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Fantasy Football 2013 Tight End Rankings: Week 9

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Antonio Gates

Antonio Gates

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

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Player

Team

OPP

Notes

1

Jimmy Graham

NO

at NYJ

Still had 2 TDs despite being "limited" by foot issue.

2

Jordan Cameron

CLE

vs. BAL

Caught 5 passes for 95 yards in Week 2 vs. BAL.

3

Rob Gronkowski

NE

vs. PIT

Gronk held in check (2 rec., 27 yds.) by 'Fins.

4

Antonio Gates

SD

at WAS

Redskins have allowed six touchdown catches to TEs.

5

Jordan Reed

WAS

vs. SD

Led Redskins w/ 8 catches for 90 yards last week.

6

Tony Gonzalez

ATL

at CAR

Hasn't had much impact w/ Julio and Roddy out.

7

Jason Witten

DAL

vs. MIN

Vikings have given up 6 TD catches to TEs.

8

Martellus Bennett

CHI

at GB (Mon.)

Caught one pass for TD in last game.

9

Greg Olsen

CAR

vs. ATL

Hauled in first TD pass since Week 2 vs. Bucs.

10

Charles Clay

MIA

vs. CIN (Thurs.)

Held w/o TD last week for first time in 4 games.

11

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

at DAL

Cowboys allowing second-most fantasy pts. to TEs.

12

Coby Fleener

IND

at HOU

Will his role expand w/ Reggie Wayne out for season?

13

Heath Miller

PIT

at NE

Has been under 20 yards in each of last 2 games.

14

Garrett Graham

HOU

vs. IND

Colts have surrendered just one TD catch to a TE.

15

Jared Cook

STL

vs. TEN

Would love to have big game against former team.

16

Jermaine Gresham

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Caught first TD of season last week.

17

Timothy Wright

TB

at SEA

Caught first career TD pass last week.

18

Scott Chandler

BUF

vs. KC

Chiefs have allowed fewest fantasy pts. to TEs.

19

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

vs. NO

Sustained mild concussion last week.

20

Dallas Clark

BAL

at CLE

Ravens looking for more from passing game,

21

Delanie Walker

TEN

at STL

Rams been pretty good against opposing TEs.

22

Tyler Eifert

CIN

at MIA (Thurs.)

Timeshare w/ Gresham limiting opportunities.

23

Zach Miller

SEA

vs. TB

 

24

Anthony Fasano

KC

at BUF

 

25

Brent Celek

PHI

at OAK

Eagles have too many TEs to trust any one.

26

Andrew Quarless

GB

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Saw just 2 targets in first game as starter last week.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Defense/Special Teams

Kickers

Week 9 Waiver Wire