Week 9 Fantasy PPR Rankings: Tight end | Sporting News

There actually are some key differences between our standard fantasy tight end rankings and our Week 9 TE PPR rankings, and it comes in the form of a high-floor vs. high-ceiling argument. Zach Ertz and Mark Andrews have both disappointed lately, but we know they’re integral to their teams’ respective offenses. However, both have unfavorable matchups this week. Conversely, Greg Olsen, T.J. Hockenson, Vance McDonald, Jack Doyle, and Eric Ebron have proven to have low floors, but they all have matchups with teams in the top eight in fantasy points per game allowed to TEs. Who would you rather start?

For most owners, this is simply a thought experiment. It’s possible you have more than one of these TEs, but it’s more likely you have no choice but to start the only one you own. If anything, you’re just happy some of these mid-tier tight ends have better outlooks this week. If you have Ertz (vs. Bears) or Andrews (vs. Patriots), it’s unlikely you’re going to sit them despite their poor showings in recent weeks. Ertz, in particular, is worrisome, as his catches are down and Dallas Goedert is siphoning more targets, especially in the red zone. Still, are you really going to take a chance on a waiver-wire sleeper over someone who was probably your third- or fourth-round pick? 

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As you can see in our rankings, we’re slotting the perceived “higher-floor” TEs, or, more accurately, the more proven TEs, ahead of the favorable-matchup, boom-or-bust players. The extra two or three catches Ertz and Andrews could get won’t help them outscore, say, Hockenson or McDonald, if they get into the end zone, but the risk-reward balance swings toward the usually higher-volume players.

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As far as deep sleepers, the matchups are also favorable for Noah Fant (vs. Browns) and Luke Willson (vs. Buccaneers), but in PPR, they’re even riskier because of their TD-or-bust natures. Jonnu Smith (@ Panthers) is interesting if Delanie Walker (ankle) is once again out, as he should see a bunch of targets again. He might actually be underranked here, so don’t be afraid to start him, especially if you had Walker.

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Reminder: Check back for updates during the week.

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Week 9 PPR Rankings: TEs

These rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.

Rank Player
1 George Kittle, SF @ ARZ
2 Darren Waller, OAK vs. DET
3 Evan Engram, NYG vs. DAL
4 Travis Kelce, KC vs. MIN
5 Hunter Henry, LAC vs. GB
6 Zach Ertz, PHI vs. CHI
7 Mark Andrews, BAL vs. NE
8 Greg Olsen, CAR vs. TEN
9 T.J. Hockenson, DET @ OAK
10 Vance McDonald, PIT vs. IND
11 Jack Doyle, IND @ PIT
12 Eric Ebron, IND @ PIT
13 Cameron Brate, TB @ SEA
14 Jonnu Smith, TEN @ CAR
15 Jimmy Graham, GB @ LAC
16 Darren Fells, HOU vs. JAX (in UK)
17 Chris Herndon, NYJ @ MIA
18 Noah Fant, DEN vs. CLE
19 Luke Willson, SEA vs. TB
20 Benjamin Watson, NE @ BAL
21 Jason Witten, DAL @ NYG
22 Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. CHI
23 Kyle Rudolph, MIN @ KC
24 Tyler Kroft, BUF vs. WAS
25 Irv Smith Jr., MIN @ KC
26 Demetrius Harris, CLE @ DEN
27 Ricky Seals-Jones, CLE @ DEN
28 Mike Gesicki, MIA vs. NYJ
29 Trey Burton, CHI @ PHI
30 Jeremy Sprinkle, WAS @ BUF

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