Week 9 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends

So how does Jason Witten follow up that 18 catch performance from Sunday? And how does his breakout shake up these rankings? Also, is Jimmy Graham healthy and if so is he in line for a breakout of his own?

Here are the top 25 tight ends for week 9:

  1. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Atlanta
  2. Heath Miller – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Giants
  3. Jimmy Graham – New Orleans Saints – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Dallas
  5. Jermaine Gresham – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Denver
  6. Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
  7. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  8. Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – at New Orleans
  9. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
  10. Scott Chandler – Buffalo Bills – at Houston
  11. Brandon Pettigrew – Detroit Lions – at Jacksonville
  12. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants – vs. Pittsburgh
  13. Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Detroit
  14. Joel Dressen – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  15. Jacob Tamme – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  16. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
  17. Jermichael Finley – Green Bay Packers – vs. Arizona
  18. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  19. Logan Paulsen – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
  20. Brandon Myers – Oakland Raiders – vs. Tampa Bay
  21. Jared Cook – Tennessee Titans – vs. Chicago
  22. Benjamin Watson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  23. Dallas Clark – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Oakland
  24. Anthony Fasano – Miami Dolphins – at Indianapolis
  25. Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Miami

Thoughts:

  • Jason Witten is coming off a record setting day, with 18 receptions for 167 yards.  After a slow start to the year he now has 51 catches for 487 yards and 1 TD.  The TD number is the one number that you don’t love, but if he keeps catching passes you have to think that they will come.  Despite a tougher match-up, you have to consider him one of the better options in the league.
  • Speaking of Witten, it was an impressive show against a Giants defense that has allowed tight ends to consistently make plays against them.  That bodes well for Heath Miller this week, who has consistently been a red zone target for Ben Roethlisberger, though his role is quickly expanding.  He’s scored a touchdown in back-to-back games and has six touchdowns on the season.  Consider him one of the better options in the league.
  • Jimmy Graham proved that he was healthy, with 5 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown in Week 8.  He’s not someone to shy away from at this point.
  • Antonio Gates looked great in Week 6 (6 catches for 81 yards and 2 TD), though he regressed in Week 8 (2 catches for 14 yards).  What does that mean for this week?  He does have a favorable match-up against a Chiefs’ team that has allowed 13 passing touchdowns this season.  However, he did have just 3 receptions for 59 yards against them in their first match-up this season.  I like his upside, but given his inconsistency this season it is hard to include him in the Top 5.
  • It was a breakout of sorts for Brandon Pettigrew, who had 7 catches for 74 yards in Week 8 against a tough Seahawks defense.  While Jacksonville hasn’t given up much to tight ends this season, overall it is a better match-up.  Consider him a viable low-end TE1.
  • Has Greg Olsen been hampered by poor play from Cam Newton?  Probably, but a very favorable match-up against the Washington Redskins, the worst passing defense in the league, gives him plenty of upside.  Consider him a low-end TE1.
  • Jermichael Finley tossed up another stinker, with 2 receptions for 24 yards (despite the absence of Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings).  He’s averaging just 33.1 yards per game this season and can’t be trusted in any format.
  • The Jacob Tamme vs. Joel Dressen debate continues to rage on, but it is obvious that Dressen remains the option in the red zone.  That is going to make him the more valuable option until something changes.
  • Over the past two weeks Logan Paulsen has 8 catches for 119 yards and he is quickly becoming the go to receiving target for the Redskins.  Consider him a viable TE2 this week against Carolina.
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5 comments

  1. Joe says:

    If Dez bryant plays sunday, who would you start of these 3: Dez bryant, Chris johnson, or Brandon pettigrew?

  2. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Currently have Kyle Rudolph, but he has killed me the last 2 weeks. Furthermore, I have his Bye upcoming in Week 11 (along with Eli, Victor Cruz and Adrian Peterson – yuck), so I am looking forward to see who I can fill in.

    Currently available in my league are Gresham and Pettigrew – clearly you like both of these guys better than Rudolph. But for ROS, how would you rank these guys? I really don’t have anyone expendable, so if I were to pick up Gresham or Pettigrew, I would be dropping Rudolph. I guess I could stream TEs for the rest of the way, but that always scares me…

  3. Joe – As tough of a match-up as Johnson has, I can’t really recommend a tight end over him…

    Nick – I would need to check schedules, but my guy would probably say Pettigrew. They are on basically the same level, however, so it probably would change on a weekly basis. The most ideal thing would be owning both and switching back and forth, but that doesn’t sound like an option.

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