Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 9

Antonio Gates is putting together a nice, bounce-back season

Even though he is dealing with plantar fasciitis, Jimmy Graham maintains his hold on the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 9 tight end rankings. After all, that's what happens when you are "limited" and still haul in two touchdowns. While Graham and other young tight ends like Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas and more recently, Jordan Reed, have been putting up solid numbers, there are still some veterans out there making noise.

For example, Antonio Gates is 33 years old and in his 11th season with San Diego, but you couldn't tell by looking at his numbers. Gates is well on his way to his best statistical production in several years, as after just seven games he's already close to surpassing his catch and yardage totals from 2012. Right now, Gates is on pace for 96 receptions and 1,136 yards. The catches would represent a career-best while the yards would rank second behind the 1,157 he compiled during his 2009 All-Pro campaign. The only complaint Gates owners can make at this point is he has caught just two touchdown passes, but that could change Sunday in Washington. The Redskins are tied for 27th in passing defense and have already yielded six touchdown receptions to opposing tight ends.

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.

2013 NFL Week 9 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends
Teams on bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco

1Jimmy GrahamNOat NYJStill had 2 TDs despite being "limited" by foot issue.
2Jordan CameronCLEvs. BALCaught 5 passes for 95 yards in Week 2 vs. BAL.
3Rob GronkowskiNEvs. PITGronk held in check (2 rec., 27 yds.) by 'Fins.
4Antonio GatesSDat WASRedskins have allowed six touchdown catches to TEs.
5Jordan ReedWASvs. SDLed Redskins w/ 8 catches for 90 yards last week.
6Tony GonzalezATLat CARHasn't had much impact w/ Julio and Roddy out.
7Jason WittenDALvs. MINVikings have given up 6 TD catches to TEs.
8Martellus BennettCHIat GB (Mon.)Caught one pass for TD in last game.
9Greg OlsenCARvs. ATLHauled in first TD pass since Week 2 vs. Bucs.
10Charles ClayMIAvs. CIN (Thurs.)Held w/o TD last week for first time in 4 games.
11Kyle RudolphMINat DALCowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to TEs.
12Coby FleenerINDat HOUWill his role expand w/ Reggie Wayne out for season?
13Heath MillerPITat NEHas been under 20 yards in each of last 2 games.
14Garrett GrahamHOUvs. INDColts have surrendered just one TD catch to a TE.
15Jared CookSTLvs. TENWould love to have big game against former team.
16Jermaine GreshamCINat MIA (Thurs.)Caught first TD of season last week.
17Timothy WrightTBat SEACaught first career TD pass last week.
18Scott ChandlerBUFvs. KCChiefs have allowed fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
19Jeff CumberlandNYJvs. NOSustained mild concussion last week.
20Dallas ClarkBALat CLERavens looking for more from passing game,
21Delanie WalkerTENat STLRams been pretty good against opposing TEs.
22Tyler EifertCINat MIA (Thurs.)Timeshare w/ Gresham limiting opportunities.
23Zach MillerSEAvs. TB 
24Anthony FasanoKCat BUF 
25Brent CelekPHIat OAKEagles have too many TEs to trust any one.
26Andrew QuarlessGBvs. CHI (Mon.)Saw just 2 targets in first game as starter last week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 9 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams


Week 9 Waiver Wire

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