The first bye week of the NFL season comes in Week 5. For those of you who have been relying on David Njoku, Cade Otton, or Gerald Everett as your starting fantasy football TE this season, you will need to find another option this week.
Let’s take a look at some of my start/sit options at the tight end position for Week 5 of NFL action.
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Which TEs Should You Start in Fantasy This Week?
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense as a whole may be off to a slow start, but the same can’t be said for tight end Evan Engram.
Engram is yet to finish outside of the top 10 at TE in PPR formats to start the season. This is due to his impressive volume — he has caught a minimum of five passes every game while seeing eight targets for three straight weeks.
Jacksonville’s WRs have been a bit more volatile this season, but Engram has been a consistent producer on a weekly basis. He should continue to be a reliable starting option against the Buffalo Bills in Week 5.
Which TEs Should You Sit in Fantasy This Week?
Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons’ passing offense is one that feels like it is holding back the likes of Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
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These two players are dynamic options that most teams would love to feature in their passing attack.
Yet through the first four weeks of the season, it is Jonnu Smith who leads the Falcons in receiving yards.
To make matters worse, Smith has 15 receptions on the season, while London and Pitts have 11 each.
Even running back Bijan Robinson has more receptions and receiving yards than London and Pitts up to this point of the season.
I know the quarterback play of Desmond Ridder has a lot to do with these disappointing numbers, but unless the team makes a change under center or Ridder’s play drastically improves, we have to accept the fact these two talented players will be touchdown-dependent fantasy plays moving forward.
Trending Searches for TE Start/Sit
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The Optimizer also allows us to see the most popular trending searches, and we’ve jotted some of them down here to help provide some added clarity.
Should You Start Evan Engram or Jake Ferguson?
Jake Ferguson has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2023 fantasy football season. He currently sits as the TE8 in PPR formats and has seen seven targets in a game on three different occasions this season.
However, he is slated to go against one of the stingiest defenses in the league against opposing tight ends when he takes on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5.
And while Ferguson’s start has been encouraging, he still has fewer targets, receptions, and yards than Engram through the first four games of the season.
I’ll roll with Engram in my lineup this week.
Should You Start Kyle Pitts or Jonnu Smith?
It feels like coaching malpractice that Smith has more receptions and yards than Pitts through four weeks.
Unfortunately, both options are at the mercy of Ridder throwing them the football, which hasn’t been all that beneficial for any pass catcher wearing a Falcons uniform this season.
Recent trends suggest Smith is the play, given that he has seen more targets, caught more passes, and produced more receiving yards than Pitts in two out of the last three games. As much I hate to say this, I lean towards Smith in Week 5.
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