Fantasy Football Week 9 Rankings: Tight Ends

Michael WhooleySenior Writer INovember 5, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Week 8 dealt a devastating blow to the fantasy football world at the tight end position as we lost Owen Daniels of the Houston Texans for the season.

It isn’t that he is not irreplaceable, but at this point of the season where many trade deadlines have either come or gone or the waiver wire has been picked clean, Daniels’ replacement most likely will come in the form of someone that will never match anything near his production.

That is part of the fantasy football process though and something that multiple teams in every league usually have to deal with every season. If you prepared your team correctly though the loss of Daniels won’t be nearly as significant as for some.

Being that you are on the Bruno Boys site, odds are if you follow closely, you were well prepared. So good job. And while we are talking about being prepared, let’s jump into the b>Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 9 Tight End Rankings.

1. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) at Philadelphia

Leading the Bruno Boys tight ends this week is none other than Jason Witten who has struggled for his standards with having just 348 yards over seven games, ranking 11th in the NFL in that stat while grabbing only one touchdown.

Good news is on the horizon though as he faces his division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles , who are the worst in the league against the tight end allowing 11.1 fantasy football points per contest.

Boding well for Witten as well is the fact that the Eagles have allowed five touchdowns to the tight end position in 2009. This should be his best week to date this season.
Point Projection: 13 points

2. Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers) vs. Tennessee

Vernon Davis has been on fire during the past month accumulating most of his stats over four games; and to be honest we believe what we have seen recently is something that we will see for the most part the remainder of the season, despite the San Francisco 49ers offensive line being banged up.

Davis is averaging 53.6 yards per game and has seven touchdowns on the season. This week he faces the Tennessee Titans who have allowed 7.6 fantasy points per contest to the position and have allowed 19 passing. Even during an off-week, Davis would remain a solid play.
Point Projection: 12 points

3. John Carlson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Detroit

Even with a banged up Seattle Seahawks offensive line and some recent struggles from John Carlson , the second year tight end has just too good of a matchup against the lowly Detroit Lions who have surrendered 10.4 fantasy football points per contest to the position as well as seven total touchdowns.

Even if Carlson needs to stay back and protect the quarterback most of the game, we are talking about 40 yards and a touchdown to reach that 10.4. That is very doable and something to expect in Week 9.
Point Projection: 11 points

4. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) at New York Giants

The San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is second in the league with 523 receiving yards, good for 74.7 per game. While his touchdowns are down from his career norm as he has only went for two, he faces a New York Giants defense that has allowed five to tight ends. Don’t be scared off by the Giants name, Gates will have a very nice week.
Point Projection: 11 points

5. Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Houston

Always having been one of the better tight ends in the game, Dallas Clark has jumped another level this season pumping in 83.4 yards per game while grabbing three touchdowns. This week he faces the Houston Texans who are pretty solid against the position, allowing just 5.4 fantasy points per contest. Expect Clark to get the better part of this duel.
Point Projection: 11 points

6. Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas

This is a very big game for both teams which usually results in a higher-scoring affair. That will benefit Brent Celek this week as he should obtain, if not exceed, his season average of 63.9 yards per week.

While the Dallas Cowboys are stingy against the position statistically, they truly have only faced one top tight end which was Tony Gonzalez in Week 7. We like Celek’s chances here.
Point Projection: 10 points

7. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Washington

During last week’s contest against the New Orleans Saints , Matt Ryan started focusing hard on Tony Gonzalez as a main target. That is good news for one of the better tight ends in NFL history.

While Gonzalez will have his work cut out for him, as the Washington Redskins have allowed only one tight end touchdown all year and give up a minimal 3.7 fantasy points per contest to the position, he should see enough targets to be a solid play. Play him as a mid-tier TE1 in deeper leagues.
Point Projection: 8 points

8. Greg Olsen (Chicago Bears) vs. Arizona

Starting with Greg Olsen , the tight ends start to see a bit of a drop off in what is expected out of them in Week 9. Olsen has averaged just over 30 yards per contest which is fairly unimpressive, but he does have three touchdowns.

This week he faces the Arizona Cardinals who give up an average of 6.6 fantasy points per contest to opposing teams tight ends. Don’t expect numbers that will jump out at you, but solid production is expected none-the-less and the fact that he is a red zone threat makes him a worthy TE1 play.
Point Projection: 8 points

9. Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) at Tampa Bay     **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

While Jermichael Finley is suffering through a knee injury, if he suits up he will produce enough to be a solid TE1 in deeper leagues.

Finely has averaged over 43 yards per week, which is not impressive, but considering that he faces a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that allows 7.3 fantasy points per week, it’s reasonable enough to believe that solid yardage and maybe even a touchdown is possible.
Point Projection: 7 points

10. Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans) vs. Carolina

The Carolina Panthers present an obstacle for the New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey as they have been great against the pass for receivers, and nearly equally as good against tight ends as they have allowed only 5.7 fantasy points per week.

Given the fact that the Saints have so many options and a tough matchup, Shockey, who has averaged a respectable 53.7 yards per game, will most likely as a secondary target to quarterback Drew Brees . None-the-less, if you don’t have one of the above TE1’s on your roster available to you, Shockey is a nice complimentary play.
Point Projection: 6 points

11. Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) at Denver

After a slow start to the season, Heath Miller has been very solid as of late. In fact he has played himself into a definite TE1 as he has averaged just over 50 yards per game and has gone for four touchdowns.

Things will be a bit tough for Miller this week though as he faces a Denver Broncos defense that has held opposing tight ends to a total of 3.1 fantasy points per contest.

Considering that they have allowed only one touchdown to the position as well, Denver has a solid shot at getting the best of this matchup. Due to his ability to get open in the end zone, Miller is a low-end TE1 in deeper leagues.
Point Projection: 6 points

12. Fred Davis (Washington Redskins) at Atlanta

Chris Cooley is a great tight end; Fred Davis has not played enough to be considered one. But Davis is facing an Atlanta Falcons defense that has surrendered 8.6 fantasy points per week while allowing three touchdowns.

That doesn’t mean that Davis is a shoe-in for a nice week, but given the Washington Redskins circumstances, the tight end is a position of great responsibility. Davis should perform at a level high enough to be considered on the cusp of a TE1 in deeper leagues.
Point Projection: 6 points