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Week 8 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 27, 2019, 11:53 am ET

Week 8 Tight Ends

 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Travis Kelce

KC

GB

2

George Kittle

SF

CAR

3

Hunter Henry

LAC

@CHI

4

Darren Waller

OAK

@HOU

5

Austin Hooper

ATL

SEA

6

Evan Engram

NYG

@DET

7

Zach Ertz

PHI

@BUF

8

Gerald Everett

LA

CIN

9

Jimmy Graham

GB

@KC

10

Greg Olsen

CAR

@SF

11

Eric Ebron

IND

DEN

12

Vance McDonald

PIT

MIA

13

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

WAS

14

T.J. Hockenson

DET

NYG

15

Jonnu Smith

TEN

TB

16

Noah Fant

DEN

@IND

17

Cameron Brate

TB

@TEN

18

Dallas Goedert

PHI

@BUF

19

Mike Gesicki

MIA

@PIT

20

Jack Doyle

IND

DEN

21

Dawson Knox

BUF

PHI

22

Foster Moreau

OAK

@HOU

23

Jacob Hollister

SEA

@ATL

24

Tyler Higbee

LA

CIN

25

Darren Fells

HOU

OAK

26

Ricky Seals-Jones

CLE

@NE

27

Jordan Akins

HOU

OAK

28

Josh Hill

NO

ARI

29

Benjamin Watson

NE

CLE

30

Trey Burton

CHI

LAC

31

Tyler Eifert

CIN

@LA

32

Jeremy Sprinkle

WAS

@MIN

 

TE Notes: There are plenty of arguments to the contrary, but I’m keeping Travis Kelce No. 1 for the first week of Patrick Mahomes’ absence. Matt Moore has to throw to somebody and locking onto his playmaking seam stretcher would make a ton of sense. The Packers have coughed up the ninth most tight end yardage (382) and got smoked by Darren Waller last Sunday. … Austin Hooper was a Week 7 disappointment, but he gets the call at No. 2 … if Matt Ryan (ankle) is healthy. Mohamed Sanu was arguably Hooper’s most direct competitor for targets, and he’s now a New England Patriot. Only the Bucs and Cardinals have permitted more tight end yardage than Seattle. … George Kittle has cleared 60 yards once in six games. Now the 49ers must do battle with the Panthers’ pass-erasing defense. Only four teams have allowed fewer yards up the seam. … Hunter Henry leads all tight ends in catches (14), yards (197) and touchdowns (two) since his Week 6 return. The Bears aren’t as lockdown vs. tight ends as they are some other positions.

It’s hard to rank Darren Waller this “low” after he just had one of the best games by a tight end all season. The Texans have survived a slate that’s featured Kelce, Hooper and Greg Olsen to allow the seventh fewest TE fantasy points. We still know that the receiver-less Raiders will have no choice but to funnel looks Waller’s way. Foster Moreau, meanwhile, has emerged on the streamer-based TE2 radar. This wouldn’t seem to be the week to do it. … A colossal Week 7 disappointment, Evan Engram gets a Lions Defense that’s surrendered the seventh most TE fantasy points and just traded S Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks. Sterling Shepard’s (concussion) potential return would lower Engram’s floor. … It’s simply a brutal matchup for Zach Ertz, who hasn’t cleared 60 yards in a month. The Bills are tied with the Patriots for second fewest tight end yards allowed (192). … Gerald Everett leads his position in targets over the past month. The Rams are changing their offense on the fly. Despite decent numbers against tight ends, the Bengals have one of the most pathetic defenses in the league. … Held to five yards or fewer in 2-of-3 games, Greg Olsen gets a 49ers D permitting all of 2.9 tight end fantasy points per game.  

With an injury in between, Vance McDonald has seven targets over his past three games. The Dolphins would certainly be a logical place to break out. … With 94 yards on nine targets over his past two games, Kyle Rudolph boasts a higher floor and ceiling than usual with Adam Thielen (hamstring) on the shelf. … #ProvenScorer Eric Ebron has three touchdowns in his past five games. … Until the Bucs spark O.J. Howard or trade him to the Patriots, he will remain off the TE1 radar. Coach Bruce Arians has had two weeks to ponder his tight end’s usage ahead of a plus matchup. … Having cleared 50 yards twice in three games, Jonnu Smith has a dream matchup in the Bucs if Delanie Walker (ankle) can’t get cleared. … T.J. Hockenson has 88 yards since Week 1. … A lot more targets are available for Noah Fant following Emmanuel Sanders’ trade. … Although he’s been heating up, Dallas Goedert’s streaming appeal is curbed by his brutal matchup. … Mike Gesicki has 92 yards on 11 targets over his past two games. … Jacob Hollister was much more involved as a receiver than Luke Willson in the Seahawks’ first game without Will Dissly, drawing six of Russell Wilson’s 41 pass attempts.   

 

Week 8 Kickers

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Greg Zuerlein

LA

CIN

2

Wil Lutz

NO

ARI

3

Zane Gonzalez

ARI

@NO

4

Matt Prater

DET

NYG

5

Ka'imi Fairbairn

HOU

OAK

6

Mike Nugent

NE

CLE

7

Mason Crosby

GB

@KC

8

Robbie Gould

SF

CAR

9

Harrison Butker

KC

GB

10

Matt Gay

TB

@TEN

11

Josh Lambo

JAC

NYJ

12

Joey Slye

CAR

@SF

13

Jason Myers

SEA

@ATL

14

Stephen Hauschka

BUF

PHI

15

Dan Bailey

MIN

WAS

16

Adam Vinatieri

IND

DEN

17

Daniel Carlson

OAK

@HOU

18

Chris Boswell

PIT

MIA

19

Sam Ficken

NYJ

@JAC

20

Brandon McManus

DEN

@IND

21

Jake Elliott

PHI

@BUF

22

Matt Bryant

ATL

SEA

23

Chase McLaughlin

LAC

@CHI

24

Aldrick Rosas

NYG

@DET

25

Cody Parkey

TEN

TB

26

Dustin Hopkins

WAS

@MIN

27

Eddy Pineiro

CHI

LAC

28

Austin Seibert

CLE

@NE

29

Randy Bullock

CIN

@LA

30

Jason Sanders

MIA

@PIT

 

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams  

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

New England Patriots

NE

CLE

2

Minnesota Vikings

MIN

WAS

3

Los Angeles Rams

LA

CIN

4

San Francisco 49ers

SF

CAR

5

Pittsburgh Steelers

PIT

MIA

6

Chicago Bears

CHI

LAC

7

Buffalo Bills

BUF

PHI

8

Carolina Panthers

CAR

@SF

9

Indianapolis Colts

IND

DEN

10

Tennessee Titans

TEN

TB

11

Seattle Seahawks

SEA

@ATL

12

New Orleans Saints

NO

ARI

13

Detroit Lions

DET

NYG

14

Los Angeles Chargers

LAC

@CHI

15

Green Bay Packers

GB

@KC

16

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB

@TEN

17

Philadelphia Eagles

PHI

@BUF

18

New York Jets

NYJ

@JAC

19

Jacksonville Jaguars

JAC

NYJ

20

Houston Texans

HOU

OAK

21

Arizona Cardinals

ARI

@NO

22

Denver Broncos

DEN

@IND

23

Cleveland Browns

CLE

@NE

24

Miami Dolphins

MIA

@PIT

25

Oakland Raiders

OAK

@HOU

26

Kansas City Chiefs

KC

GB

27

New York Giants

NYG

@DET

28

Washington Redskins

WAS

@MIN

29

Cincinnati Bengals

CIN

@LA

30

Atlanta Falcons

ATL

SEA

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .