Friday, January 28

Fantasy TE PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start, sit on the tight end in fantasy football

Few positions are as frustrating as tight end, and the bye weeks make it even harder to find reliable starters and legitimate sleepers. That’s especially true this week, but don’t worry – our Week 9 TE PPR Fantasy Rankings can help you figure out who to start with in this aggravating position.

Fortunately, we can welcome back Mark Andrew (against Vikings) and Darren Waller (@ Giants) and temporarily say goodbye to Ricky Seals-Jones, TJ Hockenson and Rob Gronkowski. We could also welcome George Kittle (calf), which would really bolster the rankings.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker

We know guys like Dalton Schultz (vs. Broncos) and Kyle Pitts (@ Saints) have come up as must-start starts, but it’s worth noting that their matchups are some of the toughest of the week. Pitts’ lead is too high to ever bank, and Schultz’s PPR high floor is well established.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

When looking at streaming options this week, Tyler Conklin (@ Ravens), Jared Cook (@ Eagles), Pat Freiermith (vs. Bears), and CJ Uzomah (@ Browns) are worth considering. Freiermuth doesn’t necessarily have a great showdown, but he has taken on the role of JuJu Smith-Schuster at the Pittsburgh spot. That makes it an attractive PPR product in the future. Uzomah’s showdown isn’t spectacular either, but his overall advantage at TE1 is moving him closer to an option that must start. At the very least, it’s now a week-after-week streaming option.

Conklin and Cook actually have favorable matchups and both are tied to capable pass receivers. Evan Engram (against Raiders) always seems like a solid play due to his constant objective involvement, but it’s worth noting that he’s rumored to be a business candidate. If you’re still in New York by Tuesday’s trade deadline, you can take advantage of a favorable showdown, at least in the PPR leagues.

To be honest, most of the guys with worrisome matchups in the start or sit bubble are players who haven’t been as attractive this season. It won’t hurt anyone’s feelings to say that Dan Arnold (vs. Patriots), Jonnu Smith (@ Panthers) and David Njoku / Austin Hooper (@ Bengals) should be benched this week. Tyler Higbee (against Titans) is the toughest call, but his disappointing track record suggests you can survive regardless.

Washington is on vacation again, but if anyone is getting impatient with Logan Thomas (hamstring) in their league, it’s worth picking up as he should be back relatively soon. The same goes for George Kittle (calf), who is eligible to return this week, although he is unlikely to be on the wire of the exemption. However, you might consider it a business goal.

Note: We will update these TE PPR ratings as needed throughout the week, so please check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy TE PPR Rankings Week 9: Who to start with as a tight end

Classifications based on Full point PPR punctuation

Rank Player
1 Travis Kelce, KC vs. GB
2 Darren Waller, LV @ NYG
3 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. HOU
4 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. MIN
5 Kyle Pitts, ATL @ NO
6 Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. LACQUER
7 George Kittle, 49ers vs. ARI
8 Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. DEN
9 Hunter Henry, NE @ CAR
10 Zach Ertz, ARI @ SF
eleven Noah Fant, DEN @ DAL
12 Tyler Conklin, MIN @ BAL
13 Pat Freiermuth, PIT vs. CHI
14 Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. TEN
fifteen Evan Engram, NYG vs. LV
sixteen CJ Uzomah, CIN vs. CLE
17 Jared Cook, LAC @ PHI
18 Dan Arnold, JAX vs. BUF
19 Mo Alie-Cox, IND v. NYJ
twenty Marcedes Lewis, GB @ KC
twenty-one Jonnu Smith, NE @ CAR
22 Cole Kmet, CHI @ PIT
23 Jack Doyle, IND vs. NYJ
24 Adam Trautman, NOT against ATL
25 Tommy Sweeney, BUF @ JAX
26 Austin Hooper, CLE @ CIN
27 David Njoku, CLE @ CIN
28 Tommy Tremble, CAR vs. NE
29 Tyler Kroft, New York at IND
30 Jordan Akins, HOU @ MIA
31 Hayden Hurst, ATL @ NO
32 Blake Jarwin, DAL vs. DEN
33 Eric Ebron, PIT vs. YOU
3. 4 Geoff Swaim, TEN @ LAR
35 Juwan Johnson, NOT against ATL

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