Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We continue to face significant questions about the tight end position, and injuries and bye weeks further muddy the waters.  It puts that much more importance on having an elite option and we’d be 100% comfortable with any of the Top 5 players on our rankings this week.  After that?  It’s a roll of the dice, to say the least.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Denver
  2. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – at Dallas
  3. Jack Doyle – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  4. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Washington
  5. Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Jared Cook – Oakland Raiders – at Miami
  7. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Baltimore
  8. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Kansas City
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  10. Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins – at Seattle
  11. Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  12. Tyler Kroft – Cincinnati Bengals – at Jacksonville
  13. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  14. Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  15. Ed Dickson – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  16. A.J. Derby – Denver Broncos – at Philadelphia
  17. Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams – at New York Giants
  18. Ryan Griffin – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  19. George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  20. Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – at Tennessee

Thoughts:

  • Obviously Jack Doyle’s Week 8 performance is going to grab your attention (12 catches, 121 yards, 1 TD), but he’s been getting significant opportunities for a while now.  He’s had 7+ targets in four straight games and hasn’t had fewer than 5 targets since Week 1.  While he’s not always putting up the yardage, he’s scored in two of his past three games, is walking into a favorable matchup and has a QB that’s struggled to get the ball to his wide receivers.  That all points in his favor for another strong game.
  • Jimmy Graham has now scored in three consecutive games (4 TD) and draws a Washington team that’s allowed the most yardage to opposing TE (568).  Sure they’ve only given up 3 TD, but considering the yardage that seems like more of an aberration than anything.  Graham should be able to keep the good times rolling.
  • Both Delanie Walker and Jordan Reed face injury concerns, as we simply aren’t sure if they are going to be able to take the field for Week 9.  Monitor the news to see their status, but with Reed sounding like he’s out we’re going to leave him off the rankings for now.
  • Cameron Brate has been great overall this season, but he draws a tough matchup and could continue to lose targets to O.J. Howard (Brate’s 5 targets in Week 8 were his fewest since Week 3).  That’s going to make him closer to a TE2 as opposed to a trustworthy TE1 (like the pure numbers would indicate).
  • It’s been a nice run for Tyler Kroft, with at least 4 receptions in four straight games.  The Jaguars defense has been great stopping opposing wide receivers, but they are middle of the pack against tight ends and it’s possible Andy Dalton settles for consistent check downs.  That would continue to benefit Kroft.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 9 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs

13 comments

  1. James says:

    If Reed is out would VD be a better play than cook!

  2. Stephen says:

    RB: McKinnon, Forte, Lewis, Buck Allen, Booker
    WR: Dez, Adams, D Parker, Shepherd, Richardson, M Williams

    Would you flip Adams for McFadden?

  3. reggie says:

    not TE of course but do you think Josh Goron is worth a pick up for week 13 return?

    thanks professor !

  4. BigD says:

    Got Kelce and Doyle always just played Kelce without thinking about it but tempted to drop him for Doyle based on the matchup.

    Should I gamble ?

  5. Graffiti says:

    I picked up Evan Engram a few weeks ago to fill in for my go-to Gronk this week, BUT Jimmy Graham is open. Should I swipe him to play over Engram and have a safety net for Gronk, or does Evan have a higher ceiling and Gronk doesn’t seem to be going anywhere?

    • Graham and Engram are interchangable right now, so if you didn’t have the open spot I wouldn’t go nuts to make the move. Most weeks Engram will probably be the better pick

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