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)
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.
|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.