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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 8 Tight End Rankings

My new favorite TE
My new favorite TE

Jimmy Graham is nearly unstoppable at this juncture of the season. He is sixth in the entire NFL in receiving yards and yards per game as well as being tied for 3rd in touchdown catches with 5! Check out the receiving statistics and Graham's NFL Rank amongst Tight Ends to show just how truly valuable he's been:

66 Targets - 1st

45 Catches - 1st

674 receiving yards - 1st

5 touchdowns - 1st (Tied)

38 First Downs - 1st

11 catches for 20+ yards - 1st

As you can see, Graham has been the steal of the 2011 Fantasy Draft. It's like having a WR1 slotted in your TE position. Not to take anything from the vastly improving TE Position, but Graham has been the most valuable TE by an extremely large margin and will likely finish the year strongly as the TE1. He is simply unguardable. Congrats to you if you roster him this season. For those of you who are not as fortunate, we have many other valuable TE's to rank this week.

Facts/Flukes and Week 8 Ranks after the jump.

The Panthers' Greg Olsen only catches one pass for 4 yards in win over Redskins. FLUKE. Olsen was coming off a nice 4 run stretch of 20 catches for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns as Cam Newton's #2 target in the passing game until Olsen encountered turf toe. He was limited in the Redskins game with the issue, thus appearing as a blip in the box score. Olsen will get healthy after the bye week (Week 9) and will be back to top-12 TE status.

Jared Cook scores the Titans' only touchdown in embarrassing loss to the Texans. FACT. With defenses keying in on Nate Washington as the Titans' # 1 Wide Receiver and the Ghost of Chris Johnson trying to run out of the backfield, Cook has been targeted more over the pass 3 games resulting in touchdowns in 2 of the 3. Boy, do the Titans really miss Kenny Britt. Cook will be streaky, but he's athletic and talented and tends to line up wide. I like him as a bye-week guy.

Players I Like This Week: Jason Witten, Fred Davis, Jared Cook, Jake Ballard

Players I Don't Like This Week: Dallas Clark, Owen Daniels, Visanthe Shiancoe, Cardinals TE's

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list. You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown and Fantasy Football Librarian.

Tight End Rank Team Opponent
1. Jimmy Graham Saints Rams
2. Jason Witten Cowboys Eagles
3. Rob Gronkowski Patriots Steelers
4. Aaron Hernandez Patriots Steelers
5. Antonio Gates Chargers Chiefs
6. Fred Davis Redskins Bills
7. Brandon Pettigrew Lions Broncos
8. Vernon Davis 49ers Browns
9. Jermaine Gresham Bengals Seahawks
10. Owen Daniels Texans Jaguars
11. Greg Olsen Panthers Vikings
12. Jared Cook Titans Colts
13. Jake Ballard Giants Dolphins
14. Heath Miller Steelers Patriots
15. Ed Dickson Ravens Cardinals
16. Dallas Clark Colts Titans
17. Evan Moore Browns 49ers
18. Brent Celek Eagles Cowboys
19. Visanthe Shiancoe Vikings Panthers
20. Mercedes Lewis Jaguars Texans