At this point investing in that elite tight end on draft day sounds a lot better than you thought, doesn’t it? Unless you are lucky enough to own one of the Top 6-8 options you likely find yourself scraping each week, hoping to pick up this week’s big performer. Who could fill that role in Week 9? Who should we not trust? Let’s take a look:
- George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Green Bay
- Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Detroit
- Evan Engram – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Minnesota
- Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England Patriots
- Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
- Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tennessee
- Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans – at Carolina
- Darren Fells – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Chris Herndon – New York Jets – at Miami
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Jimmy Graham – Green Bay Packers – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Eric Ebron – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
- Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Seattle
- T.J. Hockenson – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
- Dallas Goeddert – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Chicago
- Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Kansas City
- Noah Fant – Denver Broncos – vs. Cleveland
- Vance McDonald – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
- In three weeks since returning Hunter Henry has averaged over 7 targets per week (at least 6 targets per game), piling up 244 yards and 2 TD (both TD came in one game). In Week 9 he takes on a Green Bay defense that has allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing tight ends, including 5 TD, and it’s easy to envision him having another big game as an integral part of the offense. There are a lot of players close near the top, but he’s going to be among the best options available.
- Evan Engram torched Dallas in Week 1, with 11 catches (on 14 targets) for 116 yards and 1 TD. That’s one of two 110+ yard days he’s posted this season, to go along with 3 TD. Engram has the potential to put up monster numbers in any game, and having shown that he’s capable of exposing the matchup he’s among the better options this week.
- We all know that Zach Ertz is among the better options in the league, but he’s suddenly fallen off the map in Philadelphia. Over the past two weeks he’s totaled 4 receptions and 58 yards, and he hasn’t topped 72 yards all season long. With only 1 TD is it possible to consider him among the better options heading into this week? His upside potential keeps him locked in as a TE1, but he’s at least one tier below the truly elite.
- Delanie Walker is banged up and hasn’t been producing big numbers (21 receptions, 215 yards, 2 TD) when he has been on the field. After watching Jonnu Smith have a breakout performance in Week 8 (6 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD), could the Titans begin to transition even once Walker is deemed ready to roll? At this point he’s seemingly a better option, and Carolina has allowed at least 80 yards to opposing tight ends in each of their last two games. Consider Smith a viable low-end TE1, even if Walker returns.
- For now we’re including Chris Herndon on these rankings, but is it a guarantee that he actually plays? It’s quickly becoming a lost season for numerous Jets players, and Herndon is right near the top of the list.
- Darren Fells has 6 receptions in two of the past three games, and now draws a Jacksonville defense that allowed Ryan Griffin to score 2 TD in Week 8. Is that a guarantee that he’s going to produce this week? Far from it, but given the questions facing the options outside of the elite it puts him on TE1 radars.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 9 rankings: