Week 8 is here and the bye weeks continue to roll along. Only two teams are off this week, but fantasy managers will need to do their best to find replacements for top tight end Travis Kelce, as well as Gerald Everett, who is the TE7 this season. Injuries also continue to pile up, making for even more tough lineup decisions. As always, before we dive into the Week 8 tight end rankings and notes, let’s first take a look at notable injuries affecting the position.
Darren Waller (hamstring), Logan Thomas (calf), and Cameron Brate (neck) all missed Week 7. David Njoku suffered a high-ankle sprain and will be out 2-5 weeks. Njoku was one of the more consistent tight ends this season, making his loss a tough blow for fantasy managers. Harrison Bryant will take over as the primary tight end in Cleveland. Rookie Daniel Bellinger fractured his eye socket and is out indefinitely. Chris Myarick will likely be his replacement, but should only be considered in tight end premium formats at this point. Be sure to keep an eye on the injury reports throughout the week and adjust your lineups accordingly. Good luck, everybody!
Tight End Notes
Bye Weeks: KC, LAC
- George Kittle finished as the top tight end in Week 7, catching 6-of-9 targets for 98 yards and a touchdown. Kittle has seen at least nine targets and received at least 80 yards in each of the last two weeks. He gets a tough matchup this week against the Rams, who are the stingiest defense against tight ends this season. Kittle is still a must-start, but temper expectations this week.
- T.J. Hockenson hasn’t exactly been setting the fantasy football world on fire. Excluding his smash Week 4 performance where he had eight receptions for 179 yards and two scores, Hockenson has yet to receive more than 50 yards in a game and has totaled only one touchdown over the remaining five-week span. However, he gets a nice matchup this week against Miami, who has allowed the third-most receptions to tight ends through seven weeks. With Detroit’s receivers banged up, Hockenson could get a bump in looks this week.
- I’ve been banging the Evan Engram drum for the last two weeks, but he’s worth bringing up again. Engram has become a reliable target for Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s seen 23 targets across the last three games, and his 21.1% target share over that period is tied for the team lead. Engram has yet to find the end zone, but he’s getting consistent volume. That plays these days, especially if you need a bye week or injury replacement.
- Irv Smith Jr. caught all four of his targets last week for a total of seven yards. The yardage was ugly, but he was able to salvage the day with a touchdown. Smith gets a juicy home matchup against Arizona in Week 8. The Cardinals have allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends, as well as six touchdowns to the position – tied for league-most. Smith could score in back-to-back weeks.
- Greg Dulcich caught 6-of-9 targets for 51 yards in Week 7, with his nine targets tied for second-most on the team. He also finished with the second-most receiving yards on the team. Jacksonville is a better-than-not defense against tight ends, but Dulcich is getting volume and could continue to be heavily targeted – especially if Brett Rypien suits up again for the Broncos.
Week 8 Tight End Rankings
Note: Ranks are based on half-PPR scoring
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