Just like last week, there are six teams on a bye. If you own Rob Gronkowski or Kyle Rudolph, you should have them on your bench. You should also make sure you don't have any other players from the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Chargers or Pittsburgh Steelers in your lineup.
If you need some help at tight end, or any other position, take a look at my waiver wire article for Week 9.
Here are my Top 20 options at the position this week.
TOP 20 WEEK 9 RANKINGS BELOW
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham is my top option for the week for multiple reasons. One reason is the play of Russell Wilson, who continues to put up huge numbers, despite subpar offensive line play. Another reason for my confidence in him this week is that he is facing the Washington Redskins, a defense that has allowed the most receiving yards and fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends. Graham is also coming off of a two touchdown performance and has four scores in his last three starts.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle is my No. 3 tight end this week. The Colts are facing the same Houston Texans that Graham obliterated in Week 8. Houston is allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends and Doyle is coming off of a huge performance. In Week 8 he piled up 121 yards and a touchdown, while securing 12 of 14 targets. Doyle is a huge part of the Colts' offense, as he has just one fewer target than star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. He is a TE1 for the rest of the season.
Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis is my No. 8 option at the position this week. Davis is due for a big role if Jordan Reed doesn't play. He is a streamer if you need a dart throw because of the bye week blues. The Redskins are facing a Seattle Seahawks team that is decent against the tight end, but I'm going with Davis here in a tight spot because of his reliability.
Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson should benefit from the departure of Kelvin Benjamin and facing the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are tied for allowing the eight-most targets to the position and I think Dickson adds to that look total here. With six teams on a bye, opportunity is what you are looking for at the position. I see Dickson turning a large target total into low-end TE1 output.
Tyler Higbee is another roll-of-the-dice TE2. The Los Angeles Rams tight end has yet to score this season but has been more involved in the offense lately. This week, Higbee faces a New York Giants crew allowing the most fantasy points per game, most touchdowns and seventh-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends. You could do much worse than this matchup.