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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Week 8 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Julius Thomas vs. SD -
2 Rob Gronkowski vs. CHI -
3 Greg Olsen vs. SEA Probable (ankle)
4 Jimmy Graham vs. GB Questionable (shoulder)
5 Martellus Bennett at NE Probable (hamstring)
6 Jordan Reed at DAL -
7 Antonio Gates at DEN -
8 Jordan Cameron vs. OAK -
9 Travis Kelce vs. STL Probable (ribs)
10 Dwayne Allen at PIT -
11 Zach Ertz at ARZ -
12 Jared Cook at KC -
13 Delanie Walker vs. HOU Probable (shoulder)
14 Charles Clay at JAC Probable (knee)
15 Jason Witten vs. WAS -
16 Heath Miller vs. IND Probable (-)
17 Coby Fleener at PIT -
18 Jace Amaro vs. BUF Probable (knee)
19 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. MIN Questionable (foot)
20 Scott Chandler at NYJ -
21 Clay Harbor vs. MIA Probable (knee)
22 Jermaine Gresham vs. BAL -
23 Ladarius Green at DEN -
24 Niles Paul at DAL -
25 Gavin Escobar vs. WAS -
26 Lance Kendricks at KC -
27 Tim Wright vs. CHI -
28 Crockett Gillmore at CIN -
29 Andrew Quarless at NO -
30 Garrett Graham at TEN -
31 Levine Toilolo vs. DET -
32 Josh Hill vs. GB -
33 Brent Celek at ARZ -
34 Anthony Fasano vs. STL -
35 John Carlson vs. PHI -
36 Chase Ford at TB -

TE Notes: As the bossman said, Peyton Manning likes to Feed the Hungry. Julius Thomas didn’t get to eat last week. … Coming off his highest snap percentage of the season (91.6), Rob Gronkowski enters Week 8 with 18 catches for 262 yards over his past three games. That’s positively Gronk-like. Few players are better bets to find the end zone this Sunday. … Through seven weeks, Greg Olsen is fantasy’s No. 2 tight end. The Seahawks are surprisingly weak down the seams. … Nervousness is high after Jimmy Graham failed to secure either of his two targets on just 30 snaps in Week 7, but he avoided setbacks with his troublesome shoulder. You need to fire Graham up without fear in what will almost certainly be a shootout with the Packers. Avoiding Graham in daily leagues is sensible, but you’d want to quit re-draft forever if he goes off on your bench.

Antonio Gates is averaging just three catches over his past five games, but can’t stop scoring touchdowns. That makes him a top-seven option in an extremely weak year for tight ends. … Martellus Bennett hasn’t scored since Week 3, but is averaging 5.3/65 over his past four games. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery poised to draw looks from Darrelle Revis, the Unicorn is a good bet to get the ball in the painted area. … Jordan Reed has 13 catches for 146 yards in two games since returning from his hamstring injury, and has a Monday night matchup with a Cowboys defense allowing the third most fantasy points to enemy tight ends. The only thing holding him back for Week 8 is the presence of Colt McCoy under center. … Jordan Cameron took a step back in Week 7, but the Raiders always offer opposing skill players the chance at two steps forward.

Travis Kelce’s upside remains through the roof, but Andy Reid doesn’t seem to understand he’s his most dangerous pass catcher not named Jamaal Charles. Kelce is a high-reward, but high-risk, TE1. … Dwayne Allen’s five touchdowns are tied for ninth amongst pass catchers. … Zach Ertz hasn’t cleared 50 yards since Week 2, but the Cardinals are always the right matchup for tight ends. … We don’t normally condone the use of Owen Daniels, but heck, no one is allowing more fantasy points to tight ends than the Bengals. Daniels is an excellent FanDuel option if you want to break the bank on running backs and receivers. … Arguably Austin Davis’ go-to receiver, Jared Cook has a nice matchup in the Chiefs. … Tennessee’s quarterback play is taking Delanie Walker’s TE1 value with it. … Jason Witten and Heath Miller have been more name than game to this point in the season. … Playing extremely heavy snaps, Austin Seferian-Jenkins remains a daily-league dart worth throwing.   

Week 8 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. CHI -
2 Dan Bailey vs. WAS -
3 Cody Parkey at ARZ -
4 Steven Hauschka at CAR -
5 Mason Crosby at NO -
6 Justin Tucker at CIN -
7 Adam Vinatieri at PIT -
8 Nick Novak at DEN -
9 Dan Carpenter at NYJ -
10 Chandler Catanzaro vs. PHI -
11 Shaun Suisham vs. IND -
12 Brandon McManus vs. SD Probable (groin)
13 Blair Walsh at TB -
14 Shayne Graham vs. GB -
15 Matt Prater at ATL -
16 Robbie Gould at NE -
17 Matt Bryant vs. DET -
18 Caleb Sturgis at JAC -
19 Kai Forbath at DAL -
20 Billy Cundiff vs. OAK -
21 Graham Gano vs. SEA -
22 Nick Folk vs. BUF -
23 Cairo Santos vs. STL -
24 Mike Nugent vs. BAL -
25 Patrick Murray vs. MIN -
26 Ryan Succop vs. HOU -
27 Greg Zuerlein at KC -
28 Sebastian Janikowski at CLE -
29 Randy Bullock at TEN -
30 Josh Scobee vs. MIA -

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams 

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

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