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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 9 Tight End Rankings

Your First-Half TE MVP is...
Your First-Half TE MVP is...

Prior to the 2011 Fantasy Football season, most experts urged their readers not to reach for a Tight End in the draft due to the value you could find throughout the draft. Why reach for a Gates or a Finley when you can grab a Graham, Gronkowski or Hernandez 5-8 rounds later? As of the fantasy season's mid-point, those experts proved to be correct (I mean they are experts after all) as 15 Tight Ends are in the Top 100 Rank for standard leagues. The most notable names missing from the top 100 are Antonio Gates and Dallas Clark, 2 of the top fantasy Tight Ends coming into the season. If you waited on Tight End, odds are your TE spot has been relatively consistent.

After the jump, we'll have TE Mid-Season Awards and Week 9 Ranks...

Tight End Mid-Season Awards

MVP - Jimmy Graham, Saints - 49 catches, 713 yards, 5 touchdowns

Runners-Up: Rob Gronkowski, Jason Witten, Fred Davis

Steal of the Draft - Rob Gronkowski, Patriots - 36 catches, 495 yards, 5 touchdowns

Runners-Up: Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen, Aaron Hernandez

Waiver Wire Wonder - Fred Davis, Redskins - 36 catches, 517 yards, 2 touchdowns

Runners-Up: Scott Chandler, Jake Ballard, Heath Miller

LVP (Non-Injury) - Dallas Clark, Colts - 26 catches, 266 yards, 2 TD's

Runners-Up: Kellen Winslow, Jermichel Finley, Mercedes Lewis

LVP (Injury) - Antonio Gates, Chargers - 17 catches, 201 yards, 1 TD (4 games)

Touchdown Whore Award - Scott Chandler, Bills - 15 catches, 6 of which have gone for Touchdowns.

Players I Like This Week: Owen Daniels, Dustin Keller

Players I Don't Like This Week: Kellen Winslow, Dallas Clark

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian.

Rank Team Opponent
1. Jimmy Graham Saints Bucs
2. Jason Witten Cowboys Seahawks
3. Jermichel Finley Packers Chargers
4. Rob Gronkowski Patriots Giants
5. Antonio Gates Chargers Packers
6. Aaron Hernandez Patriots Giants
7. Owen Daniels Texans Browns
8. Fred Davis Redskins 49ers
9. Vernon Davis 49ers Redskins
10. Tony Gonzalez Falcons Colts
11. Heath Miller Steelers Ravens
12. Dustin Keller Jets Bills
13. Brent Celek Eagles Bears
14. Jared Cook Titans Bengals
15. Jermaine Gresham Bengals Titans
16. Ed Dickson Ravens Steelers
17. Kellen Winslow Bucs Saints
18. Dallas Clark Colts Falcons
19. Jake Ballard Giants Patriots
20. Scott Chandler Bills Jets