Koerner’s Week 5 Fantasy Football TE Tiers: How to Value Zach Ertz Going Forward

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Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts after missing a pass during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.

  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 5 tight end tiers.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my tight end tiers for Week 5 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Koerner’s Tight End Tiers

Tier 1
Travis Kelce (vs. JAX)
Rob Gronkowski (vs. IND)

Even though Kelce has a tougher matchup, I’m making him my new TE1. I have no doubt Gronk’s will turn things around; this is more about Kelce emerging as the top dog in my model.

Tier 2
Zach Ertz (vs. MIN)

Ertz is still part of what I consider the top-three Tier, which I pointed out was extremely valuable to target in drafts considering the massive drop-off after them.

Ertz hasn’t scored a TD this year, but he still manages to return fantasy value with his massive target share and yardage totals. It gives him a high floor at an already volatile/TD-dependent position. This makes Ertz more valuable than I think people realize, especially in PPR.

Tier 3
Jared Cook (@ LAC)
Jordan Reed (@ NO)
George Kittle (vs. ARI)

These TEs are doing their best to close the gap between the top-three TEs and the rest of the position.

Cook is too inconsistent to expect TE1 production every week, but he needs to be in all lineups until further notice.

As I mentioned last week, Kittle is the 49er who will suffer the least amount of drop-off with Beathard under center. The two have developed a chemistry going back to their days at Iowa, and it showed in Week 4.

Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) regains his footing after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum.
Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum.

Tier 4
Jimmy Graham (@ DET)

Graham has turned out to be much less of a TD-or-bust player than I anticipated. With Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison very iffy this week for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers may have to lean on Graham even more. He could flirt with double-digit targets.

Tier 5
Eric Ebron (@ NE)
Kyle Rudolph (@ PHI)
Vance McDonald (vs. ATL)
David Njoku (vs. BAL)

As long as Jack Doyle is out, I’m investing in Ebron. The Colts will also be without T.Y. Hilton this week, making Ebron even more of a high-ceiling/high-floor play.

Vance McDonald now needs to be taken seriously as a potential TE1. He has an ideal matchup against the Falcons this week. His ability to stiff arm would-be defenders into roadkill has made him nearly impossible to tackle. Defenses have to pay too much attention to AB/JuJu/Conner, so Vance should continue to see soft coverage.

Tier 6
Ben Watson (vs. WAS)
Ricky Seals-Jones (@ SF)
Austin Hooper (@ PIT)
Rhett Ellison (@ CAR)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (@ KC)
C.J. Uzomah (vs. MIA)

This is TE streamer Tier.

Ellison is a respectable fill-in for Evan Engram, as the second-year TE is expected to miss Week 5 with an MCL sprain.

Uzomah will be replacing Tyler Eifert as the Bengals starting TE after Eifert suffered a brutal season-ending injury Week 5. But Uzomah is no slam dunk, as Tyler Kroft should have an expanded role. Considering Uzomah’s massive 6-foot-5, 265-pound frame and decent passing chops, I can see him being a potential red zone threat, boosting his TD odds.

Tier 7
Geoff Swaim (@ HOU)
Ian Thomas (vs. NYG)
Nick Vannett (vs. LA)
Jeff Heuerman (@ NYJ)
Charles Clay (vs. TEN)
Antonio Gates (vs. OAK)
Dallas Goedert (vs. MIN)

The remaining TE dart throws. Really nothing more than TD lotto tickets.

It’s worth noting that Vannett should see an increased role as Will Dissly was placed on IR.

Heuerman has taken over as the Broncos starting TE after Jake Butt was placed on IR.