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Updated Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 9 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham vs. PHI Questionable (ankle)
2 Jason Witten at ATL -
3 Tony Gonzalez vs. DAL -
4 Greg Olsen at WAS -
5 Antonio Gates vs. KC -
6 Brent Celek at NO -
7 Heath Miller at NYG -
8 Owen Daniels vs. BUF -
9 Jermaine Gresham vs. DEN -
10 Martellus Bennett vs. PIT -
11 Kyle Rudolph at SEA -
12 Brandon Pettigrew at JAC Probable (knee)
13 Jermichael Finley vs. ARZ Probable (shoulder)
14 Jared Cook vs. CHI -
15 Dennis Pitta at CLE -
16 Scott Chandler at HOU -
17 Dwayne Allen vs. MIA -
18 Jacob Tamme at CIN Probable (hip)
19 Brandon Myers vs. TB -
20 Logan Paulsen vs. CAR -
21 Joel Dreessen at CIN -
22 Kellen Davis at TEN -
23 Tony Scheffler at JAC -
24 Anthony Fasano at IND -
25 Dallas Clark at OAK -
26 Marcedes Lewis vs. DET -
27 Virgil Green at CIN -

TE Notes: Jimmy Graham is back to being Drew Brees’ go-to receiver. … Of Jason Witten’s tight-end record 18 receptions last week, 15 went for significant gains. Witten’s 12.8 targets per game over the past four weeks are second only to Reggie Wayne’s 13.

From Evan Silva’s brilliant Matchups column: “I don't think Antonio Gates has lost a step, but there's no doubt that defenses key up to take him away and he's struggling to get open.” Gates should be matched up Thursday night against Chiefs SS Eric Berry, who has struggled mightily in coverage this season.

Celek gets a bump for the shootout potential in New Orleans. … Heath Miller continues to lead the NFL in red-zone targets. … Greg Olsen has a dream matchup against a Redskins defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. His targets will go up if Brandon LaFell’s concussion keeps him out of the lineup. … According to Football Outsiders, no defense shuts down tight ends better than Buffalo’s. Surprising, I know, but Daniels has a tougher matchup than one might expect.

Jermaine Gresham has a plus matchup against a Broncos defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Jermichael Finley pronounced himself nearly 100 percent, which should mean his routes will no longer be limited. He does have a tough matchup against a Cardinals team that defends tight ends efficiently. … Jared Cook can exploit the middle of the Bears defense -- if Matt Hasselbeck has time to throw. … Pitta isn’t a strong play against a Browns defense that has shut down tight ends this season. … Dwayne Allen should see an increase in snaps and targets with Coby Fleener (shoulder) out of the lineup.

Fasano isn’t a recommended spot start. No defense is more stingy against fantasy tight ends than the Colts. … You might have better luck hoping for a deep ball down the seam to Kellen Davis against a Titans defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and ranks dead last in tight end defense, per Football Outsiders.

Sunday Update: Greg Olsen up with Brandon LaFell (concussion) out. Jacob Tamme down slightly after Virgil Green played more snaps in Week 8.

Week 9 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Bears Def/Spec Team at TEN -
2 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
3 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
4 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
5 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
6 Ravens Def/Spec Team at CLE -
7 Vikings Def/Spec Team at SEA -
8 Lions Def/Spec Team at JAC -
9 Broncos Def/Spec Team at CIN -
10 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
11 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at IND -
12 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
13 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
14 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
15 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
16 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at SD -
17 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at OAK -
18 Steelers Def/Spec Team at NYG -
19 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. CHI -
20 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at GB -
21 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
22 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
23 Eagles Def/Spec Team at NO -
24 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
25 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at ATL -
26 Panthers Def/Spec Team at WAS -
27 Bills Def/Spec Team at HOU -
28 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. DET -

Week 9 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Matt Bryant vs. DAL -
2 Sebastian Janikowski vs. TB -
3 Matt Prater at CIN -
4 Robbie Gould at TEN -
5 Lawrence Tynes vs. PIT -
6 Jason Hanson at JAC -
7 Shayne Graham vs. BUF -
8 Alex Henery at NO -
9 Garrett Hartley vs. PHI -
10 Mason Crosby vs. ARZ -
11 Connor Barth at OAK -
12 Nick Novak vs. KC -
13 Justin Tucker at CLE -
14 Shaun Suisham at NYG -
15 Adam Vinatieri vs. MIA -
16 Blair Walsh at SEA -
17 Dan Bailey at ATL -
18 Steven Hauschka vs. MIN -
19 Rob Bironas vs. CHI -
20 Mike Nugent vs. DEN -
21 Kai Forbath vs. CAR -
22 Phil Dawson vs. BAL -
23 Dan Carpenter at IND -
24 Ryan Succop at SD -
25 Rian Lindell at HOU -
26 Jay Feely at GB -
27 Justin Medlock at WAS -
28 Josh Scobee vs. DET -

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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