The 2022-23 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that tight ends like George Kittle and Pat Freiermuth will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the fantasy football week 9 tight end rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting TE1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a solid floor.
TD Dependent Starter- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not because of depth at the position. Their production is based on whether they can get in the end zone or not. It can be the difference between a top 10 performance or a top 25 performance
Deep League Starter- a player whose ceiling isn’t high but should put up enough production to be started in deep leagues. When a player like this is started it is because their production though it will likely be low, will be better than a few options.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Travis Kelce||vs Tennessee Titans||TE1|
|Must Start||Mark Andrews*||vs New Orleans Saints||TE2|
|Starting TE1||Zach Ertz||vs Seattle Seahawks||TE3|
|Starting TE1||Gerald Everett||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Houston Texans||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TE6|
|Starting TE1||Evan Engram||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Hayden Hurst||vs Carolina Panthers||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Kyle Pitts||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE9|
|Starting TE1||T.J. Hockenson||vs Washington Commanders||TE10|
|Starting TE1||Darren Waller||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Taysom Hill||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Robert Tonyan||vs Detroit Lions||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Tyler Conklin||vs Buffalo Bills||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Logan Thomas*||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Will Dissly||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE16|
|TD Dependent Starter||Mike Gesicki||vs Chicago Bears||TE17|
|TD Dependent Starter||Dawson Knox||vs New York Jets||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Juwan Johnson||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Brevin Jordan||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Noah Fant*||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE21|
|Deep League Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Miami Dolphins||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah Likely||vs New Orleans Saints||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Cade Otton||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Hunter Henry||vs Indianapolis Colts||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Kylen Granson||vs New England Patriots||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||James Mitchell||vs Green Bay Packers||TE28|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE2 Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
Mark Andrews is dealing with shoulder and knee injuries. If Andrew does not play this week against the New Orleans Saints Isaiah Likely would join the list at TE12 between Taysom Hill and Robert Tonyan.
TE11 Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
Darren Waller missed the past two games because of a hamstring injury. He was limited in practice on Wednesday. If Waller doesn’t play this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars Foster Moreau will be the TE23 between Jonnu Smith and Isaiah Likely.
TE15 Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders
Logan Thomas was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a calf injury. If he was to miss this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings John Bates would become the TE22 between Cole Kmet and Jonnu Smith.
TE21 Noah Fant, Seattle Seahawks
Noah Fant was limited in practice on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. If Fant can’t play this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals Colby Parkinson will become the TE22 for the week between Cole Kmet and Jonnu Smith