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Week 9 TE Rankings - Standard Leagues

Heath drops some Week 9 tight end knowledge.

Tamme spike!
Tamme spike!
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Last week, Ben Watson (1st), Jacob Tamme (3rd), and Cameron Brate (8th) took advantage of some easy matchups and finished as starting-caliber tight ends.

Tyler Eifert had a very rare dud and finished as the 20th-best tight end despite an exploitable matchup against the Steelers. It was an AJ Green sort of day for Cincinnati. Similarly, it was an Alshon Jeffery day for Chicago, as Martellus Bennett only mustered 32 yards on three catches (five targets). These two highly-owned tight ends were the largest disappointments of the week.

If you were banking on Jason Witten against the Seattle Seahawks, I understand the logic...except for the Matt Cassel part of that equation.

In Week 9 I am showing Jacob Tamme some love as Matt Ryan's acting #2 receiver. He feels slightly safer to me than Benjamin Watson, who continues to take advantage of easy matchups but plays Tennessee this week. Expect New Orleans to attack Tennessee with their underrated ground game, which is essentially New Orleans' strength versus Tennessee's weakness. The Saints should not need to air it out much to win this one, which should limit Watson's chances.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the wild card this week. I am ranking him as if he will play, and that makes him a low-end (but high upside) TE1 in my book. Remember, the Giants are atrocious at defending tight ends. And wide receivers. Okay, they are just atrocious in general. Start "ASJ" with confidence if you need a fill-in this week (if he plays).

Ladarius Green and Larry Donnell are both dealing with injuries and seem unlikely to go this week, so they will not make my Top 24. Both would serve as low-end TE2s if they did go.

Here we go with the Week 9 version. The season sure is flying by!

RANK NAME TEAM OPPONENT
1 Rob Gronkowski NE WAS
2 Greg Olsen CAR GB
3 Gary Barnidge CLE @ CIN
4 Tyler Eifert CIN CLE
5 Antonio Gates SD CHI
6 Jordan Reed WAS @ NE
7 Heath Miller PIT OAK
8 Martellus Bennett CHI @ SD
9 Jacob Tamme ATL @ SF
10 Delanie Walker TEN @ NO
11 Ben Watson NO TEN
12 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB NYG
13 Julius Thomas JAC @ NYJ
14 Charles Clay BUF MIA
15 Jordan Cameron MIA @ BUF
16 Jason Witten DAL PHI
17 Richard Rodgers GB @ CAR
18 Vernon Davis DEN @ IND
19 Kyle Rudolph MIN STL
20 Coby Fleener IND DEN
21 Jared Cook STL @ MIN
22 Clive Walford OAK @ PIT
23 Zach Ertz PHI @ DAL
24 Owen Daniels DEN @ IND