Well hopefully you made it through last week, as a lot of very good TE's were on a bye. Now players like Rob Gronkowski, Dwanye Allen and others are back. At this point in the season, if you don't own one of the top TE's, you may be better off trying to stream at the position every week. The list of TE's I wouldn't stream if I owned would be, Gronk, Graham, Thomas, Gates, Olsen, and Bennett. If you own any of the other guys, I would stream from week to week to fill this spot in your starting lineup because of the uncertainty that lays with the middle class of Tight Ends. Yesterday we covered the QB, RB, and WR, positions, so now it is time to tackle the TE's. Below are the top 32 TE's in order for week nine, and some added commentary below on a few guys. Without dragging this intro longer, let's dive right into the commentary and rankings.
Travis Kelce - As our leader Ray Guilfoyle has continuously said throughout the season, one of these weeks he will have that breakout game. I believe that it will happen this week against the Seahawks. Mychal Rivera caught two TD's against him two weeks ago, and Seattle has allowed the fourth most points to opposing TE's.
Kyle Rudolph - He is on track to play for the first time since his sports hernia injury in week 3, and I see him playing a decent number of snaps when he does come back here. Chase Ford was okay while playing with Teddy Bridgewater, which should mean that Rudolph will find success as well. Rudolph is better than Ford, and is a great redzone target for a young QB. The yardage may not be there this week, but I believe that he will score a TD in his first game back.
Jared Cook - Last week was the first time that Cook scored a TD this year, which is because of Lance Kendricks. I don't feel great about ranking him this high, but I look at the guys ranked after him and none of them present the upside or great matchup that Cook has.
Zach Ertz - Well it's about time that a TE in the Eagles offense had a big game this year. Too bad though that guy ended up being Brent Celek last week. This does show that the Tight End position is still useful in Philly, and I believe that Ertz will ultimately benefit from it in the long run. This week is big for us to see which of the two is truly the go-to-guy. I think Celek was just an anomaly last week, and that Ertz will take all of his work going forward.
John Carlson - If you are only worried about picking up a few points from your TE this week, then just start Carlson. He has consistently been mediocre this season, but at least each week he gives you something. That is more than can be said about others at the position, but the upside just isn't there with Carlson. Pencil him in for 2-4 points this week and move on if you want to not deal with another headache that comes with those ranked right around him.
Teams On Bye: Baltimore, Dallas, Jacksonville, New York Jets
|1||Rob Gronkowski||New England Patriots||Colts|
|2||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Bengals|
|3||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||Rams|
|4||Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||Falcons|
|5||Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||Raiders|
|6||Dwayne Allen||Indianapolis Colts||Patriots|
|7||Travis Kelce||Kansas City Chiefs||Seahawks|
|8||Martellus Bennett||Chicago Bears||Vikings|
|9||Mychal Rivera||Oakland Raiders||Chargers|
|10||Jordan Reed||Washington Redskins||Buccaneers|
|11||Kyle Rudolph||Minnesota Vikings||Bears|
|12||Larry Donnell||New York Giants||49ers|
|13||Coby Fleener||Indianapolis Colts||Patriots|
|14||Jared Cook||St. Louis Rams||Broncos|
|15||Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Redskins|
|16||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||Giants|
|17||Charles Clay||Miami Dolphins||Bills|
|18||Heath Miller||Pittsburgh Steelers||Titans|
|19||Zach Ertz||Philadelphia Eagles||Packers|
|20||Tim Wright||New England Patriots||Colts|
|21||Jermaine Gresham||Cincinnati Bengals||Saints|
|22||John Carlson||Arizona Cardinals||Lions|
|23||Lance Kendricks||St. Louis Rams||Broncos|
|24||Scott Chandler||Buffalo Bills||Dolphins|
|25||Niles Paul||Washington Redskins||Buccaneers|
|26||Chase Ford||Minnesota Vikings||Bears|
|27||Andrew Quarless||Green Bay Packers||Eagles|
|28||Brent Celek||Philadelphia Eagles||Packers|
|29||Eric Ebron||Detroit Lions||Cardinals|
|30||Gary Barnidge||Cleveland Browns||Texans|
|31||Richard Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||Eagles|
|32||Cooper Helfet||Seattle Seahawks||Chiefs|