Last week in fantasy football, Harrison Bryant came alive in fantasy for the first time all season with 21.6 fantasy points off of 56 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The absence of OBJ and Austin Hooper for the Browns may prove helpful for his target share going forward. Below are the fantasy football tight end rankings for week eight of the season. If you want more information on fantasy football, check out the fantasy football section of the website for more rankings, projections, and statistics to help you better manage your team.
|Rank||Name||Average Points||Week 8 Opponent||Week 8 Projection|
|1||George Kittle||18.4||@ Seattle Seahawks||20|
|2||Darren Waller||15.1||@ Cleveland Browns||18|
|3||Travis Kelce||16.9||vs. New York Jets||17|
|4||T.J Hockenson||12.3||vs. Indianapolis Colts||14|
|5||Jimmy Graham||10.6||vs. New Orleans Saints||13|
|6||Mark Andrews||12.4||vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||12|
|7||Hayden Hurst||10.4||@ Carolina Panthers||11|
|8||Jonnu Smith||12.4||@ Cincinnati Bengals||10.5|
|9||Hunter Henry||10||@ Denver Broncos||10|
|10||Jared Cook||10.4||@ Chicago Bears||9.5|
|11||Rob Gronkowski||8.9||@ New York Giants||9|
|12||Noah Fant||12.3||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||8.5|
|13||Robert Tonyan||11.8||vs. Minnesota Vikings||8|
|14||Evan Engram||7.9||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7.5|
|15||Mike Gesicki||9.7||vs. Los Angeles Rams||7|
|16||Eric Ebron||7.9||@ Baltimore Ravens||6.5|
|17||Dalton Schultz||9||@ Philadelphia Eagles||6|
|18||Tyler Higbee||10||@ Miami Dolphins||5.5|
|19||Mo Allie-Cox||8.5||@ Detroit Lions||5|
|20||Harrison Bryant||6.1||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||4.5|
Tier One Tight Ends
George Kittle put up a below-average 10.50 points last week against the Patriots, which ranked him at 13th for week seven. He was able to pull down five of seven targets for 51 yards but failed to get into the endzone. His work wasn’t required much in their 27 point win, but they will need his help next week against the Seattle Seahawks. Look for Kittle to get into the endzone for the third time this season.
Darren Waller continues to be tied for the most targeted tight end in football with Travis Kelce. Last week he had nine targets and caught six of them for 50 yards and a touchdown to put up 17 fantasy points. He has put up 15+ fantasy points in the last three weeks and he should be able to do that again against the Cleveland Browns’ defense. Look for Waller to continue to be in the top three fantasy rankings due to his high involvement in the Raiders’ offense.
Travis Kelce had a tough fantasy week last week, putting up his lowest point total of the season with 6.1 fantasy points. Every week up until last week he has put up double-digit figures in games and he still has the second-highest point average with just under 17 fantasy points per game. Kelce is always one of the most valuable tight ends, but he will have a challenge next week against the New York Jets, who have allowed the fourth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. Look for Kelce to bounce back next week after having a season-low performance.
T.J Hockenson has gotten into the endzone once in the last three weeks for the Detroit Lions. He has averaged a healthy 12.3 fantasy points per game this season and is a big part of their offense. Next week, Hockenson will have his hands full with an Indianapolis Colts defense, but he should remain a top-five tight end without their star linebackers Darius Leonard in to pass cover him. Hockenson should be nearing a top-five performance next week for his fantasy owners.
Jimmy Graham has had two average 8 point fantasy weeks over the last two weeks of the season. The Bears have been struggling in the passing game, but Graham is certainly one of the favorites for Nick Foles. Graham is still averaging 10.6 points this season and I like his odds to beat up on a weak Saints’ secondary next week. Look for Graham to push his way near the top-five in tight end standings after ending up in 19th last week.
Tight End Streamers
Harrison Bryant took off last week, leading the league in tight end fantasy points with 21.6 fantasy points against the Bengals. Without Odell Beckham Jr or Austin Hooper, Bryant could see a lot more targets from Baker Mayfield. With tight ends Logan Thomas, Darren Fells, and Jordan Akins, and Austin Hooper out for next week’s games, Bryant could be a great streamer for one week against the Raiders. Considering also the Raiders have allowed the fourth-most points to tight ends this season, Bryant is a viable fantasy streamer for next week.
Albert Okwuegbunam has averaged nearly 10 points per game in his first two NFL games this season on the Broncos. Last week, he put up seven catches for 60 yards for 13 fantasy points. The first-rounder had more than double the receptions of the second option for the Broncos and competed well even with Noah Fant in the lineup. Okwuegbunam is rostered in 0.2% of fantasy leagues this season, making him available in almost all leagues. He is a valid streamer for week eight against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Rob Gronkowski has been on a tear of fantasy football, averaging 18 fantasy points in the last two weeks. He is starting to connect with Brady again, but the signing of Antonio Brown may take away his target shares for the future. Plus, the New York Giants have allowed the fifth least amount of fantasy points this season, and I don’t anticipate Brady needing to use him too much to win that game next week. Gronkowski should be considered a low-end TE1 and better flex option for week eight.
Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Baltimore Ravens next week, who have allowed the sixth least amount of fantasy points to tight ends this season. The Ravens have a tough secondary and the Steelers will most likely use their run game and deep wide receiver core to compete in this game. Nonetheless, Ebron has had only two games over 10 points this season while averaging just under 8 points per contest on the season. Eric Ebron is a better flex option for next week and certainly not a TE1.
Hunter Henry had a very tough week of 5.3 fantasy points last week off of three catches for 23 yards against the Jaguars. Henry has been a solid fantasy tight end this season, averaging 10 points and having the majority of his games in double-digit figures. It was tough to see him uninvolved last week while Justin Herbert had a league-leading week in fantasy with 38 points, but Henry should bounce back next week against the Broncos, who have locked up receivers in fantasy this season. This should help Henry get some attention in the offense, making him a TE1 for week eight.
Jonnu Smith has absolutely struggled in fantasy in the last two weeks, putting up a combined 4.2 fantasy points. He has had a lowly two catches for 22 yards in the past two weeks while he has continued to stay healthy. Two weeks ago his teammate, Anthony Firkser, put up a league-leading 25.3 fantasy points. But, last week the Titans failed to have any tight end in the top-25. Next week the Titans play against the Bengals, who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Look for Jonnu Smith to bounce back and be considered a possible TE1 for week eight.
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