Random breakouts and frustrating busts are a constant at the tight end position, but at the very least, we always have favorable matchups and potential waiver wire sleepers who can help us out. Our Week 8 fantasy TE rankings feature plenty of potential streamers, which will come in handy with at least three key TEs out.
There are just two teams on a bye, so that’s great, but considering it’s the Ravens and Raiders, that’s not so great. Mark Andrews and Darren Waller will be joined on the sidelines by breakout Dawson Knox (hand), who is expected to miss at least the next couple weeks. At least Dalton Schultz (@ Vikings) will be back.
With exception to Mike Gesicki (@ Bills), no other top-10 tight end has any real matchup worries. In Miami’s first meeting with Buffalo, Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out of the contest in the first quarter, and Gesicki caught three passes on six targets for 41 yards. That feels like the worst-case scenario here, but Gesicki has turned in on lately, and at the TE spot, a 3-41 line isn’t that bad of a floor. He should still be started over numerous players, but the concerns are certainly there.
Tyler Higbee (@ Texans) finds his way just outside the top five, as Houston had allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends heading into Week 7. To make the Texans’ feat more impressive, they’ve been the worst defense against TEs without playing against Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, T.J. Hockenson are other premier players at the position. Instead, they’ve allowed Tommy Tremble, Knox, Mo Alie-Cox, Hunter Henry, and Zach Ertz to score touchdowns against them. Start Higbee without hesitation.
Tyler Conklin (vs. Cowboys) Dan Arnold (@ Seahawks), and C.J. Uzomah (@ Jets), attractive streaming options. Mo Alie-Cox (vs. Titans) and Juwan Johnson (vs. Buccaneers) are interesting standard-league options, as those two are likely TD-or-bust options. Gerald Everett (vs. Jaguars) and, if active, Jonnu Smith (@ Chargers) are also in play as worthwhile streaming options with slightly higher floors than Johnson and Alie-Cox.
Jared Cook (vs. Patriots), Schultz (@ Vikings), Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Broncos), and Robert Tonyan (@ Cardinals) are on the other end of the spectrum with tough matchups. That’s not to say you should sit Schultz for a guy like Alie-Cox, but it’s worth noting he could struggle here and fall short of a top-10 finish. Schultz is almost a must-start in PPR leagues, but you can reasonably go with another option in standard leagues.
It also might feel weird to bench Cook and Seals-Jones, but they don’t have a track record of being matchup proof. That said, Seals-Jones is similar to Schultz — his PPR floor appears to be safe. Tonyan has been a bust this season, and we don’t foresee a breakout coming against the league’s best defense against fantasy TEs.
Logan Thomas (hamstring) is eligible to come back this week, but the expectation is he’ll be out one more game. We’re still another week away from George Kittle (calf) being able to return, too.
Note: We’ll be updating these TE rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.
Fantasy TE Rankings Week 8: Who to start at tight end
Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring
|1||Travis Kelce, KC vs. NYG|
|2||Noah Fant, DEN vs. WAS|
|3||Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. CAR|
|4||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ HOU|
|5||T.J. Hockenson, DET vs. PHI|
|6||Hunter Henry, NE @ LAC|
|7||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ DET|
|8||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. NO|
|9||Mike Gesicki, MIA @ BUF|
|10||Zach Ertz, ARI vs. GB|
|11||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ MIN|
|12||Dan Arnold, JAX @ SEA|
|13||C.J. Uzomah, CIN @ NYJ|
|14||Ricky Seals-Jones, WAS @ DEN|
|15||Tyler Conklin, MIN vs. DAL|
|16||Jonnu Smith, NE @ LAC|
|17||Gerald Everett, SEA vs. JAX|
|18||Evan Engram, NYG @ KC|
|19||Mo Alie-Cox, IND vs. TEN|
|20||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB @ ARI|
|21||Pat Freiermuth, PIT @ CLE|
|22||Jared Cook, LAC vs. NE|
|23||David Njoku, CLE vs. PIT|
|24||Ross Dwelley, SF @ CHI|
|25||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. SF|
|26||Juwan Johnson, NO vs. TB|
|27||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. PIT|
|28||Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. CAR|
|29||Eric Ebron, PIT @ CLE|
|30||O.J. Howard, TB vs. NO|
|31||Tommy Sweeney, BUF vs. MIA|
|32||Jack Doyle, IND vs. TEN|
|33||Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. CIN|
|34||Blake Jarwin, DAL @ MIN|
|35||Adam Trautman, NO vs. TB|
|36||Pharaoh Brown, HOU vs. LAR|
|37||Anthony Firkser, TEN @ IND|
|38||Will Dissly, SEA vs. JAX|