There is a large hole near the top of the Week 9 fantasy football tight end rankings with George Kittle now definitely out for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of this season (certainly the fantasy season). At least I agree with the direction that the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) took with all of the other TEs. My rankings are nearly identical to the ECR. The one exception is my inclusion of Albert Okwuegbunam, or "A-OK" as I like to call him.
This is not the first time I have discussed A-OK. I highlighted him as a high risk/high reward pick in my DFS column last week and he made me look smart as he scored the first touchdown of his young career. That is now three weeks in a row that he has more than six PPR points in a game. He is starting to give us a nice little floor.
And those three games are not as plush as his matchup is this week. "A-OK" should have more than an ok game against the Falcons this week. Atlanta is giving up the most fantasy points per game to tight ends. It is easy to see Noah Fant outproducing Okwuegbunam this week like he has much of the season, but with Atlanta giving up more than 18 PPR points per game, there should be plenty of targets and catches and yards to share between the two.
Don't misunderstand me, I still don't have Okwuegbunam as a TE1. But if you're one of those owners who lost Kittle this past week and the FA pool is looking a little dry at TE, Okweugbunam could be quite a refreshing option.
Teams on bye: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia
NFL TE Rankings: Week 9
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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