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Tight End Rankings Week 9

Tight End Rankings Week 9

UPDATED SATURDAY
By: Pete Davidson : November 01, 2013 12:47am

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Welcome to the Week 8 Wide Tight End Rankings. Despite all the teams on the bye, there’s still a decent selection of tight ends to choose from this week. I’ll update these rankings over the weekend as I always do, so check back for changes and injury updates.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out today’s update of The Watch List. I’ll be back before kickoff with the running back rankings.

Week 9 Byes: Arizona, Denver, San Francisco, Detroit, Jacksonville and the New York Giants.

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Jimmy Graham NO @NYJ He’s the #1 option even if they limit his snaps. The Jets are not at all good against quality tight ends. Get Graham active in all lineups.
2 Antonio Gates SD @WAS He’s going to light them up with fresh legs after his bye week. This is a good matchup.
3 Rob Gronkowski NE PIT We’re not scared off by his down week. Does have a hamstring on the injury report, so check his Sunday status just in case. He’s listed as probable.
4 Jordan Cameron CLE BAL He could be a big part of this week’s game plan. You want to attack Baltimore in the middle of the field.
5 Jordan Reed WAS SD Not a great matchup, but he’s bordering on the Washington’s top option right now.
6 Martellus Bennett CHI @GB Good matchup for the tight end and he’s been very consistent all year.
7 Tony Gonzalez ATL @CAR He’s producing less with teams now able to single him out due to the losses of Roddy and Julio. He’s still a TE1, capable of busting out at any time.
8 Heath Miller PIT @NE Miller is always a viable option when healthy and I like him to make enough plays against the Patriots this week to be a solid starter even in 10-team team leagues.
9 Greg Olsen CAR ATL It’s a good matchup against a struggling Atlanta team and we love the way Cam Newton is playing right now. Olsen is a starter in all formats this week.
10 Kyle Rudolph MIN @DAL He’s a solid option and it’s a good matchup. Minnesota is making an effort to get Rudolph more involved.
11 Jason Witten DAL MIN His lack of production is a bit mystifying, but he should do well here.
12 Coby Fleener IND @HOU He’s going to see the ball but the matchup is less than great.
13 Dallas Clark BAL @CLE It’s a decent matchup for a TE and he’s scored in his last two games. Having Jacoby Jones back opens up things underneath a bit.
14 Timothy Wright TB @SEA He’s going to be targeted, but Seattle is a tough matchup for sure.
15 Scott Chandler BUF KC Tough matchup, but he did a lot more than expected last week. He’s viable.
16 Garrett Graham HOU IND He’s a sleeper but I don’t like the matchup much.
17 Jared Cook STL TEN Who knows. Clemens did use him more than Bradford has. He’s a viable option.
18 Delanie Walker TEN @STL Walker is involved every week and you can use him if you need an option but he doesn’t have much upside or touchdown potential.
19 Zach Miller SEA TB Miller is a good red zone target and Russell Wilson trusts him. He’s a nice reach play in deeper leagues this week.
20 Jeff Cumberland NYJ NO Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Jeff Cumberland may still play in Sunday’s game. Cumberland is listed as questionable and is recovering from a concussion. He’s a solid option against New Orleans if he plays.
21 Benjamin Watson NO @NYJ Graham is going to play, so Ben is not a great option unless you are in a pickle.
22 Brent Celek PHI @OAK Hit or miss and too many misses lately. He’s worth a shot if that’s all you have but Celek is a low probability play in week nine.
23 Zach Ertz PHI @OAK I like what I see from Ertz, but he still needs more snaps and targets. He’s a player to keep an eye on for sure.
24 Andrew Quarless GB CHI He’s not Jermichael, but he’ll catch a few and could always get a lucky score. With the likely return of James Jones his target total could be even lower than last week.
25 Anthony Fasano KC @BUF He’s still only practicing on a limited basis and is not a good fantasy play this week.
26 Ed Dickson BAL @CLE Just not doing enough at this point. He’s a talented player but he’s just not getting it done right now and this is probably the best chance he’s ever going to get at the NFL level. Opportunity lost.
27 Lance Kendricks STL TEN Tough matchup and a huge issue with his QB. Kendricks has been playing better football lately but sadly it’s going to be a lost season in St. Louis for most of the skill position players.
28 Ladarius Green SD @WAS I love this kid, but he’s stuck behind Gates. Green is a player to know about and is an absolute must add in the event of the Gates injury but he’s a low probability start when Gates is healthy.
29 Mychal Rivera OAK PHI Not involved much since Week 4. Just a single target
30 Levine Toilolo ATL @CAR Now way. Not yet.
31 Zach Sudfeld NYJ NO It sounds like Jeff Cumberland may actually be active in which case Sudfeld is not a viable play. I will bump him up if Cumberland sits.
32 Charles Clay MIA CIN (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 13th) Tough matchup, but they use him a lot. He’s playable if you need him.
33 Tyler Eifert CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 14th) He lost targets last week in a blowout of the Jets, but I like what I see and I expect him to get more involved.
34 Jermaine Gresham CIN @MIA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 17th) Scored last week, but still not getting enough love.