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Week 9 Fantasy TE Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at tight end

After one of our strongest weeks at the tight end position in recent memory, our Week 9 fantasy TE rankings are unfortunately thin. The reason for this is simple. In Week 8, many teams that were on bye didn’t have a highly productive tight end, but in Week 9, the likes of Dallas Goedert, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant, David Njoku, and Drew Sample will be idle. That will rip a chunk out of the depth of the rankings (and we’ll be further tested if George Kittle’s ankle injury is serious), and fantasy football owners will have to go back to relying on sleepers and streaming options.

Despite all those losses to the rankings, Logan Thomas and Darren Fells are essentially the only potential streaming options returning to action in Week 9. They can both be trusted as potential top-15 plays, as Thomas has a TD in each of his past two outings while Fells has scored twice in his past three games. Tyler Eifert and Dan Arnold return, as well, but neither of those players have been particularly reliable this year, though Eifert is getting a good matchup against the Texans defense this week.

WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

A familiar name is rearing his head as the top streamer of the week. That would be Eric Ebron (@ Cowboys). After he was jettisoned by many fantasy owners ahead of a tough Week 8 matchup with the Ravens, Ebron now gets to take on one of the weakest defenses in the league. The Steelers’ receivers might be better positioned to take advantage of that situation, but Ebron undoubtedly has a chance to become a top-10 TE given that Ben Roethlisberger has been looking his way more the past few weeks. Trey Burton (vs. Ravens) is also in play given his frequent targets and the fact the Colts like to use him as a wildcat QB inside the 10-yard line.

WEEK 9 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | Kicker

Greg Olsen (@ Bills) could also end up being a good streaming option considering the Bills have allowed a lot of yards to TEs this year,. He has a low floor, but he’s still worth considering if you’re in a bind. The same goes for Jack Doyle (vs. Ravens), who’s scored in each of the past two games.

Check back for updates to these TE rankings throughout the week.

Week 9 Fantasy TE Rankings (Standard)

These rankings are for non-PPR leagues

Rank
Player
1
Travis Kelce, KC vs. CAR
2
George Kittle, SF vs. GB
3
Darren Waller, LV @ LAC
4
Noah Fant, DEN @ ATL
5
Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. NO
6
Hunter Henry, LAC vs. LV
7
Eric Ebron, PIT @ DAL
8
Evan Engram, NYG @ WAS
9
T.J. Hockenson, DET @ MIN
10
Mark Andrews, BAL @ IND
11
Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. DEN
12
Darren Fells, HOU @ JAX
13
Trey Burton, IND vs. BAL
14
Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. CHI
15
Logan Thomas, WAS vs. NYG
16
Mike Gesicki, MIA @ ARZ
17
Jimmy Graham, CHI @ TEN
18
Jared Cook, NO @ TB
19
Robert Tonyan, GB @ SF
20
Greg Olsen, SEA @ BUF
21
Albert Okwuegbunam, DEN @ ATL
22
Jack Doyle, IND vs. BAL
23
Taysom Hill, NO @ TB
24
Dalton Schultz, DAL vs. PIT
25
Tyler Eifert, JAX vs. HOU
26
Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. DET
27
Ian Thomas, CAR @ KC
28
Anthony Firkser, TEN vs. CHI
29
Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. DET
30
Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. SEA
31
Jordan Akins, HOU @ JAX
32
Cameron Brate, TB vs. NO
33
Dan Arnold, ARZ vs. MIA

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