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Week 9 Rankings

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Week 9 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. PIT Probable (hamstring)
2 Antonio Gates at WAS -
3 Jordan Cameron vs. BAL -
4 Jimmy Graham at NYJ Questionable (foot)
5 Jordan Reed vs. SD Probable (hip)
6 Jason Witten vs. MIN -
7 Tony Gonzalez at CAR -
8 Martellus Bennett at GB Probable (knee)
9 Charles Clay vs. CIN -
10 Greg Olsen vs. ATL -
11 Coby Fleener at HOU -
12 Kyle Rudolph at DAL -
13 Heath Miller at NE -
14 Tim Wright at SEA -
15 Garrett Graham vs. IND -
16 Tyler Eifert at MIA -
17 Jared Cook vs. TEN -
18 Delanie Walker at STL -
19 Scott Chandler vs. KC -
20 Jermaine Gresham at MIA -
21 Zach Miller vs. TB -
22 Anthony Fasano at BUF Probable (knee)
23 Andrew Quarless vs. CHI -
24 Dallas Clark at CLE -
25 Zach Ertz at OAK -
26 Ben Watson at NYJ -
27 Zach Sudfeld vs. NO -
28 Brent Celek at OAK -
29 Lance Kendricks vs. TEN -
30 Mychal Rivera vs. PHI -
31 Sean McGrath at BUF -
32 Ladarius Green at WAS -
33 Levine Toilolo at CAR -
34 Ryan Griffin vs. IND -
35 John Carlson at DAL -

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski’s had one great game and one bad one since returning. He has a bear of a matchup in the Steelers, but Week 8 dud or not, he’s one of the few truly matchup-proof players in fantasy football. … On pace for the most catches of his career (96) and most yards (1,136) since 2009, Antonio Gates is primed for a big game against a Redskins defense that doesn’t defend any position well. … Maybe the questions about Jordan Cameron can finally stop? He’s put up big numbers with three different quarterbacks, and been held below 60 yards only twice. On pace for 98 catches, 1,192 yards and 12 touchdowns, it would take the total collapse of Cleveland’s offense to prevent Cameron from finishing the season as a high-end TE1. He has an excellent matchup in a Ravens defense allowing the eighth most points to rival tight ends. … If you started Jimmy Graham last week, you went home happy, but just three targets and 18 snaps? That’s not a weekly recipe for success, even if they all come on third down or in the red zone. Graham’s workload should increase after he escaped Sunday’s win without setbacks, but he’ll be more of a top 4-5 option than his usual 1-2 until he proves he’s ready to resume his normal role.  

No. 5 is admittedly aggressive for Jordan Reed, but where would rank the lad? Behind a smothered Tony Gonzalez? An underperforming Jason Witten? The rookie tight end has cleared 50 yards in four straight weeks, and drawn at least nine targets in back-to-back games. He’s the No. 2 option in a passing attack that’s slowly — and we do mean slowly — but surely getting on track. Reed should continue to pad his résumé in the coming weeks. … Speaking of Witten, he’s averaging just 4.6 catches for 50.4 yards in an offense that hasn’t been on track as much as Tony Romo’s numbers would suggest. He’s got a solid matchup in the Vikings, but has cleared 50 yards just once in his past five games, and is strangely averaging only seven targets. Witten is still a TE1, but a decidedly low-upside one for the time being. … Getting straight up mugged by opposing defenses, it’s definitely time to temper expectations for Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta’s post Julio Jones (and Roddy White) offense. He’s still a TE1 — have you seen what else is out there? — but no longer a difference-making one.

Martellus Bennett is perhaps the biggest question mark of Chicago’s post-Jay Cutler offense, but the matchup is right in a Packers defense allowing the third most points to opposing tight ends. … Charles Clay is not a sexy option, but it’s hard to argue with his 48.7 yards per game, which is 10th amongst tight ends active for Week 9. The same is true of his 29 catches. … Greg Olsen has drawn only 12 targets during Cam Newton’s three-game hot streak. … Kyle Rudolph has two good games in his past three, but with another quarterback change afoot, he’s still a TE1 shot in the dark. … Coby Fleener has big time room to grow in the absence of Reggie Wayne, but the most inconsistent fantasy tight end this side of Kyle Rudolph, he’s still just on the TE1 borderline until he proves goose eggs are no longer a potential outcome. … Tim Wright has a poor matchup in a Seahawks defense allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to rival tight ends, but with three five-catch performances in his past four games, he’s well worth a flier in all formats.

Week 9 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. PIT -
2 Blair Walsh at DAL Probable (hamstring)
3 Dan Bailey vs. MIN -
4 Garrett Hartley at NYJ -
5 Matt Bryant at CAR -
6 Nick Novak at WAS -
7 Adam Vinatieri at HOU -
8 Greg Zuerlein vs. TEN -
9 Kai Forbath vs. SD -
10 Mason Crosby vs. CHI -
11 Steven Hauschka vs. TB -
12 Justin Tucker at CLE -
13 Alex Henery at OAK -
14 Shaun Suisham at NE Probable (hamstring)
15 Sebastian Janikowski vs. PHI -
16 Caleb Sturgis vs. CIN -
17 Dan Carpenter vs. KC -
18 Rob Bironas at STL -
19 Robbie Gould at GB -
20 Nick Folk vs. NO -
21 Ryan Succop at BUF -
22 Mike Nugent at MIA -
23 Graham Gano vs. ATL -
24 Billy Cundiff vs. BAL Probable (quadriceps)
25 Rian Lindell at SEA -
26 Randy Bullock vs. IND -

Week 9 Defense/Special Teams    

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

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