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Prev Rk Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD Wk 9 Pts Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
1 1 Travis Kelce 168.9 18.77 58 769 6 25.9 10 – 159 – 0 92% 12 8.9
    • If you can’t Kel-see why he’s in his own tier, I don’t know to tell you.

 

To the Window! To The Wall(er)!

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD PPR Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
2 2 Darren Waller 111.4 13.93 50 394 4 13.2 5 – 22 – 1 88% 10 8.9
  • Waller is the only TE other than Kelce with over 6 receptions per game and averaging over 8 targets. He’s earned his spot right behind Kelce. 

 

Pretty…Pretty Good

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD PPR Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
4 3 T.J. Hockenson 102 12.75 34 360 5 14.9 5 – 39 – 1 76% 8 6.1
14 4 Evan Engram 83.3 9.26 36 332 2 15.8 5 – 48 – 1 75% 10 7.1
5 5 Noah Fant 80.9 11.56 32 349 2 7.5 3 – 45 – 0 78% 3 6.6
6 6 Jared Cook 70.9 10.13 21 279 4 3 2 – 30 – 0 36% 3 4.6
3 7 Mark Andrews 85.7 10.71 26 297 5 5.2 3 – 22 – 0 59% 5 5.5
9 8 Hayden Hurst 96.1 10.68 37 411 3 13.2 7 – 62 – 0 72% 8 6.0
  • T.J. Hockenson is doing his best Mark Andrews impression. He still hasn’t gotten over 70 yards in a game, but he has 5 TDs in 8 games. Averaging 4.25 receptions (4th among TEs), 45 yards (4th), and .63 TDs (3rd) per game earns himself a spot right below the top 2. 
  • The biggest riser in the rankings, and he’s no stranger to being in this area. Evan Engram has gone up and down the rankings through the season, which is one reason why I was hesitant to move him up last week. Well, nobody else made much of a case to fit in the top 5, proving that after those top 2, there’s a lot of guess work week to week. 
  • I was prepared to drop Noah Fant further in the rankings, but looking around, there’s not many other TEs that deserve to move up over him still. Fant hasn’t scored since week 2, but one would expect that improves over the ROS. His schedule for the ROS is on the more favorable side, but at the same time, his best games this year came against the toughest defenses. I don’t know what to make of that, but between Fant’s ability and his consistent use in the offense, I left him in the top 5 for now. 
  • Jared Cook isn’t a particularly well rounded TE, but he’s still a good fit for New Orleans. The return of Michael Thomas (and a blowout vs TB) didn’t yield positive results for Cook, but with scores in 4 of his 7 games this year, plus 9 TDs in 14 games for NO last year, I feel safe saying Cook will be one of the better bets at TE for a TD. 
  • Mark Andrews has fallen to the lowest point in the rankings all season. We always knew he was fairly TD dependent, but those TDs have significantly dropped off with the fall of the Ravens offense. He still has double the red zone targets (and receptions) as anyone else on the Ravens, so, when they get in close, he’s still a primary option. 
  • Hayden Hurst has 22 targets in his last 3 games, and has been 2nd or better for the Falcons in targets 5 of the last 6 weeks. Only 1 TD in the last 4 weeks and the many options the Falcons have in the red zone are the only things holding Hurst back. 

 

You Say I’m A Dreamer

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD PPR Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
7 9 Rob Gronkowski 77.3 8.59 27 323 3 1.2 1 – 2 – 0 54% 6 5.1
8 10 Jonnu Smith 90.4 11.3 24 304 6 11.2 2 – 32 – 1 95% 2 4.6
10 11 Dallas Goedert 35.3 8.83 14 153 1 #N/A #N/A 0% 0 4.8
12 12 Jimmy Graham 95.2 10.58 35 302 5 17.5 6 – 55 – 1 65% 6 6.1

We’ve seen each of these TEs be top options at various times this year, but our eyes can deceive us. Just imagine if the TE landscape was still consistent through this point in the rankings. That would be the life. 

  • Only 1 reception for 2 yards in the Bucs terrible SNF game, but Gronk did manage to get 6 targets at least. Gronk was coming off of 3 games with TDs, and look for him to get back on track vs CAR this week. 
  • Jonnu found the end zone after a 3 game hiatus. However, he only got 2 targets and as I’ve previously noted, he spends more time than other TEs on this list blocking. 
  • Dallas Goedert gets a pass after returning from injury faster than expected, but he better show us something this week against the Giants. We’ve seen that Goedert is a more than capable receiving TE, and he could make an Engram-esque tier climb if we see it this week. 
  • Jimmy G continues to be a main piece in the Bears offense. Unfortunately, the Bears offense is shaky at best. He’s had at least 6 targets in each of the last 4 games, which means, he’s still useful at the TE position for your squad. 

 

It Could Be Worse

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD Wk 9 Pts Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
13 13 Robert Tonyan 85.4 10.68 24 314 5 1.5 1 – 5 – 0 62% #N/A #N/A
18 14 Austin Hooper 48.5 8.08 22 205 1 #N/A #N/A 0% 0 5.5
15 15 Eric Ebron 73.5 9.19 29 285 3 11.2 3 – 22 – 1 86% 6 5.4
16 16 Logan Thomas 65.6 8.2 24 236 3 5.8 3 – 28 – 0 100% 6 5.8
  • Tonyan like Funyun, in more than just the pronuncation. Like Funyuns, Robert can give you both the good and the bad. The good, it’s a nice lunch time snack and a TE that has been startable in 4 out of 7 of his games. The bad, sometimes your breath is so stanky that people run the other direction from you and your fantasy team is left with a whole lot of nothing. The Jags have given up 7 TDs to TEs this year, so, I’m throwing him in my lunch box for this week. 
  • Austin Hooper had 3 straight 5 reception games before getting injured. I’m hoping he can pick right back up and become that consistent-ish, low upside PPR TE. 
  • Speaking of low upside, Eric Ebron hasn’t given us a game over 55 yards on the season, but he has 3 games with 5 receptions or more, and 3 games with a score. The Steelers have a ton of options on offense, so, banking on a TD may not be the best method, but Ebron has only put up 2 complete stinkers on the season, giving him a fairly safe floor. 
  • I’m hesitant given the QB change for the WFT and LT may belong in the tier below this one, but I wanted him to have something positive since he’s stuck on the WFT. 

Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD Wk 9 Pts Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
11 17 Hunter Henry 74.7 9.34 33 357 1 7.3 4 – 33 – 0 99% 7 6.6
17 18 Mike Gesicki 67.1 8.39 22 331 2 7.2 3 – 42 – 0 70% 4 4.5
22 19 Dalton Schultz 83.3 9.26 35 383 2 8.8 4 – 48 – 0 96% 7 6.1
23 20 Zach Ertz 49.8 8.3 24 178 1 #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A #N/A
NR 21 Jacob Hollister 8 3.6 11 98 1 11 5 – 60 – 0 48% 7 1.9
  • Hunter Henry slides the furthest in the rankings this week.  Still getting plenty of targets with 7 in week 9, but not doing much with them. He hasn’t had a game over 40 yards since week 3 and only has 1 TD on the season. He does lead the team in red zone targets, so, there’s some hope for pro-gression (positive regression) among his TD numbers. 
  • Another one that hurts me personally. Mike G is someone I had pegged for a big season and I was so wrong. He’s had 2 strong games and one other buoyed by a score, but those near zeroes in his other games make it tough to promote him as a starting TE. 
  • Dalton Schultz (and the Cowboys offense) got a small boost with Garrett Gilbert taking over at QB. Trust GG/Andy Dalton at your own risk, but I’m still avoiding this offense if possible. Targets were distributed evenly among the receiving options under Gilbert, making it tough to say one player is a stronger play than another. 
  • Ertz stays on the list as he should be back in the next 2-4 weeks. If you need the roster spot, I don’t mind cutting Ertz as he didn’t look good when he was on the field, but he’s one of the few TEs this far down that could have a strong involvement in the offense on a weekly basis. Lastly, I mean, look at who is below him, not exactly exciting. 
  • Jacob Hollister lead the Seahawks TEs in snaps and targets in week 9. Conveniently, it comes only 1 week after I asked them to move Olsen out of the way. 7 targets for 5 receptions and 60 yards gets Hollister an honorable mention on this tier. If the Seachickens have officially made this change, Hollister could be interesting with Russ throwing to him and DK/Lockett taking much of the attention.

 

Don’t Look at It Marion, Shut Your Eyes

Prev Rank Rk Name PPR Pts Pts/G Rec Yds TD Wk 9 Pts Wk 9 Stats
Rec-Yds-TD
Wk 9 Snaps Wk 9 Tgts Avg Tgts
NR 22 Anthony Firkser 54.4 6.8 24 244 1 4.9 3 – 19 – 0 19 0 3.9
20 23 Gerald Everett 53 6.63 20 228 2 #N/A #N/A #N/A 0 3.4
19 24 Trey Burton 45.5 9.1 15 122 3 1.6 1 – 6 – 0 43% 4 4.8
21 25 Tyler Higbee 63.6 9.09 20 236 3 #N/A #N/A #N/A 0 3.6
25 26 Mo Alie-Cox 56.4 8.06 17 274 2 7.3 3 – 43 – 0 51% 3 3.0
28 27 Jack Doyle 29.8 4.26 9 108 2 0 0 – 0 – 0 32% 2 2.1
NR 28 Tyler Eifert 35.1 5.01 15 141 1 8.8 4 – 48 – 0 55% 5 4.0
24 29 Irv Smith Jr. 42.9 5.36 13 159 2 15 2 – 10 – 2 38% 4 2.6
NR 30 Dan Arnold 29 3.63 12 170 0 2.6 1 – 16 – 0 26% 1 2.0
NR 31 Tyler Kroft 41.9 4.66 12 119 3 7.1 1 – 1 – 1 40% 1 1.8
  • Firkser doesn’t outsnap Jonnu because Jonnu is on the field to block more, but Anthony has more targets in 3 of the last 4 games than Jonnu. Outside of his one game (without Jonnu), the targets haven’t produced much, but some body to keep an eye on. 
  • Everett and Higbee are splitting snaps and targets, which makes both very TD dependent with not much upside barring one of Higbee’s multiple TD games. 
  • The Colts trio of TEs in Doyle, MAC, and Burton are all streaming options due to Rivers love of the big, middle of the field roamers, but which one comes down with a TD in a given week, well, your guess is as good as mine. 
  • With the change at QB and 5 targets in week 9, I’m monitoring Eifert’s role to see if Lutton is looking for the TE. 
  • Irv Smith is still on here just as a reminder to grab him up in dynasty and monitor for a Kyle Rudolph injury. Both TEs ended up with 4 targets in week 9 despite Rudolph playing 20 more snaps. 
  • Arnold is back and playing for Arizona, but that’s about all I can say for him. 
  • Tyler Kroft gets a shout out at 31. He’s taken over as the receiving TE for Buffalo. However, there are 3 WRs on the Bills that have more targets than all of the TEs combined, so, not much upside in this play.

  1. H says:
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    Where do you place Kittle once he returns Week 12 or 13?

    • The Harrow says:
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      might want to ref that, as nobody else is aware of it

      • The Harrow says:
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        unless 8 weeks somehow got read as 4

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      At the absolute best, it sounds like Kittle would be available week 16. Haven’t seen anything about him returning week 12 or 13.

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