Week 9 Fantasy Football: Tight End Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 30, 2012

October 28, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers (83) runs the ball in the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Raiders won 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Myers only received three targets against the Chiefs, but credit his light usage to the Raiders posting a rare big lead on their opponent. On the other hand, Myers did made the most of his opportunities with three receptions for 49 yards on the day.

While Denarius Moore is starting to emerge as the Raiders top receiver, and Darrius Heyward-Bey has successfully returned from a scary hit leading to a concussion back in September, the Raiders are still in need of help in the passing game.

Myers has decent skills and should continue to be Carson Palmer’s favorite target over the middle of the field. He’s capable of more and we should look to Myers as a possible option to use, if you’re frustrated with your usual starter in what has proven to be a frustrating month at the tight end position for fantasy leagues.


What Did We Learn From Week 8?

Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski were fabulous, Jimmy Graham came back with a solid performance and Health Miller found the end zone again.

Other than that, it was a horrible week for tight ends. I can’t blame you if you want to bench players like Antonio Gates and Kyle Rudolph, but at this point we don’t have much to look to for another option. I’m on board with moving away from Rudolph, at least until we see Christian Ponder settle down and play more like the quarterback we saw in the first month of the season.

As for Gates, I think fantasy owners will have to keep rolling with him for awhile. He will have disappointing weeks and some really nice performances, like his numbers against the Broncos a few weeks ago.

Sean’s Week 9 Watch List

- Logan Paulsen has been an active part of the Redskins offense since Fred Davis went down with a season-ending injury. I'm not sure that Paulsen will emerge as a weekly starter, but he can help you through the bye weeks, as Mike Shanahan has a history of keeping his tight ends active in the passing game.

- Targets have been down for Tony Gonzalez in recent weeks, but I believe that has more to do with struggles against the Raiders as a team and the Falcons rolling up a big lead on the Eagles early on. In what is turning out to be a bit of a down year for the tight end position, Gonzalez is clearly a safe starter in your lineup.

If the Cowboys can maintain the momentum they had on offense in the second half against the Giants, this should be a high-scoring game.

1 Jason Witten @ Falcons
2 Jimmy Graham Eagles
3 Heath Miller @ Giants
4 Tony Gonzalez Cowboys
5 Brandon Pettigrew @ Jaguars
6 Owen Daniels Bills
7 Antonio Gates Chiefs
8 Brent Celek @ Saints
9 Jermaine Gresham Broncos
10 Martellus Bennett Steelers
11 Scott Chandler @ Texans
12 Brandon Myers Buccaneers
13 Logan Paulsen Panthers
14 Greg Olsen @ Redskins
15 Dennis Pitta @ Browns
16 Kyle Rudolph @ Seahawks

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