Fantasy Football TE Tiers and Streamers for Week 9 | Can you trust Travis Kelce this week?

With eight weeks of the 2021 NFL season behind us, here are our Week 9 fantasy football TE tiers and streamers.

With eight weeks of the NFL season now behind us, it’s time for fantasy football managers to set their lineups and dive into each position for Week 9. At arguably the most frustrating position in all of fantasy football, here are our TE tiers and streamers for Week 9.

Week 9 TE Tiers

The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. Please check back regularly as we update the Week 9 TE fantasy football rankings throughout the week.

Teams on a bye in Week 9: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team.

Tier 1

1. Travis Kelce | Kansas City Chiefs vs. GB
2. Darren Waller | Las Vegas Raiders @ NYG
3. Mark Andrews | Baltimore Ravens vs. MIN

Tier 2

4. Kyle Pitts | Atlanta Falcons @ NO
5. Mike Gesicki | Miami Dolphins vs. HOU
6. Dallas Goedert | Philadelphia Eagles vs. LAC

Tier 3

7. Dalton Schultz | Dallas Cowboys vs. DEN
8. Tyler Higbee | Los Angeles Rams vs. TEN
9. Noah Fant | Denver Broncos @ DAL
10. Zach Ertz | Arizona Cardinals @ SF

Tier 4

11. Hunter Henry | New England Patriots @ CAR
12. George Kittle | San Francisco 49ers vs. ARI
13. Pat Freiermuth | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CHI
14. Albert Okwuegbunam | Denver Broncos @ DAL
15. Tyler Conklin | Minnesota Vikings @ BAL

Tier 5

16. Jared Cook | Los Angeles Chargers @ PHI
17. C.J. Uzomah | Cincinnati Bengals vs. CLE
18. Dan Arnold | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. BUF
19. Mo Alie-Cox | Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ

Tier 6

20. Evan Engram | New York Giants vs. LV
21. Cole Kmet | Chicago Bears @ PIT
22. David Njoku | Cleveland Browns @ CIN
23. Tommy Sweeney | Buffalo Bills @ JAX
24. Austin Hooper | Cleveland Browns @ CIN
25. Hayden Hurst | Atlanta Falcons @ NO
26. Blake Jarwin | Dallas Cowboys vs. DEN

Tier 7

27. Adam Trautman | New Orleans Saints vs. ATL
28. Jack Doyle | Indianapolis Colts vs. NYJ
29. Jonnu Smith | New England Patriots @ CAR
30. Foster Moreau | Las Vegas Raiders @ NYG
31. Jordan Akins | Houston Texans @ MIA
32. Josiah Deguara | Green Bay Packers @ KC
33. Anthony Firkser | Tennessee Titans @ LAR

Tier 8

34. Kyle Rudolph | New York Giants vs. LV
35. Marcedes Lewis | Green Bay Packers @ KC
36. Tommy Tremble | Carolina Panthers vs. NE
37. Ryan Griffin | New York Jets @ IND
38. Juwan Johnson | New Orleans Saints vs. ATL

Tier 9

39. MyCole Pruitt | Tennessee Titans @ LAR
40. Ian Thomas | Carolina Panthers vs. NE
41. Durham Smythe | Miami Dolphins vs. HOU
42. Donald Parham Jr. | Los Angeles Chargers @ PHI
43. Tyler Kroft | New York Jets @ IND
44. Eric Saubert | Denver Broncos @ DAL

Tier 10

45. Brevin Jordan | Houston Texans @ MIA
46. Harrison Bryant | Cleveland Browns @ CIN
47. Geoff Swaim | Tennessee Titans @ LAR
48. Zach Gentry | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CHI
49. Josh Oliver | Baltimore Ravens vs. MIN
50. Adam Shaheen | Miami Dolphins vs. HOU

TE Streamers for Week 9

If you didn’t draft Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, or T.J. Hockenson, you’re likely looking for streaming options at the position. Here are a few matchups worth considering putting in your lineup.

Albert Okwuegbunam, Denver Broncos (12% rostered)

Typically, the second TE on his own roster isn’t worth much consideration in fantasy football, but when the starter (Noah Fant) is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, things get a little more interesting.

That’s exactly the situation we’re looking at, with Fant being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday of this week.

The Denver Broncos will be playing the Dallas Cowboys this week, and there’s a good chance they’ll fall behind early against an explosive offense. “Albert O” is a 6’6″, 258-pound tight end with top-end athleticism. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine and has 212 receiving yards and 2 TDs on 22 receptions in his young career.

He’s a bit of a gamble in an offense that has plenty of mouths to feed, but Okwuegbunam is an intriguing streaming option — to say the least.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers (37% rostered)

I love Pat Freiermuth. In most draft classes, he would have been this first tight end selected, but this class had someone by the name of Kyle Pitts go as the highest-drafted TE in NFL history. No big deal.

Freiermuth is talented in his own right, and he’s been producing early in his NFL career. Trusting a rookie tight end in fantasy typically isn’t advised, but this is no average rookie.

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After catching all 7 targets for 58 yards in Week 6 before Pittsburgh’s bye, Freiermuth once again saw 7 targets in Week 8, catching 4 of them for 44 yards and a highlight-reel TD catch. In fact, in the Steelers’ Week 8 game, Freiermuth was second on the team in targets, proving that he’s carving out an important role in this offense.

Freiermuth is a high-end TE2 against the Chicago Bears this week and should be started with confidence.

Tyler Conklin, Minnesota Vikings (33% rostered)

The Minnesota Vikings have an offense that runs through Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen, but TE Tyler Conklin is having a solid season as well. What’s been holding him back is a lack of touchdowns — he only has one.

In their last two games, Conklin has 12 targets, converting them into 8 receptions for 112 yards. He’s been seeing some work and has a good opportunity ahead of him this weekend.

The Vikings take on the Baltimore Ravens, who have been a solid defensive unit all year. The tight end position continues to give them issues, however — they’re allowing 10.7 fantasy points per game to the position, fifth-most in the NFL. 

Conklin has a safe floor with his share of this offense, and if he’s able to break his touchdown cold streak, he could have a nice Week 9.

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