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Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 9 fantasy football

We take you through some of the best non-PPR tight ends going into Week 9 for fantasy football, including a few viable streamers.

Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a three-yard touchdown against the New York Jets during their NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Final injury report

Out: N/A
Doubtful: N/A
Questionable: Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Cole Kmet (groin), Nick Vannett (foot), Vance McDonald (illness), Dawson Knox (calf)

Wednesday injury report

The notable news is that Jimmy Graham was listed with a knee injury this week. He normally gets a veteran’s day off, but it’s listed as not injury related. If he can’t go, Cole Kmet would get the start.

Greg Olsen missed practice with a foot injury, but given his history, we’ll need to wait for Thursday and Friday news. If Olsen ends up unable to go, Will Dissly would probably be the lead option in a committee approach.

Jordan Akins was back to a full practice and is on track to return to a timeshare at tight end with Darren Fells when they take on the Jaguars.

DNP: Jimmy Graham (knee, hamstring), Tyler Eifert (not injury related, neck)
Limited: Mo Alie-Cox (knee), Nick Vannett (foot), T.J. Hockenson (toe), Logan Thomas (ankle)
Full: Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion), Adam Shaheen (shoulder)

Travis Kelce continues to be the only tight end providing fantasy managers (and his NFL teammates) consistent and reliable performances. Outside of his standard weekly TE1 performance, fantasy managers saw worthy days from Rob Gronkowski, Jack Doyle, Trey Burton and rookie TE Albert Okwuegbunam.

The only plus side if you had a down week at the position? Mark Andrews, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Gerald Everett, Noah Fant, George Kittle and Darren Waller all ranked as TE15 or worse in non-PPR scoring formats this week. Simply put — if you had a bad day at the TE position, your opponent probably did too. Misery loves company.

Injury news

The biggest injury news of the week, no shock, comes in from the 49ers. TE George Kittle left Sunday’s contest limping off the field, diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot. Coach Kyle Shanahan expects Kittle to have an eight-week absence. Kittle has ranked as the TE2 in standard scoring formats, despite having missed two games already on the season.

Tyler Higbee returned to the active lineup following a one-game absence due to a hand injury. He snagged just two catches for 14 receiving yards in his return.

Bye weeks

The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams are on bye in Week 9. Drew Sample, Harrison Bryant, Dallas Goedert, Tyler Higbee. The big benefit to this bye week is Austin Hooper has a chance to get healthy from his appendectomy. Fantasy managers won’t be significantly affected by these tight ends on bye.

Streaming options

Trey Burton, Colts

Fantasy managers had long given up on the emergence of Burton as a fantasy option, but his recent use in Indy could be enough to spark some hope for those in need of a streamer. Since being activated by the team in Week 4, he’s averaged five targets per game, including some usage as a rusher that’s been converted into two rushing scores. The Colts announced that RB Jonathan Taylor has an ankle injury, so it’s possible we see more of this creative usage versus the Ravens.

Eric Ebron, Steelers

Ebron has arguably been one of 2020’s safest assets at the tight end position. He’s averaged four receptions for 40 yards in each game that he’s played 70% or more of offensive snaps, and this week, gets a porous Dallas defense allowing anything and everything through the air that comes their way. 50 receiving yards seems like a safe bet, but don’t be surprised if he nabs a score in this contest as well.

Tight end non-PPR rankings for Week 3

Rk Name Team Opp
Rk Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs LAC
2 Darren Waller LV vs MIA
3 T.J. Hockenson DET vs BAL
4 George Kittle SF vs GB
5 Mark Andrews BAL @ DET
6 Rob Gronkowski TB @ LAR
7 Kyle Pitts ATL @ NYG
8 Robert Tonyan GB @ SF
9 Noah Fant DEN vs NYJ
10 Dallas Goedert PHI @ DAL
11 Logan Thomas WAS @ BUF
12 Tyler Higbee LAR vs TB
13 Jared Cook LAC @ KC
14 Jonnu Smith NE vs NO
15 Hunter Henry NE vs NO
16 Austin Hooper CLE vs CHI
17 Juwan Johnson NO @ NE
18 Blake Jarwin DAL vs PHI
19 Cole Kmet CHI @ CLE
20 Mike Gesicki MIA @ LV
21 Gerald Everett SEA @ MIN
22 Dawson Knox BUF vs WAS
23 Dalton Schultz DAL vs PHI
24 Dan Arnold CAR @ HOU
25 Tyler Conklin MIN vs SEA
26 Jack Doyle IND @ TEN
27 David Njoku CLE vs CHI
28 Pat Freiermuth PIT vs CIN
29 Eric Ebron PIT vs CIN
30 Adam Trautman NO @ NE
31 Kyle Rudolph NYG vs ATL
32 Hayden Hurst ATL @ NYG
33 Tyler Kroft NYJ @ DEN
34 Albert Okwuegbunam DEN vs NYJ
35 Anthony Firkser TEN vs IND
36 Zach Ertz PHI @ DAL
37 Maxx Williams ARI @ JAC
38 C.J. Uzomah CIN @ PIT
39 Harrison Bryant CLE vs CHI
40 Chris Manhertz JAC vs ARI
41 Jordan Akins HOU vs CAR
42 O.J. Howard TB @ LAR
43 Foster Moreau LV vs MIA
44 Jimmy Graham CHI @ CLE
45 Pharaoh Brown HOU vs CAR
46 Mo Alie-Cox IND @ TEN
47 Will Dissly SEA @ MIN
48 Donald Parham Jr. LAC @ KC
49 Ian Thomas CAR @ HOU
50 Geoff Swaim TEN vs IND
51 Ryan Griffin NYJ @ DEN
52 Chris Herndon IV MIN vs SEA
53 Kaden Smith NYG vs ATL
54 Derek Carrier LV vs MIA
55 Cameron Brate TB @ LAR
56 Ricky Seals-Jones WAS @ BUF
57 Josh Oliver BAL @ DET
58 Marcedes Lewis GB @ SF
59 MyCole Pruitt TEN vs IND
60 Tommy Hudson TEN vs IND
61 Kylen Granson IND @ TEN
62 Darrell Daniels ARI @ JAC
63 Lee Smith ATL @ NYG
64 Ross Dwelley SF vs GB
65 Blake Bell KC vs LAC
66 Luke Farrell JAC vs ARI
67 Eric Saubert DEN vs NYJ
68 Durham Smythe MIA @ LV
69 Cethan Carter MIA @ LV
70 Darren Fells DET vs BAL
71 Jack Stoll PHI @ DAL
72 Evan Engram NYG vs ATL
73 Hunter Long MIA @ LV
74 Drew Sample CIN @ PIT
75 James O'Shaughnessy JAC vs ARI