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Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends in Week 8

Heath explores the Top 32 options at tight end ahead of Sunday’s games.

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Typically this effort comes out mid-week, but as you can tell I am far beyond that deadline. Thanks a lot, real life.

Anyway, since Thursday is gone you will not find Benjamin Watson or Julius Thomas in the conversation. Other than maybe using Watson as a flex option, hopefully you were not forced to go either of those routes anyway.

This position remains dicey. After the top eight or so you start to enter timeshare territory (Brate) or guys who play better in PPR formats (Witten). Such is life in the cesspool that is the tight end position, though. So we best get to it.

Kyle Rudolph (@ CLE) and Jason Witten (@ WAS) get the dream matchups this week, as Cleveland allows the third-most points to the position and Washington allows the second-most.

The “dark horse” matchup of the week is Travis Kelce at home versus the Broncos. Denver has been lit up by enemy tight ends this season, as they currently allow the fifth-most points to the position. It makes sense for opposing teams to refrain from targeting Denver’s stud cornerbacks. Jason Witten already had a 13-target game against the Broncos...I think double-digit targets might be in reach for Kelce if the Broncos can make a game of it on Sunday. We shall see.

Tyler Kroft is 44% owned in Yahoo leagues and should be a popular fill-in this weekend against the Colts, who allow the ninth-most points to tight ends so far this season.

If you are digging deep, consider Nick O’Leary at home, where Tyrod Taylor has a history of performing better. The Bills still suffer from a lack of receiving talent, so O’Leary is on the radar until Charles Clay makes his inevitable triumphant return to health.

Lastly, with Vance McDonald (knee) and Martavis Bryant (selfishness) out this weekend, Jesse James makes for a decent TE2 option against the Lions in a dome. No, it doesn’t take much to be decent at this position.

As always, feel free to hash it out in the comments. Good luck this weekend, ladies and gents.

Week 8 Tight Ends

1 Rob Gronkowski vs. LAC
2 Travis Kelce vs. DEN
3 Zach Ertz vs. SF
4 Hunter Henry @ NE
5 Jordan Reed vs. DAL
6 Kyle Rudolph @ CLE
7 Jimmy Graham vs. HOU
8 Jason Witten @ WAS
9 Cameron Brate vs. CAR
10 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. ATL
11 Jared Cook @ BUF
12 Tyler Kroft vs. IND
13 Nick O'Leary vs. OAK
14 George Kittle @ PHI
15 Jack Doyle @ CIN
16 Zach Miller @ NO
17 Austin Hooper @ NYJ
18 Ed Dickson @ TB
19 Jesse James @ DET
20 O.J. Howard vs. CAR
21 Vernon Davis vs. DAL
22 Ryan Griffin @ SEA
23 A.J. Derby @ KC
24 David Njoku vs. MIN
25 Darren Fells vs. PIT
26 Coby Fleener vs. CHI
27 Antonio Gates @ NE
28 Eric Ebron vs. PIT
29 Seth DeValve vs. MIN
30 Dion Sims @ NO
31 Logan Thomas vs. OAK
32 Stephen Anderson @ SEA