Week 9 Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings (PPR): Jonnu Smith Fading Away

Need more help with fantasy football this season? Check out the fantasy football to see updated weekly rankings, projections, and statistics for the fantasy football season. The tight end standings last week were once again trumped by the tight end fantasy leader, Travis Kelce. Kelce has nearly a 45 point fantasy lead on the second place, Darren Waller. Jonnu Smith is starting to fall off the grid in Tennessee‘s offense and may cause trouble for his fantasy owners. Check out the week nine fantasy football tight end rankings for week nine below.

RankNameAverage PointsWeek 9 OpponentsWeek 9 Projection
1Travis Kelce17.9vs. Carolina Panthers17.85
2Darren Waller14@ Los Angeles Chargers13.5
3T.J Hockenson12.4@ Minnesota Vikings11.5
4Noah Fant12.2@ Atlanta Falcons9.85
5Rob Gronkowski9.5vs. New Orleans Saints10.4
6Robert Tonyan12@ San Francisco 49ers8.35
7Hunter Henry9.6vs. Las Vegas Raiders9.85
8Hayden Hurst10.4vs. Denver Broncos9.45
9Mark Andrews11.5@ Indianapolis Colts10.55
10Jared Cook11.3@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers9.75
11Evan Engram8.4@ Washington Football Team9
12Jonnu Smith11.3vs. Chicago Bears9.3
13Jimmy Graham9.7@ Tennessee Titans8.15
14Eric Ebron8.9@ Dallas Cowboys8.25
15Dalton Schultz9.3vs. Pittsburgh Steelers7.15
16Logan Thomas8.5vs. New York Giants6.6
17Anthony Firksker7.1vs. Chicago Bears7.25
18Trey Burotn5vs. Baltimore Ravens6.1
19Mike Gisecki8.6@ Arizona Cardinals6.8
20Jack Doyle11vs. Baltimore Ravens5.2

Tier One Tight Ends

Travis Kelce is gaining a heavy lead on the rest of the tight ends to be the unanimous number one fantasy tight end. He has 143 points this year so far which is first in front of Darren Waller who has 98.1 fantasy points. Kelce is one of the most targeted tight ends in the league and is essentially a receiver. He stands eighth in receiving yards and seventh in receiving touchdowns this year. He is easily the most valuable tight end to have in fantasy football. Kelce and the Chiefs will take on the Carolina Panthers next week.

Darren Waller had a tough week last week having only five catches for 28 yards and 7.8 fantasy points. Next week the Raiders take on the Chargers, who have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Waller is the second most targeted tight end in the NFL currently and is still averaging 14 fantasy points per game. He will be an important piece of their game next week in the divisional matchup with the Chargers.

T.J Hockenson has been quite the consistent fantasy tight end this year. He has had only two games out of seven scored under ten points, but in those games, he scored 9.3 and 9.7 fantasy points. He is averaging 12.4 fantasy points this season and will take on plenty of targets without the help oF Kenny Golladay for the Detroit Lions. Hockenson should have another 10+ game next week against the Minnesota Vikings in a divisional matchup.

Noah Fant finally had another game over 10 points last week against the Chargers with seven catches and 47 yards for 11.7 fantasy points. He had not had a 10+ point game since week two but is regaining targets and attention in the Broncos offense. Albert Okewuegbunam remains as tight end competition, but Tim Patrick is now another wide receiver that may not play next week for the Broncos. Noah Fant should have a solid week against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady now have the second most touchdowns as a quarterback and receiver duo, surpassing Steve Young and Jerry Rice on Monday night with 93 touchdowns. Gronk has also been having a great fantasy run over the past two weeks, averaging 16.7 fantasy points per game. He has scored a touchdown in each of the last three weeks, which has accounted for all of his touchdowns this season. He will be an important part of the Bucs’ offense next week in an important divisional game against the Saints.

Tight End Streamers

Logan Thomas has been putting on a streak of fantasy points for the Washington Football team over the last two weeks. He has put up 14.6 fantasy points per game over the last two weeks, scoring a touchdown in both of those games. He can put fantasy points on the board as a solid waiver wire pick up. He is only rostered in 11.8% of ESPN fantasy leagues, and that number should be higher this week.

Trey Burton has certainly had an interesting part in the Colts’ offensive scheme, scoring two rushing touchdowns in his last two games. Besides that, he has averaged 16 fantasy points in the last two weeks for the Colts and would be an excellent fantasy streamer. His competition with Jack Doyle and Mo-Allie Cox is certainly frustrating, but he has made a name for himself in the offense. The Ravens are below average in allowing fantasy points, and Burton could have a good week against them. He is only rostered in 15.9% of ESPN fantasy leagues.

Bounce Back

Jonnu Smith has had an absolutely rough three weeks of fantasy football. He came out of the gates swinging as a top ten tight end for the first three weeks, but he has not scored over five points in the last three weeks. It may be time to deal away or release Jonnu Smith away from your fantasy team, but he might deserve one last shot against the Bears on Sunday, who have allowed the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends. The Bears have a strict red zone touchdown percentage, but they have solid cornerbacks that will free up Jonnu.

Jimmy Graham may be due for a better fantasy week than he received last week against the Saints, where he scored 3.3 fantasy points off of two catches for 13 yards against his former team. Graham has still averaged 9.7 fantasy points this season and is the fourth most targeted tight end in fantasy at the moment, giving him the chance to bounce back against the Titans next week.

Tough Matchup

Dalton Schultz has put up some solid scoring games including last week, where he put up 11.3 fantasy points against the Philadelphia Eagles. And while he is surprisingly ranked fourth in tight end yards this season, he may struggle next week. The Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed the fourth least amount of points to tight ends this season. Plus, Ben DiNucci will not receive the start and the Cowboys will defer to Cooper Rush and Garrett Gilbert to command the offense. Those factors combined do not add up to a reputable fantasy week for Schultz on an offense that hasn’t scored a touchdown in two weeks.

Mark Andrews has been inconsistent as well this season after tying for first in total receiving touchdowns last year. He has three games over 15+ points, but four games under 10 points this season. The Ravens will take on the Colts next week, who have allowed the least amount of fantasy points to tight ends with their tremendous defense. I would think about taking Andrews out of the lineup for next week.

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