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With all the breaking news this week, you may have missed the fact that Noah Fant was placed on the COVID-IR list and could miss the Broncos Week 9 game against the Cowboys. Fant needs two negative tests, 24 hours apart, before Sunday to be allowed to play. In other words, it's time to make other plans.

The top three streaming options are all available to varying degrees. Pat Freiermuth is now rostered in 60% of leagues, Tyler Conklin in 39%, and Dan Arnold in 27%. Freiermuth and Arnold have pretty terrible matchups, but in a week without T.J. Hockenson, Rob Gronkowski, and potentially Fant, we can't be too picky.

If you don't like those matchups, or if you're in a deep league where those guys are already rostered, you may want to take a shot on Fant's backup, Albert Okwuegbunam

The Broncos' second-year tight end has caught 23 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in his first nine NFL games. The Broncos' offensive tendencies (26% tight end target share each of the past two seasons) and Okwuegbunam's 82% catch rate should lead to a decent PPR floor. The fact that the Cowboys have given up the sixth-most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends only helps things. 

Here's everything else you need to know about tight end in Week 9:

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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 9 at this time. Here's what it means:

GB Green Bay • #85
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Josiah Deguara or Marcedes Lewis are touchdown-dependent dart throws against the Chiefs this week.
DEN Denver • #87
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
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Matchups that matter
JAC Jacksonville • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -14.5 O/U 49
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
8.2
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
36
REYDS
272
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.2
ATL Atlanta • #8
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -6 O/U 42
OPP VS TE
5th
PROJ PTS
12
TE RNK
4th
YTD Stats
REC
33
TAR
50
REYDS
484
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.5
MIN Minnesota • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -5.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
30th
PROJ PTS
8.5
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
37
REYDS
297
TD
1
FPTS/G
9
MIA Miami • #88
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU MIA -6.5 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
31st
PROJ PTS
11.9
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
55
REYDS
475
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.7
SF San Francisco • #85
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI ARI -2.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
1st
PROJ PTS
11.5
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
28
REYDS
227
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.7
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PIT Pittsburgh • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI PIT -6.5 O/U 40
OPP VS TE
2nd
TE RNK
9th
ROSTERED
60%
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
27
REYDS
202
TD
2
FPTS/G
7.7
I actually prefer Dan Arnold rest of season, but Arnold has to face the Bills this week, so Freiermuth's Week 8 edge puts him over the top.
JAC Jacksonville • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -14.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS TE
7th
TE RNK
12th
ROSTERED
27%
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
36
REYDS
272
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.2
Dan Arnold is second on the Jaguars in targets since Week 5. He also ranks top 12 among tight ends in target share, receptions share and Fantasy points per game in that stretch.
MIN Minnesota • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -6 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
30th
TE RNK
13th
ROSTERED
39%
Like Arnold, I like him more rest of season than this week because of his matchup with the Ravens coming off their bye week.
DEN Denver • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -10 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
18th
TE RNK
15th
ROSTERED
3%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
13
REYDS
91
TD
1
FPTS/G
5
If you're into matchups, this is probably the best one available for a streamer.
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KC Kansas City • #87
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB KC -1 O/U 55.5
OPP VS TE
17th
PROJ PTS
16.9
TE RNK
1st
YTD Stats
REC
49
TAR
72
REYDS
560
TD
4
FPTS/G
15.9
Putting my money where my mouth is with Kelce this week. I see no reason he won't be TE1, and you're getting him at a discount due to his recent scoring drought.
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JAC Jacksonville • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -14.5 O/U 49
OPP VS TE
7th
PROJ PTS
8.2
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
36
REYDS
272
TD
0
FPTS/G
7.2
It is a bad matchup, but there should be a ton of garbage time for Jacksonville and Arnold is one of their primary targets.
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