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Week 8 Tight End Rankings - Standard Leagues

Heath drops some tight end knowledge for Week 8.

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Last week Jordan Reed returned with a vengeance, garnering top honors at the tight end position. You always start him when he is healthy.

Rob Gronkowski returned to the upper echelon with a second-place finish. We knew that five targets per game business would regress to the norm eventually!

I was excited about Antonio Gates versus the Oakland Raiders, but Gates held out on us a bit with his injury status so Ladarius Green got the nod and totaled 45 yards and a score, good for fourth overall at the position.

Travis Kelce only saw six targets last week, despite Jeremy Maclin's absence. He is simply not used enough in the Kansas City offense to warrant anything other than mid-tier consideration. I prefer a healthy Jordan Reed over him--whenever Jordan Reed is healthy...

This week, the big move is the most obvious--Tyler Eifert is my number one option at tight end. The Steelers have been dominated by the big guys thus far in 2015, and Eifert is the sort of elite talent that can keep that train going.

Benjamin Watson is a great fill-in or flex play, as the Giants allow the most receptions to tight ends so far this season. Watson proved he could excel in an easy matchup against Atlanta earlier this season. This is another easy matchup.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is the dark horse for an explosion, as Vincent Jackson is out multiple weeks with a knee injury and Louis Murphy is out for the season. "ASJ" and Mike Evans are the only towers left standing in Tampa right now. I will probably take a stab at ASJ in a GPP or two this coming weekend.

Here goes nothin' with the standard ranks:

RANK

NAME

TEAM

OPPONENT

1

Tyler Eifert

CIN

@ PIT

2

Rob Gronkowski

NE

MIA

3

Greg Olsen

CAR

IND

4

Gary Barnidge

CLE

ARI

5

Martellus Bennett

CHI

MIN

6

Travis Kelce

KC

DET

7

Jimmy Graham

SEA

@ DAL

8

Jason Witten

DAL

SEA

9

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TB

@ ATL

10

Delanie Walker

TEN

@ HOU

11

Eric Ebron

DET

@ KC

12

Ben Watson

NO

NYG

13

Ladarius Green

SD

@ BAL

14

Jordan Cameron

MIA

@ NE

15

Crockett Gillmore

BAL

SD

16

Larry Donnell

NYG

@ NO

17

Kyle Rudolph

MIN

@ CHI

18

Richard Rodgers

GB

@ DEN

19

Heath Miller

PIT

CIN

20

Jacob Tamme

ATL

TB

21

Jeff Cumberland

NYJ

@ OAK

22

Dwayne Allen

IND

@ CAR

23

Jared Cook

STL

SF

24

Clive Walford

OAK

NYJ

25

Vernon Davis

SF

@ STL

26

Owen Daniels

DEN

GB

27

Jermaine Gresham

ARI

@ CLE

28

Coby Fleener

IND

@ CAR

29

Josh Hill

NO

NYG

30

Mychal Rivera

OAK

NYJ

31

Lance Kendricks

STL

SF

32

Wil Tye

NYG

@ NO