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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Week 8 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski vs. MIA Probable (arm)
2 Vernon Davis at JAC -
3 Tony Gonzalez at ARZ -
4 Julius Thomas vs. WAS -
5 Jason Witten at DET -
6 Jordan Cameron at KC -
7 Jordan Reed at DEN Probable (hip)
8 Heath Miller at OAK -
9 Greg Olsen at TB -
10 Jimmy Graham vs. BUF -
11 Kyle Rudolph vs. GB -
12 Charles Clay at NE -
13 Brandon Pettigrew vs. DAL Probable (hamstring)
14 Jared Cook vs. SEA -
15 Jeff Cumberland at CIN Probable (hamstring)
16 Joseph Fauria vs. DAL -
17 Tyler Eifert vs. NYJ -
18 Anthony Fasano vs. CLE Probable (knee)
19 Zach Miller at STL Probable (hamstring)
20 Jermaine Gresham vs. NYJ -
21 Rob Housler vs. ATL Probable (ankle)
22 Andrew Quarless at MIN -
23 Zach Ertz vs. NYG -
24 Brandon Myers at PHI -
25 Scott Chandler at NO -
26 Tim Wright vs. CAR -
27 Brent Celek vs. NYG -
28 Marcedes Lewis vs. SF Probable (calf)
29 Mychal Rivera vs. PIT -
30 Lance Kendricks vs. SEA -
31 Ben Watson vs. BUF -
32 Brandon Bostick at MIN -
33 Sean McGrath vs. CLE -
34 Vance McDonald at JAC Questionable (ankle)
35 John Carlson vs. GB -
36 Levine Toilolo at ARZ -

TE Notes: Just take Jimmy Graham’s (foot) status day by day. If he plays, fire him up. If he sits, we’ll know by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday morning. … Now that was a return. Looking like the Gronk of old, Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 114 yards on a whopping 17 targets in New England’s Week 7 loss. That’s despite the fact he played just 51-of-79 snaps, and was the victim of a number of Tom Brady overthrows. If you spent Weeks 1-6 stashing Gronk, your No. 1 overall tight end dreams have likely come true, especially if Jimmy Graham can’t stay healthy down the stretch. … Vernon Davis is No. 4 in raw tight end fantasy points despite missing a game with a hamstring injury. He’s got a juicy Week 8 matchup in a Jaguars team allowing the seventh most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. … No team has allowed more fantasy points to rival tight ends than Arizona. That means Tony Gonzalez should bounce back from his two-catch Week 7, even though he’ll remain the subject of more defensive attention than just about any player in the league.   

Week 7 was the same old story with Julius Thomas. He caught just five passes for 41 yards, but found the end zone for the eighth time in 2013. Only Jamaal Charles and teammates Wes Welker and Knowshon Moreno have scored as many touchdowns this season. … On paper, Jordan Cameron’s matchup is imposing in a Chiefs defense that’s allowed the fewest points to opposing tight ends. Dig a little deeper, however, and you will find a unit that’s faced Jason Witten and … no one else. The second best tight end Kansas City has dealt with is somewhere between Delanie Walker and Brandon Myers. Jason Campbell at quarterback is a concern for Cameron, but so was Brandon Weeden. Until the Browns offense goes all the way off the rails, Cameron will remain a TE1. … Jordan Reed’s reward for his Week 7 breakout? A matchup with a Broncos team allowing the most passing yards in the league, and the ninth most fantasy points to enemy tight ends. Fire him up as a TE1. … Living up to his billing as a safe but low-upside TE1, Heath Miller is unlikely to ever rise about the 9-10 area of the weekly ranks.

As expected, Kyle Rudolph’s 9/97/1 Week 6 was but a dream. It’s likely to remain that way with Christian Ponder back under center in the Twin Cities. … Charles Clay was held below 42 yards for the first time this season in Week 7, but managed to score a touchdown for the third consecutive game. He remains near the top of the waiver-wire scrap heap. … Brandon Pettigrew has caught more than four passes just once this season, but has a solid matchup in a Cowboys defense allowing the fourth most points to rival tight ends. … Sam Bradford’s torn ACL should just about close the book on Jared Cook’s low-end TE1 candidacy. … Jeff Cumberland is unlikely to rise above bye-week fill-in status any time soon. … The same is true of Joseph Fauria, though the release of Tony Scheffler was a vote of confidence in the 6-foot-7 rookie. … Tyler Eifert finally has a touchdown, but don’t expect consistency to follow. … With 11 catches in his past two games, Rob Housler is worth at least keeping an eye on.   

Week 8 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. MIA -
2 Blair Walsh vs. GB Probable (hamstring)
3 Dan Bailey at DET -
4 Matt Prater vs. WAS -
5 Garrett Hartley vs. BUF -
6 David Akers vs. DAL -
7 Matt Bryant at ARZ -
8 Greg Zuerlein vs. SEA -
9 Josh Brown at PHI -
10 Kai Forbath at DEN -
11 Mason Crosby at MIN -
12 Phil Dawson at JAC -
13 Steven Hauschka at STL -
14 Alex Henery vs. NYG -
15 Jay Feely vs. ATL -
16 Shaun Suisham at OAK Probable (hamstring)
17 Sebastian Janikowski vs. PIT -
18 Caleb Sturgis at NE -
19 Dan Carpenter at NO -
20 Nick Folk at CIN -
21 Ryan Succop vs. CLE -
22 Mike Nugent vs. NYJ -
23 Graham Gano at TB -
24 Josh Scobee vs. SF -
25 Billy Cundiff at KC Probable (quadriceps)
26 Rian Lindell vs. CAR -

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
2 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at STL -
3 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at JAC -
4 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
5 Panthers Def/Spec Team at TB -
6 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
7 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. BUF -
8 Packers Def/Spec Team at MIN -
9 Steelers Def/Spec Team at OAK -
10 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
11 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
12 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
13 Falcons Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
14 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
15 Jets Def/Spec Team at CIN -
16 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at NE -
17 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
18 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
19 Browns Def/Spec Team at KC -
20 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
21 Giants Def/Spec Team at PHI -
22 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at DET -
23 Bills Def/Spec Team at NO -
24 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
25 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
26 Redskins Def/Spec Team at DEN -

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