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
Still had 2 TDs despite being "limited" by foot issue.
Caught 5 passes for 95 yards in Week 2 vs. BAL.
Gronk held in check (2 rec., 27 yds.) by 'Fins.
Redskins have allowed six touchdown catches to TEs.
Led Redskins w/ 8 catches for 90 yards last week.
Hasn't had much impact w/ Julio and Roddy out.
Vikings have given up 6 TD catches to TEs.
at GB (Mon.)
Caught one pass for TD in last game.
Hauled in first TD pass since Week 2 vs. Bucs.
vs. CIN (Thurs.)
Held w/o TD last week for first time in 4 games.
Cowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to TEs.
Will his role expand w/ Reggie Wayne out for season?
Has been under 20 yards in each of last 2 games.
Colts have surrendered just one TD catch to a TE.
Would love to have big game against former team.
at MIA (Thurs.)
Caught first TD of season last week.
Caught first career TD pass last week.
Chiefs have allowed fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.
Sustained mild concussion last week.
Ravens looking for more from passing game,
Rams been pretty good against opposing TEs.
at MIA (Thurs.)
Timeshare w/ Gresham limiting opportunities.
Eagles have too many TEs to trust any one.
vs. 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