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Fantasy Football Week 8 Tight End Rankings

Fantasy Football Week 8 Tight End Rankings

The 2021-22 NFL season has already been extremely entertaining. Bye weeks are starting to take place. This means that tight ends like Darren Waller and Mark Andrews will be out this week. On top of that injuries have started to mount up at this point of the season. It is always a great idea to evaluate backup options so that way fantasy managers are prepared if star players miss time. Here are the Fantasy Football Week 8 tight end rankings.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Key:
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting TE1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a solid floor.
TD Dependent Starter- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not because of depth at the position. Their production is based on whether they can get in the end zone or not. It can be the difference between a top 10 performance or top 25 performance
Deep League Starter- a player whose ceiling isn’t high but should put up enough production to be started in deep leagues. When a player like this is started it is because their production though it will likely be low, will be better than a few options.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Category Name Opponent Ranking
Must Start Travis Kelce vs New York Giants TE1
Must Start Kyle Pitts vs Carolina Panthers TE2
 Must Start T.J. Hockenson* vs Philadelphia Eagles TE3
Starting TE1 Noah Fant vs Washington Football Team TE4
Starting TE1 Rob Gronkowski* vs New Orleans Saints TE5
Starting TE1 Mike Gesicki vs Buffalo Bills TE6
Starting TE1 Dallas Goedert vs Detroit Lions TE7
Starting TE1 Tyler Higbee vs Houston Texans TE8
Starting TE1 Dalton Schultz vs Minnesota Vikings TE9
Starting TE1 Zach Ertz vs Green Bay Packers TE10
Starting TE1 Hunter Henry vs Los Angeles Chargers TE11
TD Dependent Starter Ricky Seals-Jones vs Denver Broncos TE12
TD Dependent Starter Robert Tonyan vs Arizona Cardinals TE13
TD Dependent Starter Jared Cook vs New England Patriots TE14
TD Dependent Starter Jonnu Smith* vs Los Angeles Chargers TE15
TD Dependent Starter Tyler Conklin vs Dallas Cowboys TE16
Deep League Starter C.J. Uzomah vs New York Jets TE17
Deep League Starter Mo Alie-Cox vs Tennessee Titans TE18
Deep League Starter Cole Kmet vs San Francisco 49ers TE19
Deep League Starter Mycole Pruitt vs Indianapolis Colts TE20
Deep League Starter Pat Freiermuth vs Cleveland Browns TE21
Deep League Starter Evan Engram vs Kansas City Chiefs TE22
Leave on the Bench Hayden Hurst vs Carolina Panthers TE23
Leave on the Bench Dan Arnold vs Seattle Seahawks TE24
Leave on the Bench Austin Hooper vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE25
Leave on the Bench David Njoku vs Pittsburgh Steelers TE26
Leave on the Bench Gerald Everett vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE27
Leave on the Bench Tommy Sweeny vs Miami Dolphins TE28
Leave on the Bench Tommy Tremble vs Atlanta Falcons TE29
Leave on the Bench Jordan Akins vs Los Angeles Rams TE30
Leave on the Bench Adam Trautman vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE31
Leave on the Bench Ian Thomas vs Atlanta Falcons TE32
Leave on the Bench Jack Doyle vs Tennessee Titans TE33
Leave on the Bench Juwan Johnson vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE34
Leave on the Bench Donald Parham Jr. vs New England Patriots TE35
Leave on the Bench Blake Jarwin vs Minnesota Vikings TE36
Leave on the Bench Will Dissly vs Jacksonville Jaguars TE37
Leave on the Bench Cameron Brate vs New Orleans Saints TE38
Leave on the Bench Ross Dwelley vs Chicago Bears TE39
Leave on the Bench Kyle Rudolph vs Kansas City Chiefs TE40
Leave on the Bench O.J. Howard vs New Orleans Saints TE41

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

TE3 T.J. Hockenson, Detriot Lions

T.J. Hockenson dealt with a knee injury last week but was able to play through it. He is dealing with an ankle injury currently. If Hockenson was to miss this week Darren Fells will slot in at TE24  between Dan Arnold and Austin Hooper.

TE5 Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski has missed the past month with a rib injury. He is slated to return from Injured Reserve this week. However if Gronkowski doesn’t play this week against New Orleans, Cameron Brate moves up to TE26 between David Njoku and Gerald Everett. O.J. Howard would move to TE38 where Brate is currently listed.

TE15 Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots

 Jonnu Smith left last week’s game against the New York Jets early with a shoulder injury. If Smith is out this week against the Los Angeles Chargers then Hunter Henry moves up to TE9 this week between Tyler Higbee and Dalton Schultz.

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