In Week 9 you’ll have to cover the absences of TJ Hockenson and Rob Gronkowski, as well as those of Ricky Seals-Jones and the Seattle tight ends (if you were that desperate). George Kittle’s return is the most noteworthy event, but reports are that he is on a pitch count today...so tread lightly.
As always, check the rankings and notes below, and chime in with a comment or on Twitter @HeathCapps if you have grievances. Just be polite. Let’s get ready for Week 9, people!
Week 9 TE Rankings
|He leads all tight ends in receptions (51), yards (560), targets (75), and is second with four scores.
|He's sitting on 54 targets despite only having played in six games.
|It looks like a quality matchup for Tua to take advantage of, and that's good for Gesicki, who ranks third among all tight ends with 56 targets.
|The Chargers aren't stiff versus tight ends--522 yards (6th most) and five scores (6th most) are more damning given LAC has played only seven games.
|He's third in target share among tight ends, but the Vikes are a stiff test versus tight ends (zero scores allowed and only 24 receptions conceded).
|No Calvin Ridley could mean he's more of a focal point for the defense--but his volume outlook is more assured now and he's already logged 10 red zone targets.
|Blake Jarwin is out, and Denver is less scary sans the presence of Von Miller.
|Philly has allowed the most receptions (56) and touchdowns (6) to enemy tight ends.
|CLE is a pass funnel--only 3.5 Y/A allowed on the ground (tops in NFL) but 17 scores given via the air (3rd most).
|Check the status of Robert Woods. Maybe he garners an extra target or two. He leads all tight ends with 12 red zone targets, suprisingly.
|There's opportunity for him given injuries to Deebo and Elijah Mitchell (both expected to play) but Kittle is reportedly slated to play only half the game today.
|Once you're streaming tight ends, you may as well start with the guy who has as good a chance to score as any.
|The status of Kyler Murray and Nuk Hopkins are notable here. Stay tuned. If Murray misses, maybe he's more of a checkdown option--or maybe it all falls to pieces.
|The Ravens are generous to opposing tight ends, and Conklin is averaging over five targets per game.
|He's only got the one score, but he's averaging 5.5 targets/game and the Raiders are a bottom 10 defense in targets, receptions, yards, and scores to enemy tight ends.
|He's seen great volume the last two weeks, but the Bears are death to enemy tight ends--only 225 yards allowed and one score so far.
|Bills are a rough matchup, but can't ignore target counts of 8, 5, 10 the last three weeks.
|He nabbed three receptions on four targets last week as the starter with Knox sidelined, logging 82% of snaps.
|Like Sweeney, he's taking over for a missing starter (Noah Fant). Game script should work in his favor, and Dallas is a bottom third unit versus tight ends.
|He's showing signs of life lately but this Bears unit is a low-yield passing attack.
|There's hope for low-end TE2 production given Calvin Ridley's absence. He's already averaging four targets per game over the last month.
|The veteran will have a chance to produce given Bob Tonyan's ACL tear. The Chiefs allow the most yardage (602) and scores (6) to enemy tight ends so far.
|He's been limited with a shoulder injury, but is expected to play.
|Still splitting time with other CLE tight ends, hasn't scored or crested 3 targets in a single game since Week 5.
|He managed four yards on two catches (six targets) last week. Yikes.