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Week 8 Tight End Rankings - PPR Leagues

San Diego TE's, who not to start this week and Heath Miller's jump in the rankings. Nick Petraccione ranks his top tight ends for Week 8.

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What a comeback for a couple of guys last week. Jordan Reed led all tight ends with 30 fantasy points (11 receptions, 72 yards, 2 TD). Unfortunately he's on the bye this week, but for owners it's nice to see that he hasn't missed a beat since returning from injury. Eric Ebron also had a strong showing after coming back from a knee injury. The Lion's tight end went for five catches, 89 yards and a score. He's against a tough Chief's defense, but he should be in your lineup this week.

BYE WEEK: Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Washington

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Rob Gronkowski NE MIA
2 Tyler Eifert CIN @PIT
3 Greg Olsen CAR IND
4 Gary Barnidge CLE ARI
5 Travis Kelce KC DET
6 Martellus Bennett CHI MIN
7 Jimmy Graham SEA @DAL
8 Ladarius Green SD @BAL
9 Jason Witten DAL SEA
10 Delanie Walker TEN @HOU
11 Eric Ebron DET @KC
12 Jordan Cameron MIA @NE
13 Heath Miller PIT CIN
14 Bejamin Watson NO NYG
15 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TB @ATL
16 Larry Donnell NYG @NO
17 Kyle Rudolph MIN @CHI
18 Richard Rodgers GB @D
19 Crockett Gillmore BAL SD
20 Owen Daniels DEN GB
21 Jacob Tamme ATL TB
22 Coby Fleener IND @CAR
23 Vernon Davis SF @STL
24 Jared Cook STL SF
25 Dwayne Allen IND @CAR

I touched on the Pittsburgh offense in my WR rankings yesterday, but will mention it again in terms of Heath Miller. Miller was a non-factor with Big Ben on the sidelines, but that should change going forward. With Roethlisberger now back under center, Miller should get the targets he's used to seeing. He moves up from a top-25 bottom feeder into my top-15. He is reliable target for Big Ben and should get a much bigger workload this week.

I was under the impression that Antonio Gates would play last week and Ladarius Green would be a sneaky play. But after being ruled out just before kickoff, Green took over the top role and did great (4 receptions, 45 yards, 1TD). Now this injury looks like it could be multiple weeks for Gates. He did not practice on Wednesday, according Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union Tribune. If he's inactive again, pin Green for another solid outing, even against a really tough Raven's defense that has allowed the third fewest points to tight ends this season. Keep an eye on his status.

When your offense scores 41 points in one half, you expect everyone to get a cut of the action, but that wasn't the case for Miami's Jordan Cameron. Despite the Dolphins offensive explosion, he finished with a disappointing two catches for 23 yards. However, I don't expect this trend to continue. This Miami offense has been revitalized after making changes to the coaching staff. Cameron should become much more involved moving forward as this offense looks to keep posting high scores.

Last quick point: Don't start a Colt's TE this week. I don't like their time share and I especially don't like their matchup. If I had to pick one I'd roll with Coby Fleener, but I don't think he will amount to much this week. Look elsewhere, you can do better.