It sure is nice to have a big-time tight end. The top-four scoring tight ends in PPR leagues all are must-start players and their owners wouldn't dream of benching them. Julius Thomas, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham all made their owners happy with nice stat lines.
Some tight ends who have been promising didn't have awe-inspiring performances. Martellus Bennett caught all five of his targets for 56 yards while Alshon Jeffery went nuts, Jordan Cameron wasn't the focal point for a change with three catches for 36 yards on five targets and Jermichael Finley only turned his six catches into 32 yards.
Most of the time, tight ends are going to have their ups and downs. All of these guys should be starting most weeks regardless of the matchup and the same goes for Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen, Jared Cook, Tony Gonzalez and Owen Daniels.
Since you only need one tight end in most leagues, it's really hard to have two on your roster. The demand for tight ends just isn't that high, so if you're unsure of your current guy who isn't listed above, it might be better to just cut him. You can probably toss Finley and Olsen in there too, but the good news is that they both already had their bye weeks. Here are five guys who could be useful for the upcoming week and maybe more.
Brent Celek (owned in 22 percent of leagues)
Now that Michael Vick is out, there can be a lot of theories about what could happen with the Philly offense and how it's going to score. Since the Eagles rank second in offensive yards, it's certainly a development owners will want to monitor. Young quarterbacks have always had an affinity for tight ends, so Nick Foles could be eyeing Celek a lot.
Celek was targeted three times and put up 47 yards and a TD on those looks. He could be a popular option in the red zone and might be able to come close to averaging a TD per game with the young QB.
Heath Miller (owned in 40 percent of leagues)
The Steelers are coming off a bye and Miller probably could have used it. After a quiet debut, he caught six balls for 70 yards in Week 4 against the Vikings. The other nice bit is that Miller already had his bye week, so if he gets hot, you won't have to worry about wasting a bench spot to back him up. This week, he gets the Jets, a team that hasn't been too great at defending tight ends. Their linebackers can't cover and only Antonio Cromartie is capable of being in single coverage, so their safeties aren't lurking in the middle of the field too often.
Heath could become a low-end TE1, especially since the Steelers haven't been moving the ball very well on the ground.
Coby Fleener (owned in 43 percent of leagues)
It was a big letdown for Fleener in Week 5. He caught just two of his three targets for 15 yards on Sunday against the stout Seahawks D. His owners shouldn't panic, though. The Seahawks have shut down a lot better tight ends than Fleener.
Tyler Eifert (owned in 17 percent of leagues)
It takes time for rookies to get integrated into the offense and it could be happening for Eifert. He was targeted seven times in a low-scoring game against the Patriots and finished with five receptions for 53 yards. He caught three balls in Week 4 and looks to be coming along on schedule.
Delanie Walker (owned in 3 percent of leagues)
He saw six targets from new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, catching four balls for 43 yards. The Titans still can't run the ball and Fitz has quite a pass-happy resume from his days in Buffalo. Walker has developed some level of consistency, scoring at least seven points in PPR leagues in every week this season.
They'll take on the Seahawks this week and Fitzpatrick will need all the hot routes he can get. He's a sneaky TE2 in PPR leagues.