The 2021-22 NFL season is at its halfway point. Bye weeks have been taking place the past few weeks. This means that tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and T.J. Hockenson 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 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 Green Bay Packers||TE1|
|Must Start||Darren Waller||vs New York Giants||TE2|
|Must Start||Kyle Pitts||vs New Orleans Saints||TE3|
|Starting TE1||Mike Gesicki||vs Houston Texans||TE4|
|Starting TE1||Mark Andrews||vs Minnesota Vikings||TE5|
|Starting TE1||Dallas Goedert||vs Los Angeles Chargers||TE6|
|Starting TE1||George Kittle*||vs Arizona Cardinals||TE7|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Higbee||vs Tennessee Titans||TE8|
|Starting TE1||Dalton Schultz||vs Denver Broncos||TE9|
|Starting TE1||Tyler Conklin||vs Baltimore Ravens||TE10|
|TD Dependent Starter||Albert Okwuegbunam||vs Dallas Cowboys||TE11|
|TD Dependent Starter||Pat Freiermuth||vs Chicago Bears||TE12|
|TD Dependent Starter||Zach Ertz||vs San Francisco 49ers||TE13|
|TD Dependent Starter||Jared Cook||vs Philadelphia Eagles||TE14|
|TD Dependent Starter||Hunter Henry||vs Carolina Panthers||TE15|
|TD Dependent Starter||Evan Engram||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE16|
|Deep League Starter||Mo Alie-Cox||vs New York Jets||TE17|
|Deep League Starter||Dan Arnold||vs Buffalo Bills||TE18|
|Deep League Starter||Cole Kmet||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||TE19|
|Deep League Starter||Tommy Sweeny||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||TE20|
|Deep League Starter||Jordan Akins||vs Miami Dolphins||TE21|
|Leave on the Bench||C.J. Uzomah||vs Cleveland Browns||TE22|
|Leave on the Bench||Austin Hooper||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE23|
|Leave on the Bench||Jonnu Smith||vs Carolina Panthers||TE24|
|Leave on the Bench||Mycole Pruitt||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE25|
|Leave on the Bench||Adam Trautman||vs Atlanta Falcons||TE26|
|Leave on the Bench||Brevin Jordan||vs Miami Dolphins||TE27|
|Leave on the Bench||Josiah Deguara||vs Kansas City Chiefs||TE28|
|Leave on the Bench||Geoff Swaim||vs Los Angeles Rams||TE29|
|Leave on the Bench||David Njoku||vs Cincinnati Bengals||TE30|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Rudolph||vs Las Vegas Raiders||TE31|
|Leave on the Bench||Jack Doyle||vs New York Jets||TE32|
|Leave on the Bench||Hayden Hurst||vs New Orleans Saints||TE33|
|Leave on the Bench||Foster Moreau||vs New York Giants||TE34|
|Leave on the Bench||Tommy Tremble||vs New England Patriots||TE35|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
TE7 George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
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