
3. Vernon Davis SF vs. ARI
The receptions and yards are down this season for Vernon Davis, and an injury in week three didn't help but thankfully he's made the most of the passes he's seen thus far. In the four games he's played Davis has four TD's, and only one week without crossing the goal line. This week he faces an Arizona defense that has allowed two 100-yard games and two multi-score games to TE's this season. Only three teams have allowed more receiving yards to opposing TE's than the Cardinals which makes this an excellent opportunity for Davis to vault himself back near the top of the TE rankings.
4. Jordan Cameron CLE vs. DET
I am sure the giddiness of every prognosticator who put a "sleeper" designation on Jordan Cameron is far from wearing off as he continues to be a fantasy factor nearly every week. Last week was his first dud week, but only his second without a TD. This week he faces the Lions who are one of six teams who have yet to allow a TD to opposing TE's. The loss of Brian Hoyer for the season is a bit of a blow to Cameron as Hoyer heavily utilized him to the tune of 157 and four TD's in weeks three and four. Regardless of who has his hands in the center's crotch, Cameron is an every week starter with his proficiency in the endzone. He leads the Browns with 12 redzone targets, an astonishing seven more than the next closest receiver and seven receptions for five scores.
5. Jason Witten DAL vs. WAS
Jason Witten had his breakout performance against Denver last week with 121 yards and a score, and against Washington's porous defense he will have an excellent chance to repeat this week. While they have kept yardage numbers down, the Redskins have allowed a TE score in four of five weeks. Last year in two games against Washington Witten averaged 65 yards and tallied a score. He has back-to-back games with double digit targets and that should continue as Dallas is desperate to get on a winning track.
6. Greg Olsen CAR @ MN
Greg Olsen's season has started off with a nice level of consistency as he's seen roughly the same amount of targets and receptions each week. He hasn't eclipsed 100 yards receiving in a game this season but has yet to put up a complete dud. The Vikings have been torched by TE's all season and have given up multiple scores in two of four weeks. No team has allowed more TE scores this season than the Vikings who are suffering from a struggling linebacker and defensive back group. Olsen is second on the Panthers in targets with four less than Steve Smith and this will be the best opportunity he's had this season to put up above average numbers.
7. Antonio Gates SD vs. IND
Antonio Gates is proving the naysayer's wrong week-by-week as he continues to produce at a high level when most people had written him off like Megan Fox's movie career. Through five weeks he has two 100-yard games, two scores and three games with double digit targets. Gates fantasy managers will be slightly disappointed that his redzone targets are fourth on the team but he does have a TD on two receptions inside the 20. The Colts defense has been solid against opposing TE's with only one 100-yard game and no TD's allowed so far this season but Gates and Philip Rivers are more in tune with each other than they have been for the past two seasons.
8. Garrett Graham HOU vs. STL
Owen Daniels is officially out for at least eight weeks as the Texans put him on the injured reserve list this week. This opens the door for Garrett Graham who has already made an impact this season as he is tied with Owens for the team lead in TD's with three. Daniels has been the second most targeted receiver for the Texans this year and with Graham's already heightened influence on the offense he should take a nice step forward. The Rams have been stingy against opposing TE's as Jason Witten's 67 yards is the most they've allowed so far this season. While yardage numbers are down, they have slipped up recently allowing two TE scores in the past three weeks. While not a sure fire success, the optimism based on what he's done while sharing the position with Daniels has him in my top 10 this week.
9. Martellus Bennett CHI vs. NYG
Martellus Bennett's move to Chicago is paying off in spades and with 281 yards in five weeks he's tallied almost half of his total yardage from all of last season in New York. He is third on the team in targets with 37 and more importantly leads the Bears with 10 targets inside the redzone where he has scored all three of his TD's. His former team the Giants have yet to allow a 100-yard game to an opposing TE but in route to a Hindenburg-like 0-5 record have allowed four TE scores. Bennett is tied with Brandon Marshall for the team lead in receiving TD's and as long as Cutler keeps looking for him inside the 20 he will continue to put up solid fantasy numbers.
10. Jared Cook STL @ HOU
After a week one breakout Jared Cook has fallen back to earth like a rock tied to a pallet of bricks. The Rams passing attack is decent, but Sam Bradford has spread the ball to four different receivers making it difficult to count on any one of them each week. Only six targets separate Tavon Austin at the top from Chris Givens at the bottom and Cook is right in that mix with 35. Cook has shown some promise in the redzone in his limited targets by scoring both his TD's on only three targets inside the 20. Only five teams have allowed fewer receiving yards to opposing TE's than Houston but they did allow Vernon Davis to get loose for 88 yards and a score last week. This isn't a great matchup for Cook but his targets are still in a good enough range that I have him as a low TE1 this week.
Jermichael Finley GB @ BAL
Ah yes, this feels more comfortable. After back-to-back scores in weeks one and two Jermichael Finley has regressed to his normal promising but not performing self with an embarrassing 32 yards receiving in the past two weeks. The Ravens just might be the jolt that Finley needs to get back on track as only five teams have allowed more yards to opposing TE's. Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron both put up over 95 yards against them in the first two weeks and Charles Clay dropped 52 yards and a score last week. Finley is Aaron Rodgers fourth receiving option but has been solid inside the 20 with four receptions on four targets and two TD's. This season has not gone how Green Bay envisioned it would go so I expect Rodgers and company to come out firing to get themselves above .500.
Clay Harbor JAX @ DEN
Clay Harbor fits perfectly on the list of sleepers this week since that's exactly what all five Jacksonville fans watching the game will be doing three minutes into the first quarter. The Jaguars have a .0000005% chance of winning this game, but Denver's defense has been giving up points in bunches so this should be a chance for the Jacksonville offense to at least make itself feel a little bit better about being the worst unit in the league. No team has given up more receiving yards to opposing TE's than the Broncos and in three of the five games they've allowed TE's to go for over 74 yards. Harbor is second on the team with four redzone targets and tied with Cecil Shorts for scores inside the 20 with one. His 13 targets are definitely low, but that's still good enough for third on the team and against this defense he's got a shot at producing at a fantasy relevant level this week.