It’s not like we should be surprised, but we saw second-tier tight ends flop and lower feeders produced in week 7. That’s the tight end game, and we’ll see it again every week. However, we have a bit more of a chance to see these things coming in the PPR leagues, as goals and sacks can really raise the floor for players. In PPR, you can live with a 4-40-0 line from a marginal starter. If you can at least get that from a waiver cable streamer, it’s a win. Use our fantasy TE PPR Week 8 ranking to help you find those kinds of players in a tough and sneaky week for some of the best players in the position.
After a brutal week of bye for all positions, we are seeing only two inactive teams in Week 8. However, no position is affected more than TE, as Darren Waller and Mark Andrews will be out. Dawson Knox (hand) will also be out.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | D / ST | Kicker
Among TE regulars, Mike Gesicki (@Bills) is the only guy with enough worries to even consider benching him. Buffalo has been seen as the best defense in football. However, Gesicki has been a lock for at least six goals since Week 1, so we still say play him unless he owns one of the ranked guys ahead of him, which seems unlikely.
WEEK 8 STANDARD RATINGS:
Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
We can no longer call Hunter Henry (@Chargers) a steamer due to his high ownership percentage, but if you’re mulling over the decision to start it, go for it. Las Angeles has been a defense of the last two against TEs in all formats. To be fair, they’ve played Andrews, Travis Kelce, and Waller, among others, but they’ve also allowed Logan Thomas, Jody Fortson, and David Njoku to enjoy some nice outings. Jonnu Smith, if active, is also a potential sleeper in this matchup.
Dan Arnold (@ Seahawks), Evan Engram (@ Chiefs), CJ Uzomah (@ Jets), Gerald Everett (vs. Jaguars), and Tyler Conklin (vs. Cowboys) come to mind as some of this week’s hottest streamers. Every defense in that group has been in the bottom half of the league against fantasy TEs, so they all have a real advantage. Arnold, Uzomah, Everett, Engram and Conklin are in the start or sit bubble for a reason (relatively low floors), but they have all had multiple games with more than five goals and have matchups that they can really take advantage of. .
Dalton Schultz (@ Vikings) and Ricky Seals-Jones (@ Broncos) have some of the worst matchups possible, but have shown enough consistency in their target percentage to have somewhat secure PPR floors. However, its ceilings are lower this week. Jared Cook (vs. Patriots) has a floor (and ceiling) too low to consider this week.
It won’t be easy to fill in the gaps in your lineup if you don’t have Waller, Andrews or Knox, but the owners of Knox and Waller had to deal with this last week in order to survive. After all, all of us who don’t own Travis Kelce and maybe don’t own TJ Hockenson have had to deal with this pretty much every week, so there’s no sympathy here. Play matchups, find a streamer, and do your best.
Note: We will update these TE PPR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.
Fantasy TE PPR Rankings Week 8: Who to start with as a tight end
Classifications based on Full point PPR punctuation
|1||Travis Kelce, KC vs. NYG|
|2||Kyle Pitts, ATL vs. CAR|
|3||Noah Fant, DEN vs. THAT|
|4||TJ Hockenson, DET v. PHI|
|5||Tyler Higbee, LAR @ HOU|
|6||Hunter Henry, NE @ LAC|
|7||Dallas Goedert, PHI @ DET|
|8||Mike Gesicki, MIA @ BUF|
|9||Dalton Schultz, DAL @ MIN|
|10||Rob Gronkowski, TB vs. NO|
|eleven||Zach Ertz, ARI vs. GB|
|12||Dan Arnold, JAX @ SEA|
|13||Ricky Seals-Jones, FUE @ DEN|
|14||CJ Uzomah, CIN @ NYJ|
|fifteen||Tyler Conklin, MIN vs. DAL|
|sixteen||Evan Engram, NYG @ KC|
|17||Jonnu Smith, NE @ LAC|
|18||Gerald Everett, SEA vs. JAX|
|19||Pat Freiermuth, PIT @ CLE|
|twenty||Jared Cook, LAC vs. NE|
|twenty-one||Mo Alie-Cox, IND vs. TEN|
|22||Robert Tonyan Jr., GB @ ARI|
|23||Ross Dwelley, SF @ CHI|
|24||Cole Kmet, CHI vs. SF|
|25||David Njoku, CLE vs. PIT|
|26||Juwan Johnson, NOT against TB|
|27||Austin Hooper, CLE vs. PIT|
|28||Hayden Hurst, ATL vs. CAR|
|29||Eric Ebron, PIT @ CLE|
|30||OJ Howard, TB vs. NO|
|31||Tommy Sweeney, BUF vs. MIA|
|32||Jack Doyle, IND vs. TEN|
|33||Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. CIN|
|3. 4||Blake Jarwin, DAL @ MIN|
|35||Adam Trautman, NOT against TB|
|36||Pharaoh Brown, HOU vs. LAR|
|37||Anthony Firkser, TEN @ IND|
|38||Will Dissly, SEA vs. JAX|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.