Monday, January 24

Fantasy TE Rankings Week 9: who to start with, sit as a tight end in fantasy football

We’re heading toward the midpoint of the season, and the tight end position has been a scratch like we all knew it would be. This week, we get some heavyweights back, but we lose some that are always ranked near the top. As always, we relied on matchups, objectives, and the use of the red zone to find some sleepers and rank the middle of our Week 9 fantasy TE rankings.

This week’s studs are Darren Waller (@ Giants), Mark Andrews (vs. Vikings) and possibly George Kittle (vs. Cardinals). When the weeks off are given, they also get, in the form of Rob Gronkowski, TJ Hockenson and Ricky Seals-Jones.

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

Stallions Dalton Schultz (vs. Broncos) and Kyle Pitts (@ Saints) are ready to take on the top 10 defenses against TEs, but Schultz’s work this season suggests he should start, at least in PPR. Pitts is on his way to joining the elite, the level “must start” at tight end, although as we saw last week, he is prone to a few gizmos like most TEs who are not named Travis Kelce.

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

Streamers with great potential in favorable matchups this week include Tyler Conklin (@ Ravens), Marcedes Lewis (@ Chiefs), Mo Alie-Cox (vs. Jets) and CJ Uzomah (@ Browns). All of these guys are more attractive in the standard leagues, either because of their big game potential or because of their respective noses for the end zone. The Ravens, Chiefs and Jets defenses are in the top eight in fantasy points per game allowed to tight ends. It may seem difficult to trust Lewis, but he will take on the role that Robert Tonyan (knee) had as the primary target of the red zone.

The Browns are statistically strong against TEs, but their best linebacker is out and they haven’t played any studs at the position with the exception of Travis Kelce and Noah Fant. The Bengals offense is rolling, so we still like Uzomah’s advantage.

The players of concern in the start or sit bubble are Dan Arnold (vs. Bills) and Jonnu Smith (vs. Panthers). Both have provided at least some production at certain points this season, but the Bills and Panthers have been strong units against tight ends. Just slightly ahead of them is Tyler Higbee (against Titans), who seemingly consistently disappoints despite favorable matchups. There are plenty of options to consider this week, so these guys should be the next wave of consideration in the deep leagues.

The tight end position as a whole made a net gain even as we lose RSJ, Hockenson and Gronkowski, but the owners of Andrews and Waller rejoice. Barring surprises, those owners won’t really need to check these ratings anymore, although we hope you will.

Note: We’ll update these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player moves and analytics.

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

Classifications based on standard, not PPR punctuation

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

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